Star Tropics Comes To The Virtual Console

Star Tropics Comes To The Virtual Console
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startropicsbox.jpgIt’s a brand new year for the Wii Virtual Console, and Nintendo is bringing out two relatively nice sized guns to get things started in this first VC update of the year. Star Tropics for the NES takes the top-down perspective of the original Legend of Zelda and adds a constant storyline divided into chapters to deliver one of the best gaming experiences on the NES, all for 500 points. Join Mike Jones as he sets off on a quest to rescue his famous uncle that ranges from the tropics to the very stars themselves, hence the title. It is pure goodness. Along with Star Tropics, this week sees the release of The King of Fighter’s ’94 for the NEOGEO (900 points) – the very beginning of the classic series that brings together SNK’s most popular characters in a knock-down, drag-out, fight to the finish. I’d go on, but I’ve run out of overused fighting terms. Welcome to the year 2008, virtual console fans!


Jan. 7, 2008

Can’t believe it’s already 2008? Soothe that sense of future shock with a visit to the Wii Shop Channel, where we’ve just added a pair of awesome vintage games from way back in the 20th century. This week’s new offerings include an unpredictable island-hopping adventure and a legendary fighting title, each guaranteed to deliver classic gaming excitement throughout the new year and beyond.

Two 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 games are:

Star Tropics™ (NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): Find out just how resourceful you can be in this classic game, with its mixture of adventure and RPG elements. Step into the shoes of Mike Jones, a teenage star pitcher from Seattle who has come to the tropics to visit his famous archeologist uncle, Dr. Jones. After being told that his uncle has been abducted, Mike begins a perilous quest in order to rescue him and figure out the mysterious plot behind his disappearance. Luckily for Mike, he meets helpful villagers and finds more powerful weapons as he explores numerous locations and island-hops using his uncle’s submarine. You’ll never know what to expect next as the cosmic story unfolds over the course of eight action-packed chapters, ranging from Dr. Jones’s lab on C-Island to an alien spacecraft. Who knew a tropical vacation could turn into a mission to save the world?

THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’94 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen-Animated Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Alcohol & Tobacco Reference, Violence, 900 Wii Points): As the first game in the long-running KING OF FIGHTERS series, THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’94 brought together popular characters from other well-known franchises and pitted them against each other. Match warriors from Fatal Fury against favorites from its sister series, Art of Fighting. Or see if the casts of the Ikari Warriors and Psycho Soldier series better suit your fighting style. Plus, there’s a set of brand new characters, exclusive to the KOF series, who are willing to join the fray. But there’s a twist: Instead of the standard best-two- out-of-three-rounds fight setup, players choose one of eight teams, each made up of three teammates. To win, all members of the other team must be eliminated before your fighters are knocked out. Use the game’s power gauge to inflict maximum damage and end the round with a devastating finishing move. It’s a battle royal unlike anything else-a game whose inspiration is easily seen in the fighting games that followed it. Can your team be the last one standing?

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