VC games this week

Nintendo has announced the newest retro games hitting the Wii Shop today, 12/31/07 at 9 AM PST. The following three games will be available:

BUBBLE BOBBLE (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): BUBBLE BOBBLE’s release in 1986 introduced the two bubble dragons, Bub and Bob, and brand new play mechanics, with players defeating enemies by trapping them in bubbles and then popping them. Although the puzzle-action game can be beaten by clearing all 100 rounds, it also contains secret elements such as not being able to get the “true ending” in single-player mode; hidden commands that lead to secret rounds; and a ton of different items. These elements are some of the game’s most memorable and important features. Each round even has different air currents that are not visible, so bubbles rise in unpredictable patterns. Aspects like forcing players to understand and utilize these different patterns while playing help make this a revolutionary game that is fun to play anytime.

Light Crusader (Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): Each day, more good townspeople of Green Row have been mysteriously disappearing, and beleaguered King Weeden summons the knight Sir David to investigate. Armed with his wits and his sword, Sir David must find the cause of this strange evil and save the citizens of Green Row before things get any worse. Take the role of the brave knight in this action RPG and get to the bottom of the mysteries of Green Row as you fight enemies, solve puzzles and use your best combination of brains and brawn to save the kingdom.

TOP HUNTER (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older-Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points): Take on the role of either Roddy or Cathy, bounty hunters in this side-scrolling action game set far in the future when humans have colonized space. But all is not well: Space pirates called the Klaptons are making their way through the galaxies, wiping out peaceful settlements along their path. This disgraceful behavior leads to them having a price on their heads, so now Roddy and Cathy must travel through four distinct worlds on a mission to defeat their leader, Captain Klapton. Both characters have retractable arms-used to grab enemies or other objects in the scenery-that can then be thrown at others to destroy them. Also, be on the lookout for rings or levers to pull, as this might reveal special bonuses. Further adding to the mix, the game uses a unique system where the action happens on two planes, with the player switching between them at will. Can you prove yourself worthy of the Top Hunter name and help save the universe?


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2007 in video games: Wii is the champion

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 Looks like the Nintendo Wii wasn’t just a fad, after all.

Of course, that’s just our opinion. Nintendo’s rivals, Sony and Microsoft, may try to argue that the popularity of the Wii really is still just a fleeting craze – one that has spanned more than a year and has bridged two holiday selling seasons.

Whatever you want to call it, here’s the truth: In an industry in which the “next big thing” seems to come around every few weeks, the Wii continues to be the biggest story in the video game world, despite being released more than 13 months ago. Nintendo simply can’t produce enough of them, and, in a repeat of last year, Wii-hungry shoppers are again lining up outside stores in the middle of the night or overpaying on eBay and Craigslist just to get their hands on one.

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No More Heroes to See Early Release?

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For all of those out there who are eagerly anticipating one of Wii’s most promising 3rd party titles “No More Heroes”, our good friends over GoNintendo had this to say about the titles possible release:

Both Amazon and GameCrazy have shifted their No More Heroes release dates to January 22nd, 2008. GameStop has it listed for February 5th, so I’m not quite sure what to believe. Let’s hope that somehow this game gets shifted away from Brawl week.

Please be so Nintendo and Ubisoft, please be so.

Replay Saturday (December 29th)

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In case you missed last week’s story, I introduced a new column on the site entitled “Replay Saturday’s” in which your host (that would be me), chooses a title that I haven’t played in a while and gives you impressions that I get for that specific game in hopes that some of you try out the same thing. If you decide to partake in this self proclaimed “replay Saturday’s,” please let us know in the comments section as I look forward to hearing what you guys are replaying.

This week’s title: New Super Mario Bros.
System: Nintendo DS

There is a reason why this title is still selling like hot cakes; it’s a phenomenal piece of work! Super Mario Bros. DS is the pinnacle of what every other 2-D platformer should be… Oh wait, that genre of game is quickly going the way of the doo-doo. In my humble opinion, this title alone can breathe new life into this missed genre and I hope that Nintendo releases a sequel to this fantastic game.

