EU VC Update - International Karate +
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
It seems this week is some sort of "arcade week" in Europe, as there are three new games which all have distinct arcadey gameplay. If you don't like karate, painting roads or golf, then this week is not for you!
International Karate + is the extremely popular sequel to the original International Karate. Aside from allowing up to 3 fighters in one battle instead of 2 (Although one of them is always a computer, there is no 3-player mode), it is impossible to get completely knocked out, as you will always get up again after a short time to continue battling. The first person to get 6 points will be the winner. This is highly recommended by us as a C64 classic which still plays well even today.
City Connection was released in the US some time ago and is a NES port of the arcade game with the same name. In it, you play as a racer, travelling the world in his in order to paint all the roads white, to prove that he has visited each location. While the arcade game enjoyed modest popularity, the monotomy of the gameplay sadly isn't really too hot these days, so you probably won't like it unless you played it in arcades!
Neo Turf Masters is a golf game for the Neo Geo, as you might've guessed by the title. You can pick from 6 players as you travel the world in order to clear a number of holes. The game was released around the mid-point of the Neo Geo's life cycle, so it has some rather nice visuals, and the gameplay is actually not too shabby! The game also does something that was popular around the time - When your golfer is taking a swing, it appears as if he is an animated photograph of a real person.
Although not necessarily a bad week, we were sort of hoping Nintendo would release five games again, as they only released two the previous VC update! Next week is probably WiiWare week again, so you'll have to wait a while for the next chance at five games!