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

This Halloween, you needn't leave your own living room to encounter spooky
spirits and creepy creatures from mysterious otherworlds. The Wii Shop Channel
is celebrating the year's most frightfully fun holiday by offering a mix of
eerie games that'll keep players' spines tingling. Mash with monsters in a
classic Castlevania sequel, tangle with supernatural samurai or battle as a
powerful magician-you're bound to discover cool tricks and visual treats no
matter which titles you choose. Happy Hallo-Wii!Today Nintendo adds three new
classic games to the popular Wii(TM) video game system's Wii Shop Channel. The
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(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:

Castlevania(R) II Simon's Quest (NES(R), 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Mild
Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): In this one-player adventure, you'll take on
the role of Simon Belmont once again and duel to the death with Count Dracula.
Grab your legendary whip, Vampire Killer, and roam freely through Transylvania
on a quest to find the count's missing body parts-these are the key to breaking
an evil curse. This quest won't be easy, though, for you must battle hideous
fiends who stalk the land. In addition to the intense action and tight control
the Castlevania series is known for, this sequel also introduced several unique
game-play elements into the fold. Build experience the longer you play, buy
weapons and items from merchants, or talk with villagers to get clues (some of
which are false). Watch as day turns to night and then back again. Take a deep
breath, steady your nerves, and help Simon end his curse and defeat the count
once and for all.

SAMURAI-GHOST(TM) (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older
- Animated Blood and Violence, 600 Wii Points): This action platformer features
a samurai ghost from the depths of the underworld. In a past war, Kagekiyo
managed to defeat the shogun Yoritomo and his clan. However, their evil spirits
were not completely destroyed, and now, in the world known as Dark Side, they
seek the time of their rebirth. In order to shatter those ambitions, Kagekiyo
must make his way across seven zones and head for "The Heart of the Darkside"
where Yoritomo lies in wait. Use spirit weapons to power up your sword, or
other items, such as candles to recover health, and defeat the endless hordes
of enemies. Each zone is not only protected by a boss but also includes demons
as well as real samurai from 12th-century Japan. Get ready for some intense
one-on-one combat action.

MAGICIAN LORD (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen - Blood and Fantasy
Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1990 and regarded as one of the NEOGEO's
earliest signature games, this side-scrolling platformer mixes action with the
mystical world of fantasy. A magician named Elta, last descendant of the famed
Magician Lord, takes on an epic adventure to save the world from the evil
Gul-Agieze. Elta must battle through eight stages, collecting the eight tomes
of power that are key to defeating Gul-Agieze and his evil plans. By obtaining
orbs in one of three colors (elements) that appear during the game, Elta's
offensive powers and jumping abilities can be strengthened. The effect varies
considerably depending on the combination of elements, though, and Elta can
transform into six different forms: Waterman, Dragon Warrior, Shinobi, Samurai,
Raijin or Poseidon. Can you help Elta to become the new Magician Lord?

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