Virtual releases for the week of June 23rd: kick a guy in the face edition

 
The video you see above is for the new WiiWare game for this week, Gyrostarr (High Voltage Software, 1-4 players, Rated E for EveryoneMild Fantasy Violence, 700 Wii Points), and I gotta tell you, I want to buy this game. Maybe it’s that it kind of reminds me of a Tron version of Space Mountain, or maybe I just anticipate some good shooter action, but either way I will be dragging people over (you can play with up to four people) to give this one a try with me.
 
Over on Virtual Console, we’ve got Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Sega Master System, 1 player, Rated E for EveryoneComic Mischief, 500 Wii Points), which I’ve actually always wanted to play and never got around to NOT-emulating, so I think I may give it a spin. You play the role of Alex Kidd in search of his lost brother Egle as you bravely forage your way through 16 levels in this cute platformer.
 
Last but not least is BURNING FIGHT (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and OlderMild Suggestive Themes, Violence, 900 Wii Points), a fighting title I can honestly say I have never played. It did remind me, however, that spending a few hours kicking guys in the face is always fun, and since this game offers you the opportunity to do that frequently, it seems like a good download in my book.
 
Will you grab any of these titles this week, or will you save your hard-earned dollars?
 
 
 

Wii-kly Update

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

Everybody loves a classic battle between good and evil. With the latest additions to the Wii Shop Channel, your greatest challenge will be choosing where to wipe out the bad guysin deep space, on mean city streets or in a monster-ridden fantasy world. Whatever the venue, be ready for outrageous enemies and memorable missions youll relish from beginning to end.

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

Gyrostarr (High Voltage Software, 1-4 players, Rated E for EveryoneMild Fantasy Violence, 700 Wii Points): Gyrostarr challenges you and up to three additional players to pilot your ships through a series of twisting, turning technoplasma tracks while battling a variety of deadly alien foes at ever-increasing speeds. While fighting and maneuvering, you must collect enough energy to activate the ancient warpgate at the end of each track. Succeed, and you can journey to the next, even deadlier track. Fail, and the gate will slam shut, destroying your ship. Enhance your ship with weapon pickups, coordinate attacks with your friends to fire powerful combined blasts and use your grapple to snag energy and pickups in the midst of combat. Control your ship with the Wii Remote controller, Nunchuk controller or Classic Controller, or use the paired control system that allows two players to use a connected Wii Remote and Nunchuk or Classic Controller at the same time. Offering 50 levels of intense action, powerful pickups, high-speed bonus levels and mayhem for up to four players, Gyrostarr is a killer arcade challenge.

Virtual Console

Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Sega Master System, 1 player, Rated E for EveryoneComic Mischief, 500 Wii Points): In this platformer from the 1980s, youre Alex Kidd, looking for your lost brother Egle. In order to find your brother, youll have to contend with the evil Janken the Great, who will send his henchmen and monsters at you to thwart your progress. One aspect of this adventure is that youll have to play the classic game of rock, paper, scissors against the henchmen in order to defeat them. With 16 different levels to conquer in order to save Egle, this classic is sure to test your skills and your wits at the same time.

BURNING FIGHT (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and OlderMild Suggestive Themes, Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1991 by SNK, BURNING FIGHT is a side-scrolling hand-to-hand-combat action game. In pursuit of Casterora, leader of a huge syndicate that has escaped from New York to Osaka, the protagonists are three detectives: Duke, Ryu and Billy. Each character fights using a combination of punches, kicks and jumps, plus his own particular special move, activated by simultaneously pressing the jump and attack buttons. These lethal techniques have enormous destructive force, but they also consume a great deal of energy. For this reason, players must use their special moves with skillful timing. Luckily for the detectives, new weapons and additional health can be found by breaking things like phone booths and street signs along the way. A boss, who must be defeated in order to continue the mission, awaits players at the end of each stage. You can also take on the gang with a friend, but bewareattacks by one player can damage the other, so keep an eye on where your partner is in the heat of the battle. End Casteroras reign of terror once and for all.

Colette Bennett