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Samurai Shodown Hits Wii Virtual Console

The Wii Virtual Console is home to a few great fighting games, even if the Nintendo Wii itself is terribly lacking in that department. If you’re tired of playing Street Fighter II over and over again, head on over to your Wii and buy some SNK-flavored swordplay in the form of Samurai Shodown.

The version being offered through the Virtual Console is the one that was originally released on the Neo-Geo, so you won’t get the heavily pixelated graphics of the SNES take on the game. As you recall, Samurai Shodown — released in 1993 — was one of the first fighting games to equip its combatants with weapons. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as slashing down your enemies as a kabuki warrior or sending in a bird as a little Japanese girl. Samurai Shodown is definitely a step above Art of Fighting.

In the end, I think that we’d all agree when I saw Haohmaru FTW. He’s still one of my all-time favorites.

Samurai Shodown on the Wii Virtual Console will cost you 900 Wii Points.

Posted by: Akuma on Monday, June 16th, 2008

Super Smash Bros. Brawl – The Real Character Selection Screen

After making its way through the Internet these past couple of days, it seems that the previously leaked Super Smash Bros. Brawl character list is probably a fake, possibly shattering our dreams of playing as Bowser Jr., Midna, and Star Wolf.

Fear not, my fellow Smash Bros. enthusiasts, because a more legitimate source has now come up with the character selection screen shown above. Each character window is now in the usual rendered 3D, as opposed to some of the 2D cropped images that we saw in the previous leak. The Young Link picture, for example, didn’t fit in with the styling of the rest of the characters.

Some highlights from this new Super Smash Bros. Brawl character select screen include Marth, Captain Falcon, Ganondorf, Luigi, a new Young Link (from Wind Waker), Mr. Game and Watch, Ness, Jigglypuff, Lucario, and — get this — R.O.B. the Robot. As if driving a kart with R.O.B. wasn’t cool enough, you can now brawl with him too. There’s also mention of the possibility of Master Hand, though he’s probably a boss and not a selectable character.

Source: Nintendo Wii Fanboy

Posted by: Akuma on Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Wii Virtual Console: Super Street Fighter II

Nintendo and Capcom are cashing in our love for all things Street Fighter again. When we first caught wiff of Street Fighter II for the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, we got excited that we could experience the classic fighting game all over again. Then they told us about Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, getting us all ecstatic about speeding things up to hyper fighting proportions. And now they’re grabbing a few more dollars from us with Super Street Fighter II.

The version getting ported over to the Virtual Console is the one that was originally released for the SNES. In addition to the eight classic characters and four bosses, you get “introduced” to the new challengers: Deejay, Fei Long, Cammy, and T. Hawk. Nab it on the VC for 800 Wii Points.

Posted by: Akuma on Monday, January 21st, 2008