Wii: Donkey Kong Country 3 – VC game on December 25, 2007

Virtual Console in Europe was updated yesterday, December 25, with Donkey Kong Country 3.

Since it’s Christmas, I’m at my parents house, and didn’t bring my Wii. So I have to wright the usual game info next year, when I’m back at my own place.

UPDATET January 3, 2008

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s double Trouble
Super Nintendo – 1996 by Nintendo – platformer – 1-2 players – 800 points – age 3+

Doneky Kong and Diddy have been captured by the Kremlings! So it’s up to Dixie Kong to team up with new sidekick Kiddy to save the day.

In the third and final chapter of the Donkey Kong Country trilogy, take control of Dixie and Kiddy and use their unique abilities to traverse the treacherous terrain, seek out the elusive Banana Birds, and ultimately defeat the Kremling’s mysterious new master, KAOS.

Featuring familiar and all-new animal buddies, two-plaer team and contest modes, and even more impresssive computer-modelled graphics, Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble is trouble the fun!

In-game text can be set to English, german or French.

PS3: Folding@Home updated to v1.3

Earlier this week, Folding@Home on PS3 was updated to v1.3. Here’s the update (taken from PlayStation.Blog):

If you happen to be one of the people that wants to leave their machine running after they finished their late-night gaming session, but wish to shut it down after a limited period of time, we have a great tip for you:

  • Go to Settings menu, select Automatic Shutdown and then After Current. You will see a little clock appearing on the top right hand corner of the screen. When this clock reaches zero, the machine will power off completely so you can sleep quietly through the night. In this option the machine will power off after sending the data back to Stanford University so your contribution to the project is maximized.
  • You may also choose to shut down after a limited period of time (for example, 3 or 4 hours). To do that choose the Automatic Shutdown option and click on the “In 01h:00m” timer. You will now be able to change the timer settings. After rotating the timer to a new time, you should now see your selected timer appear at the top right corner of the screen. This timer will count all the way down to 0 and then power off the system.
  • To disable active timer at any time, go to Settings, choose Automatic Shutdown and then Disable.
  • To activate the music player select Music and then a channel. The channels are automatically populated with songs you have stored on your Hard Disk Drive! For holiday music I prefer to choose Dramatic (yeah!) and voila – music is playing.
  • If you wish to skip to another track, just use a combination of X + left or right arrow. You can also change the channel by choosing X + up or down arrow. Happy listening!
  • To stop music from playing, select Music again from the main menu and choose “disable.”
  • Your music playback selection will be saved between consecutive runs of Folding@home.

Xbox 360: XBLA – SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam – Wednesday, December 26 2007

On December 26, SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam is hitting Xbox Live Arcade.

SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam

SpongeBob SquarePants Underpants Slam! is a fast-paced, side-scrolling multiplayer slapstick collect ‘em-up, set deep in the ocean. An incredibly powerful storm current has disrupted a Royal Laundry shipment of the undergarments of Neptune, Lord of the Sea, and has spread his unmentionables across the bottom of the ocean. Neptune now calls upon all the commonfish to collect his lost undergarments, and fix this “delicate” situation. He’s offered a bounteous reward to the sea creature who collects the most bloomers!

  • All the popular characters: Play as all your favorite characters from the animated series, including SpongeBob SquarePants, Patrick Star, Eugene Krabs, Sandy Cheeks, and Sheldon Plankton.
  • Visit familiar environs: Search the kitchens of the Krusty Krab, visit the Flying Dutchman’s ship, and explore the depths of the all-new Armoury of Atlantis for rare pairs of pants.
  • Wild arcade action: It’s every sea creature for him or herself! Use your character’s slapstick moves to knock down and slow your opponents, and gain special powers from pickups that allow you to move at super speed, hit twice as hard, or even steal pants from other players!
  • Single player modes: Take on the tricky Time Attack Mode where beating the clock means everything, or engage in the full Quest Mode, where you must collect 99 pairs of Neptune’s underpants to win the game.
  • Multiplayer game modes: Play Tag Mode, and avoid being “it” at Bikini Bottom. Play with a friend offline or take it online to Xbox LIVE® Arcade with up to four players

Wii: Virtual Conosle games – Europe – Friday December 21, 2007

Europe got three new Virtual Console games today, Friday, December 21 2007.

Blades of Steel
NES – 1990 by Konami – sports/ice hockey – 1-2 players – 500 points – age 7+

With sharpened blades and a lethal stick, you slash into a rink surrounded by thousands of screaming fans. It’s time for full-speed, high-contact hockey, the kind of bone jarring action played by the pros. The puck is dropped, you take control, center it and … Whoa! Your opponent viciously checks you from behind, making an incredible steal. You charge after him, crushing him against the boards. uddenly tempers flare, off come the gloves, and you’re swinging fists like a prize fighter! What action! This hard-hitting NES classic also features simultaneous play for two players – and you can even play goalie in the slap-shooting penalty scenes!

So strap on your Blades of Steel – and imagine those immortal words: “hes shoots, he scores!”

Monster Lair
Turbografx – 1990 by Hudson Soft – action/shooter – 1-2 players – 800 points – age 7+

Join young Adam and Laura as they embark on a fantastic adventure in this comical action-shooting game! You can either play alone as Adam, or play together with a friend controlling Laura.

The game consist of 12 Rounds, each consisting of two Scenes. First is the Action Scene, where you must use your Power Boost Weapons against cute monster enemies while avoiding obstacles and pits as you head for the gate at the end. This followed by the exhilarating Shooting Scene, a side scrolling shoot ‘em up where you shoot down flying enemies and tjae out the monstrous end boss to clear the Round!

As well as cute, colourful graphics, Monster Lair features an acclaimed music score, reproduced exactly as it was on the original CD-ROM game.

Skate or Die
NES – 1990 by Konami – action/sports – 1-2 players – 500 points – age 3+

Hop on your board and take part in five extreme skate events!

The Downhill events include a normal Race and the dangerous Jam, a wild ride through the back alleys of town. Points are all that matter in Freestyle, so hit the ramp and perform as many tricks as you can. In highjump, try to jump as high as you can. Can you earn a place in the hall of fame? If you want to take a reak from racing and score-bursting, grab a Bopper (pugil stick) and take on your opponent in the unique Joust! (Don’t try this at home!)

You can play alone or challenge a friend in all of the events in this NES classic. So get ready for skating action like you’e never seen before!