Days left until WiiWare arrives in North America: 7
If you’re reading this, it can only be for one reason: you want to know what came out on the Virtual Console this week. Well, thankfully, I’m here to tell you just that. But first, some news:
Europe gets another Hanabi Festival: Yes, that’s right. European Wii owners get to experience another Hanabi Festival on the Virtual Console, bringing them more Japanese games they didn’t have previously. This time around, it’s Columns III: Revenge of Columns, Final Soldier and Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou being released. As for North America… well, we’re still getting these games whenever Nintendo of America lets us at them.
Nintendo finally addressing storage space fears: After almost a year of complaining, Wii owners may finally be on the road to seeing an issue addressed: storage space on the Wii. The long-criticized lack of an external hard drive may have finally gotten to Iwata’s ears, as he addressed it in this year’s financial results briefing:
“Statistically speaking, it is true that there are a small number of customers who feel that the flash memory is too small, while many others find that they have plenty of memory. However, because this small number of people are none other than the most avid players, we know we have to review the best possible solution to eliminate their inconvenience.”
Damn straight you listen to your core market, Iwata. Now, about F-Zero Wii…
And though it’s somewhat unrelated:
Amazon sells out of Wii Fit: Internet retail giant Amazon has reported that they have sold out of all pre-order copies of Wii Fit. The pre-orders started on April 15, and knowing Amazon, they likely had a huge shipment of Wii Fit bundles. The, message, which can be found on Amazon’s Wii Fit page, reads the following:
“As you may know, the Nintendo Wii Fit is in great demand, and there are shortages of this product across the U.S. In an effort to provide as many customers as possible with the opportunity to purchase Wii Fit from Amazon.com, we are actively seeking more of this product from suppliers. Please check back soon to see if more are available.”
So, if you’re interested in getting Wii Fit, I’d suggest going and pre-ordering it now at where ever you shop for games.
As for the games, it’s back up to two this week after only Double Dragon last week. Both are pretty good titles, and one is a prequel of sorts to a recent release on the Virtual Console. One that starts with River City and ends in Ransom.
This week’s games are:
Pokémon Puzzle League (Nintendo 64, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Get ready for a new kind of Pokémon battle where the power and speed of your brain are just as important as the strength of your Pokémon. Join Ash, Brock, Misty and many more characters from the Pokémon animated series as they gather in Puzzle Village to compete for the title of Pokémon Puzzle Master. Just match three or more blocks of the same color in any direction. Sounds simple, right? But the actual game play is surprisingly addictive and deep (chains and combos anyone?), especially when you’re facing off against a human opponent. Choose from six different modes offering a wide range of action, from story or puzzle modes to continuous play or timed play. If that’s not enough, take on the challenge in 3-D and get ready for more blocks than ever before. Featuring animated cut scenes combined with bright, fun graphics, there’s enough to satisfy any fan of Pokémon or puzzle games.
Renegade (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): Renegade follows the story of a vigilante who fights his way through countless gangs in order to bring peace back to his city. Battle your way through subways, parks, alleyways and parking lots. For added fun, there’s a wild motorcycle ride to challenge you. Use your arsenal of kicks, punches (including the infamous sit-on punch) and jump kicks, as well as a variety of throws to knock your opponents into submission. Along the way, pick up items like a hamburger that restores your life, a heart that increases your lives by one, a power-up to increase your attack strength, and a speed item that gives you a speed burst while on your motorcycle. You’ll need all the help you can get to take out your aggression on street punks, thugs, outlaw bikers, killer kung-fu females and an array of bosses standing in your way. Take the law into your own hands to defeat countless scumbags and take your city back like the renegade you are.
Pokémon Puzzle League is debuting first on the North American Virtual Console. Renegade appeared in March on the Japanese Virtual Console. It is now available for download off the Wii Shop Channel.
Check back next week for the latest Virtual Console news and reviews… and the launch of Nintendo’s WiiWare service!