This week, Nintendo has released Mach Rider, Yoshi (that Tetris game with Yoshi in it), and Air “Zonk” . Personally, Air “Zonk” and Mach Rider look like the only games really worth buying. I would skip the Yoshi game as it’s not as cool as the other ones. The Yoshi game looks like Yoshi’s Cookie (which was kind of fun but got boring really fast).
Here are Nintendo’s descriptions of the games:
Mach Rider (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): It’s the year 2112. Earth has been invaded by the forces of evil. Battle the invaders as you race from sector to sector on your motorcycle, searching for survivors. Feel the incredible sense of speed as you zip past evil Quadrunners and zigzag between treacherous rocks, oil spills and other obstacles on the course. For a different challenge, create your own course in Design Mode, using the various twists, turns and straightaways the game has to offer. Remember, you are Earth’s only hopeâ€”you are Mach Rider.
Yoshi (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Yoshi is an action/puzzle game starring Mario’s dinosaur buddy, Yoshi, who has been imprisoned in an egg. Now it’s raining Goombas, Bloopers and Boo Buddies, and you have to help Mario stop the airborne invasion. As the critters fall, catch them on trays. Stack two of a kind and they both disappear, or capture the whole bunch in between eggshells. When the eggshells match, out hatches Yoshi and up goes your score. The action heats up as the characters fall faster and faster. To save the day, switch and shuffle, and don’t let your piles get too high.
Air “Zonk” (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Cartoon Violence, 600 Wii Points): Air “Zonk” is a spin-off of the popular Bonk’s Adventure series. This side-scrolling shooter retains the same cartoonish style of Bonk but is set in a cyberpunk future. The powered-up “Zonk” gathers his friends to form Team Cool, and they set out to stop King Drool’s plan to conquer the world. Choose from three levels of difficulty and three Friend Modes. Shoot King Drool’s cyber-robots and avoid their attacks while collecting the Air Bones to unleash a variety of unique attacks. Combine with a friend to create an invincible hybrid form or blast enemies with a charged attack. Air “Zonk” is filled with humor, made evident by the wacky theme song that plays when you post a huge score or when your game is over.
The list of the July 16th virtual console titles can be found here.