My Pokemon Ranch, Dig Dug, and Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa Land on Wii Shop Channel

This week heralds one new WiiWare entry from none other than Nintendo themselves, and two Virtual Console titles for the NES– or rather, one for the Famicom. Two for the Famicom? Just what’s going on here?

Well, first up is My Pokemon Ranch, a 1-player E-rated WiiWare title that’ll run you about 1,000 Wii Points. Miis and Pokemon interact for the first time ever as you view the ranch and the Pokemon living on it, taking pictures to send to your friends, and… I guess that’s mostly it. Of note is that the game will link to the DS Diamond and Pearl Pokemon games, allowing you to deposit up to 1,000 of your favorite pocket monsters from up to eight different game cards.

Now we’re delving into import territory with Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa from Konami. 600 Wii Points gets you a 1-player adventure that’s rated E for comic mischief. Originally released in 1988, it was never available outside of Japan for some reason. Players play the role of baby Upa, who is the Prince of the Akuyo kingdom, and must traverse seven worlds to rescue his kingdom from the demon Zai. Upa defeats enemies he encounters by inflating them, and using them to bounce off of or ride.

Finally, there’s Dig Dug, Namco’s arcade classic, the hero of which can be seen above. The game is for 1 or 2 players, and follows the champion of love and justice as he drills up, down, left, and right through the ground to harpoon and inflate his enemies until they explode. It’s rated E for Everyone, but costs 600 points, 100 more than the NES norm, but why? We’ve had Dig Dug here before, right?

Actually, it would seem we haven’t. At least not for the NES, and so in spite of otherwise widespread availability, there’s still the 100 Wii Point import bonus charge. And just like Dig Dug’s gun, that blows.