(SNES / Super Nintendo)

Super Turrican 2 (SNES / Super Nintendo)

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As the last survivor of the United Freedom Forces, it is your duty to destroy the Machine’s forces that have devastated the galaxy. Fight through countless hordes of enemies using everything at your disposal. Use weapons and power-ups to fight back the tide of oncoming enemies.

Use special abilities like the Energy Wheel and Cyberfist to find secret areas and score extra lives. When your lives and continues are gone, the mission ends. You are the galaxy’s last hope. Are you up to the challenge?

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

As the last survivor of the United Freedom Forces, it is your duty to destroy the Machine’s forces that have devastated the galaxy.

The Turrican series began life on the Commodore 64 computer and would soon see quite a few releases on the various personal computers of the time period. The series made its first appearance on a console with the Sega Mega Drive release of Mega Turrican...

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News: USA VC Release: Super Turrican 2

USA VC Release: Super Turrican 2

Just one Virtual Console release this week, and it’s the second coming of everyone’s favourite death-dealing cyborg, Turrican. Based on the home computer original, Super Turrican 2 is a radically retooled sequel that takes advantage of the console’s unique capabilities. It retails for the usual 800 Wii points, so be sure to check it out should you be a fan of the first game.

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User Comments (38)



Spore said:

This looks great. And that title screen is pretty spectacular for 16 bit don't you think? Wouldn't you know it? Low price on Amazon too.



buffdude said:

I always wanted to try the Super Turrican games on my snes back in the day and now I hopefully can, soon.



Hmmm...I always thought that turrican was a really poor imitationb of metroid, if you dont believe me play the original c64 version. Talk about a rip off. This game is dull when compared to Nintendo's masterpiece. The bosses are dull, it all looks flat, and those hideous backgrounds, eeeeeeeew.



Mr_64 said:

When I saw Super Turrican 2 being released, I was a little disappointed as I'd much prefer either the 'non-super versions' found on the C64 or the Amiga. Sadly the rumour of C64 games on the Wii doesn't seem to have materialised, so this will have to do. Still, it's not a bad game - just not as good as it's original incarnations if you ask me.

There are obvious comparisions between Metroid and Turrican but I have to take a different stance to the previous poster. I know it's not fashionable to say this, but for once European game design trounces over their Japanese counterparts. C64 Turrican 2 is one of the best 8 bit games ever! Anyone who says Metroid is better is either an idiot, has never actually played Metroid on the NES, or enjoys games where you just wonder around aimlessly through repetitive environments. So what if features are borrowed from one game into another, where would Mario and Metroid be without Miner 2049'er and Pitfall on the Atari VCS?

And (don't shoot me down, fan boys), I actually prefer Turrican 2 to Super Metroid! There I've said it!



Robert said:

How can u ever compare an platform shooter with an action adventure?
I like Metroid and Turrican series in both respects of the genres.



StarSoldier1 said:

I would love to play this game again. The new Bionic Commando-like arm was awesome the game overall felt a lot of harder then the original Super Turrican. Although the graphics were excellent, the music is some of the best on the Snes too.



KhaoShar said:

I totally agree with robert. Metroid is an action-adventure, focused on constantly enhancing your abilitys to overcome oncoming hardships (best example are doors that can only be opened with specific weapons). Turrican, on the other hand, is and was always( and, hopefully, will be again some day pray) more of a run'n'gun game mixed up with vehicular skill passages. Yes, additional weapons... but when push comes to shove, in Turrican extra-weapons are more of an aide to prod baddies buttock instead of being the essential part of the game.

This, as it is, does not change the value of any of those games to me. I've never had the chance to seriously play one of the Turricane games but i just know how state-of-the-art the action was back in the days and I sure shall look forward to the possibility to do so now!

Metroid on the other hand... I came to play the original Metriod way after I played S-Metroid (I unlocked it via GBA-connection in my first Metroid Prime). And, sorry I have to say this, the original sucks, by modern standards. I couldn't get into it. Backgrounds are non existend, The screens are all the same, only changing slightly in arangement of platforms exept when you enter a new area that is mostly distinuished by a new colour. And the gameplay is way to ancient for me, without the posibility to shoot up, let alone crouch to hit enemies that zip along the ground to attack your ankles... I fully respect all the senior players out there who played it back in the '80s, but beeing a child of the '90s, this might just be a bit too retro for me!

