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Ironclad Gets ESRB Rating, Shoots It

Posted by Jon Wahlgren

Shmup'ing its way onto the North American Virtual Console

The North American shoot-em-up crowd may have looked at the Japanese Virtual Console with some envy the past few months for having the Neo Geo CD release Ironclad ready and willing, but the jealous glare will hopefully soon diminish as the Entertainment Software Rating Board has put their stamp on it.

The Neo Geo game has been rated Everyone 10+ for fantasy violence and mild language. ESRB, would you care to explain?

This is a side-scrolling shooter in which players control a small aircraft that battles enemies in an alternate 1920s setting. Players use flame-guns, missiles, lasers, and rockets to destroy an assortment of small spaceships and robotic creatures. As players manoeuvre and attack in the foreground, images of houses burning, buildings in ruins may appear in the background. The laser fire is loud and constant, and enemies burst into fiery explosions amid the frenetic combat. Text-based dialogue includes the phrases "[W]e come in to have some gore," "cheerful torture brothers," and "killin' is such a bore." The word damn also appears in the text.

Sean Aaron reviewed the Japanese VC release in December and thought it was a real keeper. There's no date set so far, and ESRB ratings for Virtual Console games aren't always the best indicators for when a game will actually be released, but it's a start.

Thanks to Bstiles for the tip!


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User Comments (19)



Objection said:

Sounds interesting. Hope it arrives soon. VC could use a "shot" in the arm.
BOO, get off the stage!



MrMartinLee said:

My jealous glare did actually diminish a bit. Now between this and RUNNER I'll be needing some more points...



Bikeage said:

Sweet. Maybe the US will see another Neo Geo release soon. Out of all the VC consoles its the least represented... some will say no it's the N64, but c'mon, you can pick one of those up cheap at any secondhand store or Ebay. For a system out of reach to many consumers, the lack of Neo Geo VC games is contrary to what I expected from the VC.



JamieO said:

For me this is the best bit of Virtual Console news in ages. Sean's review is brilliant, before then the game was barely on my radar, but his coverage of the Japanese version placed Ironclad high up on my wish list. I never really thought it would make it to the West, though.
Anyway that is a lesson learned, keep your glass half full and proper retro treats like this will keep on coming. Sweet, indeed. Cheers for the news Jon and to his source, too. Hug the messengers!



Aenaida said:

One of the few Neo Geo titles I'm interested in. Can't wait for it to be released on this side of the Pacific.



Tails said:

I 2nd that Wolf Ram. I am sure I will have more then enough money for when this comes out Thank god for my hours FINALLY picking up! And also yay for another VCA title and being a import!



vio said:

Cool. First Fatal Fury Special and now this. Looks like 2010 is going to be a much better year for the Neo Geo on VC than 09 was.



Namo said:

First we get Cho Aniki and now we get Ironclad?!

All we need are Ai Cho Aniki and a few more R-Types and we have all the shooters we need!



CanisWolfred said:

First we get Fatal Fury Special, and now Ironclad could be coming out soon? Wow, I might actually have to buy some VC Neo Geo games for once! Things are really turning around for the better!

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