Virtual Console releases for the week of 4/14

Another week, another dose of retro on your Wii via the Virtual Console. I want to sound more enthused, but truthfully it’s ten am here and I’m still struggling my way out of the clutches of sleep.
The first game this week is Fantasy Zone (Sega Master System, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points) in which you control the Opa-Opa spaceship through a side-scrolling universe and blast everything to bits in your way. Unlike the average shooter, Fantasy Zone allows you to access a shop to buy parts for your ship along the way. Unfortunately there are no drive-thrus along the way. I guess Sega didn’t realize that sometimes a man needs a cheeseburger.
Game two is Mega Turrican (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone 10 and OlderFantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points), in which you play Bren McGuire (that’s one hell of a manly name there, Bren), the last survivor of the United Freedom Forces on a mission to save your universe from the tyrannical rule of the Machine. You may recall that Super Turrican was released back in March, so this is an ideal opportunity to complete Bren’s adventures if you enjoyed that title. If you didn’t play it, you should, as it’s unlikely that your name is even a parsec as manly as Bren’s, and you may as well take the opportunity to feel burly.
Check out the press release and a video of Mega Turrican after the jump.


Wii-kly Update: Two New Classic Games Added to Wii Shop Channel

Danger may not be your middle name, but youll find plenty of it in this weeks additions to the Wii Shop Channel. Two classic side-scrolling action titles invite players to blast and battle their way to a thrilling climax. In a spaceship or an assault suit, itll take all the grit and gusto you can muster to survive these perilous, heart-pumping adventures.

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 weeks new games are:

Fantasy Zone (Sega Master System, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Take command of the spaceship Opa-Opa and blast your way through various fantastical levels as you try to take out all the enemy bases in each stage. Once youve destroyed the bases, youll have to beat the stage boss in order to move on to the next level. By using your guns and bombs wisely, youll be able to take down your enemies and explore each of the crazy environments in this side-scroller. You can also buy upgraded weapons for your ship by accessing the shop. Various Sega games through the years have referenced the Opa-Opanow you can play the game that started it all.

Mega Turrican (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and OlderFantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): The Machine has enslaved the galaxy under its tyrannical rule. As Bren McGuire, the last survivor of the United Freedom Forces, it is your duty to destroy the evil forces of the Machine that have devastated the galaxy. Fight through countless hordes of enemies using everything at your disposal. Use the weapons and power-ups of your Turrican Assault Suit, including the incredible Plasma Rope, to fight back the tide of oncoming enemies and find the health and power-ups that will keep you alive. Fifteen levels of chaos and destruction stand between you and freedom.


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