Nintendo's WiiWare has been a source of frustration and disappointment for many, to put it mildly; only a relatively low number of noteworthy (or simply decent) games have been able to call it their home, largely due to technical reasons. Super Meat Boy is perhaps the most well known casualty.

Whereas others have vanished without a trace. I still want to know what the deal is with the American release of La Mulana and the localized version of Monster World 4 (though the promised PSN version is a no show as well, so it might be Sega's fault there).

Then along comes Sabarasa, who some might recall were the publishers of the Jason Rohrer anthology for DSiWare, Alt-Play. Their latest release, Horizon Riders, is due next week and is worth checking out, especially if you're into light gun games.

The key detail here is how movement of the on-screen character can be achieved via the Wii Balance Board. Also, the bosses seem to exhibit some Japanese shump boss-like patterns. Generally speaking, it's one's wrists that become casualties of bullet hell games. Now your hips might be warn out too.

The use of the Balance Board is entirely optional, as is the Wii Zapper, but most owners of those extra hunks of plastic will no doubt appreciate a semi-decent reason to blow dust off of them. And Horizon Riders looks as good as any.

[via GoNintendo]