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Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« on: June 12, 2007, 08:33:58 AM »
The second Sonic game, the second Golden Axe and the second Lode Runner to appear on Virtual Console.  Come here for a second, won't you?
 http://www.nintendoworldreport.com/vcArt.cfm?artid=13596

 Now that we're past the century mark in VC releases, Nintendo has rolled back to the usual three-a-week plan.  It must have had a hell of a party, too, because there aren't any Nintendo games this week.  Instead, Sega comes with two sequels and Hudson shuns the TurboGrafx to release an NES game.  Find out the games and the recommendations we give below.      



   


Lode Runner - NES

 Lode Runner - NES  

 Released 9/1987
  1-2 Players
  Cost: 500 Wii Points ($5)
  Controllers: Wii Remote, Wii Classic, GameCube
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 Lode Runner is one of those famous games that either evokes nostalgia or doesn't. Following a young (or old) man's quest for gold, Lode Runner is a simple action/puzzle title that has similarities to Solomon's Key, but is not as refined. Your character has the ability to dig holes and climb ladders, leaving you defenseless as robotic Muslims (or something) steal the same gold you are after. Gameplay consists of evading the robots by running away or digging a hole that they will fall in.  

   


 Recommended for FansDigging to the left or right of your character is controlled by two different buttons, instead of simply using the direction your character is facing. This isn't the best method, but it gets the job done. Overall gameplay is repetitive, with all 50 levels accessible at any time by simply hitting the Select (or Minus) Button. Not deep enough to recommend to casual players or newcomers to NES games, Lode Runner is for experienced (jaded?) fans of action-puzzle games or those nostalgic for a lost experience. - Evan Burchfield  

   



   


Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - Genesis

 Sonic the Hedgehog 2 - Genesis  

 Released 11/24/1992
  1-2 Players
  Cost: 800 Wii Points ($8)
  Controllers: Wii Remote, Wii Classic, GameCube
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 Sonic's back for his second game, and it's really the first game in the series where the hedgehog really gets to show what he's made of.  Unlike the first game, the level design in Sonic 2 is more open, allowing you to blast through the levels quickly.  This game also marks the first appearance of Sonic's flying pal Tails.  He tags along with you in single player mode, collecting any stray rings or taking out enemies in your wake.  You can take control of him if you play in the game's race-to-the-finish two-player mode.  

   


 Recommended for EveryoneIf you've never played a Sonic the Hedgehog game, Sonic 2 is the best place to start.  And if you did play the first game, you should get the sequel seeing as how it's better in just about every way.  Since it's something you should probably get whether you have or haven't played the games before, that makes this a game we recommend for everyone.  Better get it quick! - Steven Rodriguez    


   



   


Golden Axe II - Genesis

 Golden Axe II - Genesis  

 Released 12/31/1991
  1-2 Players
  Cost: 800 Wii Points ($8)
  Controllers: Wii Remote, Wii Classic, GameCube
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 Golden Axe II is really a mess of a game. Though two player co-op has made the Golden Axe games last, they have definitely lasted longer than they should. Set in a bland medieval-fantasy world, the game is a hack-n-slash with only one button for both hacking and slashing. In other words, you can jump, swing your sword, or use magic. It isn't just repetitive, it defines repetitive; it encompasses, enfolds, encapsulates, encloses, and encircles repetitive. It sucks.  

   


 Not RecommendedYour character either moves too fast or too slow, blocking and dodging don't even enter into the game, and it's so easy to die that you're given unlimited continues which equals zero satisfaction. Though there's the possibility that some nostalgic fan absolutely has to play this game, he or she would probably prefer to live with the memory of a good experience instead of permanently despoiling it. - Evan Burchfield  

   



   


