Posted on March 17, 2008, Chris Wii-kly Update Adds Super R-Type and Spelunker to Virtual Console
As we inch closer to the launch of WiiWare, Nintendo seeks to keep our Virtual Consoles busy (and their wallets filled with Wii Points) with the release of two new classic games this week: Super R-Type and Spelunker.
Super R-Type is, if you don’t know and have somehow managed to escape this classic series, a side-scrolling shooter which means it’s adding to what has become the most bloated genre in gaming. This SNES game costs 800 Wii Points.
Spelunker will cost you just over half that at 500 Wii Points. It’s a fairly typical old school NES platformer from what I’ve seen. You can see the game in action above, as YouTube’s Frankomatic narrates a section of gameplay.
Hit the break for descriptions of both games.
Spelunker (NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): Wander through miles of uncharted caves in search of the legendary underground pyramid and its vast treasures. To complete your adventure, you will swing from ropes and ladders, run across unstable terrain and down ravines, operate elevators, mining carts and rafts. You will collect keys, bombs, flares, jewels, sacks of gold coins and other valuable items as you navigate the hazardous terrain. But beware of the scalding steam vents, poisonous bats and the avenging spirits of dead spelunkers that lurk in every corner of this massive underground labyrinth.
SUPER R-TYPE (Super NES, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone — Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): A galactic battle begins. The BYDO Empire of mutant extraterrestrials is back with evil intent and awesome power. Now the evil empire is poised to launch a new attack on Earth. Only the revolutionary R-9, the planet’s most advanced form of defense, stands between these monsters and doom. Fight through seven challenging stages—picking up power-up items as you progress—on the way to each stage’s memorable boss. Is the BYDO Empire invincible? You’ll need lightning reflexes, intuitive moves and a big dose of cosmic luck to hold your own. Better prepare yourself, because the mutants “R” ready for you.