Two new downloadable games grace the Nintendo Wii this Monday morning, as ogres battle and families party, demonstrating the fundamental differences between the two groups.
Gammick Entertainment's Family & Friends Party is this week's sole WiiWare release, delivering 1,000 Wii points worth of interactive board gaming fun. Teams of families and friends (no strangers allowed I suppose) compete in a series of challenges that ultimately determine which team is the best at challenges.
Players looking for more of a challenge might be better off with this week's Virtual Console offering, the relatively hard-to-find Super Nintendo strategy role-playing game Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen. The rare original Enix release was followed up by an equally scarce Atlus re-issue on the original PlayStation. Now the strategy game so awesome it is named after two Queen songs is available for the low price of 800 Wii points, which is much better than what you'd find it for on eBay.
Check out the official descriptions below, while I go buy myself 800 Wii points.
Family & Friends Party (Gammick Entertainment, 1-8 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Have fun with all your friends and family as you take on some very exciting challenges. This is an interactive board game for as many as eight players of all ages. The goal is to be the first to complete a series of challenges. During each turn, a challenge will be played by one or two players per team depending on the type of challenge you've been given. (Other players on your team can still help and support you). There are six different "Single" challenges that must be played cooperatively by members of the same team. Family & Friends Party can also suggest "Versus" challenges, which must be played competitively by all teams at the same time.
Ogre Battle™: The March of the Black Queen™ (Super NES™, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): It's up to you to defeat the Empire. It's been nearly a quarter of a century since the Zetegenian Empire first conquered the Kingdoms of Zenobia with a wrath of fear and bloodshed. You are the leader of a band of rebels who've fought to preserve the last shred of honor in this desperate time of treachery. Manage the ranks of a full-blown rebel army, complete with hundreds of characters, magic items, weapons and mystical Tarot cards. You must succeed in ousting the evil usurpers-your fate, and that of the entire population, depends on it.