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RE:Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2007, 09:35:04 AM »
Eww to Lode Runner, that is the one game I have HATED from the NES days even though it was one of the first NES games I ever played.
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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2007, 09:45:14 AM »
I guess I'm the only one who thought Golden Axe II was almost on par with the first... it was much easier, that's for sure, but as a kid that helped make the co-op much more enjoyable when playing with those less skilled at the title. I thought the increased selection of animals to ride was nifty as well, too... *shrugs*
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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2007, 10:09:54 AM »
I liked Golden Axe II at the time but it's been so long since I played it I have no idea if I would still like it.  Hell my brothers and I liked Golden Axe III as well and everywhere I read the game is regarded as a disgrace against the series.  About a year or two ago I downloaded Golden Axe: Revenge of Death Adder on MAME and played through it with my brothers.  We were bored sh!tless after the second level or so.  It was just slash-slash-slash.  Even worse the enemies kept repeating.  Early on we encounter these cool Mayan warrior dudes in a jungle and then later in a forest we got attacked by TREEMEN!  Super cool, right?  Well in the later levels they just endlessly recycle those two types of enemies.  Fighting treemen in the Mushroom Forest is cool, fighting them in the market and the desert and the castle is not.

I do however still love beat-em-ups.  A lot of people sh!t on them but I think they're either playing crappy ones or they're too young and have modern "not 3D, hard, can be beaten in one sitting = suck" bias or they're just following the crowd and haven't played the old games for themselves in a long time.  The really good beat-em-ups like the ones Capcom made are a blast to play with your friends.  Double Dragon sucks and I have a feeling Golden Axe sucks (despite my fond memories) and the SNES version of Final Fight sucks.  The sad thing is one has to make a decent effort to play the best the genre has to offer.  If the only 2D platformers that were in stores right now were Bubsy and Aero the Acrobat then odds are the whole genre would get crapped on, including Mario.

And co-op is far too underused these days.  We need to stop associating "multiplayer" with "deathmatch".

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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2007, 10:31:16 AM »
i just bought Sonic 2 and is there any way to save the game. Or is that impossible

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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2007, 10:51:03 AM »
Sonic 2 doesn't have any save features.  However, you can suspend play by pressing the home button on your remote and then returning to the main menu.  When you return to the game, you'll pick up where you left off.
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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2007, 10:52:17 AM »
yea i new that way just wasnt sure if there was any other. Because i have a brother who will want to start from the beginning when i am at like the 3rd area

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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2007, 11:06:37 AM »
Sonic 3 is the first sonic game that uses a multi-save file system I think.

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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2007, 11:12:32 AM »
is it as good as 2

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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2007, 11:16:27 AM »
.....im still waiting for either battletoads & double dragons or TMNT in time for beat 'em ups.  Oh and an almost unheard of game called Brawl Brothers on SNES.

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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2007, 12:04:37 PM »
I remember playing Lode Runner on an old Mac system and having a good bit of fun with it.  (Then again, I was probably 4 at the time...)  Never played the NES version, though.  Might be worth a shot...

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RE:Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2007, 12:23:20 PM »
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Originally posted by: Patchkid15
is it as good as 2


Is sonic 3 as good as 2? In my opinion no but sonic 3 was still pretty good.

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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2007, 12:41:39 PM »
Sonic 3 and Sonic & Knuckles are really good, but Sonic 2 may be the best Sonic game.
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RE:Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #13 on: June 12, 2007, 12:44:02 PM »
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is it as good as 2


Yes, Sonic 3 is one of my all time favorite games.
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RE:Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #14 on: June 12, 2007, 01:28:21 PM »
These releases caught me totally off guard!

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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2007, 03:53:29 PM »
How would they do the whole Sonic and Knuckles thing though with Sonic 2 and 3?
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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2007, 07:46:07 PM »
Separate roms like everyone else does?

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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #17 on: June 13, 2007, 04:05:43 AM »
You could get Knuckles in Sonic 2 and 3 usint the Sonic and Knuckles cartridge.  Like a Game Genie.
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RE: Virtual Console Mondays: June 11, 2007
« Reply #18 on: June 13, 2007, 05:48:32 AM »
I know but for emulators you usually see a rom of the normal game and a rom of the combination.