Virtual Console releases for the week of March 31st

God, I love old Nintendo games. The video above is for one of this week’s Virtual Console releases, and as in all of them, thye just bring me hurtling back to the days I spent planted in front of said console playing these games for hours. 
Anyway, on to the games. This week brings us Cruisin 64 (Nintendo 64(R), 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points), which I actually remember as being pretty fun. The game challenges you to drive across the United States, gives you several vehicles to choose from, and can be played single player or with a friend. Pit stops are not scheduled, so if you have to pee, go in the seat.
Game two is Wonder Boy (Sega Master System, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone–Comic Mischief, 500 Wii Points), which is basically Adventure Island. If you haven’t played this title before you’ll likely think they ganked the concept from Adventure Island, but it actually went the other way around. Sega owned the rights to the main characters, bosses and names even though Escape/Westone owned the rights. Sega then teamed up with Hudson Soft to create a conversion of the game for the NES, and Adventure Island was the result. I wish there was an exciting lawsuit to gossip about there instead, but sadly it was all pretty copasetic.
Peep after the jump for a video of Wonder Boy in action as well as the full press release.

March 31, 2008

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

It’s a week of fun-filled firsts at the Wii(TM) Shop Channel. Each of
the latest game
offerings represents the first title in a memorable series that has
influenced many
subsequent titles over the years. Whether you prefer high-speed drives
or side-scrolling
adventures, it’s clear that these classic games have lasting appeal.
What’s more,
Wonder Boy is the first-ever Sega Master System title to be made
available via Virtual Console.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time
every Monday.
Wii(TM) owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii
Points(TM) to download
the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at
retail outlets.
This week’s new games are:

Cruis’n USA(TM) (Nintendo 64(R), 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone,
1,000 Wii Points):
Ever felt like driving to the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore and
the White House
in one day? Well then, gear up to put your racing skills to the test
in a frantic trip across
the United States, following a route that you won’t find on any map.
Whether it’s the
rolling hills of Appalachia, the flowing cornfields of Iowa or the
crowded tunnels below
Chicago, you’ll find yourself too focused on the intense racing action
to worry about the
scenery. Get started by picking from a garage full of cars to find the
one that best suits
your style–if you’re good enough, you’ll even find a few hidden ones
to round out your
selection. Then choose one of three different playing perspectives and
get ready to hang
on tight. With five difficulty levels, the ability to remove traffic
or other racers, and
two-player simultaneous racing, it’s enough to make you forget all
about finding that next rest
stop. Just watch out for the cows, OK?

Wonder Boy (Sega Master System, 1-2 players, Rated E for
Everyone–Comic Mischief,
500 Wii Points): As Tom-Tom the Wonder Boy, it’s up to you to rescue
your girlfriend
Tanya from the vile clutches of the monster that has kidnapped her. To
do so, you must
navigate a series of worlds in a race against time to reach your goal.
Along the way,
you’ll battle foes and collect fruit that will add to the amount of
time you have to
complete your mission. You can also receive helpful power-ups from
various eggs, but
make sure to avoid the bad eggs and poisonous mushrooms that sap your precious
vitality. Find the magic doll in each level to open up hidden areas,
and make it to the very
end of your journey to rescue your one true love.

Colette Bennett