This week Nintendo is uploading two games to their download services, one that is an Alex Kidd game and another that is a Gradius game. Can you guess which one belongs in the WiiWare channel? You might as well sit down Alex Kidd fans, because there's no way Sega is going to release a new installment of that franchise without telling anybody. Instead we get a game called Gradius ReBirth
. This $10 shooter is a remix of some of the most beloved Gradius stages, complete with redesigned boss battles. While the game certainly looks good, Gradius ReBirth has a lot to live up to. Let's hope developers M2 was up to the task.
Also out this week is Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
for the Virtual Console. Once an arcade game, this Sega Master System port is the follow up to Alex Kidd in Miracle World. Platform fans will get a kick out of this game, but beware, this 21 year old game features more than a few antiquated gameplay cliches (including one where you have to play through each level more than once). Check back on Friday to see what I think of Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars when I review that and many more games in my weekly Retro Round-Up column. Until then hit the jump and check out videos of both of these recently uploaded Wii games.
- Gradius ReBirth (Konami/1000 Points)
- Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars (Sega/Master System/500 Points)