Big VC alert

by: Sean Colleli -
More On: Wii
The Wii virtual console has gained another classic, Super Mario World.  This classic came bundled with the SNES and moved a lot of systems with its deep gameplay and old-school Mario appeal.  If you've never played it (in its myriad incarnations) it's a must-download.  Vigilante (TG-16) and Gain Ground (Genesis) are also along for the ride, so check them out too.
Today Nintendo adds three 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:
    Super Mario World(TM) (Super NES(R), 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): During 
a vacation in Dinosaur Land, Princess Toadstool gets kidnapped and a spell is 
cast on the inhabitants of the island. When they stumble upon Yoshi(TM), a 
young dinosaur, Mario(TM) and Luigi learn that Bowser is responsible for the 
terrible misdeeds. Now, all Yoshis are trapped in magical eggs that Bowser has 
hidden throughout seven castles. Many hidden paths aid Mario in making his way 
to Bowser's castle, completing 74 areas and finding all 96 exits. Discover 
items, including a feather that gives Mario a cape that allows him to fly, or 
a flower that shoots fireballs in layers upon layers of 2-D scrolling 
landscapes. Players can even ride Yoshi and swallow their enemies.
    VIGILANTE(TM) (TurboGrafx-16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): Brave the streets 
of New York City in this side-scrolling beat-'em-up game. Thugs kidnap the 
beloved Madonna, and it's up to players to become vigilantes. Players fight 
their way into enemy territory to get her back. Enemies attack with weapons 
like iron pipes, chains, guns and motorcycles. To fight back, players can 
punch, kick or use the "nunchaku" item that appears in the stage. Players must 
use each of the attacks effectively to defeat their enemies. To clear a stage, 
defeat the boss that waits at the end. Players fight their way through 
exciting stages that include the City Streets, Junkyard, Brooklyn Bridge and 
the Backstreets.
    Gain Ground(TM) (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): It's the 31st 
century, and science and technology have progressed to the point that the 
human race is approaching perfection: no war, no poverty and no conflict. With 
nothing to worry about, the human race seems destined to live forever in 
harmony. But what if Earth came under attack? By this point in time, people 
did not know how to cope with problems or conflicts, and had completely lost 
their survival instincts. In response to this, the United Earth Government 
created the Gain Ground system, a war simulator that would help humans 
rediscover their lost instincts. After several terrible malfunctions, the 
creators became prisoners in their own creation. Now it's up to players and 
two courageous comrades to go into the Gain Ground system, rescue their fellow 
humans and destroy the system. Players battle through different periods in 
history as they revive their survival instincts, while trying to live.
    The list of downloadable games is updated weekly on Nintendo's Online 
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