To sum this up, comparing Metroid and Turrican is like comparing apples to pears- both are sweet and both are liked by some people more than the other. You just as well could compare the Zelda series to Diablo, or GranTurismo to Burnout- you will always find some similarities, but stilll they are all together to differend to be exchangeable!



loudogsgonetothemoon said:

so does this game have a save feture or is it more like, contra and you just have to get as far as you can with the lives given



Markusthe3rd said:

Comparing Turrican to Metroid is like comparing R-Type to Colony Wars. Different genres. The fact they are 2D and both scroll doesn't make them the same game. Both are excellent. The Amiga versions of Turrican 1 and 2 are sublime and the epitaph of what the system was technically capable of, aswell as raising the benchmark for platform shooter game design. If the Amiga ever appears on the VC sporting the original Turrican and Turrican II, it will be a happy day.



CanisWolfred said:

Super Turrican was an awesome game. I never got very far though, but what little I did play was pure greatness. This sequel looks to be even better, and considering I couldn't think of any real fault(at least in my eyes), I must say, that's quite a feat. I don't know why people only compare it to Metroid, though, as it actually takes inspiration from many different games: It's straightforward level design is faily standard, and could be compared to any platformer-shooter; the limited aiming capabilities makes it feel more like Mega Man, yet has power-up pretty much ripped from the Contra series(all you need is the spreadshot); yes, you can roll into a ball like Metroid, but that's not the only Nintendo reference in the game - you can also jump on the enemies' head to kill him like in Mario. Even this new one makes a Bionic Commando reference with the extendable arm, plus a space shooter reference with the homing missiles. Super Turrican, and its subsuquent sequel, takes all of these elements and turn it into a fun and rather unique experience( if only because it is rare to see any of these elements together in one game, let alone all of them).

Sad though, I just noticed in the product description that there are no more Secret Areas. Not that I had ever known that there were secret areas in the original, but, now knowing this, I'm really dissapointed. I'm still going to get it when it's availabe, and I'm going to love it when I get it, but I will still be dissappointed with it, knowing what it could have been.

Also, for the guy above me, the original Turican games were ported to pretty much every console available at the time, including the NES and the C64, so you really don't have to wait for the Amiga to become available in order for them to be released. You'll still have to wait for Nintendo to release those ports, and I honestly can't say anything about the quality of said ports, but the difference can't be that bad, if not better, and since I don't see Nintendo making the Amiga available any time soon, I think it would probably more worth it to wait on the C64 or Nes version rather than the Amiga ones.

Just something to think about.



Shiryu said:

Had tons of fun making that gameplay movie. I do hope Factor 5 remembers that we need more Turrican, I always wished Super Turrican 2 was not the last outing of the franchise.

Hope to see this next week over here in Europe. _



Jazzem said:

I didn't really like the first one on VC, so I'll be hesitant about getting this one.



Mayhem said:

Super Metroid is god... but the Turrican games on the C64 are pretty special too. Had both games on the SNES down on my "buy it if I spot them" list for quite a while...



I definitely don't care about this game. I don't like the Super Nintendo all that much, except for a few titles that are really memorable.



AlphaNerd01 said:

Awesome, instant purchase. The sequel is a lot better than the original, so if you felt that the original fell just a bit short, you might want to give this one a chance. I have a feeling you'll be happy you did.



Junichi said:

What the ** are you on about Badknux? "except for a few titles that are really memorable." Only A FEW titles that are really memorable? HA HA HA! Thanks for that! I needed a laugh on this miserable morning ! Feel free to voice some of your opinions again tomorrow morning as well, because I might just want a good chuckle again ! Please don't develop yourself a decent knowledge of retro gaming, if you do that I wouldn't have anyone to cheer me up in the morning! HA HA HA!



slangman said:

I will be considering getting this. I liked the orginal (although i didn't play it much on my Wii). Can you aim in all eight directions? i found Super Turrican annoying because of this.



