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Wii Shop releases: Alien Crush Returns, Home Sweet Home, Space Harrier

8:23 AM on 11.03.2008 // Nick Chester

When Alien Crush Returns (1-4 players, 800 Wii Points) was first announced, Chad gushed over it with a headline containing the words "boner alert."

We can only imagine what's going on in his pants now, as the game finally makes its way to the North American Wii Shop Channel. For $8 you get an updated Alien Crush experience, complete with new visuals, four-player head-to-head Wi-Fi, leaderboards, and extra stage downloads. Also, vagina-looking alien muscle-things dripping with goo ... all in a tight little pinball package. 

Of course, if grotesque high-energy action isn't your thing, there's also Home Sweet Home (1 player, 1,000 Wii Points). This Big Blue Bubble Inc. developed title lets you design a home; choose furniture, patterns, and colors all to impress a picky client. It sounds far less messy than Alien Crush, but the cast of Flip This House will love it. 

And then there's Yu Suzuki's rail-shooter, Space Harrier (Sega Master System, 1 player, 500 Wii Points). The pre-cursor to modern-day storytelling in videogames, Space Harrier is the only game that seamlessly integrates battles with big robots and cyclops wooly mammoths.

Press release after the jump!

Wii-kly Update

Two WiiWare Games and One Virtual Console Game Added to Wii Shop Channel

Sometimes you feel like a pinball, bouncing from one thing to the other. Do you spend time blasting things in outer space or just spend a quiet afternoon at home, redecorating? Fortunately this week’s Wii-kly Update doesn’t force you to make those tough choices.

Nintendo adds new and classic 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:


ALIEN CRUSH RETURNS™ (Hudson Entertainment, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone – Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): ALIEN CRUSH RETURNS is the ultimate incarnation of the popular TurboGrafx pinball classic, Alien Crush. Boasting innovative game and control features, this is one Wii experience that you don’t want to miss. With all the ball-blazing simplicity and flipper action thrills of standard pinball, ALIEN CRUSH RETURNS has all the visual and digital elements that you’ve come to expect in a video game, including grotesque, eye-stunning playfields as well as unique Action Ball gimmicks that redefine the fun and excitement of pinball. You can even nudge the machine with your Wii Remote controller. What’s more, you can connect via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to enjoy a variety of features such as four-player head-to-head action, high score competitions and Extra Stage downloads.

Home Sweet Home (Big Blue Bubble Inc., 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Picture this scene... You move into your new home, and every room is perfect. Every room, except one. Here is the blank canvas for your vision, but you lack the know-how. Who do you call? The Home Sweet Home team! Home Sweet Home will give you the chance to unleash your hidden talents as an interior designer. You choose the furniture, patterns and colors to create a masterpiece that will blow your client away. With simple controls, a fun graphical style and an easy-to-use interface, Home Sweet Home allows you to nurture your creative side. Remember, a house is not a home until it is a Home Sweet Home.

Virtual Console

Space Harrier™ (Sega Master System, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): Space Harrier was originally released in the arcade in the 1980s, developed by AM2, which also developed OutRun and Afterburner. Space Harrier is widely recognizable by many arcade fans due to its distinctive, colorful art design and its fast-paced action. The SEGA Master System version is considered a solid port of the arcade game, containing 18 levels of intense fun. As the “Space Harrier,” you must fight your way through “The Land of Dragons” and defeat the bosses at the end of each level to restore peace to the land. Are you prepared? Get ready!

Nick Chester, Former Editor-in-Chief (2011)
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