It may be a federal holiday in America today, but that hasn’t stopped Nintendo from releasing to new WiiWare games and two new Virtual Console games for its normal Monday lineup. Today’s offerings are a doozy, too, as they include Dr. Mario Online RX and Metal Slug.
WiiWare actually gets two games today: Dr. Mario Online RX and Family Table Tennis. In Dr. Mario Online RX (1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points), Mario once again dons his stethoscope for a new generation of germ-battling mayhem. In addition to the classic mode of using vitamins to exterminate viruses, you’ll find two Battle Modes and an Online Multiplayer Mode. The new Virus Buster mode also lets four players simultaneously move capsules simply by pointing at them with a Wii Remote.
In Family Table Tennis (1-2 players, 500 Wii Points), ping pong is the name of the game, as players can choose from a cast of four characters including Daddy, Mommy, Sarah and Billy. The game includes four stages (a gymnasium, a forest park, a beach and an amusement park), and players can choose from either the single-player or versus modes. The cel-shaded game also includes a few minigames.
Meanwhile, the Wii Virtual Console saw two updates today as well, Metal Slug and City Connection. Metal Slug (900 Wii Points) was originally released in 1996 by SNK and is a side-scrolling military-action game. Players battle through stage after stage of intense gunplay and vehicle-based action in what we would personally describe as one of the hardest old-school shooters around.
City Connection (500 Wii Points), meanwhile, originally appeared on the NES and is based on the arcade hit in which a young man born in California sets out to tour famous sites and cities around the world. As he drives the highways surrounding these locations, the road is painted white as proof of his visit. Only once all sections of the road have been painted will he move on to the next location in his world tour. Not surprisingly, the local police give chase, while cats roam the highways and spikes lie in wait for unsuspecting drivers. To combat these dangers, the car can jump, fire cans of oil and collect balloons to warp to a new stage.