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Wii Shop Channel Monday Update – Ogre Battle and Board Game

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This week we see two releases on the Wii Shop channel. On WiiWare, we’re getting Family & Friends Party (couldn’t be just a bit more creative?), which is a board game that features interactive challenges. The developer’s company name is ‘Gammick Entertainment’, but probably should just change that ‘a’ to an ‘i’.

On the Virtual Console, one of the first RPG/Strategy hybrids Ogre Battle: March of the Black Queen will be releasing. This cult hit back on the SNES, is one of the most challenging games I’ve ever played. If you decided to download and play it, may god have mercy on your soul. Because this game certainly won’t.

And here’s the press release for both games…

In like a lamb and out like a lion, or vice-versa? Whether March finds you digging out from a late-winter blizzard or reeling in the spring thaw, the fun is both mild and wild at the Wiiâ„¢ Shop Channel. Even the littlest lambs in your household can take part in a cool new family-friendly WiiWareâ„¢ game, while strategy-loving gamers will be roaring like lions as they battle evil foes in a classic Virtual Consoleâ„¢ title.

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 Pointsâ„¢ to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week’s new games are:

WiiWare

Family & Friends Party (Gammick Entertainment, 1-8 players, Rated E for Everyone, 1,000 Wii Points): Have fun with all your friends and family as you take on some very exciting challenges. This is an interactive board game for as many as eight players of all ages. The goal is to be the first to complete a series of challenges. During each turn, a challenge will be played by one or two players per team depending on the type of challenge you’ve been given. (Other players on your team can still help and support you). There are six different “Single” challenges that must be played cooperatively by members of the same team. Family & Friends Party can also suggest “Versus” challenges, which must be played competitively by all teams at the same time.

Virtual Console

Ogre Battleâ„¢: The March of the Black Queenâ„¢ (Super NESâ„¢, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): It’s up to you to defeat the Empire. It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since the Zetegenian Empire first conquered the Kingdoms of Zenobia with a wrath of fear and bloodshed. You are the leader of a band of rebels who’ve fought to preserve the last shred of honor in this desperate time of treachery. Manage the ranks of a full-blown rebel army, complete with hundreds of characters, magic items, weapons and mystical Tarot cards. You must succeed in ousting the evil usurpers-your fate, and that of the entire population, depends on it.

Super Punch-Out & Ogre Battle Coming To The Virtual Console

Virtual Console release

The ESRB has lately become the place to keep an eye out for suspecting releases for the Virtual Console. Every game being re-released on the Virtual Console has to be re-rated in order for it to be available on the service. This makes it so that we get to know which games Nintendo plans to release in the future.

Recently, the ESRB had Super Punch-Out!, and Ogre Battle reviewed and rated for release. It will be interesting to see if Super Punch-Out! is launched alongside the Wii release of Punch-Out!.

Both of these titles bring pieces of greatness on the SNES to the VC. Super Punch-Out! was a masterful upgrade in the Punch-Out! series, updating the graphics and presenting a better sense of speed than its predecessor. I haven’t played Ogre Battle since it was originally released, but I remember it being a very unique take on the Sim-RPG genre. Both games will undoubtedly be worth your Wii Points, so keep an eye out for their release.

[via: NintendoWiiFanboy]