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US VC Releases - 14th April - Mega Turrican

Posted by Darren Calvert

If you like blasting things then you are in for a treat this week as this Monday’s Virtual Console selection will give you hours of blasting pleasure.

First up is Mega Turrican on the Sega Genesis. You might remember this as Turrican 3 on the Commodore Amiga. It's kind of a mix between Metroid, Contra and Gunstar Heroes but that doesn’t really do the game justice. We think it is well worth a look for run n’ gun fans, even though Super Turrican on the SNES is already on the VC and in our opinion has the edge on this.

A second Master System game appears this week to join Wonder Boy. Fantasy Zone is well worth a look. It is sort of like a cute version of Defender. It is one of the more memorable games from the early Master System library, your 500 Wii Points would be well spent here.

Get blasting!

Note: These games will not be available in the North American Wii Shop Channel until 9 a.m. Pacific time on Mon 14th April.

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Will said:

Wow, hard luck US, still no C64? Your missin out on some quality Impossible Mission. By the way, MARIO KART Wii IS FLIPPIN FANTASTIC!!!!!!



calc_nerd said:

yeah...good to see you are happy, but we have brawl, which is ten times better, so ha ha!!!!!!!!!!



ZueriHB said:

I have Both, and good for the US to get Mega Turrican, it's a nice game.



Jolted85 said:

Turrican is good fun, I enjoyed Super Turrican on the SNES, I guess the Genesis version is just as fun though, is there any big difference from the SNES or Genesis version?



lordbowser said:

I figured we'd be getting Mega Turrican this week. Fantasy Zone was okay but I'm gonna pass on that one for now.



Viral said:

I'm glad we didn't get shafted as much as North America did. Phew...and Mario Kart Wii rocks. Can't wait for Wii Fit. You may have Brawl, but we've got one awesome one you're still waiting on.



ReZon said:

When NA does get Mario Kart Wii though, Euro will still not have Brawl...

Anyway, I can't believe how disappointing the VC has been this year so far. I mean it's good for my wallet, but I'd rather see at least some games that I'm waiting for.



D00M said:

I thought Ninty's plan was to release decent VC games when Wii releases dry up? So why did EU get 4 games on Friday when MKWii came out? Don't you think it would of made sense for EU and NA to get SNES Mario Kart in case people couldn't afford MKWii?
And yeah MKWii is great but really it's not that groundbreaking, Most of the new tracks are meh...



Tim said:

@DOOM, Nintendo doesn't have a plan for how to release VC titles. If they did there would be a method to their madness that we would be able to decipher.



Will said:

True, I cant wait for Brawl, I know its going to be incredible. But right now racing online mario kart with friends is too much fun Considering we were still playing double dash here up till yesterday, I expect the life span of mario kart wii to be quite some time indeed. WEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Spills said:

Duuuuude, what the frig is up with all the shooters? Nintendo do you not realize that in a few weeks we are all going to be consumed with GTA IV and Mario Kart Wii? I guess my Wii points will go unused for another week. If ur gonna put out 8-bit games on the Master System, you could at least give us 3 or 4 to choose from each week and throw some variety in there. We have enough shooters already!



Stuffgamer1 said:

I think I still have the unlicensed Tengen NES release of Fantasy Zone, but the Master System version looks a little better. Might download it soon.

I'm surprised that Europe already has Mario Kart Wii (seems abnormal for Nintendo), but I'm happy for them. We get so many awesome games before they do, and some of the great stuff we have never released there at all! Mario Kart's only two weeks away for U.S. anyway, and I can pass my time with Brawl, Double Dash, Mario Power Tennis, and Kirby's Air Ride (I'm obviously not too picky with multiplayer Nintendo games, at least in reference to their age.) And, of course, there's plenty of great single-player games out there (especially if you have more than one system like I do. Xbox 360 and PS2 can eat up a lot of time).

Also, I've been wondering something. Will, is your avatar from anything in particular, because it looks familiar. Just curious!



Bass_X0 said:

there's only a finite amount of shooters they can put on the virtual console. they should be drying up soon with the TG16 at least.



