USA WiiWare Update: Pirates - The Key of Dreams

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Pirates: The Key of Dreams has made it across from Europe and is up for grabs today. Sadly it didn’t impress us so much as you can read in our review, but that’s not to say you might not get some enjoyment out this game even if it is a bit short-lived.

More from Nintendo’s Wii-kly update:

Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. This week’s new games are:

Pirates: The Key of Dreams (Oxygen Games, 1-4 players, Rated E for Everyone—Mild Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): Pirates: The Key of Dreams is a frantic nautical shoot-’em-up. Sail your way across the Caribbean, cannons blazing, looting booty, running blockades and ultimately battling Blackbeard himself. The player takes control of a navy captain sent deep undercover as a ruthless pirate in order to seek out and retrieve the Key of Dreams, a valuable and dangerous cursed artifact. Rescue castaways to bolster your ship’s crew, gaining performance increases to your navigation, weaponry, structural integrity and cartography skills. Collect increasingly powerful weaponry including rockets, mines, chain shot, saw blades and a flamethrower to hurl destruction into the path of your enemies. Play against three of your scurvy friends or A.I. opponents in pitched multiplayer battles over 35 levels, set in seven themed environments. Choose from different ship types that reflect your play style. Play in turbo mode if you're pirate enough.

If this doesn’t interest you then you might want to know that the Virtual Console got two top quality Sega Genesis shoot-em-ups today in the shape of Super Fantasy Zone and Gley Lancer. If you like the genre, these are both worth a look especially as they never retailed in the USA previously.

In upcoming weeks the following WiiWare games are coming up: Pong Toss (28th July), Strong Bad: Homestar Ruiner (28th July) and Plättchen - Twist 'n' Paint (4th August). Of course none of these dates are finalised 100% yet until the big N confirm for definite, but this is the latest information we currently have.

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