Wii VC Gains Metroid, Shining in the Darkness, Cratermaze

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This week's three additions to Wii's online Virtual Console highlight the perils of life-sucking parasites, time travel, and knowing someone named "Dark Sol."

First of this week's releases is Nintendo's original NES Metroid, which has heroine Samus exploring the world of Zebes and battling against the Space Pirates and their nefarious plans for the energy-rich Metroids. It sells for 500 Wii Points ($5). The Super Nintendo Metroid entry, Super Metroid, hits the service next Monday, setting the stage for the retail release of Retro Studios' Wii shooter Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on August 27.

Fleshing out the Shining Force mythology is Climax Entertainment and Sonic! Software Planning's Genesis RPG Shining in the Darkness. Featuring a turn-based battle system, the first entry in the long-running series has players exploring a 3D maze as they attempt to stop the evil Dark Sol. It is priced at 800 Wii Points ($8).

Last of this week's titles is NEC and Hudson Soft's TurboGrafx-16 time-traveling epic Cratermaze. Zenzombie and Kublai have trapped the main character's friends at different points in time, requiring players to place traps in the mazes and lure dinosaurs, ninjas and robots into them. Spanning 60 levels, the adventure of Cratermaze comes at the cost of 600 Wii Points ($6).

From The Chatty

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    August 13, 2007 8:24 AM

    after getting an xbox last week and checking out XBLA, wii's virtual console seems like a piece of shit

    no demos and no online multiplayer, what the hell
    if there were online multiplayer i bet i'd have to punch in a fucking long ass code just to play too

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      August 13, 2007 9:28 AM

      The one thing they do have going for them is the library and the fact they don't recode each game to implement multiplayer and demos means they can keep up with the 3-4 games per week, on time, every week.

      Also, Neo Geo support coming in 2007 is great stuff. Don't get me wrong, 360 offerings are great stuff, but no reason to shit on what Nintendo is doing as they have some good stuff going for them and it's been very successful thusfar.

      The PS3 store.. Now.. That's a different beast. Less trailers and more games + demos plz Sony.

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        August 13, 2007 10:36 AM

        and that is exactly why it think its too expensive

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        August 13, 2007 11:47 AM

        I have a wii and I kinda wish they did recode the games like XBLA does. I mean I've got a widescreen tv, i'd love to be able to actually use it for wii VC games.

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      August 13, 2007 9:54 AM

      The point of the VC is not to release old classics with updated features, it's to release old classics as we first enjoyed them. The catalogue is really starting to get good.

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      August 13, 2007 10:49 AM

      Well I don't know if you noticed, but the Wii flash drive is not so big. You don't know what Nintendo is going to do. I bet they have original VC games in the pipe that we'll soon see.

      Personally, I'd rather they convert to a player account so that all the games I'm downloading are recognized as being purchased by me and not the system. It would ideally eliminate this friend's code nonsense too.