Nintendo imports 2 more games to the Virtual Console

Posted on March 10, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

Nintendo has added to the list of Virtual Console games it has imported from Japan with these 2 new titles. The first is DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure and Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu. Both games have been translated into English, and are worth 100 points more then the normal price for such games.

And here are the descriptions of the games:

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure (Super NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Alcohol Reference and Comic Mischief, 900 Wii Points): This is an action game where an energetic boy named Milon sets off on a great adventure in a cute fairy-tale world. Piccolo is a village in the country of Fantasia. One day, they hear from the fairy Alis that songs and music have disappeared from the forest. Suddenly, the wizard Amon appears, grabs Alis and vanishes with her. The brave Milon must now go on a journey to rescue his kidnapped friend, with his bubble shooter as his only weapon. Along the way, he’ll need to retrieve five legendary instruments and stars by defeating Amon’s minions. Get ready to enjoy the fun and comical action of this charming game.

Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points): The object of this head-to-head puzzle game is to clear your grid of falling patterns called puyos by forming chains of four or more same-colored puyos in a straight line or one of several geometric patterns. What makes this a challenging two-player contest is the fact that when you clear a chain of puyos from your grid, it drops a random piece of filler onto your opponent’s grid. The more puyos you clear, the more you fill your opponent’s grid, and if you can clutter up his grid enough to fill it to the top, you’ve won the game. An intriguing backstory makes this an amusing experience for one or two players.

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Brawl not working? Your Wii needs repaired.

Posted on March 9, 2008 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, SSBB, Wii.

Yup. This morning, after I picked up Brawl and popped it into the Wii, it wouldn’t read. I thought it was odd, seeing as it was an untouched game, but I exchanged it…only to find the second disk, too, didn’t read. I decided to research the issue further, and turns out, it’s widespread.

According to Nintendo, ” Super Smash Bros. Brawl utilizes a double-layer disc which has a large memory capacity. A very small percentage of Wii consoles may have trouble consistently reading data off this large capacity disc if there is some contamination on the lens of the disc drive. Nintendo has specialized cleaning equipment that can resolve this problem.”

The repair is free, but there’s no set time range for how long it will take. If you’re experiencing a disk read error with Brawl, hit the link here

Kirby’s N64 game now on Wii VC

Posted on February 26, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

Nintendo yesterday released two new Wii Virtual Console games, the first being Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards and the second, Psychosis. Both are available to purchase off of the Wii Shop at Home Channel.

Here are both of the game descriptions:

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards: (Nintendo 64, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Kirby’s first 3-D adventure is also his Nintendo 64 debut, and it finds the always-versatile hero battling a new enemy called Dark Matter. Dark Matter is after a distant land’s powerful crystal, but a young fairy named Ribbon attempts to save it by escaping with the gem to Dream Land. Now the crystal has been broken, and it’s scattered around the world. Take control of Kirby and help him journey across six worlds, battling a wide variety of enemies and challenging bosses, as he tries to collect all 100 pieces of the shattered crystal. Along the way, you’ll use Kirby’s trademark copying ability to use enemies’ strengths against them. Not only that, but try combining any two abilities to create a brand-new one that is usually stronger than the original. Throw in three exciting multiplayer minigames, and you’ve got a package of which even King Dedede would be proud. Fans of Kirby and action games with bright, colorful graphics should vacuum this one up.

Psychosis: (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 600 Wii Points): This is a side-scrolling shooter played in a world created from the mind of a twisted demon. Your soul has suddenly wandered into that evil world that exists in every person’s heart. The only way out is to blast your way past the grotesque creatures that block your path in five “causes” (stages). You must face the dangers of this psychedelic world by making full use of three shot types and the satellite option. With power-ups, you can change your shots to a wide-coverage beam, a satellite-generated laser and more. Each shot type can be powered up to three levels. You can also block enemy fire by rotating the satellites to a desired position. How you use these features will be the key to successfully escaping this strange and surreal world.

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Wii Menu Update 3.2

Posted on February 25, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Wii.

