Metal Slug has some of the best 2D graphics ever seen.

Metal Slug needs no introduction amongst most hardcore gamers. The series is basically a wackier version of the Contra series, with honestly amazing spritework and catchy music. It's also even more fast-paced than Konami's shooter. The series got extremely popular in arcades, but since then has trailed off a little in quality. There is an upcoming new entry in the series headed for the DS.

Since it's the Hanabi Festival there's also three more imports. Cho Aniki leads the bunch if you ask us. You should know the Japanese can be wacky sometimes, but Cho Aniki will probably take your view of that to a whole new level. The muscle men Samson and Adon, who later became the series' mascots, are only co-stars here, and the game is not even close to the level of insanity the series' later installments would have, but it's still quite crazy compared to other games. The series has received a ton of hatred over the years, but this is completely undeserved - If you can get over the strange visuals you will actually find a pretty good game. It costs 900 Wii Points.

Puyo Puyo 2 was released in the US a few months ago. While we already technically have the first Puyo Puyo on VC twice, as Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and Kirby's Avalanche/Kirby's Ghost Trap, this is the actual sequel, and as such introduces a whole lot more than the two clones did. It's arguably the best Puyo Puyo game on VC right now. It also costs 900 Wii Points.

This week's final game isn't really that interesting. Break In is a rather generic pool/billiards game. It's not bad by any means, but like some other Turbografx sports games already on VC it's rather... mediocre. Worth noting is that it's by Naxat Soft, the creators of the Crush pinball series.

This is easily one of the best updates so far in this year, if you ask us! Will you get over your fears and try out Cho Aniki or not?