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

Seems like these days everybody’s just running around, grabbing whatever they
can for themselves. Some are after gold nuggets, some want rings and some are
trying to recover a stolen axe. Doesn’t anybody talk anymore? Why don’t you
grab a few warm cookies, pour yourself a glass of cold milk and fire up the
Wii(TM)? We’ll play games and tell stories from simpler times.Three new
classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games to the
Wii Shop Channel every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection
can redeem Wii Points(TM) to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in
the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

Lode Runner(R) (NES(R), 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points):
This landmark action-puzzle game has been a worldwide fixture in video games
from the moment of its inception until today, producing many sequels and
related products along the way. The player controls the hero, or “Runner,”
who collects gold nuggets located around every stage, all the while avoiding
capture by enemy robots. The action itself is simple, but the stages are
designed as increasingly challenging puzzles, and none of the 50 stages is as
easy as it seems. The Runner avoids enemies by digging holes in the floor to
the right and left of his position—by doing this, he can clear a path to
places that, at first glance, seem unreachable. Players must use their brains
to collect all the gold nuggets in every puzzling stage if they want to escape
to the next. In addition to normal play, this version of the game features an
Edit Mode that allows players to design their own stages, adding a new level of
enjoyment to the game.

Sonic the Hedgehog(TM) 2 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800
Wii Points): Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) is back to continue his zealous
search for the Chaos Emeralds needed to fuel his new Death Egg contraption. The
evil doctor secretly follows Sonic to his vacation spot, Westside Island, and
launches a full-scale attack, imprisoning all the helpless animals of the
island and turning them into mindless worker drones. Now Sonic must thwart the
doctor’s plans at all costs. This time he isn’t alone, as a peculiar
two-tailed fox named Miles Prower (aka Tails) decides to aid him in the battle.
Together they must locate the Chaos Emeralds before Dr. Eggman does, and put an
end to his diabolical scheme.

Golden Axe(TM) II (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and
Older – Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): Not long after the devastating
reign of the wicked Death Adder, another evil arose. Dark Guld and his minions
invaded and took hold of the prized Golden Axe with plans to destroy it. Once
again, as a fierce barbarian named Ax-Battler, a fearless female Amazon known
as Tyris-Flare or a ferocious dwarf named Gilius Thunderhead, you will wield
steely swords and powerful magic in an all-out war to recover the sword. Once
you slash your way through the six side-scrolling levels, you’ll get the
chance to defeat Dark Guld once and for all.

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