US VC Releases - 4th February - Operation Wolf

You can practically hear the sound of a funeral march as this week’s North American Virtual Console releases slowly appear from out of the impenetrable mist…

Those of you that moaned about the solo-game weeks will be heartened to learn that you have two games to choose from today, but the bad news is that both aren’t really worth downloading.

Operation Wolf on the NES may cause some to prick up their ears in interest – hit Taito coin-op on successful 8-bit hardware – surely this is a winner, right? Wrong. The game serves as a chilling example of why some arcade games should stay where they belong – home hardware often isn’t up to the task of replicating the same experience.

Puzzle fans may find something to like with Sega’s Columns III - Revenge of Columns, but in all honesty the original game (which has been a resident in Virtual Console Town for some time now) is a much better choice as it’s unhindered by the myriad of pointless additions Columns III attempts to force on the player.

So there you have it, another week of shattered dreams, broken promises and terrible arcade conversions. But chin up, eh? WiiWare will be with us soon, and Hudson has PROMISED that Lords of Thunder will be out this month.

Operation Wolf - NES - 500 Points

Columns III - Revenge of Columns - Genesis/Megadrive - 800 Points

Note that these games will be available for download on the Wii shop at 9 a.m. Pacific time, and not a moment sooner!

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