Sean's going to be pretty happy with Nintendo this week (well, more happy) as Metroid
is finally available on the Wii VC for 500 points. Also out this week is Shining in the Darkness
(800 points) and Cratermaze
(600 points). Don't forget to check back on Thursday for Cyril's take on the games.
Aug. 13, 2007
Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Added to Wii Shop Channel
This week it’s All About Evil. The “Month of Metroid” continues, giving you
the chance to contend with evil, flying, brain-like Metroids that latch onto
your head and suck your life forces. Nobody needs that, especially not first
thing Monday morning. Luckily, you’ve got a sweet suit and some nice weapons
to help you navigate through this amazing classic game. And if that’s not
enough, you also have the option of dealing with bad guys named Dark Sol and
Zenzombie. You just know when their parents named them that, they were asking
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
Metroid® (NES®, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 500
Wii Points): The first installment of the immensely successful Metroid series
introduces us to the hideous title creatures and the slick, cybernetic bounty
hunter Samus Aran. As Samus, your mission is to penetrate the space pirates’
home planet, Zebes, and keep them from destroying the galaxy with the
dangerous life forms known as Metroids. Metroid has all the high-tech
weaponry, creepy tunnels and crawly alien creatures that anyone could ask for.
With its deep and complex game play, excellent music and a rare sense of
setting, it establishes a frightening ambience that will haunt and entertain
you for a very long time.
Shining in the Darkness™ (Sega Genesis, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild
Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): Dark Sol has vowed to reign over the
enchanted Kingdom of Thornwood, and only you can stop him. Find the powerful
Arms of Light and battle the deadly beasts that keep your people desperate and
starving in this epic journey for peace. Roaming the dark Labyrinth, you’ll
seek out enemies and collect weapons, all of which will help you pass the test
of the Ancients and become a shining knight. Get into the adventure with a
stunning 3-D perspective, amazing cinematic views and fast-paced scrolling.
You’ll move from battle to battle, solving puzzles and discovering secret
items in this engrossing struggle between good and evil.
Cratermaze™ (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief,
600 Wii Points): Cratermaze is a comical action game set in a parallel world.
While on a trip through time, you and your friends are confronted by Kublai,
henchman to the evil Zenzombie. He traps your friends at separate points in
the space-time continuum. Now you must fight your way through 60 rounds of
mazes to save your friends. Dinosaurs, ninjas, robots and other enemies lurk
within the mazes, spanning from primitive times to the future. Escape the
enemies by digging holes to trap them in and then filling the holes to finish
them off. Collect all the chests within the time limit to get the key and exit
to the next round. With special items such as shovels and spring platforms,
Cratermaze takes its game play to new heights, making for an unforgettable