Not a lot of new Virtual Console news this week, but there is one important story:
Sin and Punishment to hit Australia: It was recently reported that Treasure's rail-shooter Sin and Punishment for the Nintendo 64 was headed to the Japanese Virtual Console. It seems that the Japanese will not be alone in getting to experience this game, as Australia will also be getting the game on their Virtual Console. While it might not mean a lot right now, it could mean that since the game is likely going to be translated to English for Aussie gamers, that North America might one day get this game, too.
As for the newest Virtual Console releases, check out what's new this week:
NES Play Action Football (NES, 1-4 players, rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): "Ready! Hut hut hut … " Nintendo takes to the gridiron with the classic football powerhouse NES Play Action Football. Featuring a distinct overhead viewpoint that creates an almost 3-D field, the action is more simulation-based than many of the more arcade-based games of the time. Play through four 15-minute quarters (in accelerated time) and even substitute
players when your first-stringers get tired. Want more options? Each of the eight available teams has multiple running/passing plays to choose from while on offense, as well as a wide selection of defensive schemes that can be run when you're on the other side of the ball. And in addition to viewing two full teams on the screen at once without any slowdown, you'll hear voice snippets at key points of the game. Line up, and see if you have what it takes to win the Power Bowl.
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, rated E for Everyone – Comic Mischief, 800 Wii Points): Sonic and Tails are back for another adventure as they again battle the evil Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik), who is desperately trying to collect all the Chaos Emeralds to rebuild his Death Egg. Our heroes must again find the Chaos Emeralds before Dr. Eggman does, but winning the race won't be easy this time — a new adversary, Knuckles the Echidna, has arrived on the scene and will do whatever he can to keep Sonic and Tails from reaching their goal. Grab all the golden rings, find various bonus zones, and overcome Knuckles and Dr. Eggman as you rocket through the third chapter in Sonic's adventures.
Neutopia II (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, rated E for Everyone – Mild Fantasy Violence, 600 Wii Points): Experience improved graphics and controls in this exciting sequel to the action role-playing game Neutopia. Take on the role of the main hero's son and watch as the story begins with the apparent revival of Dirth, the evil demon. Once again you'll need to rely on your magic compass and the information you've gathered to find entrances to labyrinths and defeat the bosses in them. Make your way through the field, which can be tricky at times, to search for and find hidden information and items, or move blocks and destroy walls to uncover secret rooms. Like the original, this game has a save function, a finely tuned difficulty level, and a fast-paced story, making it truly an RPG that everyone can enjoy.
NES Play Action Football is making a worldwide Virtual Console debut. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 appeared in August on the Japanese Virtual Console and last week on the European Virtual Console. Neutopia II debuted in June on the Japanese Virtual Console. All three games are available starting at 12 p.m. Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific on the Wii Shop Channel.
Check back next week for the latest Virtual Console news and releases!