Digiki said:

What the ** are you on about Badknux? "except for a few titles that are really memorable." Only A FEW titles that are really memorable? HA HA HA! Thanks for that! I needed a laugh on this miserable morning ! Feel free to voice some of your opinions again tomorrow morning as well, because I might just want a good chuckle again ! Please don't develop yourself a decent knowledge of retro gaming, if you do that I wouldn't have anyone to cheer me up in the morning! HA HA HA!

That was unneccesarily condescending, did you really feel a whole paragraph of laughing at his post really worth making, especially when you don't even have a point to make.



The_Fox said:

@Junichi comment 20
There's something you have to realize here. What Badknux said was "I don't care for the Super Nintendo except for a few titles that are memorable." He didn't say the SNES was a bad system, or that it didn't have and good games. What he was saying was his personal OPINION, really not requiring such a response.



That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

Super Turrican 2 is a good action-game. Sadly, it could have been more than that. What made the early Turrican games great was one part raw action, one part exploration.

Super Turrican was one step towards a more straight forward game design. Turrican meets Probotector/Contra. Super Turrican 2 is entirely a conventional run´n gun. That´s not necessarily a bad thing, but it lacks much of Turricans greatness. I miss the secret areas and the hostile feeling. Some of the odd veicle/riding stages are fresh experiences in their own regard, and thankfully music is decent too. Graphics look a bit dated since it´s a compromise between pre-rendered graphics and ordinary sprites. The intro looks great though

I hope we will someday get the C64 (or [drool] AMIGA) games, but buy Super Turrican first.



That's the second time Junichi has "attacked" me with his flurry of intimidating replies! I am so scared of his big brain, oh whatever will I do! Uh, I know! I'll say something like this:

I don't like the Super Nintendo all that much. To me, only a few games on it are actually worth paying for. Super Mario RPG, Super Mario World, EarthBound, Super Double Dragon, and a so on. The Sega Genesis on the other hand, is one of my favorites. It has many, many games that to this day, I still adore. Sorry if that bothers you Kunoichi. if you don't like opinions, then you shouldn't get on these kinds of websites.

On top of that, you irritate me. You talk as if you know it all, but as Digiki pointed out, you didn't make one valid point in your post. Also, I wanted to say thanks to Digiki and The Fox!



Mayhem said:

That is true Badknux, about liking opinions. Except the SNES is probably the greatest console to have ever been released in terms of the quality of games on it. Just my opinion of course. Don't get me wrong, I think the Megadrive had some excellent titles as well. Just the SNES trumped it overall. Best decision I ever made in 1991 to get the console and finally "upgrade" from my C64...



See, now I might not agree with your opinion, but I'm not going to attack you for having one! I'm glad you agree with me, on the opinion thing!



AlexSays said:

Please don't develop yourself a decent knowledge of retro gaming

That goes for you, more than him.
If you knew anything about retro gaming, you'd know it wasn't very popular.
There were many people that disliked gaming at the time.
You've basically said EVERYONE loves retro gaming, and no sane person could possibly dislike it.
Which shows how little YOU know.



I never said I had any knowledge of retro gaming. I said "I" thought that the Super Nintendo sucked. I said that "I" thought the Sega Genesis was great. These are all my opinions. I'm not pretending to know anything, I'm just saying how I feel. Some people in here need to pay attention and actually read a post before replying to it, or else they might come across as ignorant.



Tendou-kun said:

The Factor 5 producers are big fans of Metroid, so it is no wonder that someone might think that Turrican and Metroid look very similar. I know it because Factor 5's president Julian Eggebrecht worked a very long time for the german Total! magazin and he said more than once in the magazin that his team was thinking of metroid while developing Turrican.



AlexSays said:

@ Badknux- I hope you realize my last post wasn't directed towards you...
That's why I quoted Junichi, or whatever his name is.



@ x.SuperMario.x - I know. Junichi was being an idiot, and you called him out on it. This happens from time to time.



Ricardo91 said:

@Junichi. He was just stating his opinion. He didn't say the SNES was a bad system, he just he didn't care for many of it's games. There's no problem with that.

"Junichi was being an idiot"

Like he always is? XD



Wario4mom said:

Europeons... dont get your hopes up because Factor 5 recently just got out of business.



SuperMarioFan1995 said:

Oh yeah, and Junichi, you leave Badknux alone! (Well, of course, Badknux isn't on this site anymore, even though he made his comment in 2008.)

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