So Thanksgiving has come and gone and the holiday season is upon us. You might be looking for some good gaming bargains, and the Wii Shop Channel is here to help. This week sees a Neo Geo classic on the Virtual Console joined by WiiWare titles from two well-known developers, one of which is a new twist on a legendary game.
This week’s games are:
Space Invaders Get Even (Taito, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older-Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): The Space Invaders are back, and this time they’re out to get even. Take control of a UFO and make those Earthlings pay by unleashing your fleet of heroic invaders against their puny tanks, fighter jets and artillery-but watch out for the massive boss awaiting you at the end of each stage. Use your invaders’ five attack types and the might of the mother ship to rack up high scores, then upload them via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and see where you stand in the global rankings. (Note: Router and broadband access required for online play. For more info, visit www.nintendo.com.)
Pit Crew Panic! (Hudson Entertainment, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Pit Crew Panic! is a frantic, action-packed game that unfolds on the racing circuit. During the game, the pit crew is not only faced with repairing vehicles, but also various WHATSITs. Handling the WHATSIT repairs is a pit crew made up of legendary beauties. The controls are simple: Just grab a member of the crew with the Wii Remote controller’s A Button, then release the button when the Pointer is over the damaged PART, and that crew member will begin repairs. Assign repairs to the members of your team and provide support using the Wii Remote to send a fully repaired WHATSIT out of the pit as quickly as you can. The game features Normal mode, which can be played using one of two rules: Abnormal mode (players split into two teams and compete against each other) and Ranking mode (compete with players around the world for the top record). Each mode can be played with a maximum of four Wii Remote controllers, allowing you to team up with friends and family. Your teamwork could lead to outstanding records.
I have no idea what Pit Crew Panic! is, but it sounds oddly intriguing. I mean, judging by the fact that you’re basically just repairing cars, it should seen really dumb, but if it’s done right, it could be a great little game with a retro feel. I’ll have to see this for myself before I can give it a thumbs up or down.
Space Invaders Get Even, though, is a definite must-buy for me. The full game is $20 when you include the price of unlocking all the extra modes, which seems a bit much. However, judging from everything I’ve seen, it looks like it will be money well spent. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.
Metal Slug 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen-Blood and Gore, Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1998 by SNK, Metal Slug 2 is a side-scrolling military-action game. Players choose from Marco, Tarma, Eri and Fio, setting their sights on wiping out Morden’s newly remobilized Rebellion Army. Just like the original METAL SLUG, players blaze a trail by shooting and jumping, but Metal Slug 2 adds a new arsenal for you to command, including a heavy machine gun, a shotgun and even a laser gun, providing players with rich variety. Battle effects are packed in, as well-players turn into mummies after getting caught in poison gas coughed up by mummies. After picking up too many food items, characters turn fat, but they get an attack-strength upgrade. Two-player action is supported, too, so players can have a blast with their friends.
Metal Slug 2 is a pretty solid title, but whether I’d buy it off the Virtual Console when there’s an entire collection of Metal Slug games on the Wii for about $20 used is another story. If you only want Metal Slug 2, then buying it off the VC is the way to go, but fans of the series would be better off buying Metal Slug Anthology for the Wii and getting the entire series of games – minus the upcoming Metal Slug 7 for the DS – all in one, neat little package.
Metal Slug 2 debuted on the Japanese Virtual Console in October and shortly thereafter on the PAL Virtual Console in November. It, along with Space Invaders Get Even and Pit Stop Panic!, is currently available for download off the Wii Shop Channel.
Check back next week for the latest round of releases for the Wii. Until then, happy gaming!