Wii's VC upped by three

Gradius III from SNES ($8), Wonder Boy in Monster World from Genesis ($8), and Battle Lode Runner from TG-16 ($6) now on Wii's Virtual Console.

One advantage to owning a Wii is that even though it's a new console, gamers don't have to leave their couches to get some new games to play each week. Though full retail releases slowly trickle out, the system's platform for downloadable retro games--the Virtual Console--continues to pump out titles from the classic days.

The game gets more exciting than this, trust us.

Leading this week's trio of games is Gradius III from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Like its predecessors, Gradius III puts players in the cockpit of the Vic Viper spaceship to battle wave after wave of enemies from the Bacterion Empire. The side-scrolling shooter is all about power-ups; gamers will stock up on speed boosts, missiles, shields, and more through 10 levels. Gradius III is rated E for Everyone and sells for 800 Wii points ($8).

From the TurboGrafx-16 comes Battle Lode Runner, a spin-off of the famous Brøderbund PC series. In the single-player puzzle mode, gamers will have the familiar task of retrieving stolen gold, only this time, they'll have to travel through time. The game also features a multiplayer mode that supports up to five players competing head-to-head or as teams of two. Battle Lode Runner is rated E for Everyone and costs 600 Wii points ($6).

Finally, Wonder Boy in Monster World of Sega Genesis fame rounds out this week's slate of VC games. The adventure game has players exploring Monster World and defending the region from an invasion of BioMeka monsters. By speaking with townsfolk, collecting money, and acquiring loot, gamers will earn better gear to help with the task. Wonder Boy in Monster World is rated E for Everyone and sells for 800 Wii points ($8).

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128 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

Wonder Boy in Monster World is currently available on GameTap. The other two are not (which almost goes without saying).

O-ZoneX
O-ZoneX

They need to get the Nintendo 64 Resident Evil games on there. That'd be awesome. But no luck with that so far. I can't find them in stores anymore :(

cloud1914
cloud1914

OMG Seriously, I need majoras mask...It's pretty strange how a group of underground coders can create perfect emulation for it but Nintendo can't...

shred_master
shred_master

That's all good, but WHERE'S MAJORA'S MASK?!

StreetFighter10
StreetFighter10

All the games they have released are decent and worth playing. You may not like them but that is just your opinion. The point is, what would be the point of the VC releasing just the big names now? That would be it, the VC would be over. If you want a game so bad, go and buy it for real or whatever *cough*.

osxgp
osxgp

Hey Nintendo, how about some Wii games? Yes I know Super Paper Mario is out.

zac41
zac41

I'm not excited about this weeks releases

Zelda__Gamer
Zelda__Gamer

They need some kirby games for snes and 64, also the first starfox

zmantsunami
zmantsunami

dont care bout vc till i see paper mario and sm rpg. loved ttyd and never got to play those games

ZeroTae
ZeroTae

Still waiting Chrono Trigger......

hammer_of_thor_
hammer_of_thor_

Thank goodness I have got Pokemon, none of these games overly interest me.

noblekeltic
noblekeltic

It would be cool if more of these games could use the Wii controller.

K_u_F
K_u_F

I'd rather have more N64 games......

porkchopxp
porkchopxp

The Number 1 game I've been waiting for is Pokemon Snap. Simple game, simple concept, but fun for the whole family . . . get to it Nintendo!!!!!

timts
timts

I want paper mario 64 to be on VC! actually I want it to be on DS even more.

KevComesRipping
KevComesRipping

I'd like them to get their hands on the Master system license so they could get some of the other Wonder Boy games and original Double Dragons, I always liked Master System over NES, but alas the cord port on my Master System is busted, so I have many quality titles wasting away on my shelf.

kenesu96
kenesu96

what has yet to be mentioned and is of extreme importance here is this! we finally have a game on VC that was previously not released in america! the wall has been broken!! now the way can be cleared for other games that havent seen the light of day over here

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

@ gilbrod: You're wrong. First off, I'm pretty sure Sega used the Adventure Island engine for the first Wonder Boy. Or maybe they were released around the same time? Either way, they were working together on those games. Wonderboy 2 was the action-rpg-ish game that was in arcades and Sega Master. Wonderboy 3 was the game where it starts off at the end of part 2, and you are 'cursed' by the Mecha-Dragon. You then went around to different towns, collecting items and such, changing your form into animals like a bird, a mouse and so forth. It was a SMS game. Wonderboy 4 was a two player arcade game. Each round consisted of three levels, a water front, something else, and then a side scrolling shooter with a boss at the end. Perhaps it was released as a CD game on Turbo Grafix? Wonderboy 5 however, I'm not sure of. Perhaps it was more or less a remake of the Sega Master Sytem game? It probably saw most of it's sucess in Europe and Aus where Sega reigned as the champion in the 8/16 bit days.

