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The OFLC Rates More Capcom and Sega Classics for Virtual Console

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Expect more Final Fight, Phantasy Star and Shinobi in the near future.

The OFLC had a decently-sized update today, in which they added some new games rated in the past few weeks. These ratings have revealed a few new VC games for future release in PAL regions.

First up is Final Fight 2, the second in the Final Fight series which was, and still is, exclusively for the SNES. This game makes up for a lot of the flaws in the SNES version of the first game - There is now a 2-player mode, and the boss from the stage which was cut appears again in this one. You can once again play as the most hardcore mayor of all time, Mike Haggar, or you can pick one of two new characters, Maki, a female martial arts expert, or Carlos, a swordsman. Let's hope that Final Fight 3, arguably the best game in the series, will follow as well!

Sega is also releasing two more games which we kind of already figured would be coming. The most noteworthy of these is The Revenge of Shinobi, the second game in the Shinobi series. After its original release, which included various licensed characters like Spiderman and Batman, it was rereleased in edited forms multiple times, and included on some collections for the Sega CD, PC and Dreamcast. Since then, however, it hasn't been rereleased on any platform, meaning this will be the first time in about 10 years that the game is rereleased. Japan already got the game a few months ago, but we're not sure which "version" (With which licensed characters, if any) of the game they have - We'll just have to wait and see!

Also not very surprising is the release of the final Phantasy Star game, which just so happens to be the first game in the series! Unlike The Revenge of Shinobi, this game has been included in a few recent Sega collections, but at least now you will finally be able to have all 4 classic Phantasy Star games on your Wii!

In less important news, the OFLC has also rated Detana!! Twinbee, but we already knew it was coming, as it will be part of this month's Hanabi Festival! A few WiiWare games have also been rated, namely LIT, Mahjong and TV Show King 2.

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User Comments (36)



Will said:

Revenge of Shinobi is a must buy for EVERYBODY. It should be mandatory to download this game when it comes to VC. I have a megadrive with the cart (batman, spiderman included) but I'm still gonna purchase again. This will be good.



Dazza said:

Spidey will probably be changed into a green coloured character or something. This is what SEGA have done with the XBLA version of Shinobi Arcade which also featured Spiderman like foes on level 1-2.



Chunky_Droid said:

It will certainly be interesting, MOST of the stuff that comes on VC comes out untouched, save for a few exceptions.

What's on the rom in Japan?



calculon said:

I'll stick with Shinobi III - the gameplay in Revenge looks considerably more wooden and dated when compared to its sequel.

I've never been a big Final Fight fan, but I might give FF2 a go. Phantasy Star is probably the worst series of RPGs I've ever encountered (with the exception of Online) so I won't be bothering with the original.

At least there's still Twinbee, Bomberman and Kirby (and hopefully LiT) to look forward to next month and I hope TV Show King 2 is A LOT better than the half-arsed original. Mahjong might be good too as long as it's not another in a long line of patience games in which case it's a no-go.



Ratengo said:

@Drake: I see that the OFLC rating for 'Detana!! TwinBee' is revised and has the same file number as 'TwinBee' (T09/268). So when will you delete the TwinBee page then? :-/



blackknight77 said:

Alright another Final Fight game!!! Now we need Saturday Night Slam Masters. Glad to see more VC games rated and it looks like Shinobi and Revenge of Shinobi may hit the VC soon.



Sean_Aaron said:

I've got The Super Shinobi on my Japanese VC, but I haven't picked it up in awhile so I cannot confirm the appearance of these licensed characters -- the game gets quite difficult early on, so I can see why I've read bad reviews of it in the past.

Where do Batman and Spider-Man appear?

I do hope they won't change the Spider-Man like character in the arcade game. I'll be getting it on the Japanese VCA when it comes out, so hopefully it will be the same!



Bass_X0 said:

They will, Super Sonic. But how long they will take to appear is another thing.



