Although we don’t usually do individual updates for Virtual Console releases, this latest bit of news is so special we think it’s warranted - Lords of Thunder is VC inbound, people.

The Australian Office of Film and Literature Classification (OFLC for short) has rated the game, which is usually a rock solid indication that it will be released in the West. They’ve also rated the impressive Turbografx-16 role playing title Dragon Slayer.

For those of you that don’t know, Lords of Thunder (released as Winds of Thunder in Japan) is one of the finest shooters of the 16-bit era; not only does it combine addictive gameplay with impressive game mechanics, it also contains some beautiful visuals, jaw-dropping anime style cut scenes and – possibly most importantly – a seriously rockin’ CD soundtrack.

It’s generally regarded as a semi-sequel to the superlative Gate of Thunder (which recently got a VC release itself) thanks to the similar moniker and the fact that it’s by the same developer, but in terms of concept the two games are totally unrelated. Lords of Thunder ditches the hackneyed ‘space hero’ plot and instead sees your character fighting all manner of fantasy beasts.

Needless to say, this is one to watch out for. We can only hope Nintendo release some form of hard drive (or at least let you play games from an SD card) as the internal memory of our Wii here at NintendoLife towers is getting pretty crowded.

[via vc-reviews.com]