Virtual releases for the week of June 30th: Puzzles of Fury edition

 
It blows my mind to think that it was only a few months ago that WiiWare launched and I had a newfound hope for the rate of usage the console would see in my home. In fact, I had actual hope for more unique titles, as I allowed LostWinds and My Life As A King to set the bar high. What do we get this week, ladies and gents?
 
Magnetica Twist (Nintendo, 1-4 players, Rated E for EveryoneComic Mischief, 1,000 Wii Points), which is more or less Zuma with Miis in it. You could spend a thousand points on this, or you could go to Yahoo games and play Zuma for free. Your choice.
 
Virtual Console lovers may be pleased to see Fatal Fury 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for TeenAnimated Blood, Violence, 900 Wii Points) this week, which pits you up against five new opponents in the sequel to the classic original arcade game. If you like fighters, grab this one for sure — I had a lot of fun with it back in the day.
 
Are you disappointed in where WiiWare seems to be headed, or do you still hold out hope that more innovative games are on the way down the pipeline?
 

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

You want fireworks? Look no further than the Wii Shop Channel, where vibrant bursts of classic gaming action and fresh WiiWare content will help fill your living room with a flurry of ooohs and ahhhs. Puzzle-game mavens can enjoy a wild new addition to the WiiWare library, while the Virtual Console brings a truly classic fighting game to the fore. For an added holiday-week blast, fans of the WiiWare hit FINAL FANTASY® CRYSTAL CHRONICLES®: My Life as a King can enhance the action with new Add-On Content.

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

Magnetica Twist (Nintendo, 1-4 players, Rated E for EveryoneComic Mischief, 1,000 Wii Points): The classic puzzle game Magnetica is now available on WiiWare , putting its own unique twist on the puzzle-game experience. Youre surrounded by marbles, marching slowly but surely down a track. Use a launcher (piloted by a Mii of your choice) to shoot marbles with matching colors and wipe them out before they reach the end of the track. Control couldnt be simpler, as all you need to do is twist the Wii Remote controller to aim and press the A button to shoot. And the game play remains as addictive and deep as youve come to expect in Nintendos puzzle games, with five varied play modes, advanced mechanics such as the ability to lob marbles, and a never-ending supply of combos. This definitely isnt your typical game of marbles.

Virtual Console

FATAL FURY 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for TeenAnimated Blood, Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1992 by SNK, FATAL FURY 2 is the second installment in the renowned fighting-game series. In addition to Terry, Andy and Joe, who appeared in the original game, another five distinctive fighters gather from around the world to compete for the championship title. Also newly added are stage-specific hazards and the ability to perform desperation attacks when a characters strength is low. These particularly deadly techniques create the chance for a come-from-behind victory achieved with a single strike. Moreover, the innovative two-line battle, which proved popular in the previous version, also has been radically enhanced. Pressing the weak-attack and strong-attack buttons simultaneously enables players to move their fighters to another line themselves, or to launch an attack that pushes opponents back to another line. This game mechanic, unique to this title in the series, allows the player to take advantage of the depth of the screen and create even more exciting bouts. Can you prove yourself the king of fighters again?

Colette Bennett