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Wii Virtual Console News and Releases for 3/17/2008

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So Smash Bros. Brawl is out, which likely means you missed the latest Virtual Console update. It’s okay, don’t worry. I’m here to help you catch up on what you missed.

It’s once again a two-game week for the Virtual Console here in North America, which is fine with me, especially with one of the games this week being an absolute classic. This week’s two games are:

Spelunker (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Wander through miles of uncharted caves in search of the legendary underground pyramid and its vast treasures. To complete your adventure, you will swing from ropes and ladders, run across unstable terrain and down ravines, operate elevators, mining carts and rafts. You will collect keys, bombs, flares, jewels, sacks of gold coins and other valuable items as you navigate the hazardous terrain. But beware of the scalding steam vents, poisonous bats and the avenging spirits of dead spelunkers that lurk in every corner of this massive underground labyrinth.

Super R-Type (Super NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone — Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): A galactic battle begins. The Body Empire of mutant extraterrestrials is back with evil intent and awesome power. Now the evil empire is poised to launch a new attack on Earth. Only the revolutionary R-9, the planet’s most advanced form of defense, stands between these monsters and doom. Fight through seven challenging stages—picking up power-up items as you progress—on the way to each stage’s memorable boss. Is the Body Empire invincible? You’ll need lightning reflexes, intuitive moves and a big dose of cosmic luck to hold your own. Better prepare yourself, because the mutants “R” ready for you.

Spelunker came out in August 2007 on the Japanese Virtual Console. Super R-Type came out last week in Europe and in January for Japan. Both games are available for download right now off the Wii Shop Channel.

Check back next week for the latest Virtual Console/WiiWare news and releases!

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