Virtual releases for the week of July 21st: shooters galore edition

 
Pirates: The Key of Dreams (Oxygen Games, 1-4 players, Rated E for EveryoneMild Violence, 1,000 Wii Points) comes out for WiiWare this week, and after all the casual stuff that’s been coming out on WiiWare lately, I have to say I am happy to see this game. It’s described as a nautical shoot-em-up, which I guess is accurate. All I know is that it looks a hell of a lot better than the crap I’ve been reporting on for the last few weeks.
 
Virtual Console brings us two new releases this week, and I’m surprised that I remember both titles but not actually playing either. Super Fantasy Zone (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for EveryoneMild Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points) is a shooter as well. I just watched the first level on You Tube, in which you navigate your way through sherbert-colored terrain and then fight a green floating pumpkin. That’s a lot of awesome for just level one.
 
The second game is Gley Lancer (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and OlderMild Suggestive Themes, Mild Fantasy Violence, 900 Wii Points), an old megadrive title notable for its anime cutscenes. It’s a shooter about a violent war between humans and aliens. Is it just me, or is there a lot of shooting action going on for this week’s virtual happenings? Maybe Nintendo’s feeling violent after hearing how widely their E3 press conference was trashed.
 
I think I may snag Pirates this week. Anything sound good, or are you saving your pennies for Comic Con?
 
 
 
 

Wii-kly Update

One WiiWare Game and Two Virtual Console Games Added to Wii Shop Channel

Which do you prefer: sailing the ocean or soaring through the sky? With the latest additions to the Wii Shop Channel, players can choose between seafaring action and high-flying thrills. Unleash your inner pirate with a new WiiWare adventure, or check out a pair of side-scrolling Sega Genesis classics making their Virtual Console debut. By air and by sea, big fun is on the way.

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:

WiiWare

Pirates: The Key of Dreams (Oxygen Games, 1-4 players, Rated E for EveryoneMild Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): Pirates: The Key of Dreams is a frantic nautical shoot-em-up. Sail your way across the Caribbean, cannons blazing, looting booty, running blockades and ultimately battling Blackbeard himself. The player takes control of a navy captain sent deep undercover as a ruthless pirate in order to seek out and retrieve the Key of Dreams, a valuable and dangerous cursed artifact. Rescue castaways to bolster your ships crew, gaining performance increases to your navigation, weaponry, structural integrity and cartography skills. Collect increasingly powerful weaponry including rockets, mines, chain shot, saw blades and a flamethrower to hurl destruction into the path of your enemies. Play against three of your scurvy friends or A.I. opponents in pitched multiplayer battles over 35 levels, set in seven themed environments. Choose from different ship types that reflect your play style. Play in turbo mode if you’re pirate enough.

Virtual Console

Super Fantasy Zone (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for EveryoneMild Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points): The last entry in the Fantasy Zone series, this side-scrolling shooter puts you in the shoes of main character Opa-Opa, who is on a mission to avenge the death of his father. To do so, youll have to battle a variety of Enemy Generators to clear out the various levels and finish off the Menon Guardian at the end of the level. Eliminating your enemies will let you rack up some gold, which you can use to buy even better weapons, upgrades and other equipment. Spend your gold wisely, as each different boss you need to defeat presents a unique challenge.

Gley Lancer (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and OlderMild Suggestive Themes, Mild Fantasy Violence, 900 Wii Points): In the year 2025, a war breaks out between humans and a hostile alien race, and 16-year-old Lucia and the rest of the starfighter pilots in the Earth Federation must join the battle. When Lucias father is kidnapped by the aliens, she decides to take action and hijacks a brand new prototype starfighter, the Gley Lancer, in order to try to save him. In this side-scrolling shooter, step into the cockpit of the Gley Lancer as Lucia, rescue your father and destroy the evil aliens that are bent on destroying the human race.

Colette Bennett