Kirby dreams on Wii VC

SNES fantasy golf game joins TG-16 occult pinball game Devil's Crush and Genesis strategy-RPG Shining Force on downloadable game service.

Nintendo has once again updated its Virtual Console downloadable game service for the Wii with new titles, the company announced today. Joining the system's retro gaming library today are Kirby's Dream Course, Devil's Crush, and Shining Force.

Originally released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994, Kirby's Dream Course is a fantasy-themed golf game that lets players putt the rotund pink mascot around maze-like levels, defeating enemies before holing out across 64 levels. Kirby's Dream Course sells for 800 Wii points ($8).

TurboGrafx-16-playing pinball wizards had a chance to pit their skills against the forces of evil in 1990's Devil's Crush. With a multiscreen playfield that featured skeletal warriors, demons, and sinister figures clad in colored robes, this successor to Alien Crush expands on that effort with new boss battle-style minigames. Devil's Crush sells for 600 Wii points ($6).

While it wasn't the first installment in Sega's long-running Shining series of games, 1992's Shining Force is the first title from the franchise to make it to the Wii. Released a year after Shining in the Darkness, Shining Force was already taking the series in a new direction. Instead of the original game's first-person dungeon crawling, Shining Force was a turn-based strategy role-playing game. In the game, players form parties of characters to team up and thwart the plans of the evil Dark Dragon, who has returned to threaten the world after 1,000 years of imprisonment in another dimension. Shining Force sells for 800 Wii points ($8).

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58 comments
mergirox
mergirox

arod112, I agree with you, the game was one of the ost fun mario games ever release. Remeber the part with tha wierd boss who was looking for mario behind the curtains, and you had to move outt of the way if you didnt want a boss battle? Some good suff there.

marito12
marito12

I prefer Kirby Superstar

yman173
yman173

Looks like Nintendo is helping us to deal with the usual slowdown in retail releases during the summer. The last few weeks have seen some great VC releases, and this week is the first time I can honestly say all 3 are worth the $. Devil's Crush is one Ive been waiting for for awhile...it far outpaces it's predecessor Alien Crush! Keep it up Nintendo! Youre making me more and more happy I chose to fight for my Wii instead of copping-out & getting an X360 like so many other were doing back in January. (Not that the 360 isnt a good system, but given the choice I prefer my Wii!)

Steevyn
Steevyn

For MacBookers out there, or most computers with bluetooth I would assume, there's a great little program that lets you use your Wiimote as an imput device. Hmm, now what could you use that for... I wonder... You can also use the Classic Controller attachment and assign keys on the keyboard to each button... This would be of course, for legitimate, home-made games. Not licensed by anyone. 'Cause, ya know, that'd be illegal if they were. Heh. Anyways, its called DarwiinRemote. Google it, quite fun stuff.

LivingDeadNinja
LivingDeadNinja

Shining Force! Awesome! I actually already have that one on GBA...But that means that Shinning Force II will be not only be coming out...maybe even soon! I didn't wanted to buy an old Genesis again just to play ToeJam, Gunstar and ShiningII. Crazy good, plus that Pinball game everyone was raving about to see release is finally here too. Is the Kirby game really good?

Israels_Son
Israels_Son

SUPER METROID, PLEASE, FOR THE LOVE OF SWEET ZOMBIE JESUS!!!

bghattas
bghattas

Devil's Crush and Shining Force are truly righteous games that are must-buys for the price. As for Kirby's Dram Course, well, better to pay $8 than $80.

Goredriver
Goredriver

"I suppose Nintendo is saving the "heavy hitters" 'till the holidays for the VC..." They, along with the big 3rd party developers, are saving alot of their best for when Wii has more penetration. Why drop a heavy hitter now, when this time next year there will be 3x as many homes with Wii (or more).

mrsal
mrsal

I suppose Nintendo is saving the "heavy hitters" 'till the holidays for the VC...

