VC Update

by: Sean Colleli -
More On: Wii
You can't escape...the weekly Virtual Console update!  This time we get revered NES classic Excitebike, accompanied by Beyond Oasis for the Genesis and the blood-soaked Splatterhouse for the TG-16.  They don't make gore-fests like that anymore!...oh wait, yes they do.
March 19, 2007
    Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Announced for Wii Shop Channel
    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(TM) to download the games. Wii 
Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This 
week's new games are:
    Excitebike(TM) (NES(R), 1 player, 500 Wii Points): Face crazy curves, 
hairpin turns, and daredevil jumps as you race toward the checkered flag and 
the Excitebike championship. Race against the clock or challenge an opponent. 
You must keep your bearings as you fly through the air and avoid getting 
clipped by other racers. Stay cool under pressure or your bike will overheat. 
If you get tired of racing on the circuit, create your own course in Design 
Mode. There you have access to all the ramps, mounds, bridges, and other 
obstacles Excitebike has to offer.
    Beyond Oasis(TM) (Sega Genesis, 1 player, 800 Wii Points): You are Prince 
Ali, who has discovered a buried gold armlet. This armlet once belonged to a 
wizard who waged a long war against the evil wielder of a silver armlet. The 
silver armlet was used to create chaos and destruction, while the gold armlet 
had the power to summon four spirits: the water spirit "Dytto," the fire 
spirit "Efreet," the shadow spirit "Shade," and the plant spirit "Bow." To 
stop the person who first discovered the ancient silver armlet and is again 
using it for evil, Prince Ali travels the land of Oasis, gradually acquiring 
the ability to summon the four spirits. Use your wits and speed to claim the 
silver armlet!
    SPLATTERHOUSE(TM) (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): Rick and 
Jennifer, both parapsychology students at the local university, are visiting 
West Mansion, site of the research lab where the famed Dr. West conducted some 
of his most gruesome experiments. A sudden storm forces them to find shelter 
inside the mansion. Once inside, they are attacked by monsters. Jennifer is 
kidnapped and Rick is knocked unconscious. Hours later, Rick awakes to find 
himself covered in blood, with the Terror Mask stuck to his face. His only 
hope is to depend on the ancient powers of the mask to give him the strength 
and courage to find Jennifer. Now Rick's fight has begun! Splatter your way 
through 7 stages of side-scrolling horror action. Armed with cleavers and 
shotguns, Rick must fight his way through the monsters of West Mansion and 
defeat the bosses at the end of every stage. The creepy music, gruesome 
monsters, gory action and shocking events leading up to the finale will keep 
you on the edge of your seat!
    The list of downloadable games is updated weekly on Nintendo's Online 
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