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Six Capcom Arcade Classics Launching on VC this Winter

Posted by Trevor Chan

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As revealed at Comic-Con, New York this year, Capcom is planning on bringing some previously Japan-only Virtual Console titles to the West and, if all goes well, we will be tucking into some retro classics this Winter.

Currently, there are six titles scheduled for release in North America and Europe, and from the most recent press release, here are some summaries for those not familiar with the games:

1942 – This classic vertically-scrolling shoot 'em up is perhaps Capcom's finest moment in the pre-Street Fighter era. Spawning a million clones and re-appearing throughout the history of gaming, 1942's biplane action needs no introduction. And now, for the first time on the Wii, the original and best version.

Black Tiger – Fight your way through colorful, action-packed levels in this 1987 arcade classic. Explore huge, sprawling levels as a powerful barbarian, seeking to defeat menacing bosses. Plus, upgrade your character with one of the first inventory and power-up systems ever built.

Commando: Wolf of the Battlefield – Experience the Capcom arcade game that spawned a multitude of clones as the original Commando comes to your living room courtesy of the Virtual Console Arcade. Take control of Super Joe and shoot your way—in all eight directions—towards the enemy's territory, using grenades to wreak havoc with enemy placements in this seminal genre creator.

EXED EXES – A retro classic from Capcom's arcade line-up in 1985, Exed Exes is a vertically-scrolling shooter that's sure to bring back fond memories. Dodge bullets! Collect fruit! And go for high scores in the most furious sci-fi insectoid shoot 'em up ever made.

Ghosts ’n Goblins – Ghosts ‘n Goblins is a classic game that packs a heavy punch (and lance). Experience the smash arcade hit from 1985 as you help Arthur defeat hordes of monsters in his attempt to rescue the princess. The first (and possibly only) game in which taking a hit reduces you to your underwear.

SONSON – Experience the original adventures of the Monkey King in this action-packed side scrolling adventure. Rapidly switch between different levels of play to shoot dangerous enemies in the face! A truly original concept, this quirky, old skool arcade classic has been a rare find in the west since its arcade debut in 1984. Until now!

It's not known in what order the titles will launch on the Wii Shop Channel, but keep checking back with Nintendo Life and in the meantime, be sure to visit the official Capcom Arcade Classics Facebook page for tidbits, screenshots and videos.

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User Comments (46)

Aronos

#2

Aronos said:

I would recomend people just getting the Capcom Classics Collection Volume 1 and or 2 if they can. You'll be getting a much better deal if you plan on getting a few of these or others.
Anyway, these games are great no matter how you get or play them.

Peznaze

#3

Peznaze said:

Ahhh... Those are some of the same games they've got in the Capcom Arcade App. That has 1942, Commando, Ghosts n'Goblins and Street Fighter II. They charge $3 per game there, so on WiiWare it'll probably be 500 points per, considering all previous iPhone to WiiWare ports.

BulbasaurusRex

#8

BulbasaurusRex said:

"previously Japan-only Virtual Consoles titles"

I highly doubt 1942 is or ever will be on Japan's VC, seeing as it was never originally released in Japan due to the very good reason that you fight against the Japanese in that game.

SwerdMurd

#9

SwerdMurd said:

SON SON! Exed Exes! Black Tiger!!

WOW! So glad it's not just Streetfighter 2 and Final Fight and all the predictable ones....these releases I can get behind.

1942, Commando, and GnG are all on iPhone already on their Capcom Arcade app...one of many things that makes me wish iPhone games were actually able to be controlled, cause it's a great idea for an app/system (free app, 3 "coins" per day, extra coin packs can be bought or individual arcade machines can be unlocked for free play)

CanisWolfred

#10

CanisWolfred said:

I'm totally getting Commando, Black Tiger, and 1942. Might even get Exed Exes, too, though it looks a little too repetitive.

WarioFan63

#12

WarioFan63 said:

I highly doubt 1942 is or ever will be on Japan's VC, seeing as it was never originally released in Japan due to the very good reason that you fight against the Japanese in that game.

Not only did it originally get released in Japan, but it was confirmed as coming to the Japanese VC a few months ago.

SepticLemon

#15

SepticLemon said:

hmm... I've heard this plenty of times, but WHEN are we getting these!?

Oh, before you say it, yes they say Winter, but I want an actual date...

CanisWolfred

#17

CanisWolfred said:

You'll get an actual date when they announce an actual date, which will probably be during the month of release in PAL, and never in NA.

WanderFan91

#21

WanderFan91 said:

@Banana_Jane - true, but the compilations were never released on Nintendo consoles. Not everyone owns a PlayStation 2, a PSP, or an XBox.

My personal Top 4 for best G'nG titles are:
4. Ultimate Ghosts'n Goblins
3. Ghosts'n Goblins
2. Ghouls'n Ghosts
1. Super Ghouls'n Ghosts

kurtasbestos

#26

kurtasbestos said:

Oh jeez, 1942 is just one year off from my favorite arcade game of all time. I might get this one, but if Capcom releases 1943 I'll probably never need to buy another game again.

WolfRamHeart

#27

WolfRamHeart said:

I really excited about getting Ghosts 'n Goblins. Hopefully, the arcade version of Ghouls 'n Ghosts will be next.:)

Knux

#29

Knux said:

Sounds awesome, but I better not get my hopes up until they are actually released [considering the VC is almost completely dead].

Link79

#30

Link79 said:

I find it hard to get excited about upcoming VC games when so many keep getting rated but they hardly ever get released anymore. We'll probably be waiting three months to get even one of these games.

Popyman

#37

Popyman said:

SonSon and Black Tiger look awesome, I'm for sure getting at least one of them.

RantingThespian

#38

RantingThespian said:

I can't wait for 1942! I loved playing that on Nintendo all those years ago. It is my 2nd favorite Vertical Shooter of all time (with Tyrian being my 1st)

Crunc

#41

Crunc said:

I have to say, I'd much rather 1942 came out on the 360. I know there's an "enhanced" version there, but I mean the original. I've got an HRAP EX-SE stick for the 360 that I'd sorely like to use with this game. There's nothing like that stick for the Wii. Sigh.

MeloMan

#42

MeloMan said:

1942, the arcade Ghost N Goblins (got an axe to grind in that one), Black Tiger, and Son Son for me.

NeoShinobi

#46

NeoShinobi said:

Meh, the only game I could see myself getting is Black Tiger. And I would probably get the PS2 collections before downloading any of these.

Still though, its nice to see SOMEBODY supporting the VC with some arcade games.

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