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

Gradius 3 is awesome, must buy for the virtual console

zsc4
zsc4

These games never seem to interest me....

oldogg
oldogg

wasnt streets of rage 2 supposed to come out?

dragonfoxmem
dragonfoxmem

Quote from RealXBoxKiller "Wally World, EB, Zellers, and Worst Buy." Lol, really? That such name of store - Worst Buy?

Chainblast
Chainblast

As much as I like Gradius 3 I think there have been too many shooters released for VC thus far.

yman173
yman173

Wake me up when something I may actually recognize gets released. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Kakua_Omari
Kakua_Omari

wheres paper mario? super mario rpg? ssb? come on, release some good games on vc.

Acervartan
Acervartan

I think Ill just download those for my PC on mame...

gilbrod
gilbrod

jcloverboy I loved Wonder Boy in Monster World (best in series). I remember it being on Sega Master System though, not Genesis. Yeah, that was part two in the series. The first one was the caveman(kid) with stone hammers titled Wonderboy. Hudson completely ripped off that game to what some know as Adventure Island. Part two of Wonderboy was Monster World. Part three (which was the best one) was called the Dragons Curse. The Genesis one was not publicized too much, but popular ammongst the fanbase (like me). I guess someone always has to troll around here *cough cough...biff cough*

biff00912
biff00912

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X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

"First off, it's called "Player's Choice" and secondly" And your point is? Greatest Hit, Player's Choice, it's all the same. And Smash Bros Melee is still full price here in Ontario. It's not just one store that sells it at that, but everywhere. Wally World, EB, Zellers, and Worst Buy.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

I loved Wonder Boy in Monster World (best in series). I remember it being on Sega Master System though, not Genesis.

1357900
1357900

I want SMRPGLotSS! C'mon Nintendo!

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

Gradius 3 as good as it was is just laughable at $8. Good game not worth the price.

Zooi3
Zooi3

RealXBoxKiller, why are you talking about ignorance when you don't even know what you're talking about? First off, it's called "Player's Choice" and secondly, Super Smash Bros. Melee retails at $30, which is not full price.

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

"Classics own new games, including PS games!" Wow, so tell me, is ignorance bliss?

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

"I want Super Smash Bros!" Won't happen, at least not for a very long time. They first need to release Smash Bros. 3, then milk it for all it's worth. I mean look at the one on Cube, it's a six year old game yet it still sells at full price. Despite the 'greatest hits' branding of the label.

Da1ShrpSh0trGrl
Da1ShrpSh0trGrl

My point have been proved once again... Old school games will never die.

slayer1090
slayer1090

I have Gradius III for my SNES and if ur a fan of side scrolling shooters Gradius III is a musn't miss because of it's nice and sleek level design and it's huge array of weapons to choose from.

kazya_mishima
kazya_mishima

Chrono trigger isa must, Zombies ate my neighbors, fester's quest, and more rpgs yes these are a must

dalboz
dalboz

Wii VC need more RPGs. Super Mario RPG, Earthbound, Final Fantasy 1-6 (which probably won't happen as long as they're available at a higher pricepoint on the GBA/DS), Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana. Those are what I really want to see.

slyfox_28
slyfox_28

Not all PSOne games were crappy. Most of them but not all.

justinmyers
justinmyers

Oh man, rike17, a $1.00 to $2.00 difference. I suppose that you believe that is ripping people off, but selling a buggy $600.00 console isn't.

Poodishplayer
Poodishplayer

SNES and genesis games cost more cause they are better than the crappy PsOne games:). Classics own new games, including PS games!

TheIyceman
TheIyceman

Yea, but at least you can PLAY SNES and Genesis games on the system you download them on.

rike17
rike17

admir1983, i agree with u all the way hows is it that SNES and genesis cost $8 and PsOne on the PS3 like $6-7