Once again, North America sees only a two-game update.
While Nintendo of America has been known to break from its tradition of releasing three Virtual Console games a week before, even dropping just one game in the past, at times like that we were usually compensated with quality (read: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past) and it never set a trend. So, when the Wii got its first proper Virtual Console update of 2008 and it included just two games (Star Tropics and King of Fighters), many of us assumed things would go back to normal in the next week...not so. Whether as part of a permanent change or mere happenstance, today’s Virtual Console update includes just Pac-Attack (SNES) and Riot Zone (TurboGrafx16). With so many classic titles being clamored for (and more systems rumored to join the VC), hopefully things will go back to the normal 3-game release schedule in the coming weeks. For more information on this week’s releases, we’ve included the official descriptions below:
Pac-Attack (Super NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Pac-Man makes a rare appearance outside of a maze environment in Pac-Attack, a fun and quirky puzzle game. This unique entry in the genre puts its own twist on established conventions and adds one of gaming's most iconic characters to the mix. The goal is simple: Keep your screen clear of falling blocks and ghosts by lining up blocks horizontally, causing them to disappear. Clearing the ghosts, though, requires the help of a hungry Pac-Man (who just happens to swing by every so often for a snack). It's up to you to get all of the ghosts lined up for him, because Pac-Man will keep eating them until he is stopped by a block or he runs out of ghosts. In addition, his range of movement on the playing field is limited to horizontal or downward—thus adding further strategy. There are three game modes to choose from: 1 Player Normal, 2 Player VS., and the challenging 1 Player Puzzle. Feel like gobbling up some ghosts?
Riot Zone (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1 player, Rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older - Tobacco Reference, Violence, 800 Wii Points): Riot Zone is a side-scrolling fighting game that follows two heroes as they fight to take down an evil organization. The crime syndicate Dragon Zone has kidnapped Hawk's girlfriend and it's up to him and his partner detective, Tony, to get her back. Join them as they jump "fists first" into the grim Kowloon district. Play as Hawk or Tony and fight through all five stages in the deadly Kowloon district. Smash down the Dragon Zone goons in areas like the Harbor, Abandoned Warehouse and the Ghetto. Both characters have unique skills and attacks. Hawk is a master of karate, while Tony is a hard-hitter. That being said, both guys are massive and possess killer techniques. The hard-boiled action is enhanced by the game's realistic sound effects.
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