Remember when I played Tank! Tank! Tank! on the Wii U and mentioned how I thought it would be an awesome downloadable eShop game, because it clearly wasn't a full retail game? Well, for every one of those type of games that get it wrong when it comes to classifying itself, there is lots of other games that get it right. They are just hard to find sometimes.
But when you do find them, talk about diamonds in the rough.
Tonight I played Nano Assault Neo, a simple eShop game for the Wii U. The premise is simple. You are a space ship created to kill alien lifeforms. No back stories, no cut scenes - just pick your level and start blasting away, picking up power ups and bonuses along the way, upgrading your ship in between stages and ultimately trying to beat high scores.
There is a little caveat to the game though, one that makes the game smarter than just your run of the mill shooter. You're not in outer space, but instead, flying around cells, killing germs/diseases. The game doesn't make a big deal out of it, but once you realize what you are really doing, you get one of those "Aha!" moments. Love those in games.
Anyway, tonight I went straight for high score slaughtering. I actually bested my previous high score on my first run through, and then turned around and demolished that one too. I checked my friends list, made sure I was number one on that, which I was. In the overall rankings, I think I moved up to 86 in the world, or something like that. Pretty cool, actually. I've never been much of a leaderboards, high scores type of guy, but every once in a while a game comes around that ropes me in. Nana Assault Neo is that game, for sure.
Nintendo, are you listening? Please make more of these types of games, that I can pick up at any time and have an amazing time with, even if it's for a short while? This new system of yours can thrive on content like this.
Some games just know exactly what they are. I appreciate that, and am happy to show that with my money. I have more, I just need more to spend it on.
10/22/2013 08:41:56 am
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