News: The Force is strong with the Virtual Console.
Nintendo has announced they've partnered with LucasArts to and plan to bring the company's classic games to the Virtual Console. This alliance will launch with LucasArts' first Super NES, Super Star Wars, which was added to the Virtual Console today. In the coming weeks, Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi will also be added to Nintendo's retro service. LucasArts plans to release additional games on the Virtual Console sometime in the future, but they did not say which of their classic titles will get the VC treatment (come on, Zombies Ate My Neighbors!).
Star Wars will extend further into Nintendo's Wii empire with appearance on the Check Mii Out Channel and the Everybody Votes Channel. Check Mii Out users will be invited to create their best Star Wars-inspired Miis while Everybody Votes users will settle the debate once and for all... who shot first: Han Solo or Greedo?
In addition to Super Star Wars, two WiiWare titles were added to the Wii Shop today: NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
, a game with a mythological twist, and Rock N' Roll Climber
, a rock climbing game from Nintendo that optionally uses the Balance Board.
A new DSiWare game was added the DSiWare Shop this week as well. Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters
brings more Brain Age to the DSi, this time with an artistic focus.
For more on all of these games, check out the descriptions provided by Nintendo below.
Super Star Wars
E (Everyone) - Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Risk your life as a Jedi Knight. Join Luke, Han and Chewbacca in their fierce war against the Evil Empire. Battle treacherous aliens. Pilot two vehicles in high-speed, first-person 3-D sequences. Rip through the desert in Luke's landspeeder. Clash with aliens in the Mos Eisley Cantina. Blast menacing boss monsters and Imperial stormtroopers. Attack TIE fighters in the trenches of the Death Star. Fight your way through the wastelands of Tatooine to the hostile streets of Mos Eisley and beyond. Grab your blaster, strap on your lightsaber and take on the fight for galactic freedom.
NyxQuest: Kindred Spirits
Over The Top Games
E (Everyone) - Mild Fantasy Violence
1,000 Wii Points
Experience the awesome story of Nyx, an enigmatic winged girl who must descend from heaven in search of her missing friend, Icarus. Fly over the ruins of ancient Greece and avoid falling into blazing sands or perishing in the claws of cruel harpies and hydras. You will need the help of Zeus and other benevolent gods from Olympus to summon their powers. They will let you cast rays, modify the scenery and control winds as you wish. By making your own wrist movements and pointing to the game screen, you will be able to achieve these and many other feats. Fly, aim and shoot using your Wii Remote? controller. Play with a friend and maximize your abilities: While one controls Nyx, the other will control the powers from the gods.
Rock N' Roll Climber
800 Wii Points
Prepare to "rock out" like never before in Rock N' Roll Climber. Climb rocks using the innovative control scheme, which has you controlling your character's movement using the Wii Remote and Nunchuk? controllers. If you want an even more immersive experience, optional support for the Wii Balance Board? is also available. Make your way up an array of courses, ranging from the Pop level's indoor rock wall to the Heavy Metal level's waterfalls (watch out for those moss-covered rocks - they're slick). In addition to the sense of accomplishment you'll feel upon reaching the top, you might just be rewarded with your own guitar.
Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters
E (Everyone) - Mild Language
800 Nintendo DSi Points
This edition of the popular Brain Age series offers players a mix of new and familiar exercises, all with an artistic focus. Test your spelling in Word Attack, enjoy literary classics in Reading Aloud and tune your musical skills in Piano Player. A new Themes mode challenges you in drawing, photography and voice acting and lets you share your creativity with friends and family. And if you need a break, the always-enjoyable Virus Buster makes its return. Prepare for another round of training your brain in minutes a day.