Three new titles have been released on the Wii's Virtual Console. Hello Pokemon Puzzle League, goodbye weekend.
For those who aren't familiar the game first came out on N64 and is much like Panel de Pon, released in the West as Tetris Attack. You have to match coloured blocks to make them disappear, but they rise from beneath rather than fall from above.
The twist for this version is the Pokemon branding plus, as everyone who's every played it knows, a theme song which ostensibly has no lyrics but which creates vibrations inside your brain that say, "Nothing else exists, you don't really need a job, yes it's 5am, but money is meaningless, we are all just matter." Priced at 1000 points (GBP 7 / EUR 10).
Then there are two Neo Geo titles up for grabs. Samurai Showdown is arguably one of SNK's best fighting games, featuring weapon-based combat and a fous on single strikes rather than long-winded combos. It's yours for 900 points (GBP 6.30 / EUR 9).
Burning Fight will be familiar to anyone who's played Streets of Rage and/or Final Fight, which are already available on the VC for 800 points a pop. Here you get to batter men in ripped denim all over again, but at a price of 900 points (GBP 6.30 / EUR 9).