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US VC Releases - 9th April - Alex Kidd

Posted by Darren Calvert

Here's today's Easter treats for the US Virtual Console:

Galaga - NES (1-2 players, 500 Wii Points): Players control their fighters, with their unique ability to combine with other fighters and shoot down the invading aliens. Aliens attack in formations using a variety of attack patterns. Rescue a captured fighter to combine with it, forming a Dual Fighter with twice the firepower. Earn Perfect Bonuses more easily by using a Dual Fighter on the Challenging Stages. Galaga was released in 1981 and became an instant classic with its innovative fighter-combination system and varied enemy attack patterns.

Bravoman - Turbografx-16 (1 player, 600 Wii Points): The village of Nitta has been invaded by the army of Dr. Bomb, an evil scientist who is plotting to take over the world. Facing this crisis is Bravoman, who received his powers from Alpha Man to stand up against Dr. Bomb in the name of justice. The village of Nitta consists of 22 stages - action stages that take place on the ground and shooting stages that take place underwater. Action stages use a unique control system in which the height of a jump and the distance of an attack changes depending on how long players hold down the button. Players collect the Luck Symbols that appear when they defeat enemies and give them to Lottery Man to get recovery and power-up items. Stop Dr. Bomb and bring peace to the village of Nitta and the rest of the world.

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle - Sega Genesis (1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): When King Thor was kidnapped, his son, Alex Kidd, held out hope that his father would return to their kingdom on Planet Aries. Finally, it was revealed that he was being held captive on Planet Paperock. As Alex, players race to his rescue through 11 levels, battling enemies and avoiding obstacles while winning coins that will buy special items and vehicles. At the end of each level, players encounter a boss and enter into a match of "Rock, Paper, Scissors." Throwing the right symbols puts players ever closer to bringing King Thor home; throwing the wrong symbols squashes them beneath a heavy weight.

OK so it's not been the greatest week. Just remember we got Star Fox 64 last week! Anyway it's Easter time! You can cheer yourself up by stuffing your face with chocolate!

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User Comments (40)



-K- said:

Well, at least we got Galaga. I've been waiting for that one for a while. The others are good, but I wouldn't download them



Mega_X_Gundam said:

thats still a crappy week. you would think they would atleast get into the habbit of putting on one super good one on each week.



Ben said:

Galaga is the only game I'm interested in this week. Not that I'll have much time on the VC this week anyway thanks to the US release of Super Paper Mario



cboy77 said:

I'm heartbroken. Again! Am I the only person with a US console who is desperate for punch out! to be released?



John said:

anyone even heard a rumor about the super metroid vc date?



Mike said:

Anyone heard any rumors about a Super Mario RPG release date? That's really the only VC title I'm looking forward to at the moment. They're probably saving it for something big, like a preorder pack-in or something. Some of these games they're releasing weren't even good back when they originally came out. Step it up, Nintendo!



-K- said:

Ok, everyone stop your whining. It's a good week! Why don't you try new games instead of complaining that SMRPG or Earthbound isn't out yet.

Just because the words "Legend" "Zelda" "Mario" "RPG" "Metroid" or "64" isn't in the title doesn't mean the game sucks.

Maybe you guys should stop sucking your thumbs, and crying, and get outside.



Don-Bon said:

Oh for god sake! I will have to wait until another freaking Monday to get more than one decent game. As I said though, I am downloading Galaga.



Zvazda said:

I was kinda hoping that because of the release of Paper Mario that they would release Paper Mario for N64...



StrikerGold said:

I agree with K here. While the VC is great for replaying the uber-classics, broaden your horizons some people! Just because it has an average score doesn't mean you won't find it entertaining.



Steve said:

They release Star Fox 64, one of the greatest games on the N64, and people are whining a week later because of a mediocre release week.

Get a life, people.



Shrapnel09 said:

....i didnt get any chocolate....

i just want some RPGs man, final fantasy or something, anything. i dont want to play alex the kid, no sir. i WOULD be playing zeldaII and punchout right now, at the exact same time! with two wiis on two tv's and two controllers one in each hand/foot, but im not in europe now am i?! nooo



PowerLegend said:

geez get a grip people you can't always be perfect with super popular first party games being released.



DEMON212 said:

We still got worse. You guys at least got ONE goood game. Granted we already had it, but still. We got 3 awful ones.



Joe said:

seriously you guys really need to stop bitching when a bad game comes out. i mean seriously, do you except to buy a new game EVERY monday?

Im sure those of you whining about todays picks already have LOZ:OOT , Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros., LOZ, LOZ:ATTP, and Super Mario 64, AND Starfor64

and i guarentee you havnt beat them all yet either.




Oh no! They didn't release any good games this week to put on my Wii! Now I'll have to actually do something productive such as read or find a job!




DEMON212 said:

Story Of Thor is an RPG for non RPG gamers. If you like RPG's, it's awful. And Vectorman *shudders* give me Metal Slug and Alien Hom any day.

=seriously you guys really need to stop bitching when a bad game comes out. i mean seriously, do you except to buy a new game EVERY monday?

No, every Thursday, i'm in the U.K. I expect at least one, but would prefer 3.

=Im sure those of you whining about todays picks already have LOZ:OOT , Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros., LOZ, LOZ:ATTP, and Super Mario 64, AND Starfor64

I have em all bar SF because it's not out here and I haven't even played OOT or ALTTP. Not in the mood to redo them yet. I've done ALTTP at least 50 times. I was addicted to that game when it came out. I'd redo it over and over and over again. Same with Mario World.



