Wii Shop releases for week of 9/15: Strong Badia, Potpourrii, Mega Man 2

Are you ready for a Monday of pure awesomeness that’s potentially more awesomer than last Monday? 

Teltale GamesStrong Bad Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free (1 player, 1000 Wii Points) finds its way to WiiWare this week! In this second installment of the episodic point-and-click, Strongbad and other characters in the Homestar Runner universe form their own countries after the dastardly King of Towns imposes an email tax. Hilarity ensues! Keep your eyes fixed to Destructoid for a full review of the game later today. 

Also coming to WiiWare is Potpourri (1-2 players, 800 Wii Points), an original puzzle game by developer Abstraction Games. From what I can tell, you fire cute little happy blobs out of a “spirit cannon” at other cute little happy blobs. There’s also something about leprechauns going on here. Potpourrii has a great art style, and might be worth checking out for under ten bucks. Also, you can use your Miis … sold, right?

Finally, the Virtual Console gets updated with the NES classic Mega Man 2 (1 player, 500 Wii Points), which can only mean one thing — we’re getting closer to the release of Mega Man 9!

So, waiting for the Destructoid review of Strong Badia the Free? Want to take a chance on Potpourri? Would you rather download Mega Man 2 than play it for a fee? (Note: Don’t do that, OK? I was just looking for a rhyme there, and it’s early in the morning.) 

 Wii-kly Update

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

Two is your lucky number at the Wii™ Shop Channel this week. You’ll find a pair of totally different yet equally awesome sequels on offer: the second installment in the outrageous Strong Bad game series on WiiWare™, and a memorable sequel from the classic Mega Man™ series on the Virtual Console™. Two is also the total number of WiiWare titles debuting this week, including an eye-popping new puzzle game that’s suitable for two players. And while it only takes one Wii™ console to access them, you’ll need two hands to applaud this ever-growing selection of great games.

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:


Strong Bad Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free (Telltale Games, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older—Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, Use of Alcohol, 1,000 Wii Points): Strong Badia the Free is the second of five monthly episodes starring Strong Bad—the self-proclaimed “coolest person ever”—and the rest of the cast from the popular Homestar Runner Web cartoons. When Strong Bad fails to obey the King of Town’s totally unfair e-mail tax, he’s placed under house arrest. Once freed from his wrongful imprisonment, Strong Bad goes on a mission to unite the local warring factions under the Strong Badian flag. Is Free Country USA ready for such an awesome ruler? Strong Bad Episode 2: Strong Badia the Free also has the Videlectrix arcade classic “Math Kickers Featuring the Algebros,” plus all-new achievements, collectibles, costumes and Teen Girl Squad comics. You can even use Strong Bad’s Lappy to send e-mails and pictures to your Wii Friends™. So what are you waiting for? Fire up Strong Badia the Free and get ready to kick some doughy King of Town butt.

Potpourrii (Abstraction Games, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): In the puzzle game Potpourrii, everything revolves around the seasons. For centuries, the seasons have followed a set pattern. But then things start to go awry in the forest. Suddenly it’s snowing while the sun shines and flowers bloom while leaves are falling. Then a strange purple goo appears. The leprechauns are stunned. Even worse, the magic oak of life loses its power. It all turns out to be the fault of an evil wizard. You must help the leprechauns defeat him and restore natural order. To do this, you need to collect seasonal spirits. Pick them up with the spirit cannon, shoot them at the center of the screen, group them and make them disappear. But watch out—they get faster and faster. In short: Potpourrii is a puzzle game that keeps you hooked with its colorful visuals, beautiful effects and easy-to-use controls using the Wii Remote™ controller. Play alone or with a second player, and even use your Mii™ character.

Virtual Console

Mega Man 2 (NES™, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): Widely regarded by fans as one of the greatest action games of all time, Mega Man 2 is the second title in the seminal NES series. With even more stages and robot masters than the previous installment, its sheer size and scope are enough to get any action gamer’s heart palpitating. The year is 200X. Dr. Light’s super-robot, Mega Man, has succeeded in smashing the evil ambition of the nefarious Dr. Wily, and peace reigns over the planet. However, Dr. Wily proves to be a hard man to keep down and has returned with a new army of robot masters in tow to challenge our hero. Can Mega Man save the world again?

Nick Chester