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This Week's Virtual Console and WiiWare

by Neal Ronaghan - July 28, 2008, 3:07 pm PDT
Total comments: 6 Source: Press Release

WiiWare brings the Frat Party Games while Virtual Console has a TurboGrafx16 racing game and a Neo Geo fighting game.

WiiWare gets to see the fruits of controversy as Pong Toss: Frat Party Games is released and, after a week of Sega Genesis imports, Virtual Console returns with Chase H.Q. from the TurboGrafx16 and Art of Fighting 2 from the Neo Geo.

Pong Toss: Frat Party Games is a video game version of the drinking game, Beer Pong, but, as we reported earlier, any reference to alcohol has been removed at the behest of Nintendo. The game involves throwing ping pong balls so that they land in cups on the other end of a table. With power-ups and additional modes, Pong Toss: Frat Party Games is priced at 800 Wii Points or $8.

Chase H.Q. is the first TurboGrafx16 game to hit Virtual Console since February. Chase H.Q. is a one-player racing game where you play as one of two cops from the NYPD's "Chase H.Q." The game is focused on chasing down criminals and ramming them off the road. It is priced at 600 Wii Points or $6.

Art of Fighting 2 represents the eighth Neo Geo game to be released on Virtual Console in the past two months. A sequel to the previously released Art of Fighting, the game is an SNK fighting game that eventually carried over into the King of Fighters series. Art of Fighting 2 introduced the idea of a mental-energy gauge that can give players an advantage by successfully taunting and demoralizing an enemy. The game is priced at 900 Wii Points or $9.

Pong Toss: Frat Party Games hits WiiWare, Chase H.Q., Art of Fighting 2 hit VC

If variety is the spice of life, we’ve got an extra-spicy lineup for you this week on the Wii™ Shop Channel. From bouncing balls to out-of-control cars to hardcore fisticuffs, the latest game additions offer an incredibly diverse mix of Wii™ thrills. So if you’ve been saving up your Wii Points™ for something new and different, here’s your opportunity to cash in and kick up some serious fun. Enjoy!

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time 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:

WiiWare™

Pong Toss—Frat Party Games™ (JV Games, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Language, 800 Wii Points): Pony up—it’s Pong Toss time. Compete against your friends or the computer in this ultimate party-game favorite. Play on a regulation table with up to four players. Make consecutive shots for the Fireball bonuses and Roll-Backs as you or your team try to dominate the table and reign as Pong Toss champs. In Speed Pong, up to three challengers can compete at the same time. Speed and strategy are the keys to this fast-paced game. Jack up your opponents by using a slew of power-ups that will slow them down. The first one who sinks the last cup wins it all. Be fast. Be furious. Be victorious.

Virtual Console™

Chase H.Q.® (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older—Drug Reference, Mild Violence, 600 Wii Points): This is a different style of racing game in which you attempt to catch criminals by chasing them and ramming their cars off the road. Playing as two cops from the NYPD special “CHASE H.Q.” unit, the first half of each stage involves you maneuvering your unmarked car in a heated chase, followed by an action sequence in the latter half. Once you reach the target vehicle, you flip on your lights and siren, and then try to stop the culprits by repeatedly colliding with them. Use your different gears wisely as you make your way through streets and around corners, and be careful not to hit objects or other cars, or you’ll lose speed. Also at your disposal are turbo units for temporary extra speed and ramming power.

ART OF FIGHTING 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen—Alcohol and Tobacco Reference, Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1994 by SNK, ART OF FIGHTING 2 sees 12 characters compete for the title in the toughest fighting contest of them all: King of Fighters. Each character has a range of deadly techniques in his or her arsenal, and players must use these lethal techniques to fight their opponents. As in the original ART OF FIGHTING, however, using a deadly technique lowers a character’s mental-energy gauge. For this reason, players must use these techniques carefully. Meanwhile, players can taunt an opponent to exhaust his or her mental energy, and even suppress their opponent’s techniques if successful. This type of mental-energy offense and defense gives ART OF FIGHTING 2 a uniquely enjoyable spin on the fighting-game genre. Further adding to the strategy required to win, an attack will become stronger or weaker depending on exactly when the button is pressed. And even if a player is thrown, defensive action is possible with the timely press of a button. All of this adds up to an intense and nail-biting fighting-game experience not found anywhere else.

Talkback

DjunknownJuly 28, 2008

Quote:

Jack up your opponents by using copious amounts of beer that will slow them down

Fixed. Never Forget!

AVJuly 28, 2008

i feel like the Virtual Console and Wiiware have become a slot machine and sometimes 7, sometimes a lemon, sometimes bell.

SADLY we have no luck and every week we get another try and every week we get 3 lemons, or maybe 2 lemons and a Bell, but we seriously haven't gotten a 7 in a long time.

Chozo GhostJuly 29, 2008

Why did Nintendo revert to their Disney children stance of the early 90s of all a sudden? They allow (and I thought they even encouraged now) Mature rated games like Red Steel, No More Heroes, GTA, and et cetera. So if they are allowing these games, then why won't they allow this innocent beer pong game which features no violence or mass murder?

I just don't understand that. Just when you think Nintendo is past their censorship crap that cost them dominance of the market, now they seem to be back to their old shenanigans. What's the deal??

I don't know what the deal is but that Pong Toss game influences me to drink a lot of alcohol.

Reading the press release made me laugh because, like Djunknown pointed out, almost every sentence in it could make some reference to alcohol.
Just explaining the game is almost impossible without saying "well, its a drinking game."
But I guess regardless of alcohol, its the "ultimate party-game favorite." Stupid press release...

AVJuly 29, 2008

Foxnews was already breathing down Nintendo's neck about the damn game and somebody was ready to sue ESRB.

If anything it would of been good way to show off the Wii-Ware and the fact wii has online games you can download. I bet a good 60% of casual Wii owners don't even know it can go online.

KDR_11kJuly 29, 2008

There's noone to enforce age limits on Wiiware though.

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