Action trio lands on Wii VC

Original NES Castlevania whips its way to downloadable-game service alongside the SNES Legend of the Mystical Ninja, TG-16 Shockman.

Wii Classic Controllers are in for a workout this week, as a trio of mettle-testing action games are arriving on the system's downloadable game service. The original Nintendo Entertainment System's Castlevania headlines today's new releases, and it's joined by the early Super Nintendo action adventure Legend of the Mystical Ninja and the TurboGrafx-16 side-scrolling cyborg shooter Shockman.

Originally released in 1987, Castlevania started Konami's long-running series in a straightforward fashion. As Simon Belmont, players have to fight their way through Dracula's castle one stage at a time until the climactic showdown with the dreaded vampire lord. The whip is Simon's weapon of choice, although items like holy water, boomerangs, and a watch that stops time can assist him in eliminating the zombies, skeletons, and flying medusa heads in his way. Castlevania is available for 600 Wii points ($6).

For fans of more lighthearted fare, there's Legend of the Mystical Ninja. One of the earliest third-party games on the Super Nintendo, Legend of the Mystical Ninja was the first in Konami's Goemon series of colorful ninja games to be localized for North American audiences. The game combined action and adventure elements in gameplay encompassing traditional side-scrolling action with three-quarters overhead-view segments. Players could work together as Kid Ying and Dr. Yang to fight through 10 stages with such devastating weapons as party favors, pipes, yo-yos, and money. Legend of the Mystical Ninja is available for 800 Wii points ($8).

Gamers looking for a different style of two-player cooperative action games can check out Hudson's 1991 side-scroller Shockman. The game is actually the second in the series, but like Goemon, only the first to garner a domestic release. Players take control of Arnold and Sonya, a pair of Shockmen cyborgs, and battle through eight stages of platforming and side-scrolling shoot-'em-up action. Shockman is available for 600 Wii points ($6).

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tastycasey27
tastycasey27

TheGreatTK, wot internet connection are u using it only takes me about 30 seconds to download snes games and just over 1 min for N64. it just sounds like you dont like nintendo and are trying to put people off buying VC games, nobody is forcing u to buy then so stop moaning. if u can get them free and play them on your pc, why the heck are u complaining anyway, just sit infront off your pc and wait for the police to arrest you for playing illegal games.

TheGreatTK
TheGreatTK

To those that complain about playing games on PC.. Original controls? Ok, i can buy an adaptor box that will let me connect my NES,SNES,N64, AND PSX controllers to my PC for about the price of this game. IMHO, the adaptor has more value. Illegality? Perhaps. But then again, charging six bucks for something i can have for 1 or 2 (original cartridge, 'natch), or even free if we download the rom (and i might add, downloading the rom is easier and quicker than mucking around with the VC download service), is right out highway robbery. The RIGHT thing to do would be: 1. NES is an easy system to emulate, so there's absolutely no reason to be releasing 5 games a week, tops. Especially considering each game is LESS than one megabyte! Value packs FTW 2. LOWER THE PRICES! Straight ports of something that can be had for free, easier, elsewhere, are NOT worth six dollars each! 3. And let's speed up the wii shop while we're at it. Tell me why it takes over 10 minutes to download a SNES game (at 8 bucks.. *groan*) that can't possibly be much bigger than 1-2 meg? On CABLE?

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Admittedly, I burned myself out on Castlevania from playing SOTN on 360 for weeks straight, but any problems I've had with the Big N have been more or less washed away by Legend Of The Mystical Ninja being made available.

GKBeetle
GKBeetle

pencilpusher69 Davv111 "I'd rather play them/all on the pc." Illegally, and on controls that don't in any way match the experience. Awesome for you. . My thoughts exactly.

Arley569
Arley569

chanceman23 "I was promised Vectorman in April. This did not happen. I am displeased" Me too!!! :(

Mr_Saturn26
Mr_Saturn26

castlevania YES!!!!!, mythical ninja YES!!!!!!!, shockman uh ok thats cool i guess.

hammer_of_thor_
hammer_of_thor_

If I ever find time for Wii, I'll pick up Castlevania, but I'm playing Pokemon ha.

V-Nine
V-Nine

Looks like May is the start of the month of dissapointments all across the board.

chrsvic
chrsvic

Where the hell is Zelda II: The Adventure of Link? Nintendo lied to us that Zelda II was going to be released on April 30th. I am so mad at nintendo

chanceman23
chanceman23

I was promised Vectorman in April. This did not happen. I am displeased.

evry1snice
evry1snice

So they finally give me some Mystical Ninja, but I wanted the one for the N64. I'll wait to purchase until I can get that game.

vaejas
vaejas

Gimme Pocky & Rocky!

