Nintendo has a sweet line up for North America this week with the classic strategy RPG Shining Force and Devil’s Crush the sequel to Alien Crush. The odd duck is Kirby's Dream Course which brings the pink puffball in a mini-golf game. If you haven’t played it before it isn’t half-bad and it gets bonus points for originality. However, out of the three games you get the best bang for your buck with Shining Force.
Tomorrow Japan gets four games and the rougelike Shiren is among them. Nintendo is classifying Fushigi no Dungeon 2: Fuurai no Shiren as premium content since it’s being sold for 900 ($9) instead of the usual 800 points for a Super Nintendo game. I wonder how a new generation of gamers are going to rip out their hair when Shiren dies and the game erases the save file. Also on the list is a one shot platformer from Treasure, Dynamite Headdy, who attacks with his head.
Kirby’s Dream Course (Super NES / 800)
Devil’s Crush (TurboGrafx-16 / 600)
Shining Force (Genesis / 800)
NES Open Tournament Golf (NES / 500)
Fushigi no Dungeon 2: Fuurai no Shiren (Super NES / 900)
Dynamite Headdy (Sega Genesis / 600)
Appare Gate Ball (TurboGrafx-16 / 600)
See additional details about the North American line up past the break.
Kirby's Dream Course™ (Super NES®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Step up to the tee for the wackiest golf game of your life. This one- or two-player game features a floating golf course in the sky. High above Dream Land, players can pitch and putt the ever-popular puff ball, Kirby, through a maze of three-dimensional obstacles on a zany checkerboard course. Players must aim for the multitude of enemies that are spread throughout each fairway. Kirby must hit all the enemies to make them disappear, and the last one becomes the hole. Sink Kirby into the hole to advance to the next stage and clear all 8 courses – 64 holes in all.
Devil's Crush (TurboGrafx16, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone – Animated Blood, Mild Fantasy Violence, 600 Wii Points): Devil's Crush is the exciting sequel to the hit pinball game Alien Crush and features even smoother ball movement and enhanced special effects. Shoot the ball onto the board with the Devil Shooter, then use flippers and nudging to keep it in play and rack up a high score. Complete certain conditions to play up to six different bonus stages. Get a "Perfect Clear" on those to earn a huge amount of points. The game's ominous theme is enhanced by its enemies: wandering skeleton knights, sorcerers and even a giant face that changes from a goddess to a sinister serpent.
Shining Force™ (Sega Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): In ages long forgotten, Light fought Darkness for control of the world. Finally, the Ancients defeated the evil ruler of the dark forces known as Dark Dragon and cast him into another dimension, though he vowed to return in 1,000 years. As time passed, all memory of Dark Dragon was buried, and the land of Rune enjoyed 10 centuries of peace. Yet, as promised, the dark ruler returned, along with hordes of evil creatures that ravaged the land. As chaos erupted, several strongholds of Good still held out, awaiting a hero who could wield the Powers of Light.