Another week, another three titles for the Wii Virtual Console. This week you'll be able to play Wave Race 64(1,000 points), Adventures of Lolo(500 points), and Galaga 90(600 points) for your Wii. Not a bad line-up and the word Galaga is like catnip to John. Check back Thursday for Cyril's weekly retro round-up of new downloadable titles.
What makes a game truly classic? Is it unforgettable graphics or timeless
characters? Is it crisp realism or mesmerizing fantasy realms? The answer, of
course, is all of the above, and this week’s additions to the Wii Shop Channel
cover the whole gamut. From wild water sports to heroic puzzling to
intergalactic space battles, these newly available titles are proven favorites
you’ll learn to love all over again on your Wii™.
Today Nintendo adds three new classic games to the popular Wii 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
Wave Race® 64 (Nintendo® 64, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii
Points): Take to the waves on your own personal watercraft and experience some
of the best water effects in video game history. Choose one of four
characters, each with his/her own unique abilities and style, and master the
game’s excellent controls. Make your way through nine courses, each with its
own challenges. If the ramps, mines and hairpin turns aren’t enough, you’ll
also have to deal with varying weather conditions that can make the water
choppy or cover the course with fog. And if you ever feel like taking a break
from racing, then try out Stunt Mode to polish your skills by pulling off
handstands, rolls and more. Get good enough and you might even be able to ride
a dolphin—just don’t get seasick.
ADVENTURES OF LOLO™ (NES®, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points):
This was the first game in the Eggerland puzzle series to be released in North
America. After the love of his life, Lala, is kidnapped by the Great Devil and
taken to a haunted castle, our hero Lolo sets out to rescue her. The journey
is perilous because the Great Devil’s fortress is guarded by a massive army.
But Lolo has a few tricks up his sleeve, including a Magic Shot that turns
enemies into eggs and an Emerald Framer that shields him from attacks.
Combining clever environmental puzzles with tricky enemies and an engaging
style, ADVENTURES OF LOLO is a true classic.
GALAGA™ ’90 (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points):
This is an updated version of the classic arcade shooter Galaga. Set in the
vast reaches of space, you will fight your way through all 29 rounds to reach
the enemies’ stronghold on Planet Galaga. Game levels consist of a few rounds
with changing enemies and backgrounds. To top it off, the nostalgic “Galactic
Dancing” lives on to mark the end of each level. With the new addition of
dimensions, you can choose your attack route. Collect capsules and open
dimension warps at branch sections to take on even tougher enemies. GALAGA
’90’s inclusion of the triple fighter, scrolling backgrounds, boss Galaga and
even new system effects make it nothing less than a masterpiece.