For the first time in a few weeks, we have significant news related to the Virtual Console and WiiWare, and it’s pretty big:
Check Mii Out Channel goes live: On Sunday, the newest Wii Channel – the Check Mii Out Channel – became available to Wii owners. The new channel has several new features, namely the ability to share your Miis with people around the world, and the ability to vote in Mii contests. Those contests are themed, the first one being Mario without red cap. You can enter Miis you’ve made into the contest, and once all the entries are in, you can judge who has the best one. No word yet on whether there will be prizes for contest winners.
As for this week’s games, here’s what the Virtual Console has to offer:
Volleyball (NES, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Step onto the court in one of the first volleyball games ever made. Select either the men's or women's competition, choose from one of eight available countries to represent, and prepare for some intensely fun game play. The straightforward controls include all the moves you'll need to effectively direct your six-person team. Take some time mastering them in the training mode, though, because you'll need all the practice you can get when competing against challenging computer opponents. If you feel like some multiplayer action, take on a friend in the two-player mode and see whose skills are more polished. Block, set and spike your way to victory.
Axelay (Super NES, 1 player, rated E for Everyone — Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): Mysterious aliens have invaded the Earth-like planet of Corliss, slowly draining the planet's resources. Take control of the prototype Axelay ship and use its wide range of advanced weaponry to battle enemy forces. Play through multiple stages of action — from other planets to space stations — all on your way to destroying the alien headquarters. You are Corliss' last line of defense, so be careful not to be too distracted by the excellent graphics (including great scrolling effects) and rocking music. Pilot the Axelay using Konami's famously tight play control and experience what many consider to be a classic of the shooter genre.