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Wii Virtual Console Releases For May 7, 2007

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Apparently, this week, Nintendo has decided to go with a kidnapping theme to its releases. While I’m not sure that was the wisest decision, it did net us a good trio of games to sit back, relax and enjoy.

This week’s new games are:

Mighty Bomb Jack (NES, 1 player, 500 Wii Points): Mighty Bomb Jack is an action/adventure game that was originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1987 by Tecmo. The hero of the game, Jack, must make his way through 16 levels of a pyramid in order to defeat the demon Belzebut and rescue the royal Pamera family. Each level is split into two parts; an action zone and a Royal Palace room. Action zones can be split up into several portions, and contain power-ups usually hidden in treasure chests such as moneybags, Mighty Coins, and Mighty Drinks. Mighty Coins allow Jack to change colors; blue allows Jack to open orange treasure chests, orange allows him to open any treasure chest by simply touching it from the side, and green transforms all enemies on the screen into coins for 5 seconds. Mighty Drinks add 10 seconds to the game’s timer. Mighty Bomb Jack is the sequel to another classic NES game, just plain old Bomb Jack.

Final Fight (Super NES, 1 player, 800 Wii Points): Jessica had it all. She was the daughter of former wrestling star and mayor of Metro City Mike Haggar and girlfriend to Cody Travers, one of the coolest and toughest boys around. But now she has been mysteriously kidnapped! Take to the streets with either Haggar or Cody and fight your way across town, deep into the turf of the Mad Gear Gang. As you cross the town, fight with all your strength to save the one you love. Enjoy unmatched beat ‘em up action in this arcade classic and discover just who is behind the Mad Gear Gang in what may be Metro City’s final fight.

Of course, Final Fight and its popularity went on to help spawn a countless line of similar games based off the same principles and even the same game engine, ranging from the kind of okay 64th Street: A Detective’s Story to the totally awesome Batman Returns.

Ordyne (TurboGrafx16, 2 players, 600 Wii Points): Ordyne is a port of the popular side-scrolling arcade shooter that includes simultaneous two-player co-op play as well as impressive visuals and catchy background music. The evil Kubota has kidnapped Dr. Tomari’s fiancee, Kana, and taken the colossal nuclear reactor Ordyne. In order to reclaim them, Dr. Tomari and his assistant Felix take to their battleships and head off in pursuit. Avoid enemies and advance through seven different levels that take place on land, sea, and air. Collect crystals from defeated enemies and use them to buy items or upgrades for your ship at the Space Inn. Do you have what it takes to defeat the boss at the end of each level and ultimately reach Kubota in the final stage, Kubota World?

Mighty Bomb Jack debuted in April on the European Virtual Console and way back in February on the Japanese Virtual Console. Final Fight debuted in both Europe and Japan in April. Ordyne is making its worldwide Virtual Console debut in North America

All three games are available as of 12 p.m. Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific on the Wii Shop Channel.

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