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Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Added to Wii Shop Channel

This week marks the first appearance of a CD-ROM game for the TurboGrafx16 on
Virtual Console™. Take control of the Hunting Dog ship and battle deadly
Obbellon fighters in the classic horizontal sci-fi shooter, Gate of Thunder. If
shooting’s not your thing, you can go out and save the world from evil demons
or a power-hungry general in this week’s other offerings that bolster the Wii
Shop Channel’s catalog of action-adventure and real-time strategy games.

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™ to download the games. Wii Points can be
purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games
are:

Ninja Gaiden II™: The Dark Sword of Chaos (NES®, 1 player, rated E for
Everyone – Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points): In Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword
of Chaos, a new villain, Ashtar, is revealed. Take on the role of Ryu Hayabusa
and rescue Irene Lew, a former CIA agent, from Ashtar. Destroy the Sword of
Chaos, a weapon of great power forged from the bone of a demon. Use techniques
such as the Fire Wheel or the Windmill Throwing Star and attack while holding
on to walls and ladders. Use the most innovative technique of all – the
ability to create Shadow Clones, orange shadow versions of Ryu that will
constantly follow him, repeating previous actions (moving or attacking) in a
delayed cycle. Once again defeat henchmen, creatures and bosses with new
fighting techniques and even more weapons as you progress through multiple
stages on your way to destroying Ashtar, Jaquio and the Realm of Chaos.

Metal Marines® (Super NES®, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Fantasy
Violence, 800 Wii Points): Set in the near future, most of Earth’s land has
been disintegrated in the chaos of the Anti-matter War. This real-time strategy
game portrays the Colonies’ Allied Force – the Metal Marines – in their
epic struggle against General Zorgeuf and the Imperial Federation, who are bent
on world domination. Commanding the Metal Marines across a series of battles,
the player must strategically allocate resources, ready supplies, manage funds
and move troops in an effort to outwit and outmove the opponent. The real-time
battle system rewards split-second decisions and adaptability in the struggle
for military superiority. Unlike most turn-based strategy games, Metal Marines
engrosses the player in a fast-paced and frantic battle in which both sides
advance simultaneously. A constant eye must be kept on enemy movements to
maintain a formidable defense and not miss the perfect chance to strike.
Strategic foresight and quick judgment hold the key to victory.

Gate of Thunder (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Fantasy
Violence, 800 Wii Points): The legendary sci-fi shooter is back! Gate of
Thunder is a horizontal side-scrolling shooter that places you in control of
special undercover agent Hawk, whose mission is to stop the deadly army of
Obbellon fighters. Jump into the action as Hawk gets aboard his ship, the
Hunting Dog, and heads out toward the enemy. Blast through stages while
effectively using all three of the weapons at your disposal and receiving
support from ally Wild Cat ships. Switch through equippable power-up options on
the fly to change the direction of your attack. You’ll have to blast in front
of and behind you to survive all seven stages. Hard-core shooting-game fans
looking for a challenge can select HARD or DEVIL mode to experience even more
intense action!

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