Wii Shop Channel Gets Ogre Battle, Friends & Family

The arrival of Monday brings with it a fresh set of downloadable offerings from the Wii Shop Channel. This week, we've got one retro re-release and one new effort:
    • Family & Friends Party (Gammick Entertainment) / 1,000 Wii Points ($10)
    Virtual Console
    • Ogre Battle (Quest, SNES) / 800 Wii Points ($8)

The Super Nintendo release of Ogre Battle, subtitled The March of the Black Queen, was the first entry in the story-centric strategy-RPG series. Its name was culled from two Queen songs, "Ogre Battle" and "March of the Black Queen." No joke!

This week's two Wii Shop Channel releases will be available for purchase and download come 12 PM EST / 11 AM CST. Click on through for more details.

Family & Friends Party
Gammick Entertainment
1-8 players, Rated E for Everyone
1,000 Wii Points ($10)

Have fun with all your friends and family as you take on some very exciting challenges. This is an interactive board game for as many as eight players of all ages. The goal is to be the first to complete a series of challenges. During each turn, a challenge will be played by one or two players per team depending on the type of challenge you've been given. (Other players on your team can still help and support you). There are six different "Single" challenges that must be played cooperatively by members of the same team. Family & Friends Party can also suggest "Versus" challenges, which must be played competitively by all teams at the same time.

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (Super NES)
1 player
Rated E for Everyone
800 Wii Points ($8)

It's up to you to defeat the Empire. It's been nearly a quarter of a century since the Zetegenian Empire first conquered the Kingdoms of Zenobia with a wrath of fear and bloodshed. You are the leader of a band of rebels who've fought to preserve the last shred of honor in this desperate time of treachery. Manage the ranks of a full-blown rebel army, complete with hundreds of characters, magic items, weapons and mystical Tarot cards. You must succeed in ousting the evil usurpers--your fate, and that of the entire population, depends on it.

Chris Faylor was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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