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Bonsai Barber and Super Punch-Out on Wii

Another week, another Wii-kly update! This week sees the arrival of two new games, one each for WiiWare and Virtual Console.


Bonsai Barber (Nintendo, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone-Comic Mischief, 1,000 Wii Points): The village residents are hungry for the latest in foliage fashion, and it’s up to you, the new barber, to fix them up. Use the tools of your trade: scissors, clippers, spray can, and more in this humorous, first-of-its-kind "first-person-groomer" game. Bonsai Barber features a colorful cast of 12 intriguing customers, including a temperamental shallot starlet (don’t call her an onion), an oddball strawberry boffin, a cactus cowboy, a daredevil carrot, and a suave banana with top-secret clearance. Each day, five customers arrive to test your stylistic skill. If the customer requests a specific style, you’ll plow that furrow, or you can rely on your expertise to pick from more than 30 popular fashions. Or, why not turn over a new leaf? Be creative and see how they react. They’re a demanding bunch, so if you miss an appointment, you’ll hear about it-on your Wii Message Board. If you do a good job, you may receive a gift or even a postcard from an exotic destination as your happy customers travel to distant lands and show off their exquisite coifs.

Virtual Console

Super Punch-Out!! (Super NES™, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Featuring the tight game play and humor the series is known for, this sequel to the NES™ classic sees Little Mac return to the ring with the World Video Boxing Association belt once again at stake. Slug your way through the grueling, sweat-pounding matches of the Minor, Major and World Circuits as you face off against some of Little Mac’s greatest rivals, such as Bear Hugger, Bald Bull and Super Macho Man. With a cast of new challengers waiting, do you have what it takes to identify their unique patterns and exploit their weaknesses? Go to your corner and come out fighting, but remember what Doc Louis would say: "It’s not about brawling-it’s about finesse!"

Cybernator, Alien Storm and Monster Lair Hits Wii

This week’s additions to the Virtual Console service are:

Cybernator (SNES, 1 player, rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): It is the near future. Resources are dwindling, and the major powers of the world are in dispute over territory. Pilot the Cybernator G5-E for the 95th brigade of the mechanized marines and throw yourself into the war. Get briefed before each mission to confirm your targets, and then do your best to clear each of the seven stages, freely using the suit’s equipped tools and four types of weaponry. By collecting the “power chips” left by defeated enemies, it is also possible to reinforce each weapon up to a maximum of three levels. It is left to your judgment as to whether to reinforce a specific weapon or to power up all weapons simultaneously, adding a bit of strategy to the nonstop action. The powerful background music, military-like atmosphere (look for bullet marks on the walls and the strained communication during combat) and intense story development combine to give the world of Cybernator a gritty, sci-fi feel that you won’t soon forget.

Alien Storm (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Mild Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): Shape-shifting aliens have infiltrated the city, creating chaos and panic! Fortunately, a trio of heroes called the Alien Busters has agreed to wipe out the invading creatures. The members of the team wield their own special attacks, and they unload a world of hurt on the Martian menaces from the city streets to the mother ship. Gordon, a tough guy with a bazooka, has a special gunship attack, while Karla has a flamethrower for alien crisping, though she prefers to use her special ballistic-missile attack. Finally, Slammer the robot can self-destruct at will and attacks the intruders with an electric whip and other devices. Take the aliens by storm and save your city.

Monster Lair (TurboGrafx16 CD-ROM, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone – Mild Cartoon Violence, 800 Wii Points): Join young Adam and Laura as they embark on a fantastic adventure in this comical action/shooting game. Featuring beautiful music brought to life by the power of the CD-ROM, the game consists of 14 rounds packed with cute monster enemies. Players can either play alone as Adam (or play with a friend controlling Laura) as they battle their way through round after round. The first half of each round is the action scene, where players must avoid obstacles and pits. Use your Power Boost weapons against enemies and restore your Life Force with food as you head for the gate at the end. The second half is the exhilarating shooting scene, where players must shoot down flying enemies. Take out the boss at the end to clear the round and move to the next one.

Kirby Super Star on DS

From Japan comes word that Nintendo has announced Kirby Super Star for the DS. Set for release sometime next year in the country, the 8-in-1 Super NES funpack will be ported to the handheld, with a couple of additions, though those weren’t detailed.

The game, as expected, lets players take on the role of Kirby, who is partnered with a foe-turned-friend sidekick for the majority of the game. It will allow a second player to join in as a buddy, with each player having a different move-set.

Super Metroid Hits Wii VC

Three new retro games are headed for the Wii Shop Channel this week. Here’s the scoop:

Super Metroid (Super NES, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild Violence, 800 Wii Points): The Space Pirates, merciless agents of the evil Mother Brain, have stolen the last Metroid from a research station, and once again Mother Brain threatens the safety of the galaxy. Samus Aran must don her awesome array of high-tech weaponry to retrieve the deadly Metroid hidden deep within the cave-riddled planet Zebes. Super Metroid features excellent graphics, with a huge variety of enemies and worlds to explore. The side-view action will be familiar to many players, only now there are new weapons and items, including the Grappling Beam, which allows Samus to swing across large chasms, and the X-Ray Scope, which reveals secret passages.

Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master (Sega Genesis, 1 player, rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older – Animated Blood, Fantasy Violence, 800 Wii Points): In this thrilling sequel to The Revenge of Shinobi, Joe Musashi finds that Neo Zeed – the crime syndicate he believed he had wiped out two years earlier – is indeed still alive and well. The return of Neo Zeed and its leader, the mysterious Shadow Master, forces Musashi to return from exile and confront the growing evil. As the Shinobi, the master of long-forgotten Oboro Ninjitsu martial arts, Musashi must utilize all his powers to overcome his various enemies. Thanks to his considerable combat skills and special Ninjitsu moves, only the Shinobi can thwart Neo Zeed and vanquish the Shadow Master.

Neutopia (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 600 Wii Points): In this action role-playing game, you take control of a brave boy who sets off on a journey to rescue the kidnapped princess and reclaim the eight medallions that were stolen by the evil demon, Dirth. You’ll need to rely on your magic compass and information you’ve gathered to find entrances to labyrinths and defeat the bosses in them. Solve puzzles, avoid traps, move blocks and destroy walls to uncover secret rooms in the labyrinths. Carefully use your map to uncover hidden treasure and powerful equipment. Travel the land, underground, sea and sky on your quest to recover the medallions. With a save function, the right difficulty level and a system that doesn’t include experience points, this is truly an RPG that anyone can enjoy.

Kirby and Crush Heads to Virtual Console

This week’s European Virtual Console releases are Kirby’s Ghost Trap (SNES) and Devil’s Crush (TurboGrafx). Here’s the deal:

First up this week is Kirby’s Ghost Trap, originally available on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1995. Players must battle Kirby’s adversaries by strategically stacking and blending fast paced, colour-coded blobs! These blobs form huge chain reactions which in turn will cause a plethora of ghosts to fall on your opponent! With 16 levels of fast-paced action and familiar enemies from the Kirby universe to defeat, this is one puzzle game you don’t want to miss! Kirby’s Ghost Trap™ is available on Virtual Console this week for 800 Wii Points.

Get those fingers ready to flip as pinball simulation game Devil’s Crush makes its way onto the Virtual Console. Originally released for Turbografx in 1990, Devil’s Crush is the sequel to the successful Alien Crush. The fast-paced game sees players using the Devil Shooter to propel a ball onto a pinball board and using flippers to keep it in play and rack up a high score. After successfully completing certain conditions, up to six different bonus stages can be unlocked! Set against a ghoulish backdrop with ominous wandering enemies, this pinball game will flip your paddles! Devil’s Crush is available for download for 600 Wii Points.

Metroid and Street Fighter Hitting Virtual Console in Europe

This week’s European Virtual console offerings include Metroid (NES), Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting (SNES) and Silent Debuggers (TurboGrafx). Here’s the deal:

Metroid, originally available back in 1987 for the Nintendo Entertainment System, is a combination of action adventure and platform shooter, players assume the role of Samus Aran, a space bounty hunter, who is set the mission of saving the universe from the spread of ‘Metroids’, the most dangerous creatures in the galaxy. Using Samus’s trademark Morph Ball ability, players must search every nook and cranny of the planet Zebes and defeat the leader of the Space Pirates, Mother Brain, to restore peace to the galaxy once more. Available for 500 Wii Points, Metroid is out of this world and available now on Virtual Console.

Next up on Virtual Console this week is the much-loved Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting for Super Nintendo. Following the highly successful Capcom title Street Fighter II, Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting, originally released in 1993, boasts faster game play than its predecessor, as well as new and upgraded moves for each of the fighters. It also gives players the opportunity to fight as powerful bosses including Sagat, Balrog and M. Bison! So make sure your moves are ready for ultimate combat as Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting launches on the Virtual Console for 800 Wii Points!

A must have for this week is Silent Debuggers This unique first-person action adventure, released on Turbografx in 1991, is set in a time when space has been conquered and peace prevails. However, small criminal factions, known as ‘Bugs’, threaten the new found harmony. As the latest recruit of a crack team of ‘Debuggers’, players must explore the highly dangerous space station ‘Gane’, a place no Debugger has ever visited and returned from! This nail biting adventure is yours for 600 Wii Points!

Virtual Console Launch Lineup for Wii

Bomberman TurboGrafx-16 CoverNintendo as well as Sega and Hudson Soft have announced their launch plans for Wii’s Virtual Console service, which will allow gamers to buy retro games for a price. The full launch lineup is below:


  • Mario Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Ice Hockey
  • Pinball
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Urban Champion
  • Wario’s Woods
  • Baseball
  • Solomon’s Key


  • F-Zero
  • SimCity

Nintendo 64:

  • Super Mario 64

Sega Genesis:

  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Altered Beast
  • Golden Axe
  • Columns
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Space Harrier II
  • Toe Jam & Earl
  • Ristar
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine


  • Bonk’s Adventure
  • Super Star Soldier
  • Victory Run
  • Bomberman ’93
  • Dungeon Explorer

In the pricing department, Sega Genesis titles will go for 800 Wii Points ($8), N64 for 1000 ($10), TurboGrafx-16 for 600 ($6), and NES and SNES at 500 ($5) and 800 ($8), respectively.