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'Secret Of Mana', 'World Of Goo' Hits The Wii
Posted By: John Manalang - Monday, October 13, 2008 11:01 AM

Retro goodness mixes in with a new substance this week with new releases for the WiiWare/Virtual Console. SquareSoft's classic RPG tale, Secret of Mana (800 Wii points), arrives at the Virtual Console while World of Goo (1,500 Wii Points), announced at the recent Nintendo Media Summit, makes its debut for the WiiWare.

Joining Secret of Mana is also another classic--Capcom's Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition. Hit the jump for the full release.

Armchair physicists rejoice! The hotly anticipated award-winning World of Goo™ makes its WiiWare™ debut this week, inviting players to build infinitely fascinating structures out of Goo and uncover the mystery behind the World of Goo Corporation. Other cool additions to the Wii Shop Channel™ this week include Art Style™: CUBELLO™, the second installment in Nintendo's Art Style series, and a pair of classics for the Virtual Console™: SECRET OF MANA™ and STREET FIGHTER™ II': SPECIAL CHAMPION EDITION. Fun offerings like these are sure to heat up your October, no matter how low the autumn temperatures may go.

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii™ owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points™ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week's new games are:


World of Goo (2D Boy, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone—Comic Mischief, 1,500 Wii Points): World of Goo is an award-winning, physics-based puzzle/construction game made entirely by two guys. Grab living, squirming, talking globs of goo to build structures, bridges, cannonballs, zeppelins and giant tongues. The millions of Goo Balls that live in the beautiful World of Goo are curious to explore—but they don't know that they are in a game, or that they are extremely delicious. World of Goo Corporation is contractually obligated to state that everyone is a winner, and is enthusiastic to celebrate everyone's Goo building opportunities equally.

Art Style: CUBELLO (Nintendo, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 600 Wii Points): Art Style: CUBELLO mixes the strategy and feel of a traditional puzzle game with the precision and reflexes required in a shooter. As each stage begins, various colored cubes form into one large object called a Cubello, which floats and rotates as you play. Launch additional cubes from your magazine and try to connect four or more of the same color, removing them from the Cubello and eventually leaving only its core. Take on the challenge of either Stage or Endless mode and watch what happens when Bonus Time is activated. The straightforward controls and goal ensure that anyone can play, while offering enough depth that even advanced players will find themselves quickly addicted to the unique world of Art Style: CUBELLO.

Virtual Console

SECRET OF MANA (Super NES™, 1-3 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and Older—Mild Fantasy Violence, Mild Suggestive Themes, 800 Wii Points): Good and evil battle for a young warrior's heart. There is one force in the universe that keeps good and evil in perfect balance. It is called the tree of Mana. But a magic sword has tricked a young warrior into upsetting this balance, spreading evil throughout the land. Thus, the warrior must undertake a dangerous journey to find the seeds of the Mana tree, which have been hidden for centuries. Only then can perfect harmony be restored. In this incredible adventure, things are not as they seem. Magic swords release evil as well as fight it. Treasure chests hold booby traps. Monsters are friends and friends are enemies. Potions give power, black magic takes it away. Dragons fly, weapons change. It's a world turned upside down that you must help the warrior make right. And the only way to succeed is to solve the Secret of Mana.

STREET FIGHTER II': SPECIAL CHAMPION EDITION (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, Rated T for Teen—Violence, 800 Wii Points): STREET FIGHTER II': SPECIAL CHAMPION EDITION was the first STREET FIGHTER game released for the Sega Genesis console. The STREET FIGHTER series can be considered one of the first fighting games to popularize competitive video game fighting. This version of the game contains both the CHAMPION and HYPER rule sets, from the two editions released in the arcades. It also introduced an exclusive Group Battle mode that is now a general feature in most fighting games. Play as one of 12 different characters, each with their own distinctive fighting style. Try single-player mode or challenge a friend in this legendary, classic fighting game.


Posted by pakodoom - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 8:28 AM
p.s. mudy..

where do you get that impression? PS3 magazine weekly? seriously.. nintendo is the top dog right now! please, no nintendog puns.

but far in there is your head? you must be reaching the point of exiting your own mouth soon.

Posted by pakodoom - Tuesday, October 14, 2008 8:22 AM
i think mudearies just can't handle the classic games.. i don't know about any of the other virtual console games but i'm dumbstruck.. how did i beat splatterhouse when i was 8 and can't even get past the 3rd level now that i'm 25?

seriously though mud, virtual console and wiiware games are TOTALLY worth owning a wii for. i've spent more than $100 on these games and they were all worth it, i've got almost all my childhood favorites. as for the wii ware i think you're confused as to what those games are.. every wii ware game i've played (minus flash ports like castle defender or whatever) are very new and very innovative, hardly gamecube ports (since y'know gamecube games are playable on the wii so a port wouldn't make sense)

Posted by mudearies - Monday, October 13, 2008 10:55 PM
My wii continues to collect dust.

Posted by LucasFFXI - Monday, October 13, 2008 4:18 PM
Secret of Mana is out on the Virtual Console?? Sweeeeeeeet!!

Posted by MHael - Monday, October 13, 2008 4:03 PM
"World of Goo"? Did they make a game about my apartment?

Posted by squarewannabe - Monday, October 13, 2008 4:01 PM
I concur

Posted by blakseed - Monday, October 13, 2008 3:03 PM
One of the best RGPS ever. It's right up there with Legend Of Zelda A Link to the Past, and FF7 to me.

Posted by Mabekle - Monday, October 13, 2008 2:17 PM
Wow this is amazing i loved playing secret of mana. This is probably the best rpg ever created, cant wait to download it.

Thanks for telling me G4 =)

Posted by johhnymayhem - Monday, October 13, 2008 12:57 PM
I hate people that act like they are smarter emulating games.

I buy games because I choose to. Maybe I like playing old NES games on a TV and not my computer monitor.

Posted by GoldBlaze - Monday, October 13, 2008 12:42 PM
World of Goo = Damn Awesome

Posted by superfriar19 - Monday, October 13, 2008 12:04 PM
i agree 100%. i love the virtual console. punch out, the zelda and metriod games. now secret of mana. nice!

Posted by Myor - Monday, October 13, 2008 11:57 AM
Seriously? You think that the idea of bringing old games back to the Virtual Console is not a good idea? I think it's an AMAZING idea and I've spent a good deal of cash on the Virtual Console games to get all the games that I missed out on in my youth. The WiiWare games are also a good idea, this gives Nintendo a chance to try out new game companies that make games just for the Wii, sure some aren't all that great, but that's why I didn't buy them. Some are good and therefore were bought. If you don't like it, then don't buy the games.

Posted by adversary1999 - Monday, October 13, 2008 11:27 AM

the joke is they are murdering the market right now. I agree that some of the games they come out with are pretty weak but you can't deny the strategy. It seems that Nintendo will be focusing on "Hardcore" games for the next few years. In the mean time ports and nostalgia are driving the market.

For some reason "Hardcore" = violence. I disagree. I think hardcore games are games that have an extreme competitive edge or require devotion toward learning the game play. I think many puzzle games are hardcore games and a lot of shooters are casual.

just some thoughts.
sorry for rambling on

Posted by mudearies - Monday, October 13, 2008 11:13 AM
I bought a wii to play new and innovative games not game cube ports and 90s roms stupid nintendo do something right for once.

no wonder you are the joke in the gaming industry right now.

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