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US VC Releases - 4th February - Operation Wolf

Posted by Damien McFerran

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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User Comments (54)

Angelic_Lapras_King

#1

Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Yeah, least theres Lord of Thunder coming as our ray of hope.

Wonder what we ll get in turns of our monthly N64 game, since Japan is getting the Japan Only Custom Robo V2? o.o

Shortay

#3

Shortay said:

Bad week for the US, but at least you got 2 games... even if they are pretty awful.

Will

#4

Will said:

So i guess thats our EU games of choice this week as well. Let me express my feelings through emoticon. :(

McCabe

#6

McCabe said:

where are megaman 2 (I don't much care for mm1) and vectorman? seriously...this is kinda silly.

Clayfrd

#8

Clayfrd said:

Two lousy games, eh? That's no fun. Still, we've got WiiWare games to look forward to, as Jogurt said. Perhaps Nintendo will release a good day's worth of games soon.

Kawaiipikachu

#9

Kawaiipikachu said:

Mirokunite you got a cut avatar meanwhile i slack at uploading mine .
Anyway back to the point .
If these are bad ports of arcade games i'm 25% accept the complaints this time .
There are a few games i'm waiting for some that doesn't show any sign of poping up anytime soon (e.g. Mario Paint) but still there are a wide selection to choose from allready & it's going to be much wider in years to come & i'm pretty sure at some point Mario Paint end up being released after all the Wii Remote (not Wiimote) is more than perfect mouse subsutute

Boredom_v2_2

#10

Boredom_v2_2 said:

Operation Wolf looks like a cruddy game you would find at a cruddy, not redesigned or redecorated diner! You know what i mean kinda?
Also, i don't care what games we get from now til March. I just want Wii Ware games!

Boredom_v2_2

#11

Boredom_v2_2 said:

Wait i take my last comment back! I forgot, since this week is 2 games, you know what that means!? Next Week will be our 200th game! Now it's probably very obvious that our 200th game will be a Nintendo game. The question is which game will it be?

Bass_X0

#12

Bass_X0 said:

They gave you Zelda II for the 100th game, I doubt they care about giving you good games for such milestones. I'll be gladly proven wrong though.

ChinSpin

#14

ChinSpin said:

the wiiware will be here soon and will be enjoying ourselves with it while we wait for good games to come to the virtual console

SuperMichael64

#15

SuperMichael64 said:

neither interest me... but i'll still wait because I know Nintendo always has something up there sleeves

Bass_X0

#16

Bass_X0 said:

I wouldn't put all my hopes in WiiWare actually until we see the quality of the games. I hope we Europeans don't get today's U.S. releases this week.

djshep1973

#17

djshep1973 said:

Man, I saw the headline of Op Wolf and got pretty excited - if only they chose the PC Engine version! Oh well, I'll get back to waiting for Axelay to appear in Europe! :-)

TheAmazingRaccoon

#20

TheAmazingRaccoon said:

that is weird djshep1973, I live in New Zealand (same region as Europe) and I have had Axelay for several months.

Bendover83

#21

Bendover83 said:

SSB should be the 200th game. Nintendo wouldn't make many sales if it was to come out closer to Brawl's release (Either Monday March 3rd or 10th), because everyone would want Brawl and not the original. If its not SSB, then it should be Karnov or Gaunlet.

ChocoDK

#23

ChocoDK said:

What is Lords of Thunder anyways? But I am happy for the people who are looking forward to it atleast they get something they want. I am still waiting for the SNES version of Harvest Moon to be released. But atleast it wasn't one game like I expected.

7th_lutz

#24

7th_lutz said:

Lords of Thunder is a shooter for the Turbo duo/tg-16. It is a sequel to Gate of Thunder.

I expect Lords of Thunder coming next week or the week after.

Mike1

#25

Mike1 said:

Operation Wolf I played as a kid and didn't enjoy it. Please Nintendo let Super Smash Bros. be the 200th game!

tnk4god

#26

tnk4god said:

wow, now there are some bad games, sorry guys I just miss the real oldies like wasteland and bards tale, or pool of radiance. Does anyone know what I am talking about?

Or heck even dragonwarrior 1-3

Adamant

#27

Adamant said:

"that is weird djshep1973, I live in New Zealand (same region as Europe) and I have had Axelay for several months."

Oceania is considered a separate region from Europe as far as the VC is concerned. While they have Axelay, Europe does not.

