Burning Fight is your typical Final Fight clone, with three characters that bear more than a passing resemblance to Cody, Guy and Haggar. Still, it’s easy to forgive this painfully unoriginal game because it happens to be very playable and in many ways it betters Capcom’s seminal scrolling fighter.
Ninja Combat is another scrolling fighter, which, as you might guess from the title, features ninjas in various combat situations. This one isn’t really a classic and showcases some amazingly goofy visuals but still entertains regardless; it even manages to bring a few neat ideas to the table at the same time.
The final game in the trio is Art of Fighting 2. If you liked the original then this will be right down your street as its fundamentally more of the same with a little more polish; personally speaking we weren’t that amazed with this when it was first released as the gameplay is still a little too clunky to really compete with the likes of Street Fighter 2, but it’s nevertheless gone down as a bit of a fan-favourite with SNK fans so it will represent another worthy addition to the Virtual Console line-up.
We may not be getting the cream of the Neo Geo crop just yet but these three games are still decent enough to consider downloading, despite being some of the first titles to be released on SNK’s legendary superconsole. They’ve all been rated by the Australian OFLC and that means we’ll be getting them at some point in the near future, so start stockpiling those Wii points.