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Virtual Console Mondays: September 10, 2007

by Steven Rodriguez - September 11, 2007, 10:59 am
Total comments: 22

Are you ready for some football?

Let's see ... a football game, a Sonic game, and an RPG. Doesn't this combination look awfully familiar? No matter, because it's another trifecta of Virtual Console releases and it appears that Nintendo and company are showing no signs of slowing down. It's another good week, with no duds to speak of. Surely, you'll be spending some Wii Points on one of this week's games.


Neutopia II

SystemVirtual Console - TurboGrafx-16

Cost600 Points
Players1
ControllersWii Remote,Wii Nunchuk,GameCube
ESRB RatingEveryone
ReleasedYear 1992

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Neutopia II is a top down adventure RPG. You play as a sword and shield bearing youth. The game starts as your mother awakes from a nightmare in which she saw your father losing in a battle against a large boss monster. She takes this as a vision of the future and sends you out to find him. So, you hit the road and quickly learn that you have to go into labyrinths and look for treasure.

Are you having a hard time picturing this game? Do yourself a favor and just picture the first Zelda game. Now improve the graphics (but not necessarily the art direction) and you've got Neutopia II. It is so painfully obvious that this game was a direct attempt to cash in on the success of Nintendo's franchise. It features a top down view. The 2 Button is used to swing your sword. The 1 Button is used for one of several sub weapons that the user can switch between. Two examples of these sub weapons are bombs and a boomerang. Labyrinths are one-screen-at-a-time levels that feature bomb-able walls, secret switches, and even snakes that speed up when they see you. If you take too much damage and run out of hearts you even spin in a circle before falling on the ground. Overall, the game is interesting and the overall mechanic is a proven one, but if you want to play a Zelda game, play a Zelda game. If you've played them all and still want more, pick up Neutopia II.

Recommended for Fans

- Mike Gamin



Sonic the Hedgehog 3

SystemVirtual Console - Genesis

Cost800 Points
Players2
ControllersWii Remote,Wii Nunchuk,GameCube
ESRB RatingEveryone
ReleasedFeb 1994

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Will he or won't he spin dash? That's a question I can't quit asking of Sonic 3, because the controls are as slippery and inconsistent as ever in this entry of the series. Despite some frustration with the controls, Sonic 3 is easily one of the best Sonic games ever released by Sega. The graphics and level design have improved over Sonic 2, and the three new shields (lightning, fire, and water) give Sonic some very interesting new powers. Tails is back as a helper, or you can control him directly throughout the adventure. Knuckles is introduced as a villain who steals Sonic's Chaos Emeralds, but Dr. Robotnik/Eggman is still involved, too. The split-screen competition mode from Sonic 2 is also present.

There are many reasons to love Sonic 3, especially before and after the insidious Hydrocity Zone (underwater level). If you were a Nintendo-only person during the 16-bit era and have been curious about the early Sonic games, this is the best one yet released on Virtual Console and is a very good introduction to the series, warts and all.

Recommended for Everyone

- Jonathan Metts



NES Play Action Football

SystemVirtual Console - Nintendo Entertainment System

Cost500 Points
Players2
ControllersWii Remote,Wii Nunchuk,GameCube
ESRB RatingEveryone
ReleasedSep 1990

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With NFL season officially underway, Nintendo is marking the occasion with a VC release of Play Action Football. The unique top-down 45-degree angled-look of the play field makes it possible for the game to zoom in on the action. It's easy to see gaps in the defense while running the ball and because the camera zooms out when going for a pass, it's easy to see which receivers are open downfield. The angled view doesn't mean you'll have a hard time moving around the field, because Up on the D-Pad still moves your character straight along the field.

Play Action Football is a terrific NES football game, one that outclasses the almighty Tecmo Bowl. Everyone on the field has the name of an actual NFL player, so if you want to play as Dan Marino you can pick team Miami and pass to your heart's content. Players also have multiple stamina meters, including those tied to individual attributes. If you use the speed dash ability too often, for example, you'll drain your speed meter and start to slow down more often. If that happens, you can make a substitution for a fresh player. It's a great single-player game, and even more fun with two players. If you want to play some football with the pros, Play Action Football is a really good way to do it.

Recommended for Everyone

- Steven Rodriguez


Thanks to VG Museum for some of this week's classic screenshots.

Talkback

Luigi DudeSeptember 11, 2007

I don't think you should have recommended Sonic 3 since they'll be releasing Sonic 3 Complete (That's Sonic 3 attached with Sonic and Knuckles for anyone that doesn't know) in the future.

Buying Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles by themselves is a rip off since both of them combined is the true Sonic 3.

So I see XBLA is getting Sonic 2... for only $5. AND it includes online play. Thanks a lot, Nintendo.

EntroperSeptember 11, 2007

IIRC, wasn't Play Action Football one of the first NES games to support 4 players with the Four Score or NES Satellite?

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Originally posted by: Luigi Dude
I don't think you should have recommended Sonic 3 since they'll be releasing Sonic 3 Complete (That's Sonic 3 attached with Sonic and Knuckles for anyone that doesn't know) in the future.

Buying Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles by themselves is a rip off since both of them combined is the true Sonic 3.


There is absolutely no confirmation or even indication that Sega will release Sonic 3 with the Knuckles feature. I can't base my recommendation on what might happen in the future. Also, I would argue that adding Knuckles to Sonic 3 doesn't really make the game better or indeed much different at all.

GoldenPhoenixSeptember 11, 2007

Geez, I may have to get all three games now.

