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New VC Games for NYE

December 31, 2007, 8:34 am EST
Total comments: 14

Celebrate the end of the year with the most evil and addictive game music of all time in Bubble Bobble.


December 31, 2007 - What are you doing New Year's Eve? Thanks to the Wii™ Shop Channel, you've got some outrageous new options. This week's classic game additions offer brilliant fantasy and crackling action to help you ring in '08. So if you haven't made any New Year's resolutions yet, allow us to suggest a few: pop more bubbles, battle more medieval beasts and try to save the universe a little more often.

Three new classic games go live at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Nintendo adds new games to the Wii Shop 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:

BUBBLE BOBBLE® (NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): BUBBLE BOBBLE's release in 1986 introduced the two bubble dragons, Bub and Bob, and brand new play mechanics, with players defeating enemies by trapping them in bubbles and then popping them. Although the puzzle-action game can be beaten by clearing all 100 rounds, it also contains secret elements such as not being able to get the "true ending" in single-player mode; hidden commands that lead to secret rounds; and a ton of different items. These elements are some of the game's most memorable and important features. Each round even has different air currents that are not visible, so bubbles rise in unpredictable patterns. Aspects like forcing players to understand and utilize these different patterns while playing help make this a revolutionary game that is fun to play anytime.

Light Crusader™ (Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): Each day, more good townspeople of Green Row have been mysteriously disappearing, and beleaguered King Weeden summons the knight Sir David to investigate. Armed with his wits and his sword, Sir David must find the cause of this strange evil and save the citizens of Green Row before things get any worse. Take the role of the brave knight in this action RPG and get to the bottom of the mysteries of Green Row as you fight enemies, solve puzzles and use your best combination of brains and brawn to save the kingdom.

TOP HUNTER (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older-Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points): Take on the role of either Roddy or Cathy, bounty hunters in this side-scrolling action game set far in the future when humans have colonized space. But all is not well: Space pirates called the Klaptons are making their way through the galaxies, wiping out peaceful settlements along their path. This disgraceful behavior leads to them having a price on their heads, so now Roddy and Cathy must travel through four distinct worlds on a mission to defeat their leader, Captain Klapton. Both characters have retractable arms-used to grab enemies or other objects in the scenery-that can then be thrown at others to destroy them. Also, be on the lookout for rings or levers to pull, as this might reveal special bonuses. Further adding to the mix, the game uses a unique system where the action happens on two planes, with the player switching between them at will. Can you prove yourself worthy of the Top Hunter name and help save the universe?

For more information about Wii, please visit wii.com.


sycomonkeyDecember 31, 2007

face-icon-small-music.gifDa da da Da da dada Da da dada Da da dada DA!face-icon-small-music.gif

NemoDecember 31, 2007

Top Hunter sounds pretty cool. The one review on gamefaqs speaks of it favorably. I want to read at least one more review before getting it, though.

S-U-P-E-RTy Shughart, Staff AlumnusDecember 31, 2007

Oh no, this is going to ruin the value of my stockpile of Bubble Bobble cartridges

that was my retirement fund!

NeoThunderDecember 31, 2007

is "Bubble Bobble" worth getting?

bubicusDecember 31, 2007

Is air necessary? Get Bubble Bobble NOW. And play with a friend... it's a great co-op experience.

bubicusDecember 31, 2007

Your Bubble Bobble Part 2 cartridges (if you have any) will still be valuable, at least until that's also released on the VC. Last time I checked, Bubble Bobble Part 2 cartridges were well over $100.

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusDecember 31, 2007


Originally posted by: NeoThunder
is "Bubble Bobble" worth getting?

Yes, YES, YESSSSSSSSS! Bubble Bobble = WIN

CericDecember 31, 2007

Especially since they have the uber-glitch in the DS port...

(Not to mention terrible US boxart)

Flames_of_chaosLukasz Balicki, Staff AlumnusDecember 31, 2007


Originally posted by: Ceric
Especially since they have the uber-glitch in the DS port...

(Not to mention terrible US boxart)

The box is so bad that I think it gives you cancer!

GoldenPhoenixDecember 31, 2007

Hmm I may get Top Hunter and the highly under appreciated Bubble Bobble!

Oh great, now I'll have Bubble Bobble music stuck in my head for New Year's. (BB is kind of dated, and gets pretty insane in level design/difficulty, but it's co-op nature keeps it accessible.)

LuigiHannDecember 31, 2007

I just played a bit of Light Crusader. Not enough to get a sense of the gameplay (You know RPGs... I haven't even found anything to fight), but enough to be amused at the fact that I can push villagers around like chess pieces. Seriously, none of the NPCs are anchored down for some reason, so just walking into them nudges them along. Also, stabbing at them with the sword (which happens often if you try to talk to them from the wrong angle) just results in a little text box saying "Oops!"

Top Hunter is a bit more immediately gratifying, but I don't think it's exceptional for the genre. The stretchy-arms thing is somewhat interesting, but it doesn't feel like that's enough to make the game different from other side-scrolling brawlers. It's not bad, and it is fun, but I don't think it'd be very high on my list of recommendations.

Bubble Bobble is always awesome. If I didn't already have it via GameTap, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

Infernal MonkeyDecember 31, 2007

Pity SMS isn't on the VC, since its version of Bubble Bobble is vastly superior to the NES version but I'll still get the NES one wait I already have it on NES but my NES isn't hooked up and it rarely is because my NES is sorta broken and if I put Bubble Bobble in my NES the NES will flashy flash screen but if I put my SMS version of Bubble Bobble in my SMS it'll play fine but the SMS is a very large system it takes up three bathrooms so if I hook the SMS up the Wii will have to get thrown in a bin but if I pay the 500 wacky fun bux points to get the NES Bubble Bobble on my Wii I can pretend it's the cartridge (Bubble Bobble) in the NES but without the mess of the NE-TONIGHT I WILL DINE ON TURTLE SOUP.

Again, I volunteer my services to recommend Bubble Bobble. What's with the VC games again, guys? I tell ya, I leave for two weeks and the whole system goes to hell! :-)

If I'm able to recommend the game, send me an alternate email address via PM.

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