Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Added to Wii Shop Channel
Ready for a fantastical summer getaway? Instead of a travel agent, visit the
Wii Shop Channel, where this week's new game offerings invite you to explore
some exciting and highly unusual locales. Magical 3-D realms, balloon-filled
skies and a perilous space station are just a few of the exotic destinations
Three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new
games to the Wii Shop Channel every Monday. Wii(TM) 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:
Paper Mario(R) (Nintendo(R) 64, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Comic Mischief,
1,000 Wii Points): Paper Mario is a graphically innovative game that breaks
from the confines of the RPG genre. Now slimmed down, everyone's favorite
plumber flips, spins, jumps and hammers his way through scads of exotic worlds
that teem with a huge and hugely entertaining supporting cast. Players control
numerous old and new characters in a complex, nonlinear story that follows
different scenarios depending on player choices. A dizzying collection of
spells, attacks, skills and special items can be collected by players willing
to thoroughly explore the lush 3-D environments.
Balloon Fight(R) (NES(R), 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points):
Control a character to pop your opponents' balloons before they pop yours.
Sounds easy, doesn't it? Don't be fooled by this game's simple premise or cute
exterior. Underneath you'll find a surprisingly addictive game with strategy
to spare. After mastering the easy-to-learn controls, you still have to get a
grip on the game's impressively realistic physics. And if that's not enough,
there are the ever-increasing enemies and environmental hazards like lightning
and water. Try the game's second mode, Balloon Trip, if you feel like taking a
break from the action and just want to see how long you can stay aloft. And
hey, who doesn't like popping balloons sometimes?
Silent Debuggers (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Fantasy
Violence, 600 Wii Points): Make your way through a dungeon-like space station
and defeat the prowling monsters in this real-time first-person shooter.
You're a member of the elite Debuggers, a group of warriors who are jacks-of-
all-trades. Assigned to inspect an unmanned space station, you have exactly
100 minutes to get in, destroy the monsters lurking in each block, make your
way to the lowest level and deactivate the automatic detonator placed there.
With each monster that slips by you, the core block becomes harder to survive
in, so speed is key in preserving the facility and each separate block.
Experience the thrill of survival as the timer ticks away and you uncover the
truth of the events that occurred.