Monday, August 18, 2008

WiiWare/Virtual Console Releases 8/18/08

WiiWare gets some billiards action, and the virtual console gets a great classic game.

My comments in red.

Midnight Pool (Gameloft, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Suggestive Themes, Simulated Gambling, 800 Wii Points): Take a trip across America to make your dreams come true in a pool tournament worth millions. Visit the most colorful bars and meet seven of the coolest players on the circuit, from country music star Travis to Alison the biologist and John the sheriff. Learn the tricks of the trade through tutorials along the way, while advanced players can take on challenges to show off their trick-shot abilities. Keep things interesting with three sets of rules.
Gameloft? Again? Now, I despise pool, never liked it, and I can't stand shallow games based around it. Considering some of the things Gameloft has made, and the fact that billiards games are always fairly boring(go play Wii Play billiards...), I'm going to stay far away from the WiiWare games this week.
Status-Not Purchasing

Virtual Console
Mega Man (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): Join the blue bomber in his first-ever adventure as he battles the evil Dr. Wily and his robotic henchmen to restore peace to a troubled world. Mega Man is a super-robot created by the genius scientist Dr. Light. When Dr. Wily goes rogue with an army of six of his own devious robot masters, it's up to Mega Man to put a stop to his nefarious plot by traversing a series of stages rife with enemies, traps and perilous platform challenges. At the end of each stage, conquer one of the robot masters and claim his weapon as your own, using it to your advantage in subsequent fights.
Now here's a good game. The question is, how many Mega Man games do you own? If you own most of the original 8, and just want the first Mega Man, then I would go for it and buy this. If you don't own many/any Mega Man games then I would suggest checking out the collection pack for the Gamecube(Gamecube games work on Wii). The collection pack runs for under $10, and you can get all of the original 8 Mega Man games on it.
Status-Not Purchasing(already own the pack)

NEO TURF MASTERS (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points): This is a golf game that was first released in 1996. The player picks one of six available golfers and competes on a number of golf courses around the world, including Japan (Fujiyama Oriental Golf Club), America (Grand Canyon Golf Course), Australia (Blue Lagoon Golf Course) and Germany (Baden Golf Course). The game features two modes of play. The first is Stroke Play, in which the player attempts to get the best score by playing all 18 holes. The second is Match Play, in which two players compete to see who can win more of the 18 holes. Grab a friend and get ready to hit the fairway.
Another game from the SNK pack? Arg. Basically, this game(and a number of other recent NEOGEO releases) have been compiled into a collection pack of sorts(much like Mega Man). And you can get the collection pack for under $30 most places. So the real question you want just TURF MASTERS? Or do you want a slew of NEOGEO games, for a cheaper price?
Status-Not Purchasing(I'll get the pack)

So there you have it, this week comes down to a simple question. Do you want the pack? Or the single game?
These games will be released on Monday August, 18, 08 at 9:00 PCT.

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