The Nintendo Download: The First Of The Final Fantasies

The Final Fantasy that started it all makes its way to the Virtual Console this morning, and you all know the drill by now. First one to rescue the princess gets a bridge!

I hope I didn't just spoil a major plot point of Final Fantasy for you guys, but after playing it on the Nintendo DS, PlayStation, NES, PSP, and Gameboy Advance, I'm prepared to burn a few bridges, secure in the knowledge that the king will just rebuild them when the next set of nameless orphans wanders through town. That's part of the charm of the original Final Fantasy, which is available today for the Wii Virtual Console (500 points). The Four Warriors of Light are coming. Everybody look busy.

Two unfortunate titles share Final Fantasy's spotlight this week. Big John Games brings a horde of Thorium beasts to the DSi in Thorium Wars (1,000 points,) a first and third-person shooter for Nintendo's handheld, while Digital Leisure delivers Word Searcher to WiiWare (500 points,) with 100 themed word-search puzzles. Check out the official descriptions below while we wait to purchase Final Fantasy for the umpteenth time.

FINAL FANTASY
Original platform: NES
Publisher: SQUARE ENIX
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
Price: 500 Wii Points™
Description: The world lies shrouded in darkness. The winds die. The sea rages. The earth decays. But the people believe in a prophecy, patiently awaiting its fulfillment. "When darkness veils the earth, four Warriors of Light shall come...." After a long journey, four young travelers did at last appear, and in the hand of each was clutched a crystal.

Nintendo DSiWare

Thorium Wars
Publisher: Big John Games
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Nintendo DSi Points
Description: In Thorium Wars, you must stop the Thorions, a super species of Thorium-based machines, from destroying mankind. Blast through waves of Thorions by controlling an arsenal of tanks, skyfighters, hovercrafts, gunboats and starfighters with either the standard or touch-screen controls. In 12 exciting missions, navigate through a variety of combat environments while viewing 360 degrees of the battlefield, fully rendered in 3-D. Toggle between first- and third-person views to destroy the terrifying army of Thorium beasts, from swarms of Redeye Drones to the bone-crushing Manticore Walker. This man-versus-machine battle proves to be the ultimate test for the survival of the fittest.

WiiWare

Word Searcher
Publisher: Digital Leisure Inc.
Players: 1
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
Price: 500 Wii Points
Description: You'll need a sharp eye and a quick mind to complete 100 themed word-search puzzles. Word Searcher contains fun words from multiple categories including anatomy, world cities and U.S. presidents. With a huge assortment of subjects to choose from, there's sure to be a puzzle for everyone to enjoy. Help improve your vocabulary, memory and problem-solving skills with these engaging puzzles. Track and try to beat your own play-through times again and again-words are scrambled every time you play.