VC Releases for the week of 5/5/08

Every week I read the Nintendo press release about the new VC games that have been released and every week I wonder if the person who typed it up had actually ever played any of the games. It was very clear that the PR people putting the press release together had basically grabbed the description on the back of the original box and sort of retooled it. The best example is when one of the releases bragged of CD quality sound which just seemed a bit outdated to me.

This week though I think whoever wrote the release has actually played Pokémon Puzzle League (Nintendo 64, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points) and Renegade(NES, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Mild Violence, 500 Wii Points) and wanted to write something remotely readable. Surprisingly, having seemingly played the games makes them write a better press release.

For instance, when discussing Renegade they bring up the “infamous sit-on punch” which made me actually want to play this game again just to see the move even though the far superior Double Dragon came out last week. Of course the two games are connected as Renegade’s arcade lineage is the exact same as the ol’ DD. And how much fun do you think the PR guys at Nintendo had writing this sentence: “Take the law into your own hands to defeat countless scumbags and take your city back like the renegade you are.” Does it kind of sound like they’re talking dirty?

Pokémon Puzzle League on the other hand has nothing to do with talking dirty (brilliant transition!) and everything to do with “a new kind of Pokémon battle where the power and speed of your brain are just as important as the strength of your Pokémon.” Holy moly! But my Pokémon are so much more powerful than my brain! I’ll never be able to keep up. Actually, this was one of the better Pokémon spin-off games as it didn’t pull too many punches in its difficulty as the press release actually points out. Maybe I’ve just gone a bit crazy and this is the same press release stuff we see every week, but it gave me a good topic for this weeks post so who cares.