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It’s about time. Last Spring, Nintendo launched WiiWare, a downloadable game service on the Wii, but I haven’t been all that impressed by the scant titles they’ve made available since then. This week’s offering is different: Helix, from indie developer Ghostfire Games. In my view it’s […]

It’s about time. Last Spring, Nintendo launched WiiWare, a downloadable game service on the Wii, but I haven’t been all that impressed by the scant titles they’ve made available since then. This week’s offering is different: Helix, from indie developer Ghostfire Games. In my view it’s the first WiiWare title to truly capitalize on the game console’s unique functionality and diverse audience. More crucial, it’s WiiWare’s first music/rhythm game, an entry in the seemingly unstoppable genre which accounts for 32 percent of the industry’s growth so far this year.

Plus, it’s pretty freaking fun.

Think Dance Dance Revolution, but for the upper body. Holding two Wii remotes in either hand, you imitate an on-screen robot in a fast routine of arm swinging, swaying, and waving your hands in the air like you just don’t care. As with DDR and all the many games it’s spawned, you need to time your movements to synch up with the glowing symbols that fly across the screen.

All this is accompanied by fairly decent electronica dance music, though Helix is too frenetic and choppy to feel like dancing. Still, it’s a good workout. For the Wii’s future outlook, that’s another important plus — it’ll easily appeal to the 6 million+ who bought WiiFit, and prime them to look for more downloadable content on WiiWare.

Image credit: www.ghostfiregames.com

  1. Herman Manfred Thursday, August 28, 2008

    Lol! Read your article, downloaded the program (big ten bucks here in The States), and got instantly hooked. This will serve not just as a Poor Man’s Wii Fit while I’m impatiently waiting for a buyable Wii Fit to show up somewhere within a hundred miles of Northern Virginia (…) but will remain a usable exercise program for some time to come!

    Very nice.

    [visited the author site and read some of the "suggested improvements"-like comments; they cover my own very-brief-late-night-playing initial thoughts as well]

    Thanks for the Heads Up!

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  2. Read the post and went to download it as well:) Now after dancing a few songs, I am back at my computer, a bit out of breath and a tad sweaty. I started off on medium mode and got my dance party going – I can hold off on getting my Wiifit now!

    Once they figure out how to integrate feet movements, I may never need to go clubbing again;)

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