This week’s additions to the popular Wii Shop Channel include one WiiWare and one Virtual Console title, Gradius Rebirth and Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars respectively.

Gradius Rebirth breathes invigorating new life to the 1985 horizontal shoot ’em up debuting on Arcades and eventually ported to a number of consoles, most successfully on the NES.‚  Developed and published by Konami, Rebirth has you blasting your way through levels filled with alien spaceships and otherworldly creatures utilizing a full range of upgradeable space-age weaponry to rid the universe of the alien scum.‚  Furthermore, every killer high score you accumulate can be uploaded to the online leaderboards to see where you rank among other Rebirth fans.

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars, the 1980’s classic SEGA Master System platformer, debuts on the Virtual Console today and is everything you loved and remembered from yesteryear.‚  Alex must traverse the same zany enemies and environments to find the missing 12 Zodiac signs among the 6 challenging levels.

Gradius Rebirth is available on Nintendo’s WiiWare service for 1,000 Wii Points and is rated E with mild fantasy violence.

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars can be purchased on the Virtual Console for 500 Wii Points and is rated E with comic mischief and crude humor.

From Nintendo:


Gradius ReBirth (Konami, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Mild Fantasy Violence, 1,000 Wii Points): Blast your way through levels filled with alien spaceships and otherworldly creatures in this retro side-scrolling shooter. Pick your weapons carefully and upgrade them to create a devastating arsenal of space-aged weapons that will aid you in your challenging mission. Players can post their high scores to worldwide leader boards via Nintendo‚® Wi-Fi Connection and see where they rank against all the other Gradius ReBirth players. Test your skills with Gradius ReBirth and see if you have what it takes to beat this action-packed arcade shooter.

Virtual Console

Alex Kidd: The Lost StarsTM (SEGA MASTER SYSTEM, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Comic Mischief, Crude Humor, 500 Wii Points): In this platformer from the 1980s, help Alex Kidd in a race against time to find the 12 missing zodiac signs hidden in six challenging levels-including toyland, the robot factory and an outer-space level-all complete with crazy enemies.

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