Virtual releases for the week of July 14th: Time to stuff your face edition

Well, Nintendo decided to have some fun this week with their releases this week. The Virtual Console is all fine and good — it’s the WiiWare that has me raising an eyebrow.

For WiiWare, the game this week is Major League Eating: The Game. As you may have guessed with the title, this game is all about stuffing your face full of food. Oh, but that’s not all — no, there’s strategy to be had here. Don’t forget your specials, they’re critical:

These include the Mega Burp, Gas Attack, Antacid and more. And dont forget to keep an eye on your Barf-O-Meter, because if the food hits the plate twice, youre out.

The game comes with single and multiplayer, along with online play. So start shoveling away for 1,000 Wii points.

On the Virtual Console front, we’ve got Donkey Kong 3 and Ninja Commando. DK3 introduces Stanley, a character that I’m sure will appear in the next Smash Bros. title just to dredge up even more obscurity, as he attempts to clear Donkey Kong out of his greenhouse. It’s only 500 Wii points for this NES title. Ninja Commando, on the other hand, is a 900-point Neo Geo title. Here, we have Ninja, who are Commandos. It’s essentially a top-down vertical climber where you’re blasting apart everything in your path.

Excited? You should be. It’s E3 week! Check out the press release for a bit more info after the jump.

Enjoying a nice hot dog, tending to your flowersnot exactly the hallmarks of an adventurous lifestyle, right? Think again. This weeks additions to the Wii Shop Channel feature action and excitement in unlikely settings, from super-charged eating contests to a greenhouse thats been invaded by a certain world-famous ape. Weve also thrown in a classic scrolling actioner for those who prefer a more familiar brand of fist-flying combat. For WiiWare lovers and Virtual Console devotees alike, its a great week to get some unexpected kicks.

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 weeks new games are:


Major League Eating: The Game (Mastiff, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and OlderCrude Humor, 1,000 Wii Points): The ultimate chomp-off is about to begin. Grab your Wii Remote controller and dig into 12 different foods as you compete against the greatest major-league eaters in the world. This isnt just a race to stuff your faceyoull need strategy to master a smorgasbord of digestive attacks, defenses and counters. These include the Mega Burp, Gas Attack, Antacid and more. And dont forget to keep an eye on your Barf-O-Meter, because if the food hits the plate twice, youre out. Unlock more than 10 characters in single-player career mode, go gut-to-gut against your friends in versus mode, or compete online using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection. Online play supports friend codes, random matchmaking and leader boards.

Virtual Console

Donkey Kong 3 (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Based on the third game in the enormously popular arcade series, Donkey Kong 3 introduces an exterminator named Stanley as he desperately tries to protect the flowers in his greenhouse from Donkey Kong. Armed only with a can of bug spray, Stanley must force Donkey Kong higher and higher into the greenhouse rafters until Donkey Kong is off the screen and the next stage is reached. Not surprisingly, Donkey Kong isnt going to move without a fight, so he sends wave after wave of bugs, bees and other creatures toward Stanley. Not only must Stanley repel the insects in order to save the flowers, but hell also have to keep an eye out for projectiles thrown by Donkey Kong himself. If Stanley is good enough, hell be able to grab a can of more powerful bug spray and really get Donkey Kong moving. It all adds up to frantic fun that anyone can enjoy.

NINJA COMMANDO (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and OlderMild Language, Fantasy Violence, 900 Wii Points): NINJA COMMANDO is a vertically scrolling action game released by ADK in 1992. Players choose from among three ninjasJoe, descended from the Koga ninja; Rayar, a woman who has learned the ways of the Iga ninja; and Ryu, descendant of the famous ninja Fuma Kotaroas they pursue the merchant of death known as Spider, who plans to use a time machine to bring havoc to the world. The battle spans seven time periods, including the Stone Age, the Egyptian era and the Japanese Civil War era. Each hero features a variety of attack options in addition to their own normal attacks, including a deadly attack that inflicts damage upon all enemies on the screen, special ninja-arts attacks performed by inputting specific commands, and a powerful attack unleashed by taking on the shape of the beast when three scrolls have been collected. The game also supports two-player cooperative play, so youre welcome to bring a friend and enjoy taking on the evil Spider together.

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