US VC Releases - 19th March - Beyond Oasis

Sega fans will be jumping up and down in a rather excited fashion today as the Virtual Console is blessed with one of the finest games to grace the Megadrive/Genesis. Beyond Oasis (Story of Thor to PAL and Japanese gamers) ranks as one of the finest action RPGs of the 16-bit era and should be earmarked for download as soon as possible.

The second game is the also-quite-legendary gorefest Splatterhouse. Lucky PAL Wii owners got the chance to sample this cult classic on Friday, but thankfully US gamers haven't had to wait long in order to do the same. Another fine addition to the VC library, this arcade conversion turned heads at the time thanks to some rather disturbing visuals.

Completing the trio is a game that has been on everyone's lips for weeks now - Excitebike. This NES gem is strangely not listed as a new release on the VC, but it certainly wasn't available for download last week - gremlins in the system, perhaps? Whatever the reason, it rounds off a fine week for US Wii owners.