Virtual Console releases for the week of 4/28: gang kidnapping edition!

I was going to post a gameplay video above, but when searching for one I discovered this gem instead, which I remember all too well from when I was a kid. It sucks that cartoons of this caliber don’t have the same power to make us laugh, only cringe (although the kids watching them now may do just that in ten years time.)
This week’s Virtual Console release is Double Dragon (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated Everyone 10+ Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points), and while any other single release week would have us bitching, a week with just Double Dragon somehow seems to fly. If Nintendo would make the single release weeks focus on great games like this more often, instead of tripe like Myron’s Mega Super Blastathon in Space or whatever, I think gamers would be a lot happier. But that’s just my opinion.
Anyway, Double Dragon! Go get it, invite a friend over and grab a six pack — there’s no better way to enjoy some down and dirty fighting, and Marian (main character Billy’s kidnapped girlfriend) will certainly thank you for it. Not to mention, your enemies are the Black Warriors — best gang name ever!

Wii-kly Update: One New Classic Game Added to Wii Shop Channel

Theres one new game for the Virtual Console this week and its a double. Double Dragon is a true action-fighting classic. This side-scroller brought the arcade original into the home and laid the groundwork for numerous sequels. Itll get your nostalgia engine fired up. Now go put the hurt on some bad guys and save Marian.

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:

Double Dragon (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated Everyone 10+ Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): Double Dragon begins with Billy Lees girlfriend, Marian, being kidnapped by a group called the Black Warriors. They demand to know the secrets of Billys martial-arts style in exchange for his girlfriend. However, Billy wont stand for these underhanded tactics and decides to rescue her himself. Help him fight through city streets, buildings, jungles, temples and various other locations in a quest to find his girl. Hell gain experience by using different fighting techniques to obtain more hearts, which will unlock more powerful techniques to use against his enemies. Keep an eye out for crates, boulders, whips, bats, knives and even dynamite along the way, as Billy can also use them to annihilate opponents. Armed with his mysterious and powerful martial arts, help Billy pummel his way through an array of goons, gang members and other Black Warrior scum to free Marian from their clutches.


Colette Bennett