If you are an avid Gameon reader, you will notice that I rarely ever beat any games just because I get too distracted whenever a shiny new title is released (I think I have ADHD….but I digress). When I originally purchased New Super Mario Bros. for DS there was no stopping my quest to save Peach. I still think Peach should upgrade her security system on her castle, but I am extremely happy she has not because I cannot speak more highly of this game.

Currently I am playing through this title again (after all this is REPLAY SATURDAY!), and I am quickly falling in love with the spot on controls and the unspeakable charm that only a Mario title can deliver. I urge all of you who have a DS, please play this title!

Well gamers, that’s my replay title, what’s yours!? Let us know in the comment section. Game On!

Tales of Symphonia: Knight of Ratatoskr Trailer


If you enjoy a great storyline with plenty of plot twists and hours upon hours of great gameplay, then look no further my young Jedi’s; Tale of Symphonia: KOR looks to be your game. Built from the ground up with the Wii gamer in mind, this title looks to improve on everything its Gamecube counterpart set out to do. If you have never played the first title, I strongly urge you to do so as it was one of my favorites from the GC era.

The Character models seemed to have improved and we will even see the return of our GC favorites. I love the fact that they didn’t touch the games cel-shaded graphics and will welcome them with open arms on release. RPG’er’s unite…Tales is going to be amazing!


Wii Selling Like Crazy…So What Else is New?

More great news for Nintendo Wii:

Amazon is now reporting to have had its best holiday season ever with the Wii selling at a rate of 17 units per second while it was in stock…17 Wii per second that’s 1020 Wii’s per minute! On the other hand Super Mario Galaxy and Call of Duty 4 have been rated the best Video Game sellers.

Is there any stopping this behemoth of a system?

Discuss in Comments Section:
When, if ever, do you think Wii’s “bubble” will pop?

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Image of the Day…Another Street Fighter IV Picture!

Even if it doesn’t land on Nintendo Wii, there is no denying the true nostalgic smile we all got when we heard that a new Street Fighter title was in development. Today’s I.O.T.D (that’s image of the day) features a stand off against the infamous Ryu and the watercolor-painting-come-to-life Ken. I hope you are wearing a cup Ryu….

Enjoy.

Discuss in Comments Section:
Is the 2-D fighter a thing of the past, or would you like to see more of them in today’s generation?

Japanese Software Sales 12/17-12/23

In case you were wondering how Nintendo is doing in the land of the rising sun, here are the official Japanese software sales for last week. Impressive to say the least Nintendo… Here is the list:

01. [NDS] Mario Party DS (Nintendo) – 330,000 / 1,156,000
02. [NDS] Final Fantasy IV (Square-Enix) – 288,000 / NEW
03. [WII] Wii Fit (Nintendo) – 214,000 / 749,000
04. [WII] Super Mario Galaxy (Nintendo) – 114,000 / 664,000

05. [PS2] Naruto: Shippuuden N-Ultimate Accelerator 2 – 109,000 / NEW
06. [WII] Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games (Nintendo) – 105,000 / 317,000
07. [NDS] Dragon Quest IV (Square-Enix) – 94,000 / 963,000
08. [NDS] Doraemon Baseball: Dramatic Stadium – 85,000 / NEW
09. [WII] Wii Sports (Nintendo) – 84,000 / 2,425,000
10. [NDS] Prof. Layton and Pandora’s Box (Level 5) – 83,000 / 527,000

**Is there any stopping Wii Sports?**


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VC Monday’s

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Another Monday another VC update. Check out the list below gamers and let us know what you’re downloading:

Blades Of Steel – NES – 500 Wii Points
With stick in hand and confidence brimming, you are looking to bring home the cup, win the MVP award, get on the covers of major sports magazines and date a beautiful model (not necessarily in that order). So strap on blades of steel and prepare to either make a name for yourself or be put on ice.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble – SNES – 800 Wii Points
The Kremlings have a mysterious new leader named KAOS and are up to their usual mischief, even capturing Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong. Now it’s up to Dixie Kong and the newest Kong, a giant infant named Kiddy, to rescue the two missing apes. Anyone else have a sudden urge for some bananas?

Rolling Thunder 2 – Genesis – 800 Wii Points
In this follow-up to the original classic, you are once again a member of Interpol’s Rolling Thunder task force, and it’s up to you to stop the return of the evil Geldra organization. Use your bullets wisely and make Rolling Thunder proud.

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