Sonic 3=Easily my favorite 2D Sonic game

Football game=Sounds funs

Neutopia II=The first game is alot of fun so I will have to get this one too

Nick DiMolaNick DiMola, Staff AlumnusSeptember 11, 2007

Wait a minute, how does Neutopia get a recommendation for everyone and Neutopia II get a recommendation for fans only? Is there a huge difference in the gameplay from one to the other?

vuduSeptember 11, 2007

Two different reviewers, two different opinions. Plus, you gotta admit, Neutopia II sure isn't Kid Icarus.

Wait for it ...

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorSeptember 11, 2007

Man, I heard Mashiro absolutely hates Killer 7.

GoldenPhoenixSeptember 11, 2007

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Originally posted by: Pale
Man, I heard Mashiro absolutely hates Killer 7.


I hate Pale the turtle and Killer 7!

MashiroSeptember 11, 2007

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Originally posted by: Pale
Man, I heard Mashiro absolutely hates Killer 7.


I lol'ed.

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Originally posted by: GoldenPhoenix
Football game=Sounds funs


EA called. They love you.

Karl Castaneda #2September 11, 2007

Mashiro is made of suck and awful. Killer 7, FTW.

MashiroSeptember 11, 2007

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Originally posted by: ViewtifulGamer
Mashiro is made of suck and awful.


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Originally posted by: darkheart
That way NWR is going one step further to interact with their audience.


If this is the kind of interaction we would get count me out!!!

::runs off crying::

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorSeptember 11, 2007

See, it totally worked.

UncleBobRichard Cook, Guest ContributorSeptember 11, 2007

::gives Pale a cookie::

Let this be a lesson to anyone who doesn't recognize Link's Awakening as the greatest game ever made. Pale will make you run away crying.

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Originally posted by: Jonnyboy117
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Originally posted by: Luigi Dude
I don't think you should have recommended Sonic 3 since they'll be releasing Sonic 3 Complete (That's Sonic 3 attached with Sonic and Knuckles for anyone that doesn't know) in the future.

Buying Sonic 3 and Sonic and Knuckles by themselves is a rip off since both of them combined is the true Sonic 3.


There is absolutely no confirmation or even indication that Sega will release Sonic 3 with the Knuckles feature. I can't base my recommendation on what might happen in the future. Also, I would argue that adding Knuckles to Sonic 3 doesn't really make the game better or indeed much different at all.


First off, some of the Knuckles levels in Sonic 3 are COMPLETELY DIFFERENT from the Sonic/Tails versions, so yes there is a significant difference. (I don't nec. think playing as Knuckles is "better," but it does add meat to the package.)

Secondly, S3&K alllows you to play through most of Sonic & Knuckles' levels as Tails, which is a big deal to me, since I think Tails provides the best gameplay experience (and besides, he's the Luigi of the franchise). I admit Sonic controls are slippery and require getting used to, as Jonny indicates; Tails' flying ability helps counter some of the game's "warts."

Finally, as Jonny points out, we don't know when or how Sega plans to release S3&K. If they want to provide the "true" experience, you'd buy Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles separately, then get S3&K at no extra charge. If you don't like getting ripped off, buy a copy of Sonic Mega Collection on any of the last generation systems.

k_bukieSeptember 12, 2007

I know this doesn't agree with the recommendation, but if you do like the old-school Zelda, Neutopia and Neutopia II are great fun. Gameplay fits in nicely between Zelda for the NES and Link to the Past. Neutopia II even tries to do things to make it unique from Zelda, like more varied items (as opposed to just the Fire rod and fill in with other Zelda staples), and the dungeons are a lot closer to LTTP than the original Zelda (the further along in the game, the more varied the dungeon...multi-level map, oddly-shaped rooms, varied hazards, etc).

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorSeptember 12, 2007

I wouldn't say that doesn't agree with the recommendation. If it was a bad game, I wouldn't have recommended it to anyone. The reasoning behind the fans only thing in this case, as far as my thinking went, was that if you are looking for an adventure game of the type in general, you should definitely play Zelda. If you are enough of a fan of the genre to play more than a couple games in it, then look at Neutopia.

GoldenPhoenixSeptember 12, 2007

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Originally posted by: Pale
I wouldn't say that doesn't agree with the recommendation. If it was a bad game, I wouldn't have recommended it to anyone. The reasoning behind the fans only thing in this case, as far as my thinking went, was that if you are looking for an adventure game of the type in general, you should definitely play Zelda. If you are enough of a fan of the genre to play more than a couple games in it, then look at Neutopia.


Well if you are looking for a good game, then you shouldn't play Kid Icarus yet it got recommended for everyone. face-icon-small-wink.gif

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorSeptember 12, 2007

You're right. Kid Icarus isn't a good game. It's one of the best games released on the NES!

MashiroSeptember 12, 2007

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Originally posted by: UncleBob
::gives Pale a cookie::

Let this be a lesson to anyone who doesn't recognize Link's Awakening as the greatest game ever made. Pale will make you run away crying.


Saying LA is the greatest game ever made is an insult to the games that are clearly better than it face-icon-small-tongue.gif.

Not to say LA isn't a good game, and not to say that LA isn't a VERY good game, but it's not the greatest game ever made.

GoldenPhoenixSeptember 12, 2007

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Originally posted by: Pale
You're right. Kid Icarus isn't a good game. It's one of the best games released on the NES!


Well it is one of the best "fall through the platform to your doom if you hit down" games.

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