Kelvin

#28

Kelvin said:

tnk4god, those are excellent games, but I doubt we'll be seeing any Gold Box titles on VC any time soon. The closest we'll probably get is "Heroes of the Lance", and the less said about that one, the better.

tnk4god

#29

tnk4god said:

Kelvingreen, I must agree about that one, heroes was such a waste of money and time, I kept trying to squeeze any kind of fun out of it to justify the money I spent on it, but alas, it was not a curse of the azure bonds type of rpg.
I miss the old ssi gold box games.

Kevin

#31

Kevin said:

Ahhh, more crappy releases. I'm starting to give up. Especially since we havven't gotten either mega man and vectorman yet.

saturnkid

#32

saturnkid said:

Call me some kind of masochist but I'm really looking forward to Thursday, just to see how bad it's gonna get for us PALs. Instead of disappointment I want to see how far Nintendo will go to screw us!

BJ1

#33

BJ1 said:

Another silly week! Oh well, I'm pretty sure things will get better soon.

DamoAdmin

#34

Damo said:

Perhaps Nintendo of Europe will surprise us this week?

It's certainly happened before... ;)

Kelvin

#35

Kelvin said:

We can but hope. A week with Mario Tennis 64, River City Ransom and SNES Mario Kart... I believe it could happen! ;)

saturnkid

#36

saturnkid said:

They certainly could surprise us, considering Nintendos release policy seems to have no known logic. Damo, with that last comment you seem to have an air of knowing something we don't...

DamoAdmin

#37

Damo said:

saturnkid - You'll just have to keep your eyes on the site, won't you?

alvieao

#39

alvieao said:

This week must be an awful one, even with two games out and neither are any good. Imminency is an issue for good games to come out on Virtual Console...

Herandar

#40

Herandar said:

Who else is wondering if the green beret helps the guy in the arcade picture?

I know everyone wants every game they loved in the past to be released immediately, but that can't happen. It does take some work to get the games onto the VC. I'm very satisfied with Nintendo releasing 200 VC games in 16 months.

Now if only they released Sky Kid...

Rapadash6

#41

Rapadash6 said:

Hmm... Virtual Console seems to be loosing it's edge. Hopefully Nintendo has something special planned for the 200th release to jump start interest again.

Roo

#42

Roo said:

At least neither is Cruis'n USA...

...that's about all I can think of to say regarding this week's releases that isn't pessimistic.

Masuyo

#43

Masuyo said:

Wow I'm really starting to hate whoever is in charge of releasing VC games. if they were intelligent they would have releases smash bros to pump us up for next month's release... but they're not.

Lwaad

#44

Lwaad said:

You know, maybe I'm in the minority here, but there are A LOT of good games on the VC right now, more than I have the time or money to keep up with. Even though there are still a lot of good ones out there, I'm not really sure we can expect the quality to greatly improve from here on out. At some point, all they can do is keep cranking out crappy games b/c all the good ones are gone, right?

marktheshark

#45

marktheshark said:

Just be patient, after all, some people might have Operation Wolf or Columns 3 on their VC wishlist or maybe both. There's a ton of good VC games to tide yourself over.

DJ_Triforce

#47

DJ_Triforce said:

I don't even know what to say... this is the first time Nintendo has ever let me down... No Zapper?!

DamoAdmin

#48

Damo said:

This is the FIRST time they've ever let you down? Wow, you must be really easy-going! :D

Mad_Bomber

#49

Mad_Bomber said:

I spent all day yesterday curled up in a ball and sobbing until I decided to look on the bright side of things - At least it's not like Nintendo had a few fantastic games already out in Europe they could have released in the US on Monday. I mean, these two games were obviously the ones most demanded by gamers. We should stop our wining and be grateful that Nintendo has decided to release anything on the VC at all. Especially since it is such a horrible failure of an idea that hasn't been able to make them even the most minuscule amount of profit...

Sarcasm keeps the tears away...

Meh. I just downloaded some Genesis games I had been holding in reserve. And who knows, maybe WiiWare won't suck.

Zweck36

#51

Zweck36 said:

I predict we will get Smash, and Harvest Moon for our special milestone next week!

ATRUEZELDAFAN

#53

ATRUEZELDAFAN said:

Wow. Two crappy games....that only people who dont read reviews before they buy games will dl. way to go Nintendo.

Kenryoku_Maxis

#54

Kenryoku_Maxis said:

So glad I actually have my NES and Zapper still.

...and I actually bought this game for a dollar fifty, hard copy. Is it as horrible as everyone is saying? Yes and no. But hey, I have an actual Zapper. And even if Duck Hunt, Wild Gunman, Hogan's Alley, Gotcha, Gumshoe, To The Moon, Freedom Force or the rest came out for Virtual Console, the Wii Zapper, PS or the rest could never replace the original Zapper!

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