Wii Shop Channel Gets New Dancing Game Helix, Samurai Shodown 2 and Ys Book I & II

Per its weekly tradition, Nintendo has issued details on the new downloads that will be available later today from the online Wii Shop Channel. nope

Today's update includes the WiiWare debut of Ghostfire Games' motion-controlled dancing game Helix, along with retro re-releases of SNK's NeoGeo fighter Samurai Shodown and Nihon Falcom's TurboGrafx-16 CD RPG Ys Book I& II.

  • Helix (Ghostfire Games) - 1000 Wii Points ($10)

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  • Samurai Shodown 2 (SNK / NeoGeo) - 900 Wii Points ($9)
  • Ys Book I & II (Nihon Falcom / TurboGrafx-16 CD) - 800 Wii Points ($8)
All three titles will be available for download beginning today at 9 AM PDT, 12 PM EDT. Keep reading for official descriptions of each game.

Helix (Ghostfire Games) - 1000 Wii Points ($10)

Helix is one of the most innovative music-rhythm games ever designed for the Wii console. Use the Wii Remote controller to do dozens of exciting moves, including punches, circles, back fists, hooks and more. Be mesmerized by the eye-popping background visuals, which pulse to the beat of the music. Enjoy incredible replay value with 26 songs to play and three difficulty levels. Try to unlock all of the songs. This game is great for getting exercise plus having fun. No buttons are required, so it's easy for anyone to pick up but difficult for even the best players to master.

SAMURAI SHODOWN 2 (SNK / NeoGeo) - 900 Wii Points ($9)

First released in 1994, this fighting game follows 15 samurai in their individual quests. The rage system, which was popular in the first game, has been further enhanced. Not only does attack power rise when the gauge is full, but the player can also use a special technique that can break the opponent's weapon and force the opponent to fight unarmed. The game also allows for more movement techniques such as back-stepping, rushing forward and ducking, allowing for even more strategies. A fun and important detail of this game: One of the new characters, Cham Cham, was voiced by voice actress Reiko Chiba, an idol in the gaming community.

Ys Book I & II (Nihon Falcom / TurboGrafx-16 CD) - 800 Wii Points ($8)

Ys Book I & II chronicles the first adventures of Adol Christin, a young, red-haired swordsman on a quest to unlock the secrets of an ancient kingdom. As Adol, you search the island of Esteria, gathering clues to unravel the mystery of Ys. Fight monsters that lurk in caves and towers with physical or magical attacks, and use your brain to make your way through dangerous areas filled with traps. In Ys Book I & II, the first titles in the Ys series were put together as a single TurboGrafx CD-ROM. They awed players with their gripping story lines accompanied by fully orchestrated soundtracks, wonderful voice acting and amazing special effects. Don't miss out on your chance to experience this wonderful piece of gaming history.