Wii-kly Update: Three New Classic Games Added to Wii Shop Channel
If you hear a rumbling on the roof tonight, donât assume that itâs reindeer
when there are gorillas on the loose. Yes, this weekâs merry Wiiâ¢ Shop
Channel lineup includes a classic adventure title to entertain every reveler in
your household, from the nicest to the naughtiest. Plus, youâll find a
wicked-cool dose of ice hockey action and a thrilling secret-agent sequel to
help keep spirits bright all winter long. You were expecting lumps of coal?
Sorryâmaybe next year.
Three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games
to the Wii Shop Channel every Monday. Wiiâ¢ owners with a high-speed Internet
connection can redeem Wii Pointsâ¢ to download the games. Wii Points can be
purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets.
This weekâs new games are:
BLADES OF STEELâ¢ (NESÂ®, 1-2 players, Rated E for EveryoneâMild Violence,
500 Wii Points): With stick in hand and confidence brimming, you are looking to
bring home the cup, win the MVP award, get on the covers of major sports
magazines and date a beautiful model (not necessarily in that order). But soon
you will learn that, in this league, nothing is ever given to you, and before
you can reach your goals, youâll have to put the puck in the net and score
some. Youâll need both the artful skills of a finesse player and the
bone-crushing brutality of an enforcer. Defend your own goal against
unrelenting power plays, or put the pressure on your opponentâs goalie and
try a slap shot of your own. Donât forget to defend yourself when anger
flares because the gloves come off and fists start flying. So strap on blades
of steel and prepare to either make a name for yourself or be put on ice.
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kongâs Double Troubleâ¢ (Super NESÂ®, 1-2
players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Revisit Donkey Kong Island and
join the Kong family for their latest adventure. The Kremlings have a
mysterious new leader named KAOS and are up to their usual mischief, even
capturing Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Now itâs up to Dixie Kong and the
newest Kong, a giant infant named Kiddy, to rescue the two missing apes.
Theyâll travel across previously unseen parts of the island in their search,
and even take to the skies in a rocket at one point. Lucky for them, Dixie and
Kiddyâs powers complement each other (including Kiddyâs talent for rolling
like a barrel), so they form a powerful team capable of major Kremling damage.
Theyâre not completely on their own, either, since returning favorites like
Funky Kong and Enguarde the swordfish provide help along the way. And in a
series known for its abundance of secrets and high replay value, this entry
doesnât disappoint, with enough hours of game play to satisfy Donkey Kong
himself. Anyone else have a sudden urge for some bananas?
Rolling Thunderâ¢ 2 (Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated E for EveryoneâViolence,
800 Wii Points): In this follow-up to the original classic, you are once again
a member of Interpolâs Rolling Thunder task force, and itâs up to you to
stop the return of the evil Geldra organization. Now known as Neo-Geldra and
led by a newcomer named Gimdo, the bad guys are bent on destroying several
valuable outer-space satellites. In this one- or two-player game, you can play
as Leila or Albatrossâboth characters from the originalâas you venture
through several different levels, trying to put a stop to the nefarious efforts
of Gimdo and the rest of Neo-Geldra. Use your bullets wisely and make Rolling
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