It’s a bumper Virtual Console week in Europe and Australia this Friday with - count ‘em - four new-old releases hitting the download service for your delectation. Two of the retrograde titles continue Nintendo’s Hanabi Festival of games originally unreleased in both territories, while the other two - a double helping of RPG action and a high speed, crim’-chasing sim sit neatly alongside.
DoReMi Fantasy: DokiDoki Adventure (Super Nintendo, 1 Player, 900 Wii Points):
DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure is the sequel to Milon’s Secret castle on the NES, and literally translates from Japanese to Milon’s Heart Pounding, Great Adventure. It was only released in Japan originally, making its Virtual Console release something of a treat.
This is an action game where an energetic boy named Milon sets off on a great adventure in a cute fairy-tale world. Piccolo is a village in the country of Fantasia. One day, they hear from the fairy Alis that songs and music have disappeared from the forest.
Suddenly, the wizard Amon appears, grabs Alis and vanishes with her. The brave Milon must now go on a journey to rescue his kidnapped friend, with his bubble shooter as his only weapon.
Along the way, he’ll need to retrieve five legendary instruments and stars by defeating Amon’s minions. Get ready to enjoy the fun and comical action of this charming game.
Spelunker (Nintendo Entertainment System, 1 Player, 500 Wii Points):
Spelunker is a video game for the Atari 8-bit computers and ported to the Commodore 64 and Nintendo Entertainment System, developed by Tim Martin and MicroGraphicImage. Originally released by MicroGraphicImage it was picked up and released in the 1983 by Brøderbund and licensed to Ariolasoft for publication in Europe. Spelunker is set in a colossal cave, with the player starting at the cave’s entrance at the top, and the objective is to get to the fabulous treasure at the bottom. To achieve this, the player must walk and jump through increasingly challenging parts of the cave, all the while working with a finite supply of fresh air, which could be replenished at various points. Some of the hazards the player faces the cave include water, uneven terrain, steam vents, small ledges, chasms, deadly pits, and large rocks that must be blown away.
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.
Chase HQ (TurboGrafx-16, 600 Wii Points):
Chase H.Q. is an arcade racing game, originally released in 1988 by Taito. In the game the player assumes the role of a police officer named Tony Gibson in a black Porsche 928 chasing after a fleeing criminal. Along with his partner, Raymond Broady, they are members of the Chase Special Investigation Department, who must stop fleeing criminals in high-speed pursuits.
As an undercover agent of Chase Headquarters, your job is to patrol the streets and track down five criminals. You are given a mission briefing before you start which gives information on the suspect and what car they drive. Then you drive across the city without crashing into other cars, and catch up with the criminal’s car. To arrest the suspects, you must keep bumping into their car until it is no longer functional. And you have to do this under a strict time limit. You can’t afford to crash into cars or buildings or you waste time getting on the road again.
However, once you’ve caught up with your suspect, you are given more time. Your car is also equipped with turbo boosts, which you can use to gain extra speed if you are way behind the criminal. Each arrest is based on a “suspicion”.
Ys Book 1 & 2 (TurboGrafx-16, 1 Player, 800 Wii Points):
The Ys series chronicles the adventures of Adol Christin, a red-haired young man from a Germanic country with a zest for adventure and an uncanny knack for being in the right place at the right time. Gameplay always revolves around Adol, though his comrade, Dogi, is a frequent companion in his travels around Esteria.
This is a Turbo CD release of the first two games of action RPG series Ys. You control a young red-haired hero named Adol Christin, whose task is to find the six books of Ys, an ancient paradise-like land that mysteriously disappeared long time ago. It is said that whoever possesses the six books can gain access into Ys. In the first game, Adol is on the quest to find the books and to enter Ys. The second game takes place in Ys itself, and Adol must defeat the evil Dark Fact to liberate the land.
Until next week… spend those Wii Points wisely!