StarTropics is one of those franchises that saw its start on the NES and never really took off after that. Playing somewhat like a tropical version of The Legend of Zelda, StarTropics was something of a cult classic, made particularly famous for a letter which came with each copy that players had to dip in water to receive a secret message to progress. It's sequel – Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II – was a worthy follow-up to the original, though it didn't do very well due to being released too late in the NES's life.

While the series has still been on ice for over twenty years and doesn't look like it'll be coming back anytime soon, Nintendo has finally opted to bring these two titles to the North American Wii U Virtual Console. It may be several months behind the equivalent release in Europe, but this'll nonetheless be a welcome inclusion for those who have been interested in this piece of Nintendo history and didn't pick it up when it previously came out for the Wii.

What do you think? Will you be getting either of these? Do you think the series might come back someday? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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