Just a short note to recommend some Wii and DS titles, some coming out soon or at the end of the month.
Okami is a port of a PS2 game that garnered critical acclaim, and seems made to be implemented on the Wii. It's a mixture of several Japanese legends and is rumoured to feature an interesting story line and innovative game mechanics. I've been looking forward to it for quite some time.
Mario Kart for the Wii finally comes out at the end of the month. Ever since I played the DS version for the first time, I've been looking forward to the full Wii version and most of the reviews are quite positive. If anything, the only negative is that if you've played previous iterations (I haven't) then you might be bored. But there are motorcycles now!
Smash Brothers is another Wii title that we've had for a month or so. At first I wasn't too impressed, but I have to say it has grown on me. There is something viscerally fun about the gameplay: mash buttons til someone goes flying! There is a "single" player game that 2 people can play together that Rowan and I are working our way through.
Professor Layton and the Curious Village is a DS title that I had been hearing about long before it came out. Combining Miyazaki style animation with a mystery storyline (it's silly, but keeps you interested), and lots and lots of puzzles, it kept me occupied on the bus to and from work for several weeks in a row. I still haven't finished all the puzzles.
Lego Star Wars for the Wii (complete saga): A great one to play with Rowan because of how easy it is to drop in and out of, we have been making our way through the Star Wars movies on this one. We had previously owned the Gamecube Original Trilogy version, but this one contains all 6 movie plotlines, combined with the usual humour of the Lego series. The best part is how forgiving it is. When you die you just pop back in again and there are no such things as "lives" to run out of.
Super Mario Galaxy - Finished this one months ago, but Kerri is still working her way through it, and it is still Rowan's favourite. It's just so much fun, it would have to be on any recommended list.
Wii Fit - Looking forward to this, though it's a bit steep in price ($90). But I've been reading some posts out there that indicate if you use it consistently it can help lose some weight, and at least make it fun and interesting. We'll probably snag one when it releases.
Zak and Wiki: I think I've raved about this before, but we recently finished it, so I wanted to reiterate that this may be one of my all time favourite Wii titles. Innovative gameplay, great humour, really fun to play with other people (even though it is a single player game). I really hope they make a sequel.
Well that's it for now, just thought it had been a while since I posted something games related.
Oh, one last thing, Trackmania is my (only) favorite racing game and Nadeo has just made one version of it TrackMania Nations Forever free! You can download it from the sites listed, or if you have Steam, you can just add it to your game list and start the download from there.