Virtual releases for the week of July 28th: Frat parties must die edition

 
Once called Beer Pong and now called Pong Toss- Frat Party Games (JV Games, 1-4 players, Rated E for EveryoneMild Language, 800 Wii Points), this week’s WiiWare release marks the lowest enthusiasm I have felt for a WiiWare title yet. Changing the name so it no longer has the word beer in it — detract a point. Adding the words “frat party” — another point lost. On top of all that, it’s a casual game. This all sounds about as thrilling as a crate of dead fish.
 
In Virtual Console news, we’ve got Chase H.Q.® (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and OlderDrug Reference, Mild Violence, 600 Wii Points), which looks like … well … a driving game. I haven’t played it, I’m sorry to say, as I never owned a Turbografx. Looks like it could be a fun blast from the past if you dig old racing titles.
 
The second VC release for this week is Art of Fighting 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for TeenAlcohol and Tobacco Reference, Violence, 900 Wii Points), which will either make you nostalgic for your old arcade days or incite an argument about whether or not it’s a good fighting game. Niero says the story makes his head hurt, so take away from that what you will.
 
I think I may pass on downloads this week and try to recover from my Comic-Con shopping spree. Anything look good to you?
 

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

If variety is the spice of life, weve got an extra-spicy lineup for you this week on the Wii Shop Channel. From bouncing balls to out-of-control cars to hardcore fisticuffs, the latest game additions offer an incredibly diverse mix of Wii thrills. So if youve been saving up your Wii Points for something new and different, heres your opportunity to cash in and kick up some serious fun. Enjoy!

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

Pong TossFrat Party Games (JV Games, 1-4 players, Rated E for EveryoneMild Language, 800 Wii Points): Pony upits Pong Toss time. Compete against your friends or the computer in this ultimate party-game favorite. Play on a regulation table with up to four players. Make consecutive shots for the Fireball bonuses and Roll-Backs as you or your team try to dominate the table and reign as Pong Toss champs. In Speed Pong, up to three challengers can compete at the same time. Speed and strategy are the keys to this fast-paced game. Jack up your opponents by using a slew of power-ups that will slow them down. The first one who sinks the last cup wins it all. Be fast. Be furious. Be victorious.

Virtual Console

Chase H.Q.® (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and OlderDrug Reference, Mild Violence, 600 Wii Points): This is a different style of racing game in which you attempt to catch criminals by chasing them and ramming their cars off the road. Playing as two cops from the NYPD special CHASE H.Q. unit, the first half of each stage involves you maneuvering your unmarked car in a heated chase, followed by an action sequence in the latter half. Once you reach the target vehicle, you flip on your lights and siren, and then try to stop the culprits by repeatedly colliding with them. Use your different gears wisely as you make your way through streets and around corners, and be careful not to hit objects or other cars, or youll lose speed. Also at your disposal are turbo units for temporary extra speed and ramming power.

ART OF FIGHTING 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for TeenAlcohol and Tobacco Reference, Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1994 by SNK, ART OF FIGHTING 2 sees 12 characters compete for the title in the toughest fighting contest of them all: King of Fighters. Each character has a range of deadly techniques in his or her arsenal, and players must use these lethal techniques to fight their opponents. As in the original ART OF FIGHTING, however, using a deadly technique lowers a characters mental-energy gauge. For this reason, players must use these techniques carefully. Meanwhile, players can taunt an opponent to exhaust his or her mental energy, and even suppress their opponents techniques if successful. This type of mental-energy offense and defense gives ART OF FIGHTING 2 a uniquely enjoyable spin on the fighting-game genre. Further adding to the strategy required to win, an attack will become stronger or weaker depending on exactly when the button is pressed. And even if a player is thrown, defensive action is possible with the timely press of a button. All of this adds up to an intense and nail-biting fighting-game experience not found anywhere else.

Colette Bennett