A flood of downloadable games; a fairy-tale serial

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TOURNA-MADNESS: One event that's been gathering plenty of Internet buzz is Wiimbledon, billed as "Brooklyn's first Wii tennis tournament." It's scheduled for Saturday. Keep an eye on wiimbledon.net - or, better yet, start your own tourney.

A more prestigious competition, the World Series of Video Games, has gotten so big that CBS Sports is covering it. The network will be covering four events in this year's circuit, beginning today in Louisville, Ky., then editing them down to one-hour segments of CBS Sports Spectacular.

The games involved in this year's World Series are Guitar Hero II, World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade, Quake 4 and Fight Night Round 3.

BEAM ME DOWN: In the six months since its debut, Nintendo's Wii has been breaking records and racing past milestones at a breathtaking clip. The most recent achievement: the 100th game offered for downloading from Nintendo's online Virtual Console service. Game 100 is 1988's Zelda II: The Adventure of Link - frankly, one of the weaker Legend of Zelda adventures. (If you're going to download a Zelda title, make it Ocarina of Time.)

Nintendo says 40 percent of Wii owners are connected to Virtual Console, and they've downloaded more than 4.7 million games, but how do Nintendo's online offerings match up with those from its competitors? Right now, Sony's PlayStation Network has about 30 games for sale; Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade has more than 60. But a good portion of Xbox Live's games - like my current addiction, the board-game adaptation Catan - are originals rather than revivals of "classic" games. Until Nintendo and Sony catch up in that regard, Microsoft will retain its reputation as the online gaming leader.


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