E3 WiiWare – A Collection of Good Titles

Military Madness is sci-fi-themed, hex map turn-based strategy game for the TurboGrafx-16. The first game in the Nectaris series, it was developed by Hudson Soft.

Military Madness is a turn-based strategy game that takes place on the moon in 2089, with the player controlling the Allied-Union forces against the Axis-Xenon forces. Units cannot be produced, but the Allied-Union forces could “capture” enemy units if they were in factories, or find unsecured factories and gain units from them. Units could also be repaired by returning them to factories under Allied-Union control.

The one problem with this game when I was demoing it was that it did not make use of the Wii Mote IR sensor, and was primarily D-Pad and button pushing. For an Real Time Strategy game the decision to not use the infra-red pointer was kind of purplexing. It’s an interesting game though, so I suggest everyone to check it out.

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4 Responses to E3 WiiWare – A Collection of Good Titles

  1. Joshdad says:

    Interesting selection of games. Of the 5, I’ll definitely be getting 2 of them, I won’t be getting 2 others, and 1 I’m not quite so sure about yet.

    CAVE STORY – isn’t my kind of game. It looks good, but I’m just not into these kind of shooting games.

    BIT TRIP CORE – I’m probably one of the few people who have never gotten into music games, so I don’t really see any interest in this as as well.

    ICARIAN KINDERED SPIRITS – I really like the look of this game. The way you control your character reminds me a lot of Lost Winds. Nice looking game with great controls – a definite get for me.

    FINAL FANTASY IV – I’ve always preferred the older FF games to the newer ones (with 3 being the best of the best), so to get a chance to get my hands on a new old-style FF game is really great.

    MILITARY MADNESS – I’m not sure yet. This game looks pretty interesting, so I’ll need to do some more studying up on it before making a decision. A definite possibility though.

  2. Abysmal says:

    A very interesting article. I had only known about Cave Story and Final Fantasy IV After Years. You’ve got some good coverage of each of the five titles that has got me interested in Military Madness. Thanks, Will!

  3. skeptical says:

    @JoshDad: I’m with you regarding music games – they just never seem to hit that sweet spot. But after I tried Bit.Trip BEAT (the predecessor for CORE) I realized that it’s not as much a music game as an old-school twitch-fest where the beat works as an audio cue. Not sure if that’s your thing… but it is a really solid WiiWare title if you like old-school stuff and ever enjoyed playing pong.

    @Will: At the end of your article on Miltary Madness, you wondered why a RTS game wouldn’t use the pointer… if it was RTS I would agree, but the game is turn-based (think Advance Wars instead of StarCraft) so it doesn’t matter that much.

    Anyone who liked the strategy in Advance Wars will eat Military Madness up – it’s more complicated, but much more strategic. If you aren’t sure, you can download the old TurboGrafx-16 version on the cheap as a test run.

  4. Will says:


    You get it wrong, I just find it weird that you can’t instantly select something with the WiiMote with the pointer, instead of having to D-Pad through squares to get to something. It just seems to waste some time.

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