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WiiWare & Virtual Console Mondays!

Well, the excitement of last week has waned; GDC is over and we’ve got all the news we can out of it. Also, bracketology has claimed millions of victims by now, myself included. Pile all of that on top of it being a Monday and you could have easily decided to pull a sick day and lay in bed until noon. Luckily though, Nintendo never takes a sick day!

This week the Virtual Console is dropping the mouth watering Super Punch-Out!! That’s right, starting this week you can battle it out with Bald Bull or Super Macho Man. The smash hit sequel is timed perfectly with the new Punch-Out!! hitting store shelves in just over a month. Super Punch-Out!! is available today and can be yours for 800 points.

WiiWare is unleashing a completely different type of game in Bonsai Barber. The title was developed by the Zoonami team and utilizes the Wii system clock to give you five customers per day. These aren’t your ordinary customers, they are wacky plants!! Using the WiiMote as a pointer you will cut these plants’ hair in the style they desire. Or, you could do it how you wish and hope they like it. The Zoonami team is headed by Martin Hollis who brought us GoldenEye 64 so, this title may pass on shear name factor alone. You can play Bonsai Barber with up to 4 players locally. The game is available today and will cost you 1000 points. For more information read the full Nintendo press release below.

WII-KLY UPDATE: “THE FAREWELL EDITION”

March 30, 2009

In this farewell edition of the Wii-kly Update (more on that below*), we’re pleased to announce a pair of excellent games based around completely opposite vocations. Newly available on the Virtual Console™ is Super Punch Out!! ™, the classic boxing title that pits players against tough pugilist rivals such as Bald Bull. Speaking of baldness, the unique new WiiWare™ game Bonsai Barber™ invites players to take off the gloves and work their clippers instead, giving new hairstyles to a colorful cast of fruits and vegetables. Both are yours for the downloading via the Wii™ Shop Channel.

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:

WiiWare

Bonsai Barber (Nintendo, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone-Comic Mischief, 1,000 Wii Points): The village residents are hungry for the latest in foliage fashion, and it’s up to you, the new barber, to fix them up. Use the tools of your trade: scissors, clippers, spray can, and more in this humorous, first-of-its-kind “first-person-groomer” game. Bonsai Barber features a colorful cast of 12 intriguing customers, including a temperamental shallot starlet (don’t call her an onion), an oddball strawberry boffin, a cactus cowboy, a daredevil carrot, and a suave banana with top-secret clearance. Each day, five customers arrive to test your stylistic skill. If the customer requests a specific style, you’ll plow that furrow, or you can rely on your expertise to pick from more than 30 popular fashions. Or, why not turn over a new leaf? Be creative and see how they react. They’re a demanding bunch, so if you miss an appointment, you’ll hear about it-on your Wii Message Board. If you do a good job, you may receive a gift or even a postcard from an exotic destination as your happy customers travel to distant lands and show off their exquisite coifs.

Virtual Console

Super Punch-Out!! (Super NES™, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone, 800 Wii Points): Featuring the tight game play and humor the series is known for, this sequel to the NES™ classic sees Little Mac return to the ring with the World Video Boxing Association belt once again at stake. Slug your way through the grueling, sweat-pounding matches of the Minor, Major and World Circuits as you face off against some of Little Mac’s greatest rivals, such as Bear Hugger, Bald Bull and Super Macho Man. With a cast of new challengers waiting, do you have what it takes to identify their unique patterns and exploit their weaknesses? Go to your corner and come out fighting, but remember what Doc Louis would say: “It’s not about brawling-it’s about finesse!”