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Wii Virtual Console News and Releases for 3/2/2009

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The theme on the Wii Shop Channel this week appears to have something to do with battles. That is, either battling evil forces or battling your best buddies and family. Only two games hit the Wii's digital download service this week, but one of them is definitely worth your money. The other might be, depending on who you play (or don't play) with.

This week's releases are as follows:

On the Virtual Console, Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen makes an appearance with a price of 800 Wii Points. This is actually one of my favorite strategy games from back in the Super Nintendo era. It's also more in line with what I'm hoping Nintendo will do: release more of these hard-to-find, ridiculously expensive titles on the Virtual Console so that everyone can enjoy them the way they were meant to be played, not just on some emulator on your PC. Ogre Battle, in case you didn't know, goes for $100+ on eBay, as it is a sought after game with limited copies available. Such a pity that EarthBound won't be getting a similar treatment …

Over on WiiWare, it's time for a party via Gammick Entertainment's Family & Friends Party. The 1,000 Wii Point game is described as an "interactive board game" with a series of challenges (read: mini-games) needing to be completed each turn by one to two players. This is definitely more of the kind of thing you'll need other people — most likely a bunch of newer gamers — around to play. If you're mostly a solo player, you may want to pass on this title just because you won't get as much out of it.

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen was released on the Japanese Virtual Console in November 2008. It, along with Family & Friends Party, is all available for download off the Wii Shop Channel.

Check back next week for the latest round of releases for the Wii's digital download service. Until then, happy gaming!

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