The update is available now, and you should get a WiiMail (those messages on the message board) about the Update.

The update itself barely covers anything significant, and features no new items. It only improves system performance.

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New info on WiiWare

Posted on February 20, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, GDC 2008, Wii.

A while back, Nintendo announced a new feature called WiiWare, which would allow game developers to create simple games and sell them on the Wii Shop Channel. After that statement, WiiWare wasn’t heard from again.

Today at GDC, WiiWare was finally given a date of launch, May 12th. On that day, the first games for the service will start to show up in the Wii Shop Channel (you’ll notice there is a section for WiiWare already). According to Nintendo, new games will appear regularly from developers both big and small.

Final Fantasy My Life as a KingAlso some games mentioned in the press release. The two that were mentioned are FINAL FANTASY CRYSTAL CHRONICLES: My Life as a King and a game called LostWinds.

My Life as a King builds upon the old GameCube game and features some pretty spiffy graphics (click the image for more images) for a downloadable game. All of the game prices are determined by the developer of the game. I would expect some reasonably high prices for most games, unless Nintendo sets a price limit later on.

Lost Winds The other game, LostWinds, looks a bit more cartoony and less serious. Nintendo didn’t provide a description for LostWinds, but rather just gave out screenshots. From the shots, I can conclude that you obviously control the wind using the WiiMote, and the person who appears to be the main character reacts to the wind.

We expect to hear more about the details of these titles near the launching of of the WiiWare system.

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TellTale to work on new WiiWare series

Posted on by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, GDC 2008, Wii.

According to TellTales’ site, they are going to be working on a new episodic game series for the new WiiWare feature. No word on what exactly the new series is, but what is confirmed is that it is NOT Sam & Max.

Ninjas and Numans jump onto the Wii Virtual Console

Posted on February 18, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

Two new games are on the Wii Virtual Console and they are Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom and Phantasy Star II.

And here are the descriptions from Nintendo:

Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom: (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): Join master ninja Ryu Hayabusa, last member of the famous Dragon Clan, in the third and final chapter of the legendary Ninja Gaiden saga. Ryu is framed for FBI agent Irene Lew’s murder, and it’s up to him to clear his name. Defeating superior life-forms created out of “life energy” called BIO-NOIDs and avoiding enemy ambushes are among the many obstacles which Ryu faces in this unpredictable adventure of mystery, deceit and destruction. Noticeable changes to the game-play mechanics include Ryu’s ability to grab on to horizontal surfaces, his reduced falling speed and altered jumping maneuvers, and visible power-ups. Help Ryu defeat the forces of evil once more and discover the real culprit behind Irene’s death as one of the most loved trilogies in video-game history comes to a close.

Phantasy Star II: (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): Hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by fans and media alike, Phantasy Star II is an RPG that features an epic story line and turn-based battles. Play as Rolf, Nei, Rudo or several other characters as you navigate through the Algol star system battling the evil Dark Force. Build your characters, select the right weapons and armor, and take on the forces of evil through various missions as you find the right combination of characters to complete each objective. Experience the magic once again in this great sequel.

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Harvest fun with this week’s Wii Virtual Console Titles

Posted on February 11, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

Today, Nintendo released two new games to the ever-growing list of Virtual Console Titles. The two new titles are Harvest Moon from the SNES and Lords of Thunder from the TurboGrafx-16. Harvest Moon is quite a surprise. I didn’t think Natsume was going to putting any old titles onto the Virtual console and Natsume is normally a rare name to hear in the news (with the exception of Omega Five).

Harvest Moon I am not a big fan of Simulation games, but Harvest Moon is one game that I think is pretty good. For people who have never played it, it’s a lot like Animal Crossing (except you can get married and you work on a farm [and more realistic events can happen]). Though the one main difference gamers will see (other than the difference in graphics) is the fact it doesn’t use a real time clock.

Lords of ThunderThe other game, Lords of Thunder, is a sidescrolling shooter which was pretty advanced for its time (which you can tell just by looking at it). I’ve never gotten to play it before, so I really can’t say much.