Mr_Apple_Soup
Mr_Apple_Soup

nice.....won't buy any of these though...waiting for some more mario and star fox (snes)

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Oh, I remember having a ton of fun with Legend of Mystical Ninja. I wonder if it aged well. One way to find out...! ^_^

Chronixxxx
Chronixxxx

Shockman doesn't look bad for a Mega Man type game. I think I'll get it and Ganbare Goemon....maybe Punch-Out!, but I already own it for my NES...and Super Mario RPG for my SNES...I feel sorry for those of you that have to wait for it :)

BadMunky
BadMunky

im soo buying all 3 as soon as i can get my wii to a good internet. this will be the first turbo-grafix game im gonna buy to.

murlow12
murlow12

Overpriced, as always. I'll pass.

Hippostrike
Hippostrike

Mystical Ninja for the N64 is one of my favourite games of all time. I'm going to have to try the SNES adventure as soon as I can.

sdcazares1980
sdcazares1980

What is up with Konami charging us $6 for the regular NES games?

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

bought and bought and bought. now time to find time to play them

RetroGameFanCom
RetroGameFanCom

Shockman is cool if you like mega man type games. very similar type game. love me some TG-16 action!

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

Davv111 "I'd rather play them/all on the pc." Illegally, and on controls that don't in any way match the experience. Awesome for you.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Those are some good titles. The Wii VC is pumping them out at a very good rate.

Davv111
Davv111

I'd rather play them/all on the pc.

frostybubbler
frostybubbler

I don't want games I can already buy on my damn GBA!!

MJ_at_the_Stop
MJ_at_the_Stop

Castlevania...good stuff!! I distinctly remember loving that Mystical Ninja game during my youth, even though I believe I only rented it. Overall Nintendo has done a good job of release decent titles for the VC...but PLEASE OH GOD IN HEAVEN CAN WE GET SUPER METROID!!!!!

Pete5506
Pete5506

cool, but just a little much

Chainblast
Chainblast

"$5 is too much? $5 is cheap in a world where a latte costs that much." All too true. People don't **** about spending $5 on something they'll piss out within 2 hours but they complain about this. Crap is crap but the good games are in most cases worth the price.

AngelCage
AngelCage

I said "some XBLA prices" not "ALL XBLA prices"

Jimbones0
Jimbones0

How come every where else in the world has Actraiser and Final Fight, except for the U.S.? Enough already!

kazya_mishima
kazya_mishima

ZOMBIES ATE MY NEIGHBORS!!!!!! worth $10, nintendo needs to quit stalling

slayer1090
slayer1090

dn3datomiced AngelCage, you're too good to buy a $6 dollar game that's easily worth the money? For shame... .-.-.-.-.-.-.-..-.-.-.-.-.--.-.-.-.--.-.-.-.-.--.-.- Shame? Where? Don't be a fanboy. Castlevania WAS a great game in it's days (i can remember it) but for now, a perfect port, without any kind of work (nothing more than make the rom and put it in the VC channel) $5 - $6???? It's too much, especially is you compare the prices with some XBLA prices, revamped-reworked old games for $5. DLC on xbox live for Guitar hero 2 for a couple of songs it costs 800 MP

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Castlevania! Sweet! But I already have that on my NES... Now Mystical Ninja, I remember playing that very well. I wish they would go back to calling it Goemon...

skaluv
skaluv

They also rewrite the manual and supposedly test the roms. I say supposedly because I have had numerous Genesis titles lock on me if I use the classic controller instead of the Gamecube controller.

AngelCage
AngelCage

dn3datomiced AngelCage, you're too good to buy a $6 dollar game that's easily worth the money? For shame... .-.-.-.-.-.-.-..-.-.-.-.-.--.-.-.-.--.-.-.-.-.--.-.- Shame? Where? Don't be a fanboy. Castlevania WAS a great game in it's days (i can remember it) but for now, a perfect port, without any kind of work (nothing more than make the rom and put it in the VC channel) $5 - $6???? It's too much, especially is you compare the prices with some XBLA prices, revamped-reworked old games for $5.

compman3000
compman3000

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CyleM
CyleM

should i buy shockman?

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

Castlevania? Hmmm... I might have to check that one out during the summer drought.

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Legend of Mystical Ninja was great, but any time I tried for real I lived in constant fear of their saving method. VC does bypass that right? If so, it's a whole new ball game :) :)

mhder
mhder

$5 is too much? $5 is cheap in a world where a latte costs that much.

maxmax1234
maxmax1234

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OmataSSKKorosu
OmataSSKKorosu

nintendo needs to release some worthwhile games on the vc now! They just did.

Hawk456
Hawk456

Whip it... whip it good