Water Sports, Ball Play, And…Galaga

Water Sports, Ball Play, And…Galaga

galaga90.jpgAre you into water sports? Do you like playing with fuzzy little balls? Do you enjoy…shooting aliens? I almost had a sexual innuendo triple play going if Nintendo hadn’t included the TurboGrafx 16 version of Galaga ’88, craftily retitled Galaga ’90 (600 Points) to this week’s Virtual Console update. Always ruining my fun. Joining its sexually ambiguous brother in arms this week is The Adventures of Lolo for the NES (500 points), which sees Lolo trying to rescue Princess Lala from the Great Devil, whose evil influence obviously led to the country of Eden’s naming policy. Lolo, a small, fuzzy blue ball, must navigate a series of mazes to save his princess and indeed, the world. Need a little less pomp for double the price? N64 hit Wave Race 64 (1000 points) splashes its way onto the VC this week. It’s the jet ski game so good that it inspired DOA creator Tomonobu Itagaki to include the sport in DOA Xtreme 2, and he hates everything. A nice little crop of games that should have you playing with your Wii all night long.


Aug. 6, 2007

What makes a game truly classic? Is it unforgettable graphics or timeless characters? Is it crisp realism or mesmerising fantasy realms? The answer, of course, is all of the above, and this week’s additions to the Wii Shop Channel cover the whole gamut. From wild water sports to heroic puzzling to intergalactic space battles, these newly available titles are proven favourites you’ll learn to love all over again on your Wii.

Today Nintendo adds three new classic games to the popular Wii video game system’s Wii Shop Channel. The games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games to the 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 games are:

Wave Race 64 (Nintendo 64, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Take to the waves on your own personal watercraft and experience some of the best water effects in video game history. Choose one of four characters, each with his/her own unique abilities and style, and master the game’s excellent controls. Make your way through nine courses, each with its own challenges. If the ramps, mines and hairpin turns aren’t enough, you’ll also have to deal with varying weather conditions that can make the water choppy or cover the course with fog. And if you ever feel like taking a break from racing, then try out Stunt Mode to polish your skills by pulling off handstands, rolls and more. Get good enough and you might even be able to ride a dolphin-just don’t get seasick.

ADVENTURES OF LOLO (NES, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): This was the first game in the Eggerland puzzle series to be released in North America. After the love of his life, Lala, is kidnapped by the Great Devil and taken to a haunted castle, our hero Lolo sets out to rescue her. The journey is perilous because the Great Devil’s fortress is guarded by a massive army. But Lolo has a few tricks up his sleeve, including a Magic Shot that turns enemies into eggs and an Emerald Framer that shields him from attacks. Combining clever environmental puzzles with tricky enemies and an engaging style, ADVENTURES OF LOLO is a true classic.

GALAGA ’90 (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): This is an updated version of the classic arcade shooter Galaga. Set in the vast reaches of space, you will fight your way through all 29 rounds to reach the enemies’ stronghold on Planet Galaga. Game levels consist of a few rounds with changing enemies and backgrounds. To top it off, the nostalgic “Galactic Dancing” lives on to mark the end of each level. With the new addition of dimensions, you can choose your attack route. Collect capsules and open dimension warps at branch sections to take on even tougher enemies. GALAGA ’90’s inclusion of the triple fighter, scrolling backgrounds, boss Galaga and even new system effects make it nothing less than a masterpiece.

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