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US VC Releases - 3rd December - Eternal Champions

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

After last week's disaster, this week's releases are a bit more bearable. First up is Sega's answer to Street Fighter - Eternal Champions. Instead of having fighters from around the world, Eternal Champions has fighters from various time periods! This of course leads to wildly different movesets for each character. The formula has obviously been bettered nowadays, but if you like the genre it's still worthwhile to check out the game.

Hot on the heels of Eternal Champions for pick of the week is Zanac. You might be thinking - "A NES shoot 'em up? Aren't all of those average at best?" For the most part, yeah, they are. But Zanac's a surprisingly great game by, who else, Compile, who have made some other incredibly good shoot 'em ups such as Aleste and Blazing Lazers (Also on VC). While the graphics are nothing too special, the game features an interesting mechanic where the game gets easier or harder depending on how you're playing. It's also got a pretty good soundtrack for it's time.

Less interesting is today's final release, The Dynastic Hero. It's basically Wonder Boy in Monster World (Which, surprise surprise, is already on VC) with a different soundtrack and some other minor edits. If you've got Wonder Boy already, there is absolutely no point in downloading it unless you want to play through again with a different soundtrack really badly. If you don't, decide for yourself if you want Wonder Boy music or CD-quality music which sounds way different (It's not the same songs with CD quality by the way, they are totally different).

All together that's 12 stars out of 15, not too shabby if I say so myself.

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BF-Medic said:

Eternal Champions looks interesting, maybe I should give it a go when it appears over here...



Wikipedia shows Pokemon Snap as coming out next week, though that is by no means a confirmation. I'll keep my fingers crossed...



Bass_X0 said:

Europe will no doubt get Eternal Champions too this week - it is Sega week after all here.



Bass_X0 said:, the official pokemon site also shows Pokemon Snap as coming out next week.



Lwaad said:

Eternal Champions used to be my favorite fighter. Better than Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter (which I also played a lot). I wonder if it'll hold up after all these years.



retro_gammer79 said:

Man, Nintendo does not know their audience. They keep releasing obscure games, duplicate games such as The Dynastic Hero - TurboGrafx-CD. We already have the Sega version. What's this Baseball Stars going to the UK? Can the US except to keep getting all the obscure Neo Games and not the good fighting games? The Neo Geo fans want the fighting games!!!! Also, the SNES fans want the RPG games, like the Final Fantasy series and Chrono Trigger! GET ON THE BALL NINTENDO!!!



Ben said:

I agree with Ed. I used to be excited for monday mornings, itching to see what new games had come out on the service ... and i now i just prepare myself for disappointment. Pokemon Snap? Really? That's what we have to be "excited" about coming out. boo nintendo, boo.



alvieao said:

This week may be better in some ways, but I also agree with Ed. I'm really surprised that North America still did not get King of Fighters '94. Nintendo of America, do you have any idea what the audience really wants? Bring these games instead: Bangai-O (Import), Mischief Makers, Super Mario RPG and Vectorman.



Locke said:

I'll agree with Ben and Ed; I'd like to see a Final Fantasy installment or something which holds a little more significance in the history of one of the VC consoles. Ever since the first VC titles dropped, I've felt Nintendo has a bad habit of showering its customers with lackluster games and sprinkling in a classic title every now and again. I understand they don't want to keep all their eggs in one basket or whatever, or kill the interest in the VC by making all the must have titles available too soon, but I feel they are leaning on the side of dropping a lot more mediocre titles than worthwhile ones. However, VC sales are soaring so I guess the uneven proportion of good to whack games isn't dissuading people from buying, but it may start to weigh on people as time goes on; I know I'm beginning to get frustrated. I mean, I had to wait one year for Super Mario Bros. 3! What's up with that? Anywho, I gotta defend Pokemon Snap, which is actually one of the better N64 titles; I mean, I wouldn't have believed it myself before sitting down with it, but it kicks ass for real. One.



glopesci said:

