USA VC Update: Sonic (Master System) and Splatterhouse 2
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
If you've been keeping up with the news and saw our recent articles, you would've known that Capcom, Hudson Soft and SNK Playmore all "confirmed" that one of their games would be released on VC today in the US. These games would have been Mega Man, Ys Book I & II, and Samurai Shodown II, all classics and very well liked among retro gamers. Sadly, it appears that Nintendo of America is having none of that (Just like two weeks ago with Star Parodier and Break In) and has chosen to release completely different games instead.
Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Master System will probably immediately be written off by many as being an inferior port of the Genesis/Mega Drive version of the game. This is completely wrong. The game has pretty much the same gameplay as its 16-bit counterpart, but features completely different levels, extra Zones, and other noticeable changes. It's not as good as its bigger brother, but it is a good game in its own right and for only 500 points you can't really go wrong here.
Splatterhouse 2 is the sequel to the arcade game Splatterhouse, which was released on Virtual Console over a year ago as the TurboGrafx-16 port. Splatterhouse 2 is not a port, as it is exclusive to the Genesis/Mega Drive. It's not much different from the original game, featuring the same "Run right and clobber everything you come across" gameplay, but obviously having different levels, enemies, bosses and weapons. We don't think it's as good as the original game, although the game itself can't really help this, as it's got more to do with the console it's on.
We'd really like to know what happened at Nintendo of America for a disaster this big to happen - Three fantastic games all announced by their respective publishers (Who presumably got confirmation from Nintendo), only to have two completely different games come out! We can only wonder what happens next week, as Star Parodier and Break In, both already delayed two weeks ago, are rescheduled to be released then!
On WiiWare this week, you can download Wild West Guns, a shooter not unlike the Wii game Link's Crossbow Training, except it is obviously set in the wild west. Check out WiiWare World for more info as usual!