The arcade classic DIG DUG has finally blown onto the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, a title that needs no introduction to old-school gamers yet desperately needed to appear on Nintendo’s retro-friendly download service.
For the low, low price of 600 Wii Points, you, too, can become Dig Dug, the champion of love and justice who wants nothing more than to drill up, down, left and right while defeating any enemies in his path — by inflating them or dropping rocks on their heads, of course. Players receive bonus points by getting the vegetables that appear in the middle of the stage or by defeating deep-dwelling enemies or Fygars.
Also hitting the Virtual Console today is a fringe NES title called Bio Miracle Bokutte. Available for 600 Wii Points, the action game Bio Miracle Bokutte was originally released in 1988 but never available outside of Japan. In the game, players take on the role of baby Upa, a prince of the Akuyo kingdom. Prince Upa must take on an adventure spanning seven different worlds in order to rescue the kingdom from the dangerous demon Zai. Upa must defeat the enemies he meets along the way by inflating them (sense a Virtual Console theme here today? “Inflation.”) Upa can then use these floating enemies to his advantage by bouncing off of or riding on top of them. The prince must also avoid deadly thorns and pits while keeping an eye out for helpful items such as milk (to restore health) and bells (for temporary invincibility) if he hopes to succeed.
Not to be left out, Nintendo’s WiiWare has an update today as well: My Pokemon Ranch (1,000 Wii Points). Created by Nintendo, My Pokemon Ranch lets players watch as Pokemon and Miis interact with each other for the first time. Enjoy the relaxing ranch life by viewing the ranch and its Pokemon, taking pictures and sending those pictures to friends via the Wii Message Board. My Pokemon Ranch can be linked with the Nintendo DS Pokemon Diamond and Pokemon Pearl Game Cards to deposit the Pokemon players have caught in those games in their Wii ranch (up to 1,000 Pokemon from up to eight different game cards).