For those of you that haven't heard, Nintendo has gone ahead and declared August as the "Month of Metroid," with everything leading up to the release of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption at the end of the month. As part of the festivities, both old-school Metroid games – Metroid on the NES and Super Metroid for the Super NES – will join the North American Virtual Console line-up. Both games have been long-awaited by many Wii owners and will likely be some of the most downloaded Virtual Console titles in 2007.
So, without further ado, here are this week's new games:
Metroid (NES, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 500
Wii Points): The first installment of the immensely successful Metroid series introduces us to the hideous title creatures and the slick, cybernetic bounty hunter Samus Aran. As Samus, your mission is to penetrate the space pirates’ home planet, Zebes, and keep them from destroying the galaxy with the dangerous life forms known as Metroids. Metroid has all the high-tech weaponry, creepy tunnels, and crawly alien creatures that anyone could ask for. With its deep and complex game play, excellent music, and a rare sense of setting, it establishes a frightening ambience that will haunt and entertain you for a very long time.
Shining in the Darkness (Sega Genesis, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild
Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): Dark Sol has vowed to reign over the enchanted Kingdom of Thornwood, and only you can stop him. Find the powerful Arms of Light and battle the deadly beasts that keep your people desperate and starving in this epic journey for peace. Roaming the dark Labyrinth, you’ll seek out enemies and collect weapons, all of which will help you pass the test of the Ancients and become a shining knight. Get into the adventure with a stunning 3-D perspective, amazing cinematic views, and fast-paced scrolling. You’ll move from battle to battle, solving puzzles and discovering secret items in this engrossing struggle between good and evil.
Cratermaze (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, 600 Wii Points): Cratermaze is a comical action game set in a parallel world. While on a trip through time, you and your friends are confronted by Kublai, henchman to the evil Zenzombie. He traps your friends at separate points in the space-time continuum. Now you must fight your way through 60 rounds of mazes to save your friends. Dinosaurs, ninjas, robots, and other enemies lurk within the mazes, spanning from primitive times to the future. Escape the enemies by digging holes to trap them in and then filling the holes to finish them off. Collect all the chests within the time limit to get the key and exit to the next round. With special items such as shovels and spring platforms, Cratermaze takes its game play to new heights, making for an unforgettable gaming experience.
Metroid debuted on the European Virtual Console in July. Shining in the Darkness has been on the Japanese Virtual Console since June. Cratermaze is making its worldwide Virtual Console debut. All three games will be available 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!