It’s Monday, and that can only mean one thing! No, not going back to work or school: video games! Specifically, the latest releases on the Wii Shop Channel.
This week may be the single greatest week ever on the Wii Shop Channel, and I do not mean that lightly. First off, we get two WiiWare titles – including the long-anticipated Mega Man 9 along with the first WiiWare game ever announced – and not one, but two great Virtual Console titles. But first, a bit of news:
Alien Crush Returns DLC to be free?: As reported on Siliconera, Hudson’s upcoming WiiWare title, Alien Crush Returns, may have free DLC downloads for Wii owners in Japan. The hard facts on how this works aren’t yet known, and we don’t know if they’ll be doing the same
Proto Man to appear as DLC for Mega Man 9: As reported by GamesRadar, Proto Man (or Blues for you folks in Japan) is headed to Mega Man 9 as DLC on October 6. He’ll set you back 200 Wii points ($2 US) and will bring with him a host of new power-ups and pretty much a whole new way to play Capcom’s latest Mega Man game.
As for the games. this week’s titles are:
Mega Man 9 (CAPCOM, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Cartoon Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): Mega Man fans, the wait is over! The classic Blue Bomber that debuted in 1987 is back with the ninth installment in the classic series. It’s a new adventure for Mega Man done in an 8-bit style-graphics, music and gameplay are all like you remember them.
PLÄTTCHEN twist ‘n’ paint (Bplus, 1-8 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): PLÄTTCHEN twist ‘n’ paint is a crazy, challenging puzzle shooter that delivers more than 100 hours of fun, supporting up to eight players simultaneously. Guard the birth of ZeLeLi and free them from the menace of the evil black Shadow Plättchen. Play as one of the countless FantasyMEs and fight as an astronaut, butterfly, car or football against sharks, cowboys, asteroids and skulls in numerous, fabulous fantasy Worlds. Use items and multipliers in combos to fight yourself to the top of the high scores and find the perfect way to solve a level. Go wild in three completely different game modes of PLÄTTCHEN twist ‘n’ paint with more than 300 levels. Twist cooperatively with your friends or compete through many multiplayer modes.
Super Dodge Ball (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): In Super Dodge Ball, you take control of the USA Dodge Ball team and travel the world in an effort to become the best dodge ballers around. Step onto playing fields in countries all over the globe and use a combination of normal and super shots to help take down your opponents. But be careful, as some destinations have surfaces that can affect your footing. Manage the team as you think best, and swap out characters with other players that better fit your playing style. Two players can enjoy a head-to-head game or play a spirited round of Bean Ball, a six-character free-for-all. Three difficulty levels are available (Easy, Medium, and Hard); which one you choose will depend on your skill and courage. Do you have what it takes to lead Team USA to the ultimate prize and win the world championship of dodge ball?
Vectorman (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): In the year 2049, mankind is forced to abandon an over polluted Earth and seek out other planets for colonization while the mechanized Orbots stay behind to clean up the mess. When the Orbot leader, WarHead, starts blowing a few circuits and causes a war among the mechanical brethren, a sludge pilot named Vectorman is the only one willing to step up and fight him. You’ll morph into a speeding train, a power drill, a mechanical fish and a mighty dune buggy in this action-packed adventure. Equip yourself with weapons, pick up morphs and power-ups to defeat WarHead, and restore peace on Earth.
Super Dodge Ball came out in June on the Japanese Virtual Console. Vectorman came out in April 2007 on the European Virtual Console and in February 2007 on the Japanese Virtual Console. They, along with Mega Man 9 and PLÄTTCHEN twist ‘n’ paint, are currently available for download off the Wii Shop Channel. It should also be noted that
Check back next week for the latest round of releases for the Wii. Until then, happy gaming!