Hefty VC update

by: Sean Colleli -
More On: Wii
After a smattering of forgettable titles, the Virtual Console is getting a lot of high profile releases.  Last week Link to the Past, now Mario Kart 64.  You'll also be getting Contra III, Bonanza Bros. and Comix Zone, which I hear is a cult classic.  Mario Kart 64 is one of my all time favorites--I can still remember pitched baloon battles atop the perilous skyscraper level.  As the second N64 release it's a good choice with a lot of content, and I personally rank it as the second best in the series right behind the DS hit.
Jan. 29, 2007
    Wii-kly Update: Four New Classic Games Announced for Wii Shop Channel
    Today Nintendo adds four new classic games to the popular Wii(TM) video 
game system's Wii Shop Channel.  The games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. 
Nintendo adds new games to the channel every Monday.  Wii owners with a
high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points to download the games. 
Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets.  
This week's new games are:
    Mario Kart 64(TM) (Nintendo(R) 64, 1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points): Put the 
pedal to the metal in this worthy successor to the Super NES(R) classic, Super 
Mario Kart(R).  Mario Kart 64 boasts great graphics, tons of unique power-ups 
and a stunning 3-D version of the legendary Battle Mode.  With improved 
courses and a revolutionary head-to-head four-player mode, Mario Kart 64 is 
sure to win the heart of any race-driving fan.  The game includes 20 different 
courses filled with dips, valleys, jumps, tunnels and bridges.  Smooth, 
precise control -- a trademark of all games from Mario creator Shigeru 
Miyamoto -- will bring players back time and time again for freewheeling fun.
    Contra(R) III: The Alien Wars(TM) (Super NES(R), 1-2 players, 800 Wii 
Points): In the year 2636, the Alien War continues, and it's up to two 
soldiers, Jimbo and Scully, to put a stop to the alien invasion.  The aliens 
have ravaged the Earth with their powerful organic and technological weapons. 
Players can join with a partner and battle through six stages of nonstop
run-and-gun action.  Collect power-ups, including bombs, flamethrowers, spread 
shots, lasers and machine guns to take out the aliens.  Control Jimbo and 
Scully as they travel through war-torn cities, race on air bikes, ride 
missiles and ultimately break into the alien base to defeat the alien boss 
once and for all.
    Bonanza Bros.(TM) (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): Mobo and 
Robo Bonanza are enjoying their favorite television show when the picture 
crackles and the shadowy figure of a mysterious stranger appears on the 
screen.  This figure asks them to collect certain items that he has placed 
inside various buildings to test his security force.  If they return the items 
successfully, Mobo and Robo will be rewarded.  The two of them state that they 
will get the job done in just three minutes.  However, little do they know 
that each building is packed with security guards who will raise the alarm if 
they are caught red-handed.  Fortunately both Mobo and Robo are equipped with 
bullets that can knock the guards unconscious for a few seconds.  A huge 
reward will be given out if Mobo and Robo are apprehended.  Help the infamous 
Bonanza Bros. infiltrate a number of different locations ranging from banks to 
mansions to casinos, and don't get caught.
    Comix Zone(TM) (Sega Genesis, 1 player, 800 Wii Points): Sketch Turner is 
an artist in New York City.  One day while Sketch is drawing, a huge 
thunderstorm strikes the city.  A bolt of lightning hits Sketch's image and 
brings it to life.  That image is Mortus, a megalomaniacal mutant who wants to 
become real and rule the earth.  Mortus magically transports Sketch into the 
pages of his comic book so that he can end his creator's life and become real. 
Inside the comic book, Sketch meets General Alissa Cyan, who believes he is a 
superhero that came to save their post-apocalyptic world from the evil brought 
by Mortus's hand.  Now that he's a comic book superhero, Sketch can really put 
the hurt on the bad guys.  Instantly, Sketch can fight like a one-man 
mercenary platoon.
    The list of downloadable games is updated weekly on Nintendo's Online 
Press Room at press.nintendo.com.  For more information about Wii, please 
visit wii.com