The_Fox said:

Final Fight 2! It's not as good as the first one, and some of the levels drag on but I'm still looking foward to it.



LinktotheFuture said:

I am excited about Final Fight II, I never had the chance to play II or III. If they come out, I will get both.



Sean_Aaron said:

I'm about ready to delete the freaking thing so I may not find out. I'll give it another go tonight. I think I left it at a continue point near the level 2 boss battle, but I'm not sure...



Jolted85 said:

revenge of shinobi is already rated for a release in the US, so were getting it too



aaronsullivan said:

For what it's worth, I've always maintained that Phantasy Star was, by far, the best of the series. It's a bit simple, but being able to map the dungeons square by square made them much more interesting and the graphics were far more interesting than 2 even though we are comparing Master System to Genesis here!

What I'd really like is a translated port of Phantasy Star Generation One. That's a PS2 refresh of the game that was exclusive to Japan. sigh



RurouniTeeter said:

Yay~ More games people are gonna be all "Why isn't _____ out yet!?"
Minus that fact... They're good games. The third Final Fight is my favorite, then second, then the first. I don't think I'll really buy Final Fight though, played sooooo much of on my emulator... Kind-of sick it now.
@9. Mama Luigi
Is that allllll, you have to say about this? Really?... Who said anything about the game coming out anytime soon anyway? Why not just play 1,2, and/or 3? I know everyone has their favorites, but come on now... Plus got have a Mega Man for Wiiware, so that's 4 Mega Man games you could be playing.
I believe they got released over there... Hopefully...



madgear said:

Damn! I thought "get ready for more Final Fight" meant I was going to be seeing the arcade version then! Can't say I'm that interested in Final Fight 2 - will see, I MAY get it.

Revenge of Shinobi on the other hand - awesome!



ocarinaoftime said:

im glad too see more vc games coming if nintendo will start giving us more than just one vc game a week...... there lots of games they can release but we will all be 100000 years old before nintendo reasles them at the one vc game a week......



vio said:

Now that's a little more like it! About time Final Fight 2 got it's VC release! We've had the Streets of Rage trilogy for a while now. We need the Final Fight trilogy to go along with it.

Thank you Capcom.



ToneDeath said:

Unrelated perhaps, but I was watching the film 'Streets of Fire' with a friend earlier. Did you know it was a major influence on Final Fight, and possibly the whole beat-'em-up genre?



WarioFan63 said:

So nobody has problems that we're probably gonna skip Final Fight Guy?

Then all is going according to plan....



Rapadash6 said:

Good to see Final Fight 2 and Phantasy Star recieve ratings finally. It's bittersweet though because we really should've recieved both these games already, had the releases not slowed so significantly in the past year or so.



Mama_Luigi said:

@ RurouniTeeter

I've played MM 1, 2, 3 and 9.
That's why i want MM4.
But i guess these upcoming games are good too but i don't really care about those games.



LEviathan said:

"Where do Batman and Spider-Man appear?"

They're the bosses of Level 6. Also, in the first version, Rambo-lookalike mooks start appearing in Level 3 and the Level 7 boss its Godzilla.
Spiderman's appearance was apparently cleared with Marvel (unlike the others) so he's in every revision.

It's a given that Sega will used the final revision that was released on Sega CD and Dreamcast (with everyone but Spiderman changed). But will they go through Marvel again to keep Spiderman or get rid of him?
Either way, considering how Nintendo has steadfastly refused to release EarthBound on VC because they didn't feel like removing a couple of Beatles samples, I'm glad Sega is at least looking into Revenge of Shinobi.



vio said:

WarioFan63: I could personally care less about Final Fight Guy. It was basically the same as the first game with a few minor changes, namely being able to play as Guy. But they still left out co-op play, which was a mistake. Just give me Final Fight 3 now and I'm happy. Hopefully we won't have to wait another 3 years just to get that one. Speed up your releases Capcom!

Mighty Final Fight for the NES and Final Fight CD for Sega CD would be cool though.

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