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Written by Thomas "CigDangle" Balistreri   
Monday, 09 June 2008

[News] [Retro] [Wii]

The Wii Shop Channel Update is an interesting one this week, and includes an import title.

Wii Ware

My Pokemon Ranch
1 player · Rated E · 1,000 Points · Nintendo

My Pokémon Ranch
allows players to transfer up to 1,000 of their Pokémon from Diamond and Pearl to a ranch run by a woman, named Yukari, (a friend of Bebe running the PC box system in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl). Here, they can view their Pokémon (rendered in 3D) while using their Miis to interact with them.

Players do not need to own Pokémon Diamond and Pearl to play My Pokémon Ranch. Players without the Nintendo DS game will be given 6 starter Pokémon (including a Pikachu, Riolu, Mudkip, Turtwig, Magikarp, and Staravia), and will be given a new Pokémon at the start of each day.

Additionally, each day Yukari will give the player requests for certain Pokémon not in the player's Pokédex to be added to the ranch, along with clues on where to find them in Diamond and Pearl. It has also been confirmed that you can obtain a special Mew and Phione through a trade. Upon fulfilling these requests, the player will gain new items such as a bell that calls the Pokémon to the player. Yukari can also trade certain Pokémon she already has in her possession. Eventually, adding more Pokémon to the ranch unlocks new features to the game and expands the ranch.


Virtual Console

Dig Dug - NESDig Dug
NES · 1-2 Players · Rated ? · 600 points · Namco · 1985

The objective of Dig Dug is to eliminate underground-dwelling monsters. This can be done by inflating them until they pop or by dropping rocks on them. There are two kinds of enemies in the game: Pookas, round red monsters (said to be modeled after tomatoes) who wear yellow goggles, and Fygars, green dragons who can breathe fire. The player's character is Dig Dug, dressed in white and blue, and able to dig tunnels. Dig Dug is killed if he is caught by a Pooka, burned by a Fygar's fire, or crushed by a rock.

It takes four 'pumps' with the player's action button to inflate a monster until it bursts. If left partially inflated, the monster will deflate and recover after a few seconds, but half-inflating is a useful way to stun an enemy for a few moments, especially to make sure it remains in the path of a falling rock. You can also pass through the enemy while he is deflating.


Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa
NES · 1 Player · Rated ? · 600 points · Konami · 1993

"Upa is the prince of a magical kingdom and the most recent in a line of brave fighters. One day, though, he broke an urn containing the spirit of Zai, an incredibly evil goatish demon who takes the life force of the kingdom's adults and kidnaps all the babies - except for Upa, who is given a magical rattle by a fairy who was trapped in the urn along with Zai. And so, in order to save his kingdom, Upa crawls into action..."

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