Wii Shop releases for the week of 8/4: Wild West Guns, Sonic, Splatterhouse 2

This weeks Wii Shop Channel releases aren’t exactly what Capcom had in mind. It seemed to be under the impression that Mega Man 4 the original Mega Man would be making an appearance on the Virtual Console today. Well, Nintendo does what Nintendo wants apparently, because that’s not quite the case. 

Gameloft’s Wild Wild Guns (Gameloft, 1-2 players, 1,000 Wii Points), a point at things and then shoot them original WiiWare title is available today, however. I think the a sentance in the press release says it all: “Point and shoot to earn points.” 

Along with it comes Splatterhouse 2 (Sega Genesis, 1 player, 800 Wii Points), the sequel to the original side-scrolling gore-fest. Here our hero Rick once must again throw on the terror mask to save his girlfriend Jennifer, who needs to take a Krav Maga class or something because she clearly can’t take care of herself. Rick will be joined by Sonic the Hedgehog (Sega Master System, 1 player, 500), a remake of a game that’s already available on the Virtual Console, expect this version has lousier visuals a few new zones.

Anyone disappointed at the lack of Blue Bomber in this week’s line-up? And not to start anything, but has anyone noticed the significant lack of “must get” WiiWare titles since launch? After you read the press release beyond the jump, feel free to discuss.

Wii-kly Update

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

The list of available games for Wii™ owners just keeps on growing as we add another trio of titles to the Wii™ Shop Channel. This week’s lineup features Old West thrills, supernatural chills and a little blue hedgehog whose name you’re sure to recognize. Thanks to Nintendo’s WiiWare™ downloadable game service and the classic-filled Virtual Console™, building your own blockbuster video game library has never been easier.

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

Wild West Guns (Gameloft, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen—Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): Draw your revolver to see if you’re the fastest gun in the West. Adjust your speed and precision as targets or enemies appear in front of you. Point and shoot to earn more points. You can aim at anything, so be sure to explore the environment for elements that will earn you more shooting points. Identify your enemies among the characters you encounter, but don’t shoot at innocent citizens. Take part in an Old West-style train attack, or challenge your skills in a variety of increasingly difficult shooting challenges in other beautiful, classic and lively Western environments. As you progress through challenges, you’ll earn medals and rewards, making for nonstop, addictive action. Play in a two-player multiplayer mode where you and your partner can combine points, or play against each other to find out who’s the fastest gun in the West.

Virtual Console

Sonic The Hedgehog™ (Sega Master System, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Based on the original Sega Genesis version, Sonic The Hedgehog was re-created as the first Sonic game for the Sega Master System. Not just a straight port, this version includes new stages, bosses, some different zones and a level map. The most noticeable difference, however, is that the Chaos Emeralds have to be found within certain stages other than the Special Stages. Dash through six Zones (including special zones that were only available for the Sega Master System version) and face Dr. Eggman (a.k.a. Dr. Robotnik) at the end of every Zone.

SPLATTERHOUSE™ 2 (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated M for Mature—Blood and Gore, Violence, 800 Wii Points): SPLATTERHOUSE 2 is the sequel to SPLATTERHOUSE, released only on the Sega Genesis. A few months after escaping from the first mansion in SPLATTERHOUSE, the main character, Rick, once again encounters the Terror Mask and must use its powers to rescue his beloved Jennifer. Rick will need to punch, slash, smash and even chainsaw his way through a haunted mansion against unspeakable horrors and terrifying bosses to make it out alive.

Nick Chester