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Nintendo Wii VC Monday: Gradual Gradius Edition
One classic game now available for download.
By Andrew Joy 02/16/2009 10:07:09 PST

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Life Force

Though not pulled from a stable of long-awaited legacy games, the lone title in today’s Virtual Console update once again seems to be at least a solid title.  This time, it is Life Force, an NES (among many, many others) shooter spun-off from the ever-popular Gradius series.  Once again featuring the franchise’s signature ship, you’ll pilot the Vic Viper through half a dozen stages that take place inside of an alien, facing off against a boss at the end of each.  Among the changes made from the typical Gradius formula, Life Force greatly simplified the upgrade system, added co-operative play (letting another player fly the Lord British) and featured a mix of side-scrolling and vertical stages.  Life Force can be downloaded for 500 Wii Points.  The official description can be found below:

Life Force (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 500 Wii Points): This classic shooter, originally ported to the NES in August 1988, is a spin-off of the seminal Gradius series. Pilot the Vic Viper through six stages of intense action, alternating between horizontally and vertically scrolling environments, and take on wave after wave of enemies. Destroy particular enemies throughout the game (which takes place within the body of an enormous alien) to release power-up capsules and equip your ship with your choice of more powerful weapons, extra speed and shields. Utilize the power-ups carefully, though, as a fearsome guardian lurks at the end of each stage and won't be easily defeated. You can go it alone or bring along a friend to take on the challenge simultaneously. Do you have what it takes to save your planet?

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