Otaku USA Magazine
Virtual Boy: 6/23/08

I wasn’t sure if I should start mentioning Wiiware titles every time I post about a Virtual Console update, but since they’ve been falling in line with the Monday release schedules, they shall remain! It’s bizarrely appropriate, too, especially considering the early proliferation of shooters on the service, possibly mirroring the insane amount of both horizontal and vertical shooters on Virtual Console. The trend continues this week with the lone Wiiware release of:

Gyrostarr (High Voltage Software – 700 Wii Points)

Another shooter hits the system, but this one’s a bit different than stuff like Star Soldier R that we’ve been getting on Wiiware. Gyrostarr is a 3D tube shooter, which means it more than likely controls like Tempest or Konami’s Gyruss. That’s just speculation on my part, though, as I’ve only seen video and screenshots, but I’d like to take it for a spin sometime. 7 bucks isn’t too much to ask, especially if the multiplayer features-which have up to four players either cooperating for attacks or competing for power-ups-are as solid as they sound. If you’re interested, check out the quick video on IGN’s preview page. Now, on to the Virtual Console lineup for this week. It’s a one-two punch of old school action; one for the kiddies and one for the burliest of burly beat-em-up fans.

Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Sega Master System – 500 Wii Points)

I didn’t find out until a few years ago that the Alex Kidd games aren’t as popular as I remember them being. I didn’t even play them much as a kid, but I had a strange, inexplicable fondness for the little lad and his whimsically colorful adventures. With that in mind, maybe I shouldn’t attempt to revisit his “world of miracles,” leaving this in the corner of my mind with the other installments. The box art is awesome.

BURNING FIGHT (Neo Geo – 900 Wii Points)

Now this is right up my alley, perhaps more so because it sounds like any number of Dragon Ball Z episode titles. As a beat-em-up, it admittedly looks pretty run of the mill and generic. That doesn’t change the fact that I love the genre, and could pretty much take any chunk of time out of my day, dedicate it to burning through one of these games, and have the time of my life.

Judge for yourself.