Wii Shop releases for week of 9/8: Groovin’ Blocks, Final Soldier, Cho Aniki

No, your eyes do not deceive you — the legendary and kooky Cho Aniki (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 900 Wii Points) is coming to the Virtual Console today. Nintendo says that “this shooter made for quite the conversation piece in its day,” but I’d argue that people are still trying to figure out just what in the hell is going on. 

The “mild suggestive themes” of Cho Aniki are joined by an orgiinal WiWare title Groovin’ Blocks (800 Wii Points). Developed by Empty Clip studios, this music-based rhythm game for one or two players will have you hoppin’ and boppin’ through 27 stages of hoppin’ and boppin’ action. 

And finally — SURPRISE! — another TurboGrafx16 shooter, Final Soldier (TurboGrafx16, 700 Wii Points) makes its way to the Virtual Console. There’s a story here, something about defending Earth from aggressive invaders from the 23rd century. You use the tools of the side- or vertical-scrolling trade like lasers, missiles, and e-beams to fend them off. Yay!

The press release is after the jump in case you need more details. Anything look worth picking up today? Personally, I’d say it’s hard to resist the uh, allure, or Cho Aniki.

Wii-kly Update

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

School’s back in session, but it’s not the only place to get your brain buzzing. This week’s additions to the Wii™ Shop Channel include a challenging new puzzle game available via WiiWare™, plus a pair of crackling Virtual Console™ actioners to keep your imagination raging between classes. Even if your school days are behind you, this latest lineup of downloadable titles will help get you fired up for fall, fueled by the one-of-a-kind fun of Nintendo’s top-selling Wii™ system.

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:


Groovin’ Blocks (Empty Clip Studios, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): A music-based game like no other, Groovin’ Blocks adds innovative musical game play to an addictive action/puzzle game foundation. Play to the rhythm of the music to increase your score, and try to hit “Superbeats” to double your multiplier. Go for the high score in each of the 27 stages as you collect stars to unlock 15 levels of power-ups. Groovin’ Blocks features three skill levels, from the accessible Casual to the fiendish Hard mode. Play with your friends in co-op mode or against them head-to-head. Head-to-head brings it up a notch as the power-ups now become attacks on your opponent. Play head-to-head with people of all skill levels using a golf-style handicapping system.

Virtual Console

Final Solider (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Fantasy Violence, 700 Wii Points): A vertically scrolling shooter from the well-known Soldier series. In the 23rd century, invaders from the future suddenly attack Earth. Controlling a fighter created by the world’s scientists, you rise to meet the enemy. Collect power-up units, such as LASER, E-BEAM, FIRE and MISSILE, and then equip them in Options to launch a variety of attacks. For each of these weapons, you can freely select from three different types in SET-UP. Anticipate enemies’ strikes and deftly switch between weapons to defeat the invaders. In addition to NORMAL GAME, there are also 2 MINUTE GAME and 5 MINUTE GAME score-attack modes. The most perfect blend and balance of any game in the series, Final Soldier is a title you don’t want to miss.

Cho Aniki (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone and Older—Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, 900 Wii Points): The odd world in this shooter made for quite the conversation piece in its day. Players control either Idaten or Benten, celestial warriors out to bring an end to the tyrannical rule of the emperor of Planet Builder, who holds muscular prowess to be the supreme virtue of the universe. Aided by able-bodied muscle-head options Adon and Samson, they must battle to defeat the emperor’s army across five stages. Use the buttons to fire away and lay into the Builder forces. Power up your character and options with protein from defeated enemies to have them “bulk up” with a yell, and take their macho battle to the next level.

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