VC and WiiWare releases for the week of Nov. 17

Starting to wonder if Nintendo is going to really ramp up the VC and WiiWare game quality as we get closer and closer to the holiday season? If they are, they’re doing it mightily slowly. This week’s releases aren’t the worst things ever but there is only one game to get genuinely excited for, Strong Bad Episode 4: Dangeresque 3 (Telltale Games, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Crude Humor, Mild Cartoon Violence, 1,000 Wii Points), and it’s already the fourth in a series. Accompanying the impending awesomeness of yet more Strong Bad is Target Toss Pro: Bags (Incredible Technologies, 1-16 players, Rated E for Everyone, 700 Wii Points), SPACE INVADERS: The Original Game (Super NES, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points), FORGOTTEN WORLDS (SEGA GENESIS, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points). The latter two being the VC games for all those who don’t rep old school hard enough to know.

While Strong Bad sits high and mighty atop this pile of game releases a game about bean bag tossing must be crawling around in the mud below begging for any sense of dignity. Despite being based on “the nation’s hottest backyard and tailgate sensation,” bag tossing,Target Toss Pro: Bags sounds the exact opposite of hot. Wasn’t tossing bags like the bitch toy in Kindergarten? You had to be beat out to everything else, including Barbie, to go over to the bean bags and then subsequently toss them.

I’m fine with the release of Space Invaders as I see one of the duties of the VC as creating a sort of historical library of games that we can look back on and say, “This is what it was like.” However, paying eight dollars to say that to someone is far from worth it. Space Invaders is a 500 point game if there has ever been a 500 point game, and jacking the price to 800 is aggravating. I guess the new versus mode could warrant the price tag, but I’d rather have it not in there and the game be cheaper. Forgotten Worlds is a classic Capcom shooter that isn’t quite at the quality of Contra but is still a lot of fun to play. Check it out if you’ve been missing that style game.