Whilst many will look at this as being just a two stage shooter for a high price that is definitely the wrong viewpoint. This 'Caravan Mode' version of Star Soldier is perfect for those that cannot commit to working their way through a full shmup outing.
Without the online element the appeal would not been anywhere near as high, so thankfully Hudson's inclusion was a wise one since the sheer addictive quality of coming back time and time again to up your worldwide ranking means gamers will, in the long run, likely play this more than other quality WiiWare offerings such as LostWinds and My Life as a King. A fantastically crafted space shooter that has a resounding 'just one more go' feel to it…Be sure to give this a whirl. 8/10