Kelvin said:

Jolted85, Mega Turrican places less emphasis on exploration than the first two C64/Amiga games, but it's less linear than the SNES titles. So consider it a transition between the two "eras" of Turrican.

I'm pleased that the US is getting Master System games too. It'll show them what they missed when the NES ruled the roost over there!



kitroplious said:

So Europe is stepping it up (however because of C64). When the WiiWare games comes here, the # of VC games won't matter to me that much anymore. I will be more interested in WiiWare when the time comes! (May 12, 2008).



Ender2010 said:

I know Im beating a dead horse, but is still really want Majoras Mask I hope we get it before wii ware, otherwise I think it won't come out till the next zelda game.



jg233 said:

"I'm glad we didn't get shafted as much as North America did. Phew...and Mario Kart Wii rocks. Can't wait for Wii Fit. You may have Brawl, but we've got one awesome one you're still waiting on."

Great for you....



WarioFan63 said:

Yeah considering how it was only reported that Sega said in a press release that Master System would cost 400 points and we never saw the actual press release, Im guessing

A. The Press Release never existed
B. It existed but there was a typo
C. It existed but the plan didnt go through
D. Or maybe it did?? The Future knows...



Objection said:

Yeah, its not horrible but definitely no must haves. As for you Europeans bragging about MK Wii...good for you. Seriously. I'm glad something good kinda happened for you on Wii. Since you apparently have to wait until July for Brawl, its good that you got Mk a few weeks ahead.



That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

Go get Fantasy Zone! It´s not just "another shooter", it has a unique atmosphere. The game is pure LSD and not like cutsey-shooters a lá Parodius.

Mega Turrican is a game I have yet to play, but I´m sure I´ll get it one day since I love both Amiga and SNES Turrican.



MrPoo6321 said:

Too bad for stateside VC this week... I'm still pissed we don't have Vectorman yet. I'm just glad there's a lot of good Wii games I have to play at the moment like Brawl, Z-Dub, Tomb Raider Anniversary, and Okami comes out in a few days.. and next week I'm buying a PS3 w/a copy of Ninja Gaiden Sigma and then I'll probably get GTAIV when it comes out.... so I have plenty to hold me over before Mario Kart... in fact, I'm not actually all that thrilled about it... I doubt I'm gonna get it on release day.



Fulgor_Astral said:

Brawl > any game europe has right now, have fun with MKwii, im replaying Subspace Emissary (its so frikin gooooood!!)

Mario kart is meh...

except for SNES Mario Kart... i hate this week's virtual console :s, hope it gets a relaunch soon on VC



Jay1 said:

The bickering in here about who's got what makes for great reading. Zzzz.

I wonder if there are plans to release more games in territories for which their was originally no release? Like the Hanabi festival. Rendering Ranger would make a nice VC release.



bdavid81 said:

Hey! Brawl does not blow... it rocks! And, I love Mario Kart Wii over Wi-Fi, but not really enjoying it on single player for unlocking. Damn CPUs ** me off.



Splutter said:

Not a bad week for that States two games that don't suck and you're probably all playing brawl anyway I've been pleasantly surprised by the VC the last couple of weeks especially Europe getting the master system as well. If I can't find a copy of mario kart today I'm gonna download Fantasy Zone



Timmy said:

no C64 in aus either... nothing in aus no brawl no mario kart... sigh... still no fire emblem 10 and that came out in japan in feb last year



E-dawg said:

Well at least you Americans got another shooter out of the way, I mean how many more can Nintendo possibly put on the VC...



Viral said:

True E-dawg. I say bring the garbage, that way, that's out of the way, they'll have no choice but to release gems.



Jockolantern said:

I'm really dying to see Shining Force II and Kirby's Dream Land 3 get their releases on the VC, but... I gotta' say that I'm actually glad nothing in the past month has interested me enough to download. Smash Bros. Brawl is all too amazing and is the precise opposite of "blows."

Can't... stop... playing.



