Monday, July 21, 2008

Virtual Console/WiiWare Releases 7/21/08

Nintendo adds three new games to their online store today, 1 WiiWare and 2 Sega Genesis games to round out the week.


Pirates: The Key of Dreams (Oxygen Games, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): Pirates: The Key of Dreams is a frantic nautical shoot-’em-up. Sail your way across the Caribbean, cannons blazing, looting booty, running blockades and ultimately battling Blackbeard himself. The player takes control of a navy captain sent deep undercover as a ruthless pirate in order to seek out and retrieve the Key of Dreams, a valuable and dangerous cursed artifact. Rescue castaways to bolster your ship’s crew, gaining performance increases to your navigation, weaponry, structural integrity and cartography skills. Collect increasingly powerful weaponry including rockets, mines, chain shot, saw blades and a flamethrower to hurl destruction into the path of your enemies. Play against three of your scurvy friends or A.I. opponents in pitched multiplayer battles over 35 levels, set in seven themed environments. Choose from different ship types that reflect your play style. Play in turbo mode if you're pirate enough.
I've only seen a few videos of this, from the guys over in Europe. But from what I have seen it doesn't look like you do much in this game, and for $10 you should have a good solid method of play. Also, Strongbad should hit next week, and with Toki Tori and Dr.Mario already out, you have far better ways to spend the $10.
Status-Not Purchasing
Virtual Console

Super Fantasy Zone (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points): The last entry in the Fantasy Zone series, this side-scrolling shooter puts you in the shoes of main character Opa-Opa, who is on a mission to avenge the death of his father. To do so, you’ll have to battle a variety of Enemy Generators to clear out the various levels and finish off the Menon Guardian at the end of the level. Eliminating your enemies will let you rack up some gold, which you can use to buy even better weapons, upgrades and other equipment. Spend your gold wisely, as each different boss you need to defeat presents a unique challenge.
I have never played a Fantasy Zone game, but I have heard that they are pretty good(at least some of them), so I will be looking into this later today to see if it's really worth the 900 points I will have to spend on it.
Gley Lancer (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older—Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Fantasy Violence, 900 Wii Points): In the year 2025, a war breaks out between humans and a hostile alien race, and 16-year-old Lucia and the rest of the starfighter pilots in the Earth Federation must join the battle. When Lucia’s father is kidnapped by the aliens, she decides to take action and hijacks a brand new prototype starfighter, the Gley Lancer, in order to try to save him. In this side-scrolling shooter, step into the cockpit of the Gley Lancer as Lucia, rescue your father and destroy the evil aliens that are bent on destroying the human race.
I used to play this game all the time back when I had a Genesis. And now that it has made a return on the Virtual Console...I don't think I can say no.
Status-Likely Purchase

So, we get a few games that may be worth a look, and with Strongbad due out next week we will have something to look forward to throughout the coming week.
These games will be released at 9:00 PCT on Monday July 21, 2008.

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