EU VC Update: Clu Clu Land and Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
Let's see how generous Nintendo is for Europe this week - We get a game the US already has and a game which is already available in a superior form!
Clu Clu Land is likely the third-last non-import Nintendo game for the NES (The last remaining likely games being Golf and Pro Wrestling). You play as Bubbles as you float around a maze, grabbing poles to swing yourself around and uncovering gold bars to gradually reveal a picture. You also have to avoid the nasty Sea Urchins and other dangers which appear in the maze. The game is quite fun for a while, but like most old NES games it's extremely simplistic - Almost every level is the same, meaning it gets boring quite fast. Check out our Clu Clu Land review.
The other new game isn't a much better deal though - Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair is pretty much exactly the same as Monster Lair for the Turbografx-CD - Pretty much the only difference is that the Mega Drive version has worse graphics and music, making this release practically completely pointless. On top of that, the game itself isn't that hot either - It doesn't play at all like any other Wonder Boy game, it's more like a platformer mixed with a shoot 'em up. We'll have our review up soon, but until then you can check out the Monster Lair TG16 review to get an idea of what to expect.
Still no Hanabi Festival! Don't you hear all those sweet imports just begging to be released?