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Wii Virtual Console Releases For May 21, 2007

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If we’re to believe Nintendo’s own words, then “the elves mining Nintendo’s vaults for classic games have unearthed three new ones to add to the Wii Shop Channel.”

Silly Nintendo. Everyone knows that dwarves work the mines and that elves live in the forest and are amazingly accurate with a bow and arrow. Or at least that’s what the Lord of the Rings trilogy has taught me.

Regardless, the end result is three more games on the Virtual Console for everyone to enjoy, and they’re three great ones this week. The new games are:

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest (SNES, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): In the sequel to the immensely popular Donkey Kong Country, Diddy Kong gets the spotlight, along with his girlfriend, Dixie Kong – a great little monkey with a dangerous ponytail. The action starts on the wreck of King K. Rool’s Gangplank Galleon that has apparently broken up on a reef offshore from the Kremlings’ Island. Diddy and his friends will have to work together to rescue Donkey Kong, exploring all the hidden areas of the Kremlings’ island: a spooky haunted forest, treacherous swamps, a giant beehive oozing with sticky honey and lava-filled caves, just to name a few.

Streets of Rage 2 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): To celebrate their defeat of the Syndicate exactly one year before, Blaze, Adam and Axel met for drinks. The next morning, Axel received a frantic phone call from Eddie “Skate” Hunter, Adam’s younger brother, whom he was living with on the edge of the city. Blaze and Axel found Adam and Skate’s house wrecked, and a picture showing Adam chained up at the feet of Mr. X. The city then once again returned to its nightmarish state as criminals ran rampant. Unable to contact their old friend in artillery, Axel and Blaze team up with Skate and Max Thunder to free the city and rescue Adam from the Syndicate. It is up to you to take down Mr. X once and for all.

Blazing Lazers (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): Blazing Lazers is a vertical-scrolling shooter that was praised for surpassing the limitations of the hardware of its time. Players control the extraordinary firepower of their Gunhed Star Fighter to take on the Dark Squadron that has begun its invasion of Earth. Collect power-ups to increase your ship’s battle strength so it can cut through enemies and defeat the bosses in all nine areas. Of course, as part of the “Soldier” series, the game contains a good combination of fast-paced speed with catchy, drum-propelled background music, coupled with the Field Thunder that can be used to destroy enemies in one fell swoop for the ultimate sense of satisfaction. With its fine-tuned difficulty levels, Blazing Lazers is a shooting game that anyone can enjoy.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest was released last week in Europe and has not been made available on the Japanese Virtual Console. Streets of Rage 2 was released last week in Japan on the Virtual Console, where it is known as Bare Knuckle II. Blazing Lazers debuts in Europe later this week.

As always, the three games will be available for download from the Wii Shop Channel at 12 p.m. Eastern/9 a.m. Pacific.

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