Nintendo has refreshed the WiiWare line-up with three brand new games.
With that Wii-chasing price drop now confirmed, it's clear that Microsoft is aiming its 360 Arcade package right between the eyes of the family market. No doubt some are already clenching their fists and scowling about casual gamers and how they're ruining games and grumble grumble swear. Personally, I couldn't give a toss about the bane of casual games. Pretty much all the early classics of gaming, the basic templates of which are still in use, were casual by definition. I mean, imagine people wanting to play games just for fun. The fools!
With that in mind, this week's Live Arcade update provides two games designed to appeal to this audience. Neither do much to help my pro-casual argument, both being largely inessential, but their flaws lie more with lack of inspiration and make-do design, neither of which are unique to the casual end of the gaming spectrum. So there.
Gameloft's Brain Challenge and Codemasters' Bliss Island are tomorrow's Xbox Live Arcade downloads, priced at 800 Points (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.60) and 400 Points (GBP 3.40 / EUR 4.80) respectively.
Pro Evolution Soccer 2008
Microsoft has popped up in our inboxes with trumpets and balloons announcing the impending launch of Boogie Bunnies on Xbox Live Arcade.