VC and WiiWare releases for the week of August 18


Sometimes I think Nintendo is playing pretty smart with these release schedules. Take this week for instance; we can’t be angry with them for Midnight Pool (Gameloft, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Suggestive Themes, Simulated Gambling, 800 Wii Points) and NEO TURF MASTERS (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points) because we’re finally getting Mega Man (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points)! See, one truly amazing game, in my opinion, totally obliterates the fact that the other two games are lack luster to say the least. Who’s buying all three games every week anyway? Still, better to complain about theoretical purchasing sprees than to remain silent I always say.

The reason we’re getting Mega Man is because of the pending release of Mega Man 9. I wouldn’t really mind it if the next few weeks delivered unto us the rest of the NES Mega Mans either. If you have never played Mega Man, please do because it is your duty as a human being to experience one of the greatest game designs ever. Go and be fruitful by arming yourself with different types of guns and blasting away enemy robots with them.

I complained last week that the VC was receiving an old school pool game, and subsequently stated that pool games were far better off being brought up to date. However, upon reading about Midnight Pool, which is an up to date pool game, I realized that this was a lie. Pool games just suck in general and while a newer pool game is probably better than an older pool game, this is like saying a newer Geo is better than an older Geo. You don’t want either.

NEO TURF MASTERS, which is not a game about some sort of new age movement trying to protect their turf, sounds so boring I’m just going to copy and paste the press release so you can fall asleep along with me: This is a golf game that was first released in 1996. The player picks one of six available golfers and competes on a number of golf courses around the world, including Japan (Fujiyama Oriental Golf Club), America (Grand Canyon Golf Course), Australia (Blue Lagoon Golf Course) and Germany (Baden Golf Course). The game features two modes of play. The first is Stroke Play, in which the player attempts to get the best score by playing all 18 holes. The second is Match Play, in which two players compete to see who can win more of the 18 holes. Grab a friend and get ready to hit the fairway.