Wii Shop releases for the week of 8/18: Midnight Pool, Mega Man, Turf Masters

First thing is first: Nintendo does what it wants, when it wants. No one tells Nintendo what to do. With that in mind, it’s finally making good on Capcom’s promise of releasing Mega Man (NES, 1 player, 500 Wii Points) to the Virtual Console today. Not because Capcom wants it, or that even gamers want it. They released it because they feel like it, OK?

Neo Turf Masters (NeoGeo, 1-2 players, 900 Wii Points) joins the Blue Bomber on the Virtual Console today, as well. Unfortunately, it’s not what it sounds like … to me, at least. When I hear the words “turf masters,” I automatically think of a side-scrolling beat ’em up with thugs cracking each other’s skulls with pipes, and picking turkeys and apples out of trash cans. Not the case: despite the fact that it seems like every other NeoGeo title is some kind of fighter (more games with the Bogards, please), Neo Turf Masters is … a golf game. 

Midnight Pool (Gameloft, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points) on the other hand is exactly what it sounds like — people playing pool. At midnight. The original WiiWare title puts you on the circuit with the hottest fictional pool players around, like “country music star Travis to Alison the biologist and John the sheriff.” No, I’m serious, that’s what the press release says. Check it out after the jump. 

Mega Man seems like an obvious choice for 8-bit gaming fans, but I’d imagine not everyone is willing to spend $5 on the classic when the potential new 8-bit king, Mega Man 9, is right around the corner. Who’s opening their wallets this week and for what?

Aug. 18, 2008

Wii-kly Update

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

Fans of ’80s platforming action have something to shout about this week—namely, the Virtual Console™ debut of a true classic: Mega Man™. Whether you’re experiencing this vintage robot adventure for the first time or reliving the fun of your NES® heyday, you’ll find all of the game’s side-scrolling thrills intact. Meanwhile, players with a passion for sinking the perfect shot can rule the table with a new WiiWare™ pool title or conquer the links in a challenging, globetrotting golf game.

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 week’s new games are:

WiiWare

Midnight Pool (Gameloft, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Suggestive Themes, Simulated Gambling, 800 Wii Points): Take a trip across America to make your dreams come true in a pool tournament worth millions. Visit the most colorful bars and meet seven of the coolest players on the circuit, from country music star Travis to Alison the biologist and John the sheriff. Learn the tricks of the trade through tutorials along the way, while advanced players can take on challenges to show off their trick-shot abilities. Keep things interesting with three sets of rules.

Virtual Console

Mega Man (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): Join the blue bomber in his first-ever adventure as he battles the evil Dr. Wily and his robotic henchmen to restore peace to a troubled world. Mega Man is a super-robot created by the genius scientist Dr. Light. When Dr. Wily goes rogue with an army of six of his own devious robot masters, it’s up to Mega Man to put a stop to his nefarious plot by traversing a series of stages rife with enemies, traps and perilous platform challenges. At the end of each stage, conquer one of the robot masters and claim his weapon as your own, using it to your advantage in subsequent fights.

NEO TURF MASTERS (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points): This is a golf game that was first released in 1996. The player picks one of six available golfers and competes on a number of golf courses around the world, including Japan (Fujiyama Oriental Golf Club), America (Grand Canyon Golf Course), Australia (Blue Lagoon Golf Course) and Germany (Baden Golf Course). The game features two modes of play. The first is Stroke Play, in which the player attempts to get the best score by playing all 18 holes. The second is Match Play, in which two players compete to see who can win more of the 18 holes. Grab a friend and get ready to hit the fairway. 

Nick Chester