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Two Japanese Games Hit Wii Virtual Console

Got enough challenge in your daily routine? Chances are that basic everyday tasks, getting to work or school on time, walking the dog, taking out the trash, are not enough to keep you firing on all cylinders. Luckily, Virtual Console is close at hand to help you test your mettle in fresh and unusual ways. Whether you are rescuing a kidnapped pal or mastering a set of mind-bending grid puzzles, this week’s new arrivals, imported from Japan, offer a refreshing break from the late-winter blahs. This week’s new games are:

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure (Super NES, 1 player, 900 Wii Points): This is an action game where an energetic boy named Milon sets off on a great adventure in a cute fairy-tale world. Piccolo is a village in the country of Fantasia. One day, they hear from the fairy Alis that songs and music have disappeared from the forest. Suddenly, the wizard Amon appears, grabs Alis and vanishes with her. The brave Milon must now go on a journey to rescue his kidnapped friend, with his bubble shooter as his only weapon. Along the way, he will need to retrieve five legendary instruments and stars by defeating Amon’s minions. Get ready to enjoy the fun and comical action of this charming game.

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Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 900 Wii Points): The object of this head-to-head puzzle game is to clear your grid of falling patterns called puyos by forming chains of four or more same-colored puyos in a straight line or one of several geometric patterns. What makes this a challenging two player contest is the fact that when you clear a chain of puyos from your grid, it drops a random piece of filler onto your opponent’s grid. The more puyos you clear, the more you fill your opponent’s grid, and if you can clutter up his grid enough to fill it to the top, you have won the game. An intriguing backstory makes this an amusing experience for one or two players.