Nintendo describes it as:

A side-scrolling shooter that has you take on the role of a legendary warrior, blasting enemies to heavy-metal tunes. Your enemies are plotting to revive Zaggart, “The Dark One,” who was sealed beneath the six continents of Mistral. It’s up to Landis, descendant of the heroic Dyu, to stop them. Choose the order in which to attack the six stages. Before each stage, select one of four magic armors and use crystals you’ve collected during your battles to buy items. Selecting the right armor for each stage is the key to your ultimate victory. Then get ready to face awesome enemies like a fire-spewing sea serpent or a giant insect. Whether it’s the fast-paced shooting or breaking into the fortress of a stage boss, you’ll be blown away by the intensity of Lords of Thunder.

Both games are rated E for Everyone and are priced at 800 Points.

This Week’s Virtual Titles: ADVENTURES OF LOLO 2 and SUPER STREET FIGHTER II

Posted on January 21, 2008 by MASA.
Categories: Gaming, Old School, Wii.

This week’s Virtual Titles include the ADVENTURES OF LOLO 2 and SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: THE NEW CHALLENGERS. The Adventures of Lolo? I hope you saved the receipt.

Anyways, here is Nintendo’s descriptions of the games:

ADVENTURES OF LOLO 2 (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Lolo and Lala are back in this sequel to the popular puzzle game THE ADVENTURES OF LOLO. On their return from the Haunted Castle, the Great Devil kidnaps Lala and challenges Lolo to rescue her again. Now he must take on the challenge of the Great Devil’s Tower and Castle mazes. Fortunately, Lala was able to analyze each of the mazes as she was taken to the tower and left clues in the Jewel Boxes in each room. Each Jewel that Lolo collects contains information that will help him in the next room. In order to succeed, he’ll also have to push tiles, pick up Heart Framers, temporarily turn enemies into Eggs with his Magic Shots and ward off enemy attacks by moving Emerald Framers. With your help, Lolo and Lala will work together to escape the Great Devil’s clutches and defeat him.

SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: THE NEW CHALLENGERS (Super NES, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen – Violence, 800 Wii Points): When SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: THE NEW CHALLENGERS debuted, the fighting-game genre was forever changed. Along with a revolutionary combo system, the game introduced a new set of challengers to fight alongside the original Street Fighter II cast. In addition to the classic characters of Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Guile, Blanka, E. Honda, Zangief, Dhalsim, Balrog, Vega, Sagat and M. Bison, take control of four brand-new characters in exciting head-to-head fighting game play. Choose T. Hawk and his unmatched strength to crush your opponents, use Deejay’s unrivaled kickboxing ability to defeat your opponents, unleash your inner dragon with the furious kung fu of Fei Long and drill your rivals with the deadly beauty of Cammy. Get ready for the Street Fighter tournament and the fight of your life.

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Sheik confirmed for Brawl…again

Posted on January 16, 2008 by Wailord.
Categories: Gaming, SSBB, Wii.

Only this time by the Dojo!
As we’ve reported in the past, Sheik’s in Brawl. It’s Zelda’s down-move, and they acknowledge that Sheik wasn’t in Twilight Princess. The cooler-looking model is apparently the one they used, “when drafting up the game”. From the Dojo:

Standard Special Move: Needle Storm
Side Special Move: Chain
Up Special Move: Vanish
Down Special Move: Transform
Final Smash: Light Arrow

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Aww, delayed again?

Posted on January 15, 2008 by Dddawn.
Categories: Gaming, SSBB, Wii.

From December to February, and now to March, Super Smash Bros. Brawl has been delayed again. Nintendo of America says that additional tweaks have caused the finished version to be released on March 9th.

NoA’s official statement was:

“The launch date for Super Smash Bros. Brawl has shifted a few weeks to March 9. The development is taking slightly longer than expected. As we’re sure you have seen on the Dojo site (www.SmashBros.com), the game contains an unprecedented number of characters, options and experiences. Be sure to keep an eye on the Dojo site for the latest information.”

Fortunately, the delay is only a couple of weeks, so we don’t have to wait that long.

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