Virtual Console Previews/Reviews – Week of April 9th

Wii Virtual Console:

30000 high score? n00b.

Galaga (NES): I don’t really need to explain this one to the people who would be reading this article. Galaga was an awesome arcade game and the NES conversion was good enough to recommend this purchase to any fan of classic shooters.

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle (Sega Genesis): A horrible game. I have no idea who is deciding what titles are released for the Genesis, but they should be fired. Seriously … Alex Kidd?!? Before Earthworm Jim, the NHL series, Road Rash, etc.? This game is worthless.

Bravoman (TG16): Another good game for the TurboGraphix this week. Bravoman is a platformer that moved between classic side-scrolling play and pseudo-3D shooting levels (think 3D World Runner for the NES) with some great level design and perspective tricks. As the titular hero, you use your Stretch Armstrong-like appendages to battle the army of Dr. Bomb. Quite fun and a worth the money.

XBox Live Arcade:
Boom Boom Rocket: Only one title this week, and it’s a bit weird. A rhythm game from the makers of Project Gotham Racing and Geometry Wars in which you use controller buttons and movement to light off fireworks over a 3D modeled city. Seems like it could be fun but it doesn’t look like there’s much to it.

No more arcade games this week, but I’d like to rant about the incredibly insulting pricing for the Guitar Hero II music pack downloads. $6.25 for three songs?!? You have GOT to be shitting me. That means it will cost over $100 for the entire set of songs from Guitar Hero I. I don’t think I have to even mention how ridiculous that is. The reason I held out for the 360 version was the promise of downloadable content, but this is just evil. At least I got a USB guitar controller that I can use with the freeware PC program Frets on Fire. This is going to anger a lot of fans, so I can see the track list growing exponentially in the next few weeks from its already 150+ songs but new content won’t come out for that long. Take that MTV … you can blow me!

If you can’t blow your hand off, the excitement just isn’t the same.

Also, the expansion pack for Marvel: Ultimate Alliance was pushed out recently. It adds new heroes: The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, Cyclops and Nightcrawler; and new villains: Magneto, Dr. Doom, Sabretooth and Venom. Each character is playable in the single/multiplayer campaign and comes with new costumes, special powers and even in-game dialogue. Add to that new achievement points to be earned and it’s definitely a worthy download.

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17 years ago

Yeah, I was also disappointed on the whole Guitar Hero downloable content prices. Major Nelson tried to defend it, but I, the consumer, don’t give a shit about licensing or anything like that. I see the price and what I get, and I feel that it’s a rip-off. I would have bought them all by now, but I seriously don’t see the point anymore. I may buy one of them if I get bored, but it’s not going to be anytime soon. I seriously hope no one buys them either, to show how broken the whole system is. And if we do the math, theoretically, wouldn’t each song be $0.99, just like iTunes? Where’s that extra dollar coming from?