Nintendo Wii VC Monday: Star Fox, TMNT, and One More
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By Jared Black 04/02/2007 07:20:54 PST

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Dragon's Curse

After releasing just one game last week, Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV, Nintendo's back to its multiple Virtual Console release schedule this week.

Headlining this week is another new N64 game. Star Fox 64 is a forward-scrolling shooter (with occasional fully 3D boss battles) starring Fox, Slippy, and the rest of the gang, and supports multiplayer for up to four players. It was also a showcase for Nintendo's Rumble Pak, although if past VC releases are any indication rumble support will likely be dropped for this release.

Also arriving today is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, originally released for the NES. Although it's a decent platformer, it's a far cry from the genius of the later arcade release. This game features a top-down view of New York City, with several side-scrolling levels scattered throughout, and of course all four turtles are playable. This is also the first NES release to break the 500 Wii Points barrier, as Nintendo is charging 600 Wii Points for this release, surely based on name alone when true classics like The Legend of Zelda go for a mere 500 Wii Points.

Rounding out this week's trio of releases is Dragon's Curse, a nonlinear side-scrolling action RPG originally released on the TG-16. The main character morphs into different beast forms over the course of the adventure, which opens up new abilities to use.

You can find the official description for each game below:

Star Fox(R) 64 (Nintendo(R) 64, 1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points): Players take the controls of their Arwing and complete 15 missions to reach the final objective: a showdown on Venom, the home planet of the interplanetary tyrant, Andross. Throughout the adventure, players have to accomplish challenging objectives in order to reach and conquer every mission. Skim over the surface of an alien sea, weave through the concrete canyons of a futuristic metropolis or dodge planetoids the size of mountains. Between missions, players will be treated to real-time 3-D movies that progress the story of the Star Fox team of space mercenaries in their struggle against the evil ape emperor, Andross.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(R) (NES(R), 1 player, 600 Wii Points): Cowabunga! Players take control of the turtles in a half shell and rescue reporter April O'Neil from the clutches of the evil Shredder. Battle against the Foot Ninja Clan as Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Raphael with their trademark weapons and ninja abilities. Search through five stages and dozens of areas throughout the New York City sewers, rooftops and ultimately Shredder's Technodrome to save April. Players must scarf down some pizza to keep up their energy, as they'll need it to defeat Shredder. Turtle Power! (C)2007 Mirage Studios, Inc. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles(R) is a trademark of Mirage Studios, Inc. All rights reserved. (C)1989 Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.

Dragon's Curse (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): After defeating the Mecha Dragon in the depths of the Dragon Castle, the wounded beast casts a spell on the hero, turning him into an ugly creature. To return to human form, he must find the Salamander Cross, which can break any curse. This side-scrolling action role-playing game is nonlinear, allowing players to venture freely. Collect gold and items while upgrading equipment and powering up stats. The hero starts as Lizard-Man but, upon defeating the dragon bosses, is changed into other creatures such as Mouse-Man, Piranha-Man, Tiger-Man and Hawk-Man. Each creature possesses distinct abilities such as the ability to fly, swim, walk on ceilings or cling to walls. Players use each creature's special skills to widen your search for the Salamander Cross and bring the hero back to his human form!

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