VC and WiiWare releases for the week of 6/23/08

One of my greatest fears with WiiWare and, on a slightly lesser level, the Virtual Console is that they will become a place for people to dump cheap, poorly made games in order to earn a quick buck. So far I don’t think that this fear has been validated as most of the WiiWare games are of a pretty high quality, however, the last few weeks have shown that not everything is going to be stellar. We’ll have to see how it goes in the future but as for this week, it looks like we’re on an upward swing with Gyrostarr (High Voltage Software, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Fantasy Violence, 700 Wii Points) coming out for WiiWare along with Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Sega Master System, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Comic Mischief, 500 Wii Points) and BURNING FIGHT (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older-Mild Suggestive Themes, Violence, 900 Wii Points) for the Virtual Console.

Gyrostarr is a track shooter in which you fly down a “technoplasma” track at high speeds while shooting enemies and collecting power-ups to get to the finish, where you must have received a certain score to move on. Interestingly, High Voltage has made the 4-player game playable with almost every possible controller the Wii has and you can even play while sharing a controller with one player holding the Wii remote and the other the Nunchuk or a classic controller. Of course the way I jerk the controller around while playing this would only end in injury and tears.

On the VC front of things, we get two games that I would say always come in at number eleven on a top ten list. Not really classics but quality games, both Alex Kidd and BURNING FIGHT are solid games but don’t demand your attention. I remember Alex Kidd being hard as hell but damn fun whereas BURNING FIGHT was a competant game but never really wowed me in any way. Even Nintendo’s press release on the game seems a bit boring, extolling the fact that you fight a boss at the end of each level. I know, groundbreaking game design there. As usual you can download all these games after 9 a.m. Pacific time.