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11/19/2007 9:25:00 AM
In celebration of the first anniversary of the Wii Nintendo is releasing three "spectacular" titles on the Virtual Console this week. This week you can download Super Air Zonk (800 points), Sonic 3D Blast (800 points), and Wrecking Crew (500 points). Kind of a ho-hum release schedule for this week but then again they've got to compete against Mass Effect, UT3, and Rock Band this week.
Wii™ celebrates its first anniversary today, and big stars from past consoles
are coming out to help Nintendo celebrate. Luminaries walking the Virtual
Console™ red carpet this week include Mario™ and Luigi™, Sonic The Hedgehog
and Zonk. So throw on your best tuxedo or finest gown, and get ready to party
with these video game A-listers.
Three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new
games to the Wii™ Shop 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
Wrecking Crew™ (NES®, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): In
the days before Mario and Luigi became sports stars in their downtime between
plumbing and saving the Princess, they tried their hands as one-man wrecking
crews. With a hammer as their only tool, players take control of the brothers
and set out to destroy ladders, rip out pipes, knock down walls and detonate
explosive devices. But make sure to plan your path of destruction carefully,
as each building is designed as its own clever puzzle—if you’re not careful,
you can easily trap yourself in a dead end. Adding to the excitement and
challenge are fireballs, enemies and an angry foreman roaming the buildings.
They’re all trying to stop you from moving on to the next stage. With 100
buildings to demolish and the ability to construct your own, it’s a wonder
Mario and Luigi ever got back to saving the Mushroom Kingdom.
Sonic 3D Blast™ (Sega Genesis, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii
Points): The evil Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) stumbles upon an alternate
dimension where some odd birds called Flickies have the ability to travel
anywhere. In order to get help in his search for the Chaos Emeralds, Dr.
Eggman transforms the Flickies into robots that will help him track down his
coveted gems. Of course, it’s up to our favorite blue hedgehog, Sonic, to step
in and save the day. Jump into this 3-D adventure as Sonic or his buddy Tails,
and collect the golden rings to help free the Flickies and defeat the doctor.
Super Air Zonk (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild
Cartoon Violence, 800 Wii Points): Zonk is back in Super Air Zonk, the sequel
to the shooting game spin-off of the Bonk series, Air “Zonk.” Now moving to
a rockabilly beat and able to transform into nine different characters, Zonk
lets loose through seven action-packed stages in another battle against his
arch nemesis, SandroVitch. Power up Zonk with the classic Meat item,
eventually turning him into the champion of justice, Ultra Zonk, or the
fearsome Tyrano Zonk in the latter stages of the game. After rescuing his
friends from enemies, Zonk can also morph with them to combine powers. Fight
enemies with killer tunes belted out from a trusty microphone. Hurl freshly
made sushi at them. With its variety of wacky attacks, Super Air Zonk has a
sense of humor all its own.
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 or contact: