The latest additions to the WiiÃ¢â€žÂ¢ Shop Channel offer a remarkable array of characters you wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t find just anywhere. A fresh WiiWareÃ¢â€žÂ¢ title gives PokÃƒÂ©mon lovers a whole new way to wrangle and enjoy their little pals, while a pair of imported Virtual ConsoleÃ¢â€žÂ¢ releases will pump up the action quotientÃ¢â‚¬â€literallyÃ¢â‚¬â€for fans of NESÃ‚Â® classics.
Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. WiiÃ¢â€žÂ¢ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii PointsÃ¢â€žÂ¢ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new games are:
My PokÃƒÂ©monÃ¢â€žÂ¢ Ranch (Nintendo, 1 player, Rated E for EveryoneÃ¢â‚¬â€Comic Mischief, 1,000 Wii Points): The PokÃƒÂ©mon phenomenon debuts on WiiWare with My PokÃƒÂ©mon Ranch, a game that lets you watch as PokÃƒÂ©mon and Miis interact with each other for the first time. Enjoy the relaxing ranch life by viewing your ranch and its PokÃƒÂ©mon, taking pictures and sending those pictures to your friends via the Wii Message Board. The more PokÃƒÂ©mon and Miis you bring to your ranch, the more fun it becomes. My PokÃƒÂ©mon Ranch can be linked with the Nintendo DSÃ¢â€žÂ¢ PokÃƒÂ©monÃ‚Â® Diamond and PokÃƒÂ©monÃ‚Â® Pearl Game Cards to deposit the PokÃƒÂ©mon youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve caught in these games in your ranch. You can deposit a maximum of 1,000 PokÃƒÂ©mon from up to eight different game cards. Make your ranch livelier by playing with your friends and family.
DIG DUGÃ¢â€žÂ¢ (NESÃ‚Â®, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): Become Dig Dug, the champion of love and justice, as you drill up, down, left and right, defeating any enemies in your path. Avoid the persistent Pooka and the deep-dwelling but whimsical Fygar as you defeat all the enemies in order to clear each stage. Defeat enemies by hitting them with the harpoon and pumping air into them, or by dropping rocks on them from above. Receive bonus points by getting the vegetables that appear in the middle of the stage. Receive high points for defeating deep-dwelling enemies or by defeating Fygars from the side with the harpoon. Pass through inflated enemies or defeat enemies in an adjacent passage for an even higher score. Lure multiple enemies and defeat them with a single rock from above in this thrilling action game.
BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA (NESÃ‚Â®, 1 player, Rated E for EveryoneÃ¢â‚¬â€Comic Mischief, 600 Wii Points): BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA is an action game released in 1988, but it was never available outside of Japan. Players take on the role of baby Upa, a prince of the Akuyo kingdom. Prince Upa must take on an adventure spanning seven different worlds in order to rescue the kingdom from the dangerous demon Zai. Upa must defeat the enemies he meets along the way by inflating them. Upa can then use these floating enemies to his advantage by bouncing off of or riding on top of them. The prince must also avoid deadly thorns and pits while keeping an eye out for helpful items such as milk (to restore health) and bells (for temporary invincibility) if he hopes to succeed. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re looking for a cute and solid platformer with a hero unlike those in most other games, then look no further than BIO MIRACLE BOKUTTE UPA.
[Nintendo PR Email via GoNintendo]
UPDATE 6/10/08: Ã‚Â WiiNintendo reader, Roth, has some gameplay videos of Pokemon Ranch on his YouTube page. Ã‚Â You can get there by clicking here.