EU VC Releases: Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa and Dig Dug

Finally breaking the annoying pattern which has been going on the past few months, Nintendo of Europe has not only released WiiWare games today. They've released both Virtual Console AND WiiWare games!

On the Virtual Console you can now pick up two more imports.

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa is a platformer from the brilliant minds at Konami. It stars the baby prince Upa, who must travel through seven crazy worlds to rescue his kingdom from the demon Zai. The game is simple to understand and fun to play (After all, it is a platformer!), but offers a surprisingly challenging difficulty level. While Upa was most likely meant to become a series, Konami never made a sequel. Upa did, however, appear in a few other Konami games as a playable character, including two Parodius games.

Dig Dug should need no introduction. If you don't know what this game is about you shouldn't call yourself a gamer! Nevertheless, you play as Taizo Hori, a digger who has to tunnel through the Earth and eliminate the monsters within. He can do this by dropping boulders on them, or by sticking a pump into them and inflating them until they pop. The game is extremely simple at first, but as it is an arcade game, you can expect the usual stuff - Enemies will begin speeding up in later rounds up to a point where it's nearly impossible to win. The game is a classic, no doubt - But it's been rereleased so many times (Maybe even more than Pac-Man) that this VC release (With an additional 100 points because it's an import, no less) seems a bit unnecessary.

As mentioned above, this is also the first week in Europe since the launch of WiiWare that both new Virtual Console and new WiiWare games are available. On WiiWare you can get Critter Round-Up, a Qix-esque game released elsewhere a few months ago, and MaBoShi: The Three Shape Arcade, which seems to be a quirky puzzler involving three shapes (Circles, sticks and squares). WiiWare World has the scoop, as usual!