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Cute Konami Shooter Pop'n Twinbee Is Coming To The Virtual Console

Posted by Damien McFerran

The only question now is which one

The Australian Classification Board has revealed that Konami's Pop'n Twinbee is coming to the Virtual Console. The vertically-scrolling shooter is the sequel to the original Twinbee, and takes place in a cartoon-like world where you pilot a ship with arms.

However, before you get too excited about the prospect of playing the amazing SNES version, it's worth noting that a port was also released on the monochrome Game Boy, which — in its Japanese form, at least — pre-dates the SNES version by three years.

Launched in Japan in 1990 under the title It's Twinbee!!, the game saw release in Europe in 1994 — shortly after Pop'n Twinbee hit Nintendo's 16-bit home console.

The rating doesn't indicate which version of the game this is, so at the moment we could be looking at a 3DS eShop or Wii U eShop release. The fact that the Game Boy edition is already available in Japan suggests that is the more likely option, but who knows?

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suzzopher said:

I hope it's the Super Nintendo version. Maybe then we could also get the amazing Rainbow Bell Adventures too!



Jese_1 said:

Whilst I do love the SNES games on the VC, there's something about Game Boy games that I just can't say no to.



Nintenjoe64 said:

@Ony We're still waiting on N64, Mega-Drive, Turbo Grafx, C64 et. I have a feeling that WWHD's 500,000 copies sold will make Nintendo abandon the GC VC and try to make a load of full priced remakes.



StephenYap3 said:

If it's coming to the US, YES!! Oh, bring Rainbow Bell Adventures here too! Those two titles are two of the best Konami games I've played on the SNES.



StarBoy91 said:

Yay, Pop'n TwinBee!!!! IMO, a very excellent cute'em up, which I played on TwinBee Portable for the PSP!

It's the best TwinBee ever imo, which says a lot considering I also played TwinBee Yahho!, which is also excellent!

As for the Game Boy game... it's not the same game as the SNES one. The portable version, TwinBee Da!!, is essentially a remake of the first game (which got a really good remake in TwinBee Portable). The only reason why anyone would consider it to be the same game as the SNES title is because Konami gave it the same title as the 16-bit game when released in Europe. It's a sad, strange set of circumstances, really.



dazzleshell said:

please let it be the 1st snes one. Brilliant 2 player game and some of the best music ever on the snes!



Captain_Toad said:

Woah. Twinbee on Snes has been all the rage these days. Even an RPG I'm hearing? This I gotta see!



StarBoy91 said:

Pffff, Axelay is overrated; Life Force is where it's at! Still a good game on its own though, to each their own

I've also played the spinoff TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventure for the Super Famicom, and while it's not as excellent as Pop'n TwinBee is, it's a really great game imo! I feel bad though that Europe got the version equivalent to that of the short end of the stick, 'cause it deprived them of experiencing the game like it was meant to be experienced. It's really fun, cute, and incredibly charming (I'm currently at 97%, only five more fairies to collect and I'll get the best overall ending!); Sparkster meets Sonic the Hedgehog, as Shiryu once described it in one of his videos. It's quite an apt description if I do say so myself.



Zemus-DJ said:

@WanderFan91 Gimme life force on 3DS with download play so I can enter the code then steal all my buddies powers ups while he gets ticked!! Brings Back memories ^.^



Capt_N said:

Never Played any, but Nintendo should always go the extra mile to make sure the different ver.s are available. They did it for a few games on Wii's VC, as I recall. It wouldn't be the first time, if we got the SNes one, & then later got the GB one, while Japan's scenario about the series would be the vice-versa.



unrandomsam said:

@WanderFan91 Life Force is just an inferior port if you are talking about the NES version of Salamander.

Gun-Nac or Crisis Force are the best NES ones.

Recca even is miles better than NES Life Force.



SparkOfSpirit said:

It's probably the Game Boy one. Konami is so slow with VC releases.

Now, Nintendo. Where are the other VC systems for the Wii-U? It's about time to add them back.

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