12/10/2007 Virtual Console Releases – Pokemon Snap, Ghost’n Goblins and Baseball Stars 2

The Virtual Console is taking this website full circle. I reviewed Pokemon Snap (N64) over eight years ago. Today, it is released to the Wii. Ghost’n Goblins (NES) and Baseball Stars 2 (NEOGEO) are also included in this week’s Virtual Console releases.

There’s something a little extra with this week’s addition of virual console games. Pokemon Snap has been slightly modified from its original version. An option to post Pokemon Snap pictures to the Wii Message board has been added.

Here’s the official word from Nintendo…

Pok√©mon Snap (Nintendo 64, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): As one of the most unique games in a renowned series, Pok√©mon Snap was the first truly 3-D Pok√©mon game and introduced the phenomenon to the Nintendo 64. Travel to Pok√©mon Island and meet Professor Oak to begin a safari, taking the best possible photographs of 63 different Pok√©mon as they exist in the wild, undisturbed by humans. This is not as easy as it sounds‚ÄĒthe island has many types of climates and environments to explore, along with secret activities and hidden passages to discover. Plus, some of the Pok√©mon can be a little shy and won’t pose for the camera unless you tease them with special items. After you’re done, submit one picture of each Pok√©mon to Professor Oak, and he’ll judge it based on size, pose, technique and number of Pok√©mon captured.

Ghosts’n Goblins (NES¬ģ, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone‚ÄĒMild Animated Violence, 500 Wii Points): Ghosts’n Goblins was a popular arcade game before it made the leap to the NES in 1986. Like later games in the series, Ghosts’n Goblins presents quite a challenge to players brave enough to take on the role of Arthur and delve into the realm of demons and monsters to rescue the kidnapped princess. Choose your weapons wisely and take advantage of their strengths to deal with the situation at hand. Pass through the six gates that stand between you and Astaroth, and teach him a lesson in chivalry he’ll never forget. Demonstrating a high level of technical prowess for a game of its era, Ghosts’n Goblins presents a unique and unforgettable universe. The stage for adventure is set. Are you up to the test?

BASEBALL STARS 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 900 Wii Points): Lace up your cleats and step onto the diamond with the pros of BASEBALL STARS 2 . You’ll find everything you’d expect in a classic game of baseball, but with an arcade feel and intense action that distinguish it from the pack. Pick one of six unique teams from cities around the world, then get ready for nine innings of excitement, whether you’re taking on the computer in a 15-game tournament or squaring off against a friend. There are two modes of game play, so even the most inexperienced player can compete at the major-league level (with a little computer-aided fielding). Watch as the game develops through split-screen views and close-up shots worthy of any highlight film, and see if you can catch the numerous over-the-top animations of the large and detailed player models. Think you have what it takes to win the pennant?