PowerLegend said:

punch out, zelda 2, mystical ninja, vectorman and castlevania should arrive sometime soon



Jazzem said:

Where did you get that idea Demon? I love RPGs, and also love Story of Thor... It's not an RPG, it's an action adventure in the same way that Zelda is, so going by that idea, you should hate Zelda if you like RPGs!

I hope I'm not coming across as argumentative, but I think it is a good game, regardless of your taste in RPGs



Jonno said:

Alex Kidd for the Genesis was the sucks, mainly because of the whole ROCK PAPER SCISSORS thing.



Manaman said:

The Story of Thor is a very decent RPG coming from someone who's playing it for the first time. I find it patronising at the suggestion that anybody who likes RPG would hate this game. The soundtrack is most unusual, the combat takes a little getting used to, but the dungeon design is very good. I like it. It's a better Mega Drive role playing game than Sword of Vermillion, that's for sure...



Kevin said:

What a crappy week. Galaga is a great game don't get me wrong. Oh, well. Hopefully next monday will be an awesome VC birthday for me!



Mike said:

I have a job. A great job. I have a wife and a baby. We do fun stuff all the time both video game related and non video game related. We've been all over the world to places like Hawaii, and Jamaica. I just happen to think there are better games they could be releasing. Some of the stuff they're coming out with is utter crap when there are tons of good games they could be releasing. I apologize for having an opinion. ... on second thought, no, no I don't.

__Chaz Le Houx


Chaz Le Houx said:

the whole point of these delayed virtual console releases is to make you play, admire and appriciate all the games you never played as a gamer, why get angry about the relase of zelda a link to a past or lylat wars when we've all played them, and probably still have the equipment to play them, and if not ebay offers far cheaper ways of playing these classic games for cheaper, sort your selves out guys, who really cares, downlod the games you've never heard of and enjoy them as opposed to being pertheticly sentimental about it, stop trying to be the knolable gamer without playing games you've never heard of becase of that reason alone, rejoice and enjoy



Will said:

The whinning is getting tiresome. How bout this idea. Go out and buy Paper Mario an actual brand new game with awesome reviews. Then you won't have to complain about not getting your favorite ancient release. Getting exactly what you want defeats the point of the VC in my opinion. Its about playing new games that were beloved back in the day. Not getting the uber classic that everyone and their Grandma has already played. Consider this, how could Nintendo make as much money releasing a Zelda title in which everyone has when they can double dip on a cult classic that most people only heard about? I sure as hell haven't bought a lot of the top Nintendo releases because as a gamer, I already own them. Oh yeah, what are waiting for. Go buy Paper Mario already and you won't have to worry about the VC release for at least a few weeks. Maybe Punch-Out will be out by then and you won't have to complain for another whole week.



Steve said:

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I'm just tired of seeing people whine and whine every single week they don't get something that meets their high standards. Two weeks ago everyone was whining because they didn't have Star Fox. Then they got Star Fox, and just one week later everyone is back to whining again.

There are lots of great games being released, and just because you've never heard of them or played them doesn't mean they're not worth a look.

Everything Will said is spot on.



Alex Kidd is better than I remembered but i perfer Wonderboy. I have the Monster World PS2 collection and recommend it to all NTSC J PS2/PS3 owners.



Don-Bon said:

Mike, I should give you a high five. I pretty much have it exactly like you except we haven't traveled anywhere exciting.



DEMON212 said:

Will, i'm not American so I may not have an opinion on the U.S releases, but I have an opinion on crap VC line ups since we get em too.

So I feel I must say this.

You say get SPM, well, what if you don't like games like SPM? What then?

You say that we should stop whining when games come out that aren't the ones we were hoping for because they're not games that we know we like. You say this because you say that the VC should be to try new games not old favourites.

Well, what if we know we don't like the games that have been released?

I have 41 VC games, i'd say 20 of them easily, I hadn't played before the VC came about. If a game looks or sounds good or even has alot of good hype, i'll buy it.

I complained when Spinball, Vectorman and Thor came out. Why? Because I really disliked 2 and I had no reason to get the other. I hadn't heard anything good about Thor, i'd read reviews and seen video footage and it just isn't my type of game.

So I complain when crap like Thor, Vector and Spin come out. Because not only am I not getting anything that I know I like and can't wait to play again, but i'm not even getting anything that I haven't played that I wanted too or that i've been advised too.

Punch Out, Kirby and Mystical Ninja are but 3 of my VC games that I hadn't played. And as soon as they came out I was overjoyed because i'd get to play em. I downloaded them literally the moment I saw them on the VC.

When they came out there was nothing that came out in those weeks that I knew I liked. Yet I was still really happy. Why? Because I wanted to play these. All 3 rock and i'm glad I bought em.

So I have a question, what's your answer to people like me?

People like me are people who buy the games they know they love, buy games that they've never played before, and complain when nothing comes out on the VC that meets those criteria.

I really hope i've worded that in a way that makes sense.



Bustacap said:

hui the full version of the opera internet browser for wii has been released. you first have to update your wii and then download the new internet channel in the wii shop channel.ü



Steve said:

"So I have a question, what's your answer to people like me?"

My answer is, don't download one of the games released this week. Play one of the 40 games you've downloaded and wait *one more week* to see if you get something that floats your boat.

Nobody was complaining that you didn't like the games up for offer. We're just tired of hearing constant whining because this one week you weren't catered to. Nintendo can't read minds, you know, and there will be weeks that you don't get exactly what you want.

Deal with it.



DEMON212 said:

Now Steve, that'd be far to sensible.

Anyway, serious answer. I do end off playing my other games, but that still doesn't mean that i'm not allowed to be dissapointed.



manny said:

punchout! i've been waiting far too long for this, how is it that europe is gonna get it before U.S. i dont get it!??!?! well hopefully tomorrow guys

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