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The download train is leaving the station, and we've got your ticket. Gamers nostalgic for the heyday of N64 split screen battles in the dorm room should be ready to stand up and cheer - the original Perfect Dark arrives on XBLA this Wednesday, March 17th for a paltry 800 Microsoft points ($10). To this day, Perfect Dark stands as one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time, and its re-release has an appropriate level of polish to match its important place in console gaming history. Updated graphics, controls, and gameplay modes mean that everything you loved is still there, but polished for a new generation of gaming. Sure, even with some impressive HD upgrades, Joanna isn't competing with today's top notch shooting stars, but a playthrough of the remake should remind a lot of folks why she was popular in the first place. You can read our full review right here.
WiiWare has sent out an invitation to arena fighters everywhere with Rage of the Gladiator, which just released yesterday for 1,000 Wii points ($10). The game copies a number of familiar mechanics from the Punch-Out book, pitting players against a sequence of unique enemies. Instead of punching gloves, the game puts a weapon and shield in your hand. Upgrades and multiple difficulty-scaled playthroughs help to extend the life of the game. To learn more, our review should deliver all the additional details you may need.
A surprising gem can be found among Nintendo's other downloadable offerings for the week. Castlevania: Rondo of Blood is headed to the Wii Virtual Console for 900 Wii Points ($9). Formerly only available outside of the US, Rondo of Blood was remade recently as a PSN title. However, this is the first time that this 10th installment in the Castlevania series has had a stateside launch in its original form.
PlayStation Network appears to be on a bye week as far as PlayStation 3 downloadable games, but it does have a new PSP title available. Patchwork Heroes is a small new PSP game releasing on March 18th for $9.99. The action-oriented title is built around the fun mechanic of using scissors to cut up paper. In the story of the game, you crawl along massive aircraft and battleships to destroy them before they reach your town. Next week, downloadable PS3 games return with the brand new Wakeboarding HD. Anything catch your eye this week?
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