Now on the Wii: Donkey Kong Country and Streets of Rage


The rumors are true, this week Nintendo is releasing Donkey Kong Country on the Wii’s Virtual Console for 800 points. Donkey Kong Country was a labor of love between Nintendo and Rare before their falling out. Also on the Virtual Console is Streets of Rage from Sega, an excellent 2D beat ‘em up with a solid soundtrack for 800 points. Legend of Kage is out for the NES and something that retro gamers should take a look at is New Adventure Island, a TurboGrafx16 title. New Adventure Island is a remake of the NES game with better graphics and is something that might have been over looked when Hudson released it many years ago. Past the break are more detailed descriptions of the games.

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Donkey Kong(TM) Country (Super NES(R), 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): Donkey Kong Country is an incredible island adventure, and the first game to feature Donkey Kong’s sidekick, Diddy Kong(R).  Challenged by the crazed tribe of reptilian Kremlings, the Kongs face their cunning adversaries armed with lightning-quick moves, chest-pounding muscle and awesome aerial acrobatics.  The duo also gets help from a host of friends and family, from Funky Kong(TM), Cranky Kong(TM) and Candy Kong(TM) to Rambi(TM) the rhino, Expresso(TM) the ostrich, Enguarde(TM) the swordfish, Squawks the parrot and Winky the frog.  This game has more than 30 levels, plus dozens of hidden caves and secret rooms — more than 100 areas in all.  Help the Kongs recover their stolen banana hoard!


The Legend of Kage (NES(R), 1-2 players, 500 Wii Points): This classic ninja-action game first appeared in arcades in 1985 and became instantly popular.  As the Iga ninja named "Kage," players embark on an action-packed quest as they move toward a magic castle where the Princess "Kiri" is held captive by "Yohshirou Yukikusa."  To stay alive, players move vertically and horizontally through forest and castle environments and execute massive jumps, all the while using throwing-star knives and a sword to take down hordes of enemies.


New Adventure Island (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): On peaceful Adventure Island, the islanders are celebrating the wedding of Master Higgins and Tina, the "Miss Island Queen."  Suddenly, the celebration is interrupted by the appearance of Baron Bronsky and his henchmen, who kidnap Tina and the island children.  Master Higgins must set out to rescue the children and his beloved Tina in this side-scrolling action game.  Throw hatchets and boomerangs, hop on skateboards and guide Master Higgins safely to the goal in each area.  New Adventure Island consists of seven exciting stages.  Each stage is split into four areas, with a boss waiting at the end of the final area.  Defeat all the bosses and release the kidnapped children.  And waiting in the castle of the final stage — the wicked Baron Bronsky.  Help Master Higgins defeat him and reclaim his bride.


Streets of Rage(TM) (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): The city was once a happy, peaceful place … until one day, a powerful secret criminal organization took over.  This vicious syndicate soon had control of the government and even the police force.  The city has become a center of violence and crime where no one is safe.  Amid this turmoil, a group of determined young police officers has sworn to clean up the city.  Among them are Adam Hunter, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding.  They’ve decided to put their lives on the line and take back their city through their special hand-to-hand combat abilities.  They are willing to risk anything, even their lives, on the Streets of Rage.

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