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As they announced on Friday, Konami has added Contra ReBirth, a retro-tinged new entry in the Contra series, to the Wii Shop Channel today. The game follows on the heels of the similarly retro-styled Gradius ReBirth. Hopefully, this is just the second in a whole series of "ReBirth" reimaginings as Konami has a ton of franchises that could use a new look at an old style of play.
Two other games will be added to the Wii Shop Channel this week. The space shooter ColorZ (which sounds a little like Ikaruga) from developer Exkee will be available for 700 Wii Points ($7). And the final part of the Super Star Wars trilogy, Super Star Wars: Super Return of the Jedi, will be added to the Virtual Console by LucasArts.
On the DSiWare front, Nintendo will be releasing Clubhouse Games Express: Family Favorites, a mini-collection of card games for up eight players.
For more on all of these games, see below.
ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and Older) - Fantasy Violence
Price: 1,000 Wii Points
Chief Salamander and his Neo-Salamander Force travel back to 1973 A.D. to invade Earth. They land in Central America and take control of the Shizuoka ruins on the Yucatan Peninsula. There, the aliens plan the destruction of all the "Contra" on Earth. The Galactic President calls on Lance Bean, a member of the elite "Contra" warriors, to save the day, but his sudden disappearance jeopardizes the safety of the planet. Now, Bill Rizer and samurai Genbei Yagyu are the last hope for Earth. They must pick up their weapons and defeat the evil Neo-Salamander Army before all is lost. Experience the fast-paced, action-packed, side-scrolling adventure that pioneered the run-and-gun genre.
E (Everyone) - Comic Mischief
700 Wii Points
With ColorZ, go forth in your spaceships on a mission to clean up virus-infested planets. Immerse yourself in a new gaming experience that will reveal mind-hand-eye coordination skills you never knew you had. Absorb viruses of your own color, but steer clear of the others. If necessary, you can cleverly merge your ships together to create new colors. Buzz past your enemies to keep your combo and clock up a new high score. Explore an extra dimension with the game's multiplayer mode and share the unique experience of cooperative play between friends. Pool your forces, synchronize your movements and become a unified team of up to three players to meet the challenge together.
Super Star Wars: Super Return of the Jedi
E (Everyone) - Fantasy Violence
800 Wii Points
Join the Rebellion and crush the Death Star in a giant universe filled with all the action and adventure of the Star Wars finale. Take command of five different characters - from Wicket the Ewok to Princess Leia - and go up against the Empire's worst, from Jabba the Hutt to the Emperor himself. You're going to need every ounce of Force you've got in you. Battle in actual movie locales, from Jabba the Hutt's palace to the Forest of Endor and the Emperor's Tower. Cross sabers with the darkest of the dark side: Bib Fortuna, Jabba the Hutt, the rancor, Darth Vader and the Emperor.
Clubhouse Games Express: Family Favorites
500 Nintendo DSi Points
Choose from five family-friendly games in this Nintendo DSiWare version of the popular Clubhouse Games. Play classic card games like Hearts and Contract Bridge; connect bones to other bones in Dominoes; think strategically in the simple but addictive Dots and Boxes; and move your pieces towards a common goal in Ludo. Play by yourself or use DS Download Play to host as many as seven friends.