Kwing1983
Kwing1983

Shining Force was great, but where is Super Mario RPG and Chrono Trigger..or Lufia???

stevenk4k5
stevenk4k5

I had Dream Course for the SNES (still have it, actually) and I loved it. It was just like the classic Kirby games... except in golf form. O.o

arod1122
arod1122

It's a good week for VC. Love the kirby game. It's just the same as for SNES but the game that I have and still am waiting for is the greatest Mario game ever(Super Mario RPG) and I know a lot of you agree with me.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

This is a much better week than usual for the VC. Devil's Crush is really pretty sweet, but you have to like pinball video games. I have Alien Crush on the TG-16 and it's a lot of fun. I still prefer Pinbot on the NES, but I may just have to download DC on the VC. Shining Force sounds great, but I just do not remember if it's already on a compilation disc somewhere. I need maximum bang for my buck. $8 is not worth it for one game if I can play it elsewhere with 14 other Genesis games for $20. However, if Shing Force is rare and cannot be found elsewhere for less, $8 is just fine.

finaleve
finaleve

Shining Force I hear is a good series, and Kirby's Dream Course is my favorite spin-off. Nice week with last week

NightRain
NightRain

OMG! Shining Force!!! No i'm not copying sacatash... it's seriously my reaction. :) SF is such a great RPG. I wish the new Shining games were like that... not some stupid action-RPG crap. Halo05: Sega Smash Pack Vol. 1 (Dreamcast) wants a word with you. :P

sacatash
sacatash

OMG! Shining Force!! So when is Chrono Trigger be released?

thaflu
thaflu

Halo05, do you know how many Genesis games on the VC are also on Sega Genesis Collection? I doubt you have anything to worry about.

Halo05
Halo05

I'm terrified that the inclusion of Shining Force on the VC will mean that it'll never appear on a disc-based Sega compilation.

malmeid2
malmeid2

this is a meh game. I'll play it if someone gives it to me for free.

Miracle_Air
Miracle_Air

Had this been Kirby Avalanche instead of Dream Course, I would've been more interested. But oh well, nothing good this week...

samhellbringer
samhellbringer

Subtitle says Kirby's Dream Course is an NES title, while it should say SNES. Anyways...

johnnyv2003
johnnyv2003

Shining Force was one of the games that really got me into RPGs...might just have to take a walk down ol memory lane

froggut198
froggut198

Floppy Drive I agree. I loved Kirby SuperStar to death when I was younger. It was one of the only games I played. Nintendo really really needs to release it on teh Virtual Console.

Fuuuuureakkkk
Fuuuuureakkkk

good now all sega has to do is release 2 and 3 (with prts 1,2 and 3) and sega has redeemed them selves

FloppyDrive
FloppyDrive

Kirby's Dream course is cool and all, but I think the fans really want Kirby Super Star right now.

-Mithos-
-Mithos-

give me Kirby SuperStar and i will be very very happy.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Pass. No biggie though, whenever I get around to playing Wii again, I still have to finish Twilight Princess and DKC2. If the system could just overshadow the 360 for only a second I could probably get going on some of that.

NWA_31
NWA_31

Sweet. Finally some great games :D

xBlitzerx
xBlitzerx

FINALLY! Time to dust off the Wii when I get home! Shining Force here I come!

Giangio
Giangio

Where's Kirby Superstar? :(

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

When I read the title, I was hoping for one of Kirby's platform games.

Rob_101
Rob_101

I want more N64 games :(

shogoh
shogoh

Wow, Shining Force!

Rayze78
Rayze78

No d/l's for me this week

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

Not a bad week, better than I expected but nothing here that floats my boat. After Paper Mario, it will be a long time before the next great title is released.

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Who cares about the other games, Shining Force is the only one worth mentioning and should have stolen the headline.

allmybase
allmybase

roryk666, I believe there was a statistic recently about how there have been 5 million Virtual Console downloads so far. Thus, if my math is right, a minimum of $25 million has been made by Nintendo since the service's inception.

ihateelvis
ihateelvis

The strange thing is, Shining Force is the only game I was complaining about not being on the VC yet! :lol: Kirby's Dream Course is also a classic, I'm extremely glad Nintendo recognized its greatness and put it on the VC. :D

munsoned
munsoned

i really love the vc. makes having no good wii games more fun!!!

JFreezy02
JFreezy02

Awesome! I also agree with R_O_N_X.

Thornscar
Thornscar

Still waiting on TurboGafx- 16s (Keith Courage and the Alpha zones.)