Ōkamiden continues the artistic tradition of Ōkami. This Nintendo DS sequel allows you to use your stylus to do everything from painting to defeating enemies to directing humans on a guided path. Capcom's Motohide Eshiro and Kuniomi Matsushita are leading development, while the story is seemingly being written by Yukinori Kitajima. Kitajima is partly known for his writing in 428: Fūsasareta Shibuya de.
In Xenoblade, you control a hero who equips himself with the legendary Monado sword and takes on a nefarious horde of enemies storming off the body of a dead diety. Tetsuya Takahashi, the director of Xenoblade, told Famitsu he "wanted to return to the roots of the RPG genre, and make a game where the fun is in the adventuring itself". Takahashi had previously worked on plot driven games like Xenogears and Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean, though expectations are that Xenoblade will lean heavily on exploration and battle. Kingdom Hearts composer Yoko Shimomura will also be contributing to the game.
Nintendo Power noted the unveiling of the Nintendo 3DS and it's soon coming introduction at E3 2010. The magazine made mention that the Nintendo 3DS, which will produce stunning 3D effects, will be backwards compatible and will likely be released before April 2011.
Despicable Me for the Wii and Nintendo DS are games both based on the animated film of the same name, but take a different gameplay approach depending on the system it's on. The Wii version stars the the hero (or rather "villain") named Gru who is set on stealing the moon. Armed with a ray gun with unusual settings (freeze, air, web, and magnet) he goes about finding rocket parts to complete his mission. The Nintendo DS version, meanwhile, stars Gru's cohorts working together in a puzzling platformer.
"Jett-Powered Platformer": Jett Rocket
"Back from the Stone Age": Bonk: Brink of Extinction
The following reviews are for download-able games for the Wii and the Nintendo DSi. "Recommended" is a critic's positive response, "Hmmm..." is a lukewarm response, and "Grumble Grumble" is a poor response.