Pong Toss (Minus Beer) Hits Wii Shop Channel, Accompanied by Chase H.Q. and Art of Fighting 2

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Continuing its weekly tradition, Nintendo has issued details on today's additions to the Wii's online Shop Channel, providing the specifics on its three latest downloads.

Initially announced as Beer Pong, the game was eventually renamed Pong Toss, with all in-game references to alcohol removed, following a quickly-forgotten controversy that accused the title of promoting underage drinking.

Per usual, this week's games will be available beginning at 12 PM EST, 9 AM PST.

WiiWare

  • Beer Pong Toss (JV Games) / 800 Wii Points ($8)

Virtual Console

  • Art of Fighting 2 (SNK, Neo-Geo) / 900 Wii Points ($9)
  • Chase H.Q. (Taito, TurboGrafx-16) / 600 Wii Points ($6)

Keep reading for more details, including an amazing Pong Toss trailer.

Beer Pong Toss

800 Wii Points ($8)
1-4 players

Pony up--it's Pong Toss time. Compete against your friends or the computer in this ultimate party-game favorite. Play on a regulation table with up to four players. Make consecutive shots for the Fireball bonuses and Roll-Backs as you or your team try to dominate the table and reign as Pong Toss champs. In Speed Pong, up to three challengers can compete at the same time. Speed and strategy are the keys to this fast-paced game. Jack up your opponents by using a slew of power-ups that will slow them down. The first one who sinks the last cup wins it all. Be fast. Be furious. Be victorious.

Art of Fighting 2 (Neo-Geo)
SNK
600 Wii Points ($5)
1-2 players

Released in 1994 by SNK, ART OF FIGHTING 2 sees 12 characters compete for the title in the toughest fighting contest of them all: King of Fighters. Each character has a range of deadly techniques in his or her arsenal, and players must use these lethal techniques to fight their opponents. As in the original ART OF FIGHTING, however, using a deadly technique lowers a character's mental-energy gauge. For this reason, players must use these techniques carefully. Meanwhile, players can taunt an opponent to exhaust his or her mental energy, and even suppress their opponent's techniques if successful. This type of mental-energy offense and defense gives ART OF FIGHTING 2 a uniquely enjoyable spin on the fighting-game genre. Further adding to the strategy required to win, an attack will become stronger or weaker depending on exactly when the button is pressed. And even if a player is thrown, defensive action is possible with the timely press of a button. All of this adds up to an intense and nail-biting fighting-game experience not found anywhere else.

Chase H.Q. (TurboGrafx-16)
Taito
600 Wii Points ($6)
1 player

This is a different style of racing game in which you attempt to catch criminals by chasing them and ramming their cars off the road. Playing as two cops from the NYPD special "CHASE H.Q." unit, the first half of each stage involves you maneuvering your unmarked car in a heated chase, followed by an action sequence in the latter half. Once you reach the target vehicle, you flip on your lights and siren, and then try to stop the culprits by repeatedly colliding with them. Use your different gears wisely as you make your way through streets and around corners, and be careful not to hit objects or other cars, or you'll lose speed. Also at your disposal are turbo units for temporary extra speed and ramming power.
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    July 28, 2008 9:10 AM

    Ha, so they changed the title, that will probably save them from the angry letters but now if someone is just browsing the shop channel (assuming they want to buy something because they have free space left) and they see "Pong Toss" it's just not going to catch their eye.

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      July 28, 2008 12:02 PM

      Oh snap! Ice Burn on the limited storage space! Way to sneak that in there.

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