Nintendo Download Wrap-Up for May 10th, 2010

Another week, another set of releases… and no VC release. Come now, Nintendo, surely there must be some games that haven’t seen the light of day here – don’t hold back on our accounts. That aside, the other two download services did see activity, so let’s take a gander at those.

The big news this week is the debut of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS on the WiiWare service for 1000 Wii points/$10. If you bought the first two installments on the Wii, it’s highly recommended that you get this as well to complete the set, as the game does a nice job of wrapping up many of the loose ends introduced through the course of the trilogy. But like with the previous two games, if you already own the DS version, there’s not much that sets this version apart from that one; if you don’t, then this would be the more economical option. Also on the WiiWare service is Chess Challenge! for 500 Wii points/$5, which supports multiplayer over Wi-Fi and, for the serious chess enthusiasts out there, uses the Elo rating system.

The DSiWare get four new games this week. Earthworm Jim is a remake of the SNES game, only with a gimmicky bonus feature using the camera that involves matching Earthworm Jim’s facial expressions. Note that the Genesis version is available on the Virtual Console for 800 Wii points/$8, while this is only 500 points/$5. Photo Dojo allows you to insert yourself into a fighting game by letting you take pictures and record sounds and dialogue. It comes at the grand total cost of zero points. However, that’s only until June 10, after which it will cost 200 DSi points, so if you really want it, you should hustle and download it now. Chess Challenge! is just like the Wii version, except it only supports local multiplayer. Finally, Flips: The Enchanted Wood goes for 500 DSi points/$5 and is basically an interactive book.

That’s all for this week. Both the WiiWare and DSiWare services have releases with a big name attached, though whether they’re worth it depends on version preferences. Join us again next week for our look at the next crop of Nintendo releases (and crossing our fingers that Nintendo will remember the Virtual Console exists).