Star Soldier, yet another vertical shooter on the Virtual Console, takes you through sixteen highly difficult stages swarming with enemies, cannons, and other objects blocking your way. Power-ups improve your weapons, shields, or movement speed, while an interesting Trap Zone mechanic makes it possible for your ship to safely "duck" under any incoming fire for a limited amount of time.
While the controls are great and the aforementioned Trap Zone feature is pretty fun, the game ultimately fails to set itself apart from the dozens of shooters already available on the Virtual Console. Two of those games, Super Star Soldier and Soldier Blade, are actually sequels to this game, and both of them have better graphics and sounds and less repetitive level design. That is why the release of Star Soldier is an odd choice at this time in the Virtual Console's lifespan.