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Bit.Trip Runner sprints to WiiWare May 17; Summer DSiWare releases dated


The main highlight of the latest transmission from Fort Nintendo is that Bit.Trip Runner, the quirky rhythm-platformer from Aksys Games, is scheduled for release on WiiWare on May 17. Seriously, guys -- get on the hype train before it pulls out of the station.

As for DSiWare, there's a whole bunch of games being released over the next few months, including Photo Dojo, X-Scape and Metal Torrent. Head past the break for the full list of whats and whens.


Photo Dojo (May 10): This side-scrolling fighting game uses the DSi's camera to add you to the game. Finally you can beat up countless waves of thugs without having to serve the jail time afterward! Even better: it's free for its first month, from May 10 to June 10!

Gallery: Photo Dojo (DSiWare) | 15 Photos

Earthworm Jim (May 10): Gameloft's update of the SNES version of this classic also incorporates the DSi's camera into the game. Players will be tasked with participating in " facial-expression-based challenges."

Looksley's Line Up (May 17): You probably know this game better as "that one 3D Japanese game." It uses the DSi's camera in a very interesting way, presenting 3D landscapes where you have to tilt the handheld to find the hidden object.

Frogger Returns (May 24): Konami's update to the classic brings 3D into the mix and offers touch-based controls, should you feel more comfortable with a stylus than a d-pad.

Metal Torrent (May 24): This Arika-developed shmup is pretty cut and dry: you shoot stuff up and dodge enemies trying to shoot your stuff up. Can't get much simpler than that, can it?

Gallery: Metal Torrent (DSiWare) | 8 Photos

X-Scape (May 31): This resurrection of the classic Game Boy title X from Q Games builds upon the first-person tank combat of the first game by bringing the fight to the land and air. The game is controlled entirely by the stylus and features a stylish, monochromatic graphical scheme.

Gallery: X-Scape (DSiWare) | 10 Photos

Other notable DSiWare releases:
  • Hero of Sparta (May 31)
  • Flametrail (June 7)
  • A Kappa's Trail (June 14)

Bit.Trip Runner (May 17): Did you not read the first paragraph of this post? Seriously: hype train. You. On it.

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