Virtual Console releases for the week of 5/5: Pika! Edition

I know, if you don’t like Pokemon, it’s pretty much a given that you aren’t going to want to watch the video above. You should though, firstly because the player gets a ridiculous chain and it’s fun to watch, but secondly (and more importantly), because of the sounds and Pikachu’s reaction when the player starts to get the chain. It sounds like being at an Orbital concert on illegal substances with Pikachu perched on one shoulder cheering you on….something I kind of hope never happens to me in real life.
As you may have guessed, the first game this week is Pokemon Puzzle League (Nintendo 64®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points). I can’t get too fancy about this one, as it’s pretty much Bejeweled with Pokemon characters, but you may like it if you like that sort of thing (ahem, Puzzle Quest.)
The second game is Renegade (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points), which I remember from being a kid because the character you play has his face twisted into what is supposed to be an expression of fearsome anger, but instead just looks kind of mentally retarded. I think maybe this game was supposed to appeal to fans of River City Ransom, but if you have to choose, you’re best off downloading that game instead of this one. Check out video of it after the jump!

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

Which is more important: brains or brawn? Before you answer, check out this weeks awesome additions to the Wii Shop Channel, which give you ample opportunity to flex both. One game features frantic puzzle action with a Pokémon® twist, while the other invites players to brawl and battle in the name of justice. If youre anxious to test your mental mettle or your action-adventure muscle, these classic titles are just the ticket.

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:

Pokémon Puzzle League (Nintendo 64®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Get ready for a new kind of Pokémon battle where the power and speed of your brain are just as important as the strength of your Pokémon. Join Ash, Brock, Misty and many more characters from the Pokémon animated series as they gather in Puzzle Village to compete for the title of Pokémon Puzzle Master. Just match three or more blocks of the same color in any direction. Sounds simple, right? But the actual game play is surprisingly addictive and deep (chains and combos anyone?), especially when youre facing off against a human opponent. Choose from six different modes offering a wide range of action, from story or puzzle modes to continuous play or timed play. If thats not enough, take on the challenge in 3-D and get ready for more blocks than ever before. Featuring animated cut scenes combined with bright, fun graphics, theres enough to satisfy any fan of Pokémon or puzzle games.

Renegade (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): Renegade follows the story of a vigilante who fights his way through countless gangs in order to bring peace back to his city. Battle your way through subways, parks, alleyways and parking lots. For added fun, theres a wild motorcycle ride to challenge you. Use your arsenal of kicks, punches (including the infamous sit-on punch) and jump kicks, as well as a variety of throws to knock your opponents into submission. Along the way, pick up items like a hamburger that restores your life, a heart that increases your lives by one, a power-up to increase your attack strength, and a speed item that gives you a speed burst while on your motorcycle. Youll need all the help you can get to take out your aggression on street punks, thugs, outlaw bikers, killer kung-fu females and an array of bosses standing in your way. Take the law into your own hands to defeat countless scumbags and take your city back like the renegade you are.


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