Wii: Virtual Console – Friday August 8th, 2008

This week, Friday August 8 2008, Europe got four new Virtual Console games to download on Wii. This includes on of my C64 favourites titles, Pitstop 2. I never owned a Commodoere 64, but played Pitstop II with family and friends

Ecco Jr.
Mega Drive – 1985 – Sega – actio/adventure – 1 player – 800 points – age 3+

The aquatic adventure of Ecco come to life for a younger generation of gamers! Perfect for kids, Ecco Jr. finds our young hero heading out to sea with a varietu of task he mist perform in order to get there.

Along with his friends Tara the bay orca and Kitnee the young Atlantic dolphin, Ecco Jr. will interact with sea lions. sehoreses and other wauatic life as he makes his journey to the Big Blue.

Introduce your kids to the classic series of Ecco the Dolphin titles by downloading Ecoo Jr. today!

Pitstop II
Commodore 64 – 1984 – Commodore Gaming – racing – 1-2 players – 500 points – age 3+

Pitstop II was the first racing game that brought the thrill of battling an opponent, the lead out oon the track and the supsense of struggling to be the first out of the pits to the computer screen. Third-person graphics and a split-screen display alloed up to two players to experience the challenge of car racing head-to-head.

Six of the world’s toughest race tracks are waiting, from Brands Hatch and its hairpin turns to the mile-long straight of Vallelunga. You can practise against the computer, but nothing will compare to the full racing against another person. That’s the whole story behind Pitstop II. It’s simple – car racing was never meant to be a solo sport!

Samurai Shodown 2
NeoGeo – 1994 – D4 Enterprise – fighting – 1-2 players – 900 points – age 12+

Grab your katana and get ready to unleash your samurai skills on your opponents!

Released in 1994, Samurai Shodown 2 is commonly regarded as one of SNK’s finest games. The Popular rage system from the first game makers a return, with the addition of special techniques that can break the opponent’s weapon and force the opponent to fight unarmed.

Gameplay has been greatly expanded since the first game and players can employ a wide range of movement including forward and backward rolls, plus a groundbreaking parry system. New characters and some of the most thriling beat’em up action around combine to make an utter classic.

Splatterhouse 2
Mega Drive – 1992 – Sega – action – 1 player – 800 points – 12+

Splatterhouse 2, released only on the Sega Mega Drive, is the sequel to the popular Splatterhouse. It was one of the first games to have truly violent content.

A few months after escaping the first masnion in Splatterhouse, Rick once again encounters the Terror Mask, and must use its powers to rescue his beloved Jennifer. Rick will need to punch, slash, smash and chainsaw his way through waves of unpseakable horros and terrifying bosses, navigating a gruesomely haunted mansion in order to rescue his girlfriend and escape with his life!