Even though it's a holiday here in the US, Nintendo has released a plethora of new downloadable titles for the Wii and DSi. It's a great thing, not simply because OMG moar gamez, but because it gives us a distraction from the day's festivities. There's only so much of Aunt Linda's trip to the Grand Canyon we can listen to, you know?
X-Scape (Nintendo, 1 player, 800 DSi Points): You're suddenly awakened from 10 years of deep cryosleep to find yourself engaged in battle against an evil empire in this 3D shooter. Man, if only we had a dollar for every time that happened to us!
Hero of Sparta (Gameloft, 1 player, 800 DSi Points): As the titular hero, King Argos, you're on a hunt for your missing crew after you regain consciousness on a foreign beach.
A Topsy Turvy Life: The Turvys Strike Back (Tecmo Koei Games, 1 - 2 players, 200 DSi Points): Play as the enemy force in this stylus-driven shmup from Tecmo Koei. It features a variety of ships and weapons to choose from. Two players can even play via one system. Sharing is caring!
Telegraph Sudoku & Kakuro (Sanuk Games, 1 player, 200 DSi Points): This features 500 puzzles from the Telegraph, including classic Sudoku, Mini-Sudoku, Sudoku-X, Jigsaw Sudoku and Kakuro.
Ben 10 Alien Force: The Rise of Hex (Konami, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points): You'll find all 10 of Ben's alien forces here in this platformer, which stars the hero as he thwarts Hex's latest evil plan.
Voodoo Dice (Ubisoft, 1 - 4 players, 1,000 Wii Points): Ubisoft's action-puzzler is probably best summed up through this video.
Robocalypse - Beaver Defense (Vogster Entertainment, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): This tower defense game places the player in the middle of the robot apocalypse -- Robocalypse, rather -- as you whittle down the hordes of invading enemies.
Wild Guns (SNES, 1 - 2 players, 800 Wii Points): In this historically accurate representation of the wild west, you must free the town from the grip of the Kid gang -- a force of ne'er-do-wells and robots and giant bosses who've taken up residence. Choose to go it alone or with a partner in this third-person shooter.