Three studios put out attractive wallpapers for their games this week, and I’ve collected them here in case you missed them. So, if you’re desperate to find something new to decorate your desktop, here you go!
Hudson released this Tower of Shadow image as a reward for completing a Flash demo of the game’s controls. NeoGAFfer Agnates posted the full wallpaper here, though, so you can grab it without playing the trial.
These other excellent backgrounds come from Cing’s Last Window and Game Arts’s The Magic Obelisk. Download them in your size of choice by clicking the images:
Tecmo will toss two odd titles onto Japan’s DSiWare shop next week: Huh? The DS Is Upside Down? Reverse Shooting, and Huh? The DS Is Upside Down? Upside Down Drops. The latter is a puzzler and doesn’t interest me, but if you want to learn about it, head here.
Now, Reverse Shooting, this is some strange shiz. It features graphics from Tecmo’s Star Force series, which is interesting in itself as the company hasn’t really returned to the series since Final Star Force in 1992. Even more strange, though, is that the game is played upside down.
From what I can gather, it’s a two-player experience in which one gamer controls the ship with the directional pad and face buttons while an opponent directs the incoming stream of enemies and projectiles using the touchscreen. It’s not as complicated as the two-player controls for Fight With Photos: Photo Fighter X, but the system still seems weird for the person directing the ship, as your hands are positioned higher than the screen you’re watching.
For a novelty game, at least it’s cheap — 200 Points!
See also: DSiWare news out the god damn yin-yang
An apparent email from Jaleco CEO Takayasu Kato to My Game Flash blogger Jin regarding Etrian Odyssey III’s one-month delay to early April.
See also: Etrian Odyssey III trailer
Some time in the coming weeks, Q-Games will put out the third game from its DSiWare space trilogy, 3D Space Tank, probably showing up in Europe first. Nintendo and Q-Games haven’t disclosed much about the game beyond what you can surmise from its title, but GamerBytes notes this will likely release as X-Scape when in the U.S.
When Nintendo listed X-Scape in its early 2010 line-up a few months ago, I presumed the game was based on the defunct R&B group. Boing Boing’s Brandon Boyer, however, is a much wiser man than I and pointed out to me that this new DSiWare title could be a follow-up to another Q-Games-related release, X for Game Boy.
Since X shipped only in Japan, I’ll kick some (Wikipedia-stolen) knowledge for you about its significance:
I loathe putting together these round-up posts because they require so much effort and no one bothers to read through them, but someone has to cover these DSiWare items, right? Sure, Nintendo Life and Go Nintendo mention this junk from time to time, but I’m kind of focused on building the audience for this site. Anyway…
This trailer for Burning Puzzle Flame Tail presents a curious concept: the game scrolls like a vertical shoot’em-up with the DSi turned on its side but has the mechanics of a puzzler. You ignite block groups by touching them with your snake-like form, and collect letters spelling out power-ups. It’s the latest from Mindware, the little known studio that produced surprise gem Maboshi’s Arcade.
His iconic enemies — which, in case you couldn’t tell, are freshly-hatched dinosaurs who didn’t bother losing the whole shell — nap, catch butterflies, fish, climb poles in little alpine hats, suntan, and evoke the sense that they’re ‘living’ in a level, rather than placed arbitrarily by some programmer.” —
Bob Mackey argues the merits of the Bonk series. If you want to try a Bonk game (and you should, they’re adorable), you can download all three of the Turbografx-16 games, and the futuristic cute-em-up spinoff Air Zonk, on the Wii Virtual Console, or you can set up a Japanese PSN account and download the Bonk games to your PSP or PS3.
Or, if you want to go all out, you can buy a Turbo Duo on eBay, which has the added bonus of being absolutely gorgeous.
See also: “Free Bonk” store display