- On this Day October 27, 2009 – Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island was released for the Nintendo DS in North America. However, this also released in Japan on March 12, 2009.
Publisher: Gust Co. Ltd. & NIS America
Genre: Role-playing simulation game
Description: Annie was just a simple girl who lived in a town located within the mainland. However, all she did was sleep and fantasize about becoming rich and famous someday by marrying up. Worried about their daughter, her parents consulted Annie’s grandfather, a great alchemist, for advice on what to do. After a moment of thought, he decides to send her to Sera Island to take part in a large resort project in order to teach her to overcome her laziness. Thus, in the middle of the night, his homunculi steal Annie away to Sera Island; across land, across river, and across sea. Described as role-playing-meets-simulation, the game focuses much more heavily on world building and character interactions rather than battling. The battle system is made of a basic turn-based combat featuring front-and-back positions that not only affect offense and defense, but change a character’s special ability – usually from offensive to supportive, respectively. Enemies have elements assigned to them, which can be exploited through their weaknesses by corresponding colored weapons. Battles occur at random as Annie wanders around gathering materials outside town.
- On this Day October 27, 2009 – Disney Fairies: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure was released for the Nintendo DS.
Publisher: Disney Interactive
Description: Like the previous game, the player plays as Tinker Bell in a free-roaming Pixie Hollow, using the touch screen to maneuver the character, move to other maps and play various minigames. The player must, for example, touch an arrow on the screen to move to another map or characters to speak to them. The touch screen is used in the item repair minigames as well. For example, the player must trace the pattern of a groove to clear it or rub the item to clean stains. The DS microphone is used to create wind to loosen leaves and petals or blow dust from an item being repaired. The highest rank on ‘Tinker bell’ is Champion of the Craft.
- On this Day October 27, 2009 – Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter was released for the Nintendo DS in North America. However, this also released in Australia and Europe on October 8, 2009 and October 16, 2009 respectively.
Genre: Action-adventure, platform
Description: Drawn to Life: The Next Chapter is a 2D platforming game in which the player draws their own protagonist to play as, as well as many of the game’s in-game elements. The protagonist is able to play as three different forms – humanoid, blob and spider – each having their own perks; humanoid form having access to weapons, blob form being able to fit through small gaps and spider form being able to shoot webs and climb walls. These forms are unlocked through progression in the game. The humanoid hero can choose from three weapon classes – slasher, shooter and slinger – and is able to upgrade each at any time from a store using coins, collected in each stage. Both forms and weapons can be freely swapped at any time. The player must use these form and weapon abilities to pass each stage. The game begins with a surreal sequence, wherein an unknown party asks the player; “What do you remember about that day?” The player is given several dialogue choices that build a cohesive description of “that day”, though at this time, the player is not aware of the event’s importance. Before the game begins, the player is asked to draw an image depicting this mysterious scene, introducing them to the game’s core drawing mechanics.
- On this Day October 27, 2009 – Geon was released for the Nintendo Wii.
Publisher: Interactive Games
Description: Geon is a fast-paced arcade game that requires players to take control of an emotionally themed cube and direct it around a semi-transparent grid. The cube collects the pellets and the aim of the game is to fill the cube with pellets and then deposit them in your opponent’s goal. The aim is to score five ‘goals’ against the opponent (either human or computer controlled) before they do. Each grid has two sides, and the game begins with players being placed on opposite sides of the grid. Players are not restricted to their ‘home’ side, and may traverse to the edge of the grid to ‘flip’ over to their opponents side at any time.
- On this Day October 27, 2009 – Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 was released for the Nintendo Wii in North America. However this also released in Europe on June 4, 2010.
Genre: Music, exercise
Description: Gameplay remains relatively unchanged from the original game. New modes on Dance Dance Revolution Hottest Party 3 include Tournament Mode, Relaxed Mode, DDR School, Hypermove Mode, and Wii Balance Board Modes. Returning modes include Free Play Mode and Training Mode. Dropped modes include the “Groove Circuit/Arena” Mode. It has been replaced with Tournament Mode. The use of hand markers have been removed from Free Play Mode. They are still existent in DDR School and Hypermove Mode, but are called Punch Markers.
- On this Day October 27, 2009 – Ben 10 Alien Force: Vilgax Attacks was released for the Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii in North America. However this also released in Europe on February 12, 2010.
Publisher: D3 Publisher
Description: When Vilgax invades the Earth using a Null Void projector (which beams Null Void prisoners to Earth), Ben, Gwen, and Kevin, snap into action to defend their hometown Bellwood from the attacks. Splitting up, Ben battles Vilgax’s servant Psyphon, who brings a Mr. Smoothy billboard to life to attack Ben. Ben ends up using most of his Omnitrix aliens to defeat it, but ends up draining the watch’s power as a result. For the most part, gameplay is a balance of action and puzzle-solving that revolves around the skills of Ben’s alien forms. For example, Ben might need to change into his Humungousaur form to break through do ors, or use his Swampfire form to ignite flammable substances. Each form has different combination s and special attacks that it can execute, and Ben can unlock new abilities by defeating enemies and collecting glowing energy orbs. However, using a form’s innate abilities drains energy from Ben’s Omnitrix meter, preventing them from continually being used until the meter can recharge.
