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Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Announced for Wii Shop Channel

It’s the end of a three-day weekend, but there’s still time to cram some
last-minute gaming into your life. And what better way to do that than to go on
a quest? Today the Wii Shop Channel on the Wii™ home video game system from
Nintendo offers three questing opportunities for folks who aren’t quite ready
to surrender their weekends: battling an evil dude and regaining your godly
powers; rescuing your friends, who have been sucked into a video game; and
rescuing “a wealthy man who’s been kidnapped.”So do whatever it is you
usually do when you go on a quest. Pack a cooler with deep-fried munchies and
energy drinks. Dial up your best elf, dwarf and wizard buddies. Or grab your
pal Hadji and your dog Bandit. Whatever. Just get questing.The three new
classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games to the
channel every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can
redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the
Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

ActRaiser™ (SNES®, 1 player, 800 Wii Points): A masterpiece of game design
originally released in the early days of the Super Nintendo Entertainment
System®, ActRaiser’s enduring popularity stems from its revolutionary
combination of action- and simulation-based game play. The user plays the role
of the Master, a dethroned deity whose once-idyllic world has fallen under the
control of the Evil One. Stripped of godly power, the Master must somehow put
an end to the Evil One’s reign and rebuild his desolate realm. Game play
alternates between two modes: Action and Simulation. In Action mode, the Master
must battle against impossible odds to pacify six lands. Pacifying a land
unlocks Simulation mode. In this mode, the Master must oversee the development
and repopulation of the territory he has reclaimed. In doing so, he will gain
followers who gradually restore his godly might, empowering him to take back
the next land and, ultimately, defeat the Evil One.

Kid Chameleon™ (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): The local arcade
is packed with kids, all lining up to play the latest, most realistic video
game they’ve ever seen. It’s called Wild Side, and it uses holographic
images to immerse the player in a strange world. But there’s a problem...
Kids are literally getting sucked into the game, and now several of them are
trapped. Throughout more than 100 levels, you’ll take on several different
forms, such as a Berzerker, a Micromax, a Maniaxe or a Skycutter, which will
make you much more powerful. It’s up to you, Kid Chameleon, the best gamer in
town, to get yourself inside the game so that you can defeat the game’s boss
and bring your friends back to reality.

J.J. & JEFF (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): This comical action game
features two bungling detectives, J.J. and JEFF, as they travel through a total
of six fields. One day, a request comes into their office to take a case that
requires them to “rescue a wealthy man who’s been kidnapped.” Choose
between the two characters and set off alone to outwit your partner and save
the day. Each field is broken down into four areas, where enemies, as well as
your partner, will try to keep you from your goal. There are many items
throughout each area. Kick around in various locations to make them appear.
Jump and spray-paint your way toward your goal. If you find a hidden room, you
can regain health while being completely entertained by its short sketch and
surreal allure.

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