Wii Shop releases for the week of August 11th: techno edition!

Ah, it’s finally time for Strong Bad to invade your game time! WiiWare debuts Strong Bad Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner this week (Telltale Games, 1 player, Rated T for Teen—Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, 1,000 Wii Points). If you’re awesome and have a great sense of humor, you’ve probably already downloaded this, so I’m not going to tell you that you need to grab it.

When you burn out on beating the snot out of Homestar, you may want to check out Break In (TurboGrafx16, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone—Tobacco Reference, 700 Wii Points), a pool sim from the good old days with six different billiard games. You can play with up to four people, too.

Last up is Star Parodier (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points), Hudson’s spoof of Star Soldier. This is a good week for comedy! It’s a single player experience, but you’ll spend plenty of time giggling to yourself (which is probably what you do alone anyway, thanks to the internet’s vast selection of funnies).  Buying anything this week, little robots?

Aug. 11, 2008

Wii-kly Update

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

If your idea of a superhero is someone with an invincible ego who can
type e-mails while wearing boxing gloves, then the Wii™ Shop Channel
has great news for you. The legendary Strong Bad (from the popular
Homestar Runner Web series) makes his eagerly anticipated WiiWare™
debut this week. For even more laughs and clever gaming kicks, you’ll
also find a satirical space-age shooter on the Virtual Console™, along
with a classic billiards game for those who prefer to keep their feet
planted firmly on the ground.

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

Strong Bad Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner (Telltale Games, 1 player, Rated
T for Teen—Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes,
1,000 Wii Points): Charming. Suave. Awesome. These are the words
Strong Bad would use to describe himself. In a world gone mad, only
one man can be trusted to save the day. A man with an attitude. A man
called Strong Bad. As the star of the Homestar Runner Web cartoons,
Strong Bad has been answering e-mails (in boxing gloves), pranking his
friends, pummeling his enemies, and making people with questionable
taste snort milk out of their noses for years now. And he’s branched
out to star in Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People, a monthly
five-episode series. In Episode 1: Homestar Ruiner, Strong Bad’s plans
to beat the snot out of Homestar backfire, and he ends up with an
unwanted houseguest cramping his style. Now he needs to get life back
to normal by any means possible. But wait, there’s more: Teen Girl
Squad comics, achievements, funny costumes and arcade games. You can
even send pictures and messages to Wii Friends using Strong Bad’s
computer. So how about it? Can you handle Strong Bad’s style?

Virtual Console

Break In (TurboGrafx16, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone—Tobacco
Reference, 700 Wii Points): Gather up to four players for an authentic
game of pool right in your own home. Choose from six billiards games
including 9-Ball, Rotation and Carom (a game played without pockets).
Use Simulation mode to calculate the perfect shot, or select Action
mode and check out what went wrong with your missed shots. With all
that to choose from, Break In gives players—from beginners to
experts—all the elements necessary to enjoy a great game of pool. But
it doesn’t stop there. Select Technique to practice your angles or
even go for a trick shot. Get some help from the CPU and hone your
skills. With Break In, you’ll be a pro in no time.

Star Parodier (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1 player, Rated E for
Everyone—Mild Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points): Star Parodier is the
hilarious spoof of the classic Hudson shooter Star Soldier. In this
parody, there are three playable ships for players to choose from: the
ingratiating PAROCEASER, the hot-headed BOMBERMAN, and the
ever-so-introverted PC-ENGINE. Players control one of these unique and
original ships and set off to blast their way through eight stages on
the planet PAROSON. The comical characters take the color and flavor
of the Soldier series to the next level and are guaranteed to leave
players mesmerized. In addition to the normal game mode, there are
also the familiar two-minute and five-minute attack modes, making Star
Parodier the complete package that is sure to have players coming back
for more.

Colette Bennett