Thankfully, we’ve gotten a reprieve from any themes this week from Nintendo, and that’s really a good thing, because some of the past ones have been… well, interesting. And with the variety of games this week, there really isn’t much of a theme, besides that they’re all fun and enjoyable games.
This week’s three new titles are:
Wave Race 64 (Nintendo 64, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Take to the waves on your own personal watercraft and experience some of the best water effects in video game history. Choose one of four characters, each with his/her own unique abilities and style, and master the game’s excellent controls. Make your way through nine courses, each with its own challenges. If the ramps, mines and hairpin turns aren’t enough, you’ll also have to deal with varying weather conditions that can make the water choppy or cover the course with fog. And if you ever feel like taking a break from racing, then try out Stunt Mode to polish your skills by pulling off handstands, rolls and more. Get good enough and you might even be able to ride a dolphin—just don’t get seasick.
Adventures of Lolo (NES, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): This was the first game in the Eggerland puzzle series to be released in North America. After the love of his life, Lala, is kidnapped by the Great Devil and taken to a haunted castle, our hero Lolo sets out to rescue her. The journey is perilous because a massive army guards the Great Devil’s fortress. But Lolo has a few tricks up his sleeve, including a Magic Shot that turns enemies into eggs and an Emerald Framer that shields him from attacks. Combining clever environmental puzzles with tricky enemies and an engaging style, Adventures of Lolo is a true classic.
Interesting side note: Lolo and Lala eventually appeared in the Kirby series as bosses Lololo and Lalala.
Galaga ’90 (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): This is an updated version of the classic arcade shooter Galaga. Set in the vast reaches of space, you will fight your way through all 29 rounds to reach the enemies’ stronghold on Planet Galaga. Game levels consist of a few rounds with changing enemies and backgrounds. To top it off, the nostalgic “Galactic Dancing” lives on to mark the end of each level. With the new addition of dimensions, you can choose your attack route. Collect capsules and open dimension warps at branch sections to take on even tougher enemies. Galaga ’90’s inclusion of the triple fighter, scrolling backgrounds, boss Galaga and even new system effects make it nothing less than a masterpiece.
Wave Race 64 debuted in Japan last week. Adventures of Lolo has been available on the Japanese and European Virtual Consoles since June. Galaga ’90 is currently available on the North American Virtual Console only. All three games will be available for download on the Wii Shop Channel starting at 12 p.m. Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific.
Check back next week for the latest Virtual Console news and releases!