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Virtual Console Releases - 5/14/2007

by BB

Another Monday is upon us and Nintendo asks us one simple question:

“Which is cooler, ninjas or circular yellow dot-eaters?”

Even though I have a deep respect and admiration for yellow dot-eaters, I’d have to side with the coolness and deadliness of ninjas. I just think ninjas can kick a lot more ass than yellow dot-eaters. Here’s the VC update list for this week:

  • Pac-Man® (NES®, 1-2 players, 500 Wii Points)
  • Ninja Gaiden™ (NES®, 1 player, 500 Wii Points)
  • Ninja Spirit (TurboGrafx16, 1-2 players, 600 Wii Points)

Hmmm…Pac-Man for the NES? As much as I love Pac-Man, I know for a fact I won’t be picking this one up. Do people really still love Pac-Man that much to justify spending $5 for it? The original Ninja Gaiden was a great game, and even though not as challenging as the recent version, it was still a lot of fun. And Ninja Spirit… ehhh.

What do you guys think about this week’s update? Who won this battle? The yellow dot-eaters or the ninjas?


It’s the age-old question: Which is cooler, ninjas or circular yellow dot-eaters? This week the Wii™ video game system’s Wii Shop Channel gives gamers the chance to explore this subject in depth, with three awesome classic games.

The three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games to the channel every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

Pac-Man® (NES®, 1-2 players, 500 Wii Points): Move Pac-Man through the maze, avoiding ghosts and eating all the Pac-Dots. Beware, each of the ghosts behave differently. When Pac-Man chomps a Power Pellet, he becomes invincible and is able to eat the blue ghosts. The more ghosts Pac-Man eats in a row, the higher the score. Don’t forget to eat the bonus fruit too. Released in 1980, Pac-Man is the most well-known video game on Earth and is also commonly acknowledged as one of the most successful coin-operated games in history. Enjoy this masterpiece of gaming history today.

Ninja Gaiden™ (NES®, 1 player, 500 Wii Points): Players take on the role of Ryu Hayabusa, a rising warrior in his family’s clan whose main role in the world is to protect the Dark Dragon Blade from falling into the hands of evil. Ryu travels to America to seek vengeance for his father’s death. Players fight their way through 14 challenging side-scrolling levels while defeating gangs of street thugs, battling evil ninjas and fighting barbarian bosses by using the deadly Dragon Sword, ninja skills and Ninpo (ninja magic). Players can run, crouch, jump and climb as they make their way through each stage and collect items to gain points, strength and weapons.

Ninja Spirit (TurboGrafx16, 1-2 players, 600 Wii Points): Ninja Spirit is a side-scrolling action game that amazed the gaming world with its precision graphics and quality game play. Play as the ninja Moonlight and engage in a fierce battle to avenge his father’s death and unlock the secrets of his birth. Select between the original ARCADE MODE and PC-ENGINE MODE, which includes a life gauge. Use four types of weapons: katana, shuriken, bombs and chain and sickles to battle your way through the enemies. Pick up power-up items and switch between weapons to give you the advantage. You’ll need to consider the enemy attacks and your weapon’s abilities in order to deftly make it through all seven stages. Use your skills and attacks to get through the game’s boundless enemies and traps. That’s what ninja action is all about.

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