YEEEAAAAHHH!! Eternal Champions was MY FAVORITE FIGHTER until Eternal Champions part 2 came out on Sega CD!! Listen to those who have never played this game...I don't know how hard it will be to play this because I used a 6-button sega controller when I played back in the day and I don't know how well a regular Wiimote(that's all I have) or a classic will translate BUT for it's time these characters were HUGE!! There were only about 9 Fighters but they were so UNIQUE and had soo many different fighting styles, projectiles and powers and instead of the people being able to kill you i.e. fatalities from Mortal Kombat, in EC you would fight your opponent in a way to manuever them to a certain place on the level where something in the envoirment would do the job for you. I used to love that. Also the original had an option to replay the entire match and your could rewind and control the speed in which you watched it. Can't get over that combo you put together? Rub it in the face of your opponent but showing it in super slow motion!! LOL Get this game....well unless you have the option of getting EC2: Challenge From the Darkside....that is still one of the most unique, creative and insanely addictive fighters I have ever played!!



Kenji510 said:

Eternal Champions is one of my favorite games and ill think ill go and download this game!



Zweck36 said:

I am filled with anger. Where the heck is KoF!?!?!?!? Now Europe is totally kicking our ass!!! That is fine because they have the better countries, but we are the fat lazy ones, who deserve the good games to loaf to. Damnit



Don said:

If they bring Earthbound (Both the Japan only Famicom release and the SNES release) and Super Mario RPG on the VC, then I won't complain if they release nothing but junk games for the next 3 months.



eflin said:

You guys need to stop hating on the VC so much. There have been some bad games in the past few weeks, but there are still plenty of gems on it. I would be hard pressed to believe you have played all the quality games on it already. Nintendo is just spacing out the games and letting some lesser known titles be seen. Also it makes sense we get a couple of dud weeks after super mario galaxy came out. That and SMB3 should have you plenty busy still.



Bass_X0 said:

ED, Square Enix are in charge of saying when the Final Fantasy series and Chrono Trigger are coming to Virtual Console, not Nintendo.



Paul-J said:

Lets be patient guys we have had some great games on the VC this year, so many exciting titles have come out this last year. Some times in life it's good to take the rough with the smooth, I read the other day we had to wait two years for the SNES! and we waited in the UK 2 weeks for the Wii. I bought the Wii on the back off the VC games and I think we're lucky just to get VC!. Hay Nintendo is Mario Kart, the SNES Version for VC this Christmas a possibility? please guys!!!!!!!!!!!



mercatfat said:

Get over the idea that Final Fantasy will ever come to VC. Square is apparently still perfectly capable of re-releasing the games for $30 a pop and having them sell like crazy, so an $8 download isn't going to happen. Sorry.

I realize that Square is selling "remakes," which devalues the price of the original. Since the game itself is still largely the same, though, so it's still extremely unlikely to ever come out for download.



JNoodles said:

Ah, yet another week of waiting for something good to come out. Hopefully next week, Pokemon Snap will come out as promised by!



Bass_X0 said:

theres really no reason why would lie or put up the date if it hasn't been confirmed.



Bass_X0 said:

Oh, and mercatfat - I really wish Square would either release Secret of Mana 1 on the Virtual Console or port it to DS or PSP. I'd definitely buy it enhancements or no enhancements for whatever they're selling it for.



Viral said:

I'm an American that is in England. It's amazing how many titles you guys haven't had the priviledge of playing. Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG have to be the biggest titles to ever hit the Super Nintendo and it would be a shame to take that away in this day and age. I'd personally give the Nintendo Wii about...3 years before the best of the best are all finally released. And why is there no Super Mario All Stars? Because it'd save you money from buying all the previous Mario titles (1,2,3,LostLevels). No Mario Paint? The flyswatting game was sweet. And I still think that the Nintendo Wii has the capabilities of playing the ORIGINAL Gameboy and Gameboy Color games...Legend of Zelda : Oracle of Seasons & Ages anyone?



Bass_X0 said:

well obviously it has the capabilties of playing the original game boy games. but there's rumors of a "virtual handheld" for an upcoming Nintendo handheld machine.

Nintendo would rather have you buy the NES Super Mario Bros. games for 500 points each than give you all four for 800 points. I say *when* Super Mario Bros. 3 downloads are so low that very few people are downloading it, Nintendo will start considering putting All*Stars up to make an extra 800 points from those who've already downloaded the NES games.



BJWanlund said:

Terrible, TERRIBLE week.

And that's putting it lightly.

IMHO, this is WORSE than last week's absolute travesty.


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