Excitebike arrives on Wii VC

Original NES racer joined by Splatterhouse, Beyond Oasis on downloadable retro game service.

Retro racers, start your engines.
Retro racers, start your engines.

Nintendo's regular Monday-morning update of new releases for the Wii's Virtual Console downloadable game service has gone live, and the new titles include one offering each from the NES, the TurboGrafx-16, and the Sega Genesis.

Leading the pack this week is the NES motorcycle racer Excitebike. Originally released in 1985, Excitebike challenged players to race against a pack of competitors while negotiating jumps, avoiding track hazards, and monitoring engine temperature. It also stood out among early NES titles for its full-featured level editor, which allowed players to design new courses on par with those already found in the game. Excitebike is rated E for Everyone and is available for 500 Wii Points ($5).

For gamers interested in fare that isn't so family friendly, there's the TurboGrafx-16 action game Splatterhouse. As a university student wearing a cursed mask that can't be removed but grants its owner power, players must hack their way through a monster-infested mansion with cleavers, shotguns, and other weapons in order to save a fellow student. One of the gorier games of its day, Splatterhouse has received a rating of T for Teen, and sells for 600 Wii Points ($6).

The last of the new Virtual Console releases also features an ancient relic granting the player supernatural powers. The action role-playing game Beyond Oasis casts players as Prince Ali, bearer of a golden armlet with the ability to summon spirits. The golden armlet has a silver counterpart created for destruction, and Ali must traverse the land of Oasis to keep the silver armlet from being used for evil. Beyond Oasis is rated E for Everyone and is available for 800 Wii Points ($8).

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