(Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Vigilante (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

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Brave the streets of New York City in this side-scrolling beat-'em-up game. Thugs kidnap the beloved Madonna, and it's up to players to become vigilantes. Players fight their way into enemy territory to get her back. Enemies attack with weapons like iron pipes, chains, guns and motorcycles. To fight back, players can punch, kick or use the nunchaku item that appears in the stage.

Players must use each of the attacks effectively to defeat their enemies. To clear a stage, defeat the boss that waits at the end. Players fight their way through exciting stages that include the City Streets, Junkyard, Brooklyn Bridge and the Backstreets.

Game Review

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Posted by Darren Calvert

Brave the streets of New York City in this side-scrolling beat-'em-up game.

One of the first side-scrolling beat-'em-ups was Irem's Kung Fu. In it, you, as a lone martial artist, had to make your way to the top floor of a five-story temple by dispatching successive waves of bad guys with only a limited repertoire of punches and...

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User Comments (17)

Baldasacoot

#1

Baldasacoot said:

I just downloaded it and was disappointed.

Not as good as I remember. Simplistic gameplay - puch, kick, jump, and the difficulty curve ramps up a little too quickly. Doesn't make me want to play on into the game. Another VC game I feel conned by after downloading.

__Wolf

#2

Wolf said:

This game is a 2-star at best. Don't be tricked into buying it. It's absolutely terrible in my opinion. You kill most enemies with 1 kick and they die by sliding off the bottom of the screen. If you compared these controls with a GOOD game like River City Ransom I don't see how you could even want to play this awful game more than once. The bosses have tons of health so you have to almost glitch the game to kill them. The AI works to the weakness of your controls, and you only have about 3 moves punch, kick, and jump-kick OH and magical nunchucks! WHEEE! It only looks good in screenshot-form. Seriously guys, what makes you love this so much? There are so many better games out there. The controls are hideous. Pass on this one!

Sinistron

#3

Sinistron said:

This game's a riot if you have friends over- just pass the controller around and laugh when your friends breeze through the first board only to get lead pipes smased in their faces in the next. A great rip.

__Parallax Abstraction

#5

Parallax Abstraction said:

I gotta' say I agree that this game is not good. For some reason, I had fond memories of when I owned this for TG-16 years ago but after buying it here, I can't say anything good about it. It's basically an updated version of Kung Fu which was a launch game on the NES. The bosses are incredibly cheap and not only do they have tons of health and glitchy hit zones, they also heal themselves over time which you do not. Seriously, there are any number of beat em' up games that completely destroy this one.

#6

said:

Yes but sometimes you just have to play for the sake of ol' nostalgia. Maybe its a bit rough now. But hey its aged better than the music of the same era! Its ok and can be fun, I remember having a huge arcade poster on my wall with vigilante in big blue letters. I remember playing this in the arcades and enjoying it, but maybe i'm wearing my rose tinted spectacles with too much tint!!

__Beastdrop

#7

Beastdrop said:

I remember seeing this in K-mart, when I owned a NES. I thought to myself that this was the wave of the future! It was some of the best graphics I had ever seen at that time. It is loads of fun at first, but it's replay value is not worth it. Only worth downloading to say... "Hey I played this game"....

__Mii be you

#8

Mii be you said:

Why does the virtual-turbo video have music from Soldier Blade?
Is that music even in the game?

DrakeStaff

#9

Drake said:

Must've been a mistake on virtual-turbo's part, I believe he didn't make this video till later (When he had some catching up to do and thus did lots of videos simultaneously).

Adamant

#10

Adamant said:

While certainly not a bad game, it's sadly far too short and easy for it's own good, with no need to change strategies to take on different baddies, enough lives to easily make it through without any problems, and braindead bosses that require little more than attack spamming to fall. There are no selectable difficulties, and playing for points in a game that doesn't loop isn't really that fun, particularly with such an annoying score system as the one seen here (where dying right before you kill the boss is rewarded with tons of points).
It may look better than Kung-Fu Master, but it's nowhere near as good, and probably best avoided.

Iylar

#11

Iylar said:

yeah i bought this game on when trying out some games i've never played before and it is terrible and u should NOT buy this game.

100xp

#12

100xp said:

It was difficult in the arcade, don't see why you would want to bring it home to frustrate yourself. I did enjoy the graphics when it came out first, but granted it's only 600 pts they should have a Wii-VS game trade in program. Even a fraction of pts spent on games that we less than exceptional would be exceptional.

LordJamak

#13

LordJamak said:

Never had a TG16 but with games like this I wish I did. I looked at this one on VC because I thought it was a different game. Then after reading what it was, I figured "Why not?" It's great... tough as hell though. I can't make it past stage 2!!! Here's a tip though... on the Wii remote, A and the B trigger are mapped as rapid-fire buttons and on the GC controller, I believe it's the X and Y buttons. These make your attacks a little easier. Especially with the nunchuks!

GotToGoBackInTime

#14

GotToGoBackInTime said:

I like Vigilante in it's time it was a really cool game, maybe it dose not hold up as good today but it's still fun. It's odd some people think this game is hard and some think it's easy, I even see some websites list this game as very hard, I'm no great gamer but I found this game very easy to beat for me, I guess some people have more trouble with it then others.

CorbsAdmin

#15

Corbs said:

I got in a hurry and mistakenly put in the wrong music track onto the video track. My mistake. :P

Adamant

#16

Adamant said:

" I even see some websites list this game as very hard"

Yeah, i have no idea what's up with that. A lot of current websites seem to have a very odd opinion on how hard games have to be to be considered "very hard". I believe the reviews from the time it was released generally criticized the game as being too easy (which I absolutely agree with - there's not much challenge here).

JustanotherGamer

#17

JustanotherGamer said:

Vigilante was a standard example of a "Beat them up" of the 1980's Nothing to outstanding about this game. But back in 1989 this was a launch title. That was a very faithful translation of it's arcade counterpart. A big deal back in 1989.

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