We haven’t seen a great amount of new Virtual Console releases lately. If this week’s UK eShop schedule is to go by, Nintendo has been busy stashing them away for a quiet spell.
A quiet spell such as this week. This Thursday sees the release of two Wii U indie titles and six new arrivals across the Virtual Console services. Or to be more accurate, five Virtual Console releases and the arrival of 3D Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (£4.49) on 3DS.
New features for this iteration include local co-op and versus play, plus a stage select option and an easier ‘Ring Keeper Mode’ in which Sonic only losses half the rings when getting hit. Kids today have it easy. That said, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was always seen as the easiest out of all the 16-bit games.
There are no other 3DS releases out this week, leaving the Wii U with the rest of the retro goodies.
Sports games first. Mario Sports Mix is arriving with a temporary discount, bringing the price down to £13.49 until 15th October. After that it’ll set you back £17.99. Steep, considering pre-owned copies on Amazon start at around £3. The N64’s Mario Golf seems a wiser purchase, at a slightly more modest £8.99. N64 VC releases don’t come round often and we recall this being pretty good.
We can thank Namco for both Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures (£5.49) and Dig Dug II (£3.49). Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures launched on SNES and Mega Drive back in 1994. Believe it or not, it’s a point ‘n’ click adventure with a strong emphasis on puzzle solving. Reviews were mixed, with many critics of the era calling it an acquired taste. Dig Dug II meanwhile is the NES version. Unsurprising, considering the NES was the only console to see a home conversion. Unlike the first game, it takes place on an island with an overhead view. It’s not as well remembered as the original and our eyes that’s a decent reason to give it a try.