VC Releases For the Week of 3/17/08


Another week and another two games. Remember when we used to get three games a week? Those were the days. Anyway, enough nostalgia. Time to live in the now and the ‘now’ is pretty awesome. Or it’s 50 percent awesome 50 percent crap. This week we get Spelunker (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points) and SUPER R-TYPE (Super NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone — Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points), two games so far apart on the quality spectrum that you really have to wonder if they don’t just pick titles based on what a 5-year-old thinks of the game’s name. Spelunker is a funny word after all.

Moving away from a game that can be beaten faster then its name can be spelled, we have Super R-Type which is possibly one of the best shooters ever, in my opinion. If you’re a shooter fan of any kind I strongly recommend downloading this one. Some of the bosses are truly amazing. Then again we’ve been getting shoot-em-ups on a pretty constant basis so you may have already got your fill here.

Both games went live at 9 p.m. Pacific time and can be downloaded over your Wii. Full press release after the break.


March 17, 2008
Are you afraid of the dark? If so, this is a great week to face your fears with a pair of eerie new game offerings on Nintendo’s Virtual Console™. One will plunge you deep underground to navigate perilous caves, while the other puts you on the front lines of a darkly sinister space war. In either case, your frights will give way to serious fun.

Nintendo adds new games to the Wii™ Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time 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:

Spelunker™ (NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Wander through miles of uncharted caves in search of the legendary underground pyramid and its vast treasures. To complete your adventure, you will swing from ropes and ladders, run across unstable terrain and down ravines, operate elevators, mining carts and rafts. You will collect keys, bombs, flares, jewels, sacks of gold coins and other valuable items as you navigate the hazardous terrain. But beware of the scalding steam vents, poisonous bats and the avenging spirits of dead spelunkers that lurk in every corner of this massive underground labyrinth.

SUPER R-TYPE® (Super NES®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone — Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): A galactic battle begins. The BYDO Empire of mutant extraterrestrials is back with evil intent and awesome power. Now the evil empire is poised to launch a new attack on Earth. Only the revolutionary R-9, the planet’s most advanced form of defense, stands between these monsters and doom. Fight through seven challenging stages—picking up power-up items as you progress—on the way to each stage’s memorable boss. Is the BYDO Empire invincible? You’ll need lightning reflexes, intuitive moves and a big dose of cosmic luck to hold your own. Better prepare yourself, because the mutants “R” ready for you.

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