Wii Shop Channel Scores Hockey, Bruises and 8-bit Sonic the Hedgehog 2

"The Sega Genesis version of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 is already on the Wii's Virtual Console," you may have just told your computer monitor. "What's the deal here?"

"A completely different version of Sonic 2, handled by an entirely different developer, ended up hitting Sega's less powerful 8-bit Master System and Game Gear," I'd respond. "Also, hello from inside your computer monitor. It's warm in here." nope

    WiiWare
    • Bruiser and Scratch (Steel Penny Games) / 1000 Wii Points ($10)
    • Hockey Allstar Shootout (Big Blue Bubble) / 500 Wii Points ($5)
    Virtual Console
    • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Aspect, Sega Master System) / 500 Wii Points ($5)

All three games will be available beginning today at 12 PM EST, 9 AM PST. For more on each title, check below for the official Nintendo-provided description:

Bruiser and Scratch
Steel Penny Games, Inc.
1 player
Rated E for Everyone
1,000 Wii Points

Bruiser and Scratch are stranded in a strange world with a dark secret. Their only hope in finding a path home is to unravel the mystery of this place, one oversized puzzle at a time. Along the way, they make new friends and meet up with old adversaries, each of whom plays a role in their journey. Bruiser and Scratch offers a number of tutorial levels to bring the player up to speed gradually. The story unfolds over 48 puzzles and six landscapes. And for players who can't get enough, Challenge mode offers 75 additional puzzles that range from child's play to mind-bogglingly difficult.

Hockey Allstar Shootout
Big Blue Bubble Inc.
1-2 players
Rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points ($5)

Use the Wii Remote controller as a stick and take the shot as you compete in three exciting Hockey Skills Challenges. In Head 2 Head, it's just you versus the best goalies in the world in a five-puck shootout. Race against the clock to post the most goals in the fastest time. The three difficulty levels will place you against three increasingly talented goalies, each donning the jersey of their home country. In two-player mode, each player will take a turn as shooter and as goalie, and the player who scores the most goals in five shots is the winner. In Sharp Shooter, you post a high score in one of three difficulty levels by breaking as many targets as you can. Each time a shot fails to break a target, an X will appear in the upper left corner. Three misses and the game is over. Power Shot has you take your best shot and watch the Shot-Speed Clock light up. You have three attempts to blast the fastest shot you can, and only the best speeds will grace the high score list.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 (Sega Master System)
Aspect
1 player
Rated E for Everyone
500 Wii Points

Play the popular Sonic The Hedgehog sequel, made specifically for the SEGA MASTER SYSTEM. Sonic returns home to his island just in time to see Dr. Eggman (a.k.a. Dr. Robotnik) run off with Tails. In fact, Dr. Eggman has kidnapped all of Sonic's animal friends and placed them in robotic mind-controlling suits. He demands the six Chaos Emeralds, hidden on the island, in exchange for their safe return. Explore underground mine shafts, dash through underwater tunnels and hang glide through the clouds in Sonic's search for the Chaos Emeralds. Once Sonic's found them all, he must face off with the evil Dr. Eggman and thwart his plan for global domination.