DEMON212 said:

Well Jay, I've got 250+ games and 500-ish DVD's, so you're gonna have plenty o' interesting readin' when this chat kicks off



Kevin said:

I can wait for Kart as Brawl is taking up most of my time. Both releases are not that bad actually. I'm surprised we don't have the commodore yet though.



ChocoDK said:

B-O-R-I-N-G! Oh well I guess this is good so I can use my Wii Points towards when Wii Ware comes out =). And I can't wait for Mario Kart Wii to come to North America.



Adamant said:


The correct answer is B. It existed but there was a typo. Master System games were always going to retail for 500 points.



MaxPlastic said:

Honestly, I haven't touched Brawl for weeks now... I'm more hyped about Mario Kart!
All around the board tho, I think everyone's getting' shafted on the VC... Where the f[BEEP]k is say... FFOne? Or even... Uniracers? Something quality, please! Ooh! Beetle Adventure Racing!



Drake said:

I've played both Brawl and MKWii and I honestly have to say I like MKWii more. Admittedly Brawl stopped working with the Freeloader after about 3 startups, so now I have to wait for the PAL version to come out and then get Nintendo to repair my lens (Instead of letting them do it now, because then it'll cost me), but still.



Charco said:

"@stuffgamer1, nope its just me in a balaclava, doing my best revenge of Shinobi impression! What did you think it was?"

It looks a bit like an album cover by Sabac Red from the hip-hop group Non-Phixion. Maybe that's where you saw it stuffgamer1



Rapadash6 said:

I might actually try Fantasy Zone. I've always heard such good things about this series and being the big TwinBee fan I am, it looks to be in the same league. Still, a less than spectactular week for North America, as usual.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@Will- I HAD thought it looked like Lin-Ku from Press Start (awesome movie, by the way. If you've never heard of it, check out, but looking again I realized that the mouth cover was different. I guess it was just the eyes that looked similar (the expression on your face fits Lin-Ku perfectly).
@Charco- I've never even heard of Non-Phixion, so that definitely couldn't have been it. I don't listen to that kind of stuff (prefer to stick to video game soundtracks and Weird Al).
Anyway, this was all terribly off-topic. Sorry about that. You may all resume your normal opinion wars (just a joke, but you know it's true!).



will1 said:


I don't need these horrible games for VC. I want to support NINTENDO but the only good games that are coming out have been made like four times or more ( i.e. Metroid, Mario, Zelda ). We get it nintendo you can make a great mario games now can you share some of that goodness with other companies so we can get some rpgs that are not for the 10 and younger crowd... (pokemon). I can already see it now... Nintendo cancels VC release due to lack of sales!!! At least there will always be emulation!!! I am more than happy to pay for the same game I already bought when I was nine for 30 bucks., ya i'll buy it again but don't expect me to pee my pants for games that were at the bottom of the list then. guess what... they are still horrible games! If you want me to buy horrible games then release Maniac Mansion with wiimote compatability or something. We have to boycott these horrible games being re-released and quit convincing ourselves that these games are actually worth buying. Who's With Mii?



Bass_X0 said:

Okay. I'll boycott it until there is something i am willing to pay for appearing on it.



brooks83 said:

Will - Neither one of these games are horrible, if you would try them you would understand. Personally, I want EVERY game to be on the VC, even one's I don't like. I'm not happy with the way Nintendo is handling the VC at the moment, but boycotting it is stupid and Nintendo is gonna make a huge profit on the VC no matter what they release, so it's not going away anytime soon. Just remember, 2 years ago there was no Virtual Console.



v404 said:

Will said:

"I can already see it now... Nintendo cancels VC release due to lack of sales!!!"

HAHA, being the cynic I am, I found this funny & disturbingly plausible. However, I find it just as likely that NOA knows that they're holding out on the goods... Perhaps they're more inclinded to release solid titles during formal Wii Game "dry spells."



Adamant said:

I love how people constantly mistake "games I haven't heard of before" with "horrible games".

Both these games kick ass.



Clayfrd said:

Ugh. I've been hurting for Wii Points. Hopefully I can get a card soon. I have no idea how I'm gonna spend 2000 points, though...

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