Two classic NES games are available for download this week on the Wii virtual console. Choose between a classic baseball-arcade sim and a puzzler inspired by everyone's favorite dinosaur sidekick.Yoshi's Cookie (1992, NES, 500 Wii points): Nintendo really tried to cash in on the whole Tetris era by developing many Nintendo-branded spin-offs. In Yoshi's Cookie, you'll take on 100 stages of cookie-themed puzzle action. Bases Loaded (1988, NES, 500 Wii points): A true classic, Bases Loaded brought arcade-style baseball into the home. Great gameplay combined with innovations, such as the first-ever view from the pitching … Read more
Today we get some love from an arcade racing classic along with everyone's favorite caveman boy in distress.Cruis'n USA (1996, Nintendo 64, 1,000 Wii points): While many would argue that Cruis'n USA doesn't do its arcade counterpart justice, there's still plenty of racing to enjoy without the need for a roll of quarters. Enjoy three difficulty levels as you enjoy scenic races across the country. Wonder Boy (1987, Sega Master System, 500 Wii points): In Wonder Boy, you'll play as Tom-Tom, a caveman child forced to free his kidnapped girlfriend. Collect fruit … Read more
Two new virtual console games for download today representing both ends of time. A classic knight tale and a futuristic sports game make up this week's offering.King's Knight (1986, NES, 500 Wii points): Battle your way through five stages of ruthless enemies as you try to free the princess from her capture. Powerball (1991, Sega Genesis, 800 Wii points): Control one of eight futuristic teams in Powerball. The game is more like a combination of rugby and football played on a normal 100-yard field.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl launched last week, and according to Nintendo it's already sold over 1.4 million copies. It features the biggest roster to date in the series, with major additions such as Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog. It also includes Lucas, a psionically powered child with abilities comparable to series veteran Ness.
Ness comes from Earthbound, a Super Nintendo role-playing game that has become a cult classic because of its quirky sense of humor and simple, cartoony art style. Earthbound was originally launched in Japan as Mother 2, the sequel to an NES RPG called Mother … Read more
The Virtual Console lets you download hundreds of classic video games to your Nintendo Wii, but everyone focuses mostly on the big Nintendo games. Yes, Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Metroid, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time are all excellent games, but they're not the only good titles available. Here are 10 great Virtual Console games you probably haven't heard of and almost certainly haven't played.… Read more
I'm not going to lie, I've never heard of either of these two import games that just got released on the Virtual Console. If I haven't heard of them, odds are you haven't either--but here they are, ready for your downloading pleasure.DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure (1996, Super Nintendo, 900 Wii points): DoReMi Fantasy is the platforming sequel to Milon's Secret Castle. Rescue your kidnapped friend with a bubble shooter gun as your only weapon--good luck with that. Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu (1994, Sega Genesis, 900 Wii points): Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu is … Read more
To say that the Virtual Console is "falling off" is an understatement. It's now been more than a month straight of less than three releases per week.
Super Turrican (1993, Super Nintendo, 800 Wii points): From Factor 5 came Super Turrican, a 2D platformer that reminded us a whole lot of Mega Turrican. Also, you'll find the addition of a grappling arm in Super Turrican, an homage to the game Bionic Commando--a classic title that you'll be able to play on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network when it's released as Bionic Commando Rearmed. … Read more
Two new virtual console games grace our Wiis this week.Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (2000, Nintendo 64, 1,000 Wii points): Everyone's favorite pink blob makes his 3D debut in Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards. Battle Dark Matter in this adventure game across six worlds while trying to collect all 100 pieces of the shattered crystal. Psychosis (1990, Turbografx 16, 800 Wii points): Psychosis is a side-scrolling shooter that has you battle grotesque enemies created by a psychotic demon. Make your way through five stages of chaos as you struggle to survive this surreal world.
Hailed as the pinnacle of 1980s arcade gaming, Hammacher Schlemmer's 150 Classic Game Tabletop Arcade is a must-have for arcade junkies and the closest you can get away without carting home the real McCoy. Like its genuine counterparts, the authentic-looking console has an eight-way joystick and oversized button controls to re-create that nostalgic play and feel.
Best of all, it offers 150 vintage games, including Pac-Man, out-of-the-box, rendered on a 19-inch LCD encased in a space-saving chassis. Audio fidelity-wise, the $2,496 system is loaded with 2.1 speakers complete with dedicated subwoofer. Powered by a streamlined HP computer, … Read more
Microsoft will end production of the external HD DVD drive for its Xbox 360 video game console, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The company said it would, however, continue to offer warranty support for the peripheral.
"HD DVD is one of the several ways we offer a high definition experience to consumers and we will continue to give consumers the choice to enjoy digital distribution of high definition movies and TV shows directly to their living room, along with playback of the DVD movies they already own," Blair Westlake, a corporate vice president of Microsoft'… Read more