Harvest The Thunder

Well the comments from last week's VC Update were overwhelmingly in favor of continuing, and that's probably a good thing as this week sees the release of one of the hardest to find titles for the original SNES. Harvest Moon sows its seeds on the Wii Virtual Console this week, with 800 Wii Points worth of raising animals, growing crops, and luring unsuspecting country girls into an ultimately loveless marriage where you sit around playing Lords of Thunder all day long while she sits in the barn crying for her lost youth. What's Lords of Thunder? Why it's this week's second VC release. A TurboGrafx CD side-scrolling shooter (800 Points), LoT casts you as a legendary warrior taking on six stages of combat in order to stop the resurrection of Zaggart: "The Dark One" to the dulcet sounds of the best in gaming metal. Raising livestock and blazing guitar rock - it seems like last Monday was not a good day to die.


Feb. 11, 2008

The two games joining the lineup this week are considered cult classics, yet they deal with topics as varied as farm management and shooting enemies to the strains of heavy-metal tunes. Just don't get the two mixed up, since most livestock don't like heavy metal and it takes more than turnips to defeat fire-spewing sea serpents.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii� Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time 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:

Harvest Moon (Super NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): You bought the farm, so now it's time to roll up your sleeves and try living off the fat of the land. Fresh air and the beauty of the outdoors will be fulfilling, but a successful farm needs a lot of working capital as well. There are buildings on your property, but they are in need of livestock. You have a modest house, but if things get lonely in the field, it's going to take a remodel to woo a female farming companion. Your challenge is to dig in and build your life as a farmer from the ground up. How you manage will determine the outcome, but remember: You always reap what you sow.

Lords of Thunder (TurboGrafx-16 CD-ROM, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): Lords of Thunder is 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.


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