- On this Day October 27, 2009 – SimAnimals Africa was released for the Nintendo Wii and Nintendo DS.
Publisher: Electronic Arts
Genre: Life simulation
Description: The game allows the player to get into the skin of animals and explore the continent. When controlling, for example, a lion will have to hunt for food or seek new areas to take refuge. Each animal has a secret ability that will allow it to access certain areas or perform better in certain situations. In addition to this, there are several mini-games that will also serve to improve the abilities of the animals and 70 special objects to collect throughout the territory.
- On this Day October 27, 2009 – Ski-Doo: Snowmobile Challenge was released for the Nintendo Wii in North America.
Publisher: Valcon Games
Description: Snowmobiling video game.
- On this Day October 27, 2009 – System Flaw was released for the Nintendo Wii in North America. However this also released in Europe on January 21, 2011.
Publisher: Visual Impact
Description: The game turns a player’s surroundings into the playing environment using the rear facing camera. The objective is to rotate the console around and defeat enemies known as flaws.
- On this Day October 27, 2009 – DJ Hero was released for the Nintendo Wii in North America. However this also released in Australia and Europe on October 28, 2009 and October 29, 2009 respectively.
Genre: Music video game, rhythm game
Description: DJ Hero primarily simulates turntablism, a musical style used by disc jockeys to create a new mashup song by incorporating one or more previously recorded songs played on record players along with sound effect generators. The game features score attack gameplay similar to the Guitar Hero games. The controller consists of a wireless deck consisting of a movable turntable that supports 3 “stream” buttons, an effects dial, a crossfader, and a “Euphoria” button; a hidden panel contains additional controller buttons to interact with the gaming console outside of the game.
- On this Day October 27, 2009 – Madagascar Kartz was released for the Nintendo Wii in North America. However this also released in Europe and Australia on November 6, 2009 and December 9, 2009 respectively. This also released on the Nintendo DS.
Description: The game is a basic kart racing game, and the player can perform jumps, flips, and rolls. There are many different stages from scenes of the franchise. The Madagascar Kartz Wheel is bundled with the Wii version of the game. This wheel is optional. This wheel’s look is different from that of the Wii Wheel from Mario Kart Wii.
- On this Day October 27, 2004 – The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie was released for the Nintendo Game Cube and the Nintendo Game Boy Advance in North America. However this also released in the PAL regions on February 18, 2005.
Publisher: THQ & Nick Games
Genre: Platform, Adventure
Description: The plot of the video game is based on the film, albeit liberties are taken occasionally. King Neptune’s crown has been stolen by Plankton and SpongeBob and Patrick must retrieve it from Shell City and save Bikini Bottom. The gameplay is similar to that from Heavy Iron Studios’ previous game, Battle for Bikini Bottom, as it was created using the same engine and shares many assets. There are 18 levels in the game that loosely follow the storyline of the film. The player controls SpongeBob SquarePants and Patrick Star, both of whom have their own unique set of abilities. Each level contains a main objective and side tasks.
- On this Day October 27, 2003 – Spyro: Attack of the Rhynocs was released for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance in North America. However this also released in Europe on November 20, 2003.
Publisher: Universal Interactive
Genre: Isometric platformer
Description: In the Professor’s lab, The Professor shows Spyro and Sparx his two new inventions. The first is a projector-like peephole machine, enabling them to spy on Ripto. The Professor then displays his next new invention – Butler, a large mechanical bear designed to help him in his lab. Unfortunately Butler malfunctions and the Professor has failed to equip it with an “off” switch. Spyro manages to short Butler out by luring him into a power generator, then the peephole machine malfunctions and the hole in the fabric of space begins to expand rapidly. The game plays similar to the previous two Game Boy Advance entries but expands on roleplaying concepts and item collecting than the previous two and has a much higher focus on role playing than platforming unlike the previous two entries. Players still collect gems and various other collectables and use portals to warp from level to level.
- On this Day October 27, 2003 – Tony Hawk’s Underground was released for the Nintendo Game Cube and Nintendo Game Boy Advance in North America. However this also released in Europe on November 21, 2003.
Genre: Extreme sports
Description: Like its predecessors in the Tony Hawk’s series, Underground is centered on skateboarding in a series of levels. The player performs tricks via combinations of analog stick and button inputs. For example, the player initiates an ollie (a jump trick) by holding and releasing the jump button. The protagonist and their friend, Eric Sparrow, live in suburban New Jersey and dream of becoming famous skateboarders. The protagonist manages to impress professional skater Chad Muska, visiting town for a demo, who gives them a new skateboard and informs them that a good way to start a skating career is to gain a sponsorship from a local skate shop. The protagonist seeks out Stacy Peralta, who agrees until he sees something to set them apart from the other local skaters, so the protagonist travels to Manhattan, New York with Eric, who is on the run from drug dealers after setting their car on fire for stealing from the skate shop.
- On this Day October 27, 2000 – Bust-a-Move Millennium was released for the Nintendo Game Boy Color.
Publisher: Club Acclaim
Description: This game continues using the same mechanics as Puzzle Bobble 4. The game contains a new story mode and two-player-link mode, along with a “Challenge” mode like in the Game Boy version of Puzzle Bobble 4. The controls/pointer can be inconsistent, so the player often has to ‘jiggle’ the cursor in order to pinpoint where they want to shoot their bubble.
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