Donkey Kong goes ape, Streets 2 rages on Virtual Console

Super Nintendo platformer and Sega Genesis beat-'em-up joined on Wii's downloadable game service this week by TurboGrafx-16 shooter Blazing Lazers.

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Boot to the head.

Each participant in the 16-bit era console wars is represented in the Virtual Console's new release section, as Nintendo is making a trio of retro games available to Wii owners today.

Representing the Super Nintendo is Rare's 1995 platformer Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong's Quest. As the name implies, the game moves the focus from Donkey Kong to young Diddy, who with the help of his girlfriend Dixie Kong must play through dozens of levels in order to escape the Kremlings' island. With support for one or two players, Diddy Kong's Quest is available for 800 Wii points ($8).

Originally released in 1993, Streets of Rage 2 picks up the story of the three protagonists from the seminal Sega Genesis brawler: Adam, Axel, and Blaze. When Adam is kidnapped by the nefariously anonymous Mr. X, Axel and Blaze must save him with the help of Adam's younger brother Skate and the muscle-bound Max. As in the first game, players pummel their way through waves of street gangs, making use of a variety of weapons and techniques along the way. The one- or two-player game sells for 800 Wii points ($8).

It's actually less confusing in motion.

Last but not least of the week's releases is the TurboGrafx-16 game Blazing Lazers. A vertically scrolling shooter in the same vein as Super Star Soldier or Soldier Blade, Blazing Lazers puts players in the standard shooter role of an experimental star fighter pilot who happens to be Earth's last line of defense against alien invaders. However, the gameplay goes beyond the standards of its day, with four different weapons, each with its own multitiered power-up levels, as well as support functions from floating gun turrets that follow the player to shields and more. Blazing Lazers is a single-player game and is available for 600 Wii points ($6).

Discussion

80 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

Acid_Kitsune writes: It's not about being able to afford them or not, it's about these things being nothing but roms, which costs them nothing to produce, and selling them for 8 dollars when they should cost half of that. Actually, it's not that simple. In order to get the games to work reliably on modern hardware, there is some tweaking / additional programming necessary. ROM emulators can be a crap shoot for all but the simplest systems. And let's not forget that some games are actually adding features, such as online multiplayer. Secondly, there is a licensing cost involved with most of these games. Trust me, Konami, Midway, Namco, and Taito (or whoever holds the licenses on their old games now) are looking to cash in one more time on whatever small investment they may have made to purchase the IP. So it's not just your favorite console-maker sticking cash in his pocket; other parties gotta get paid too. And finally, some people actually like their software to be obtained legally. It's easier on their consciences. ;)

Acid_Kitsune
Acid_Kitsune

brettneo3012 All I hear is the games are overpriced! If you can't afford them, than go make some money! I've at least spent $80 on the VC. ------------------------------------ It's not about being able to afford them or not, it's about these things being nothing but roms, which costs them nothing to produce, and selling them for 8 dollars when they should cost half of that. They should, at least, have some special offers every once in a while, give freebies, or anything at all (the star points in europe are a good start)

Gooper_Blooper
Gooper_Blooper

I still have my original, working Streets of Rage 2 cartridge. ^_^ I only read twenty or so comments... How many other people pointed out that DKC2 is actually called "Diddy's Kong Quest"? Conquest, Kong Quest, har har it's funny.

yman173
yman173

After nearly a month of crap-releases, its nice to finally see Nintendo put some quality games out there again. Blazing Lazers was one of the best reasons to own a TG-16 back in the day, and any of the DK Country games speak for themselves. I think this is the first time there's been 2 games released in a single week that are worth downloading! Now if only Nintendo will keep it up with some quality NES & N64 titles in the coming weeks!!!!

smithy1185
smithy1185

I'm so glad they got Streets of Rage 2 on there which is great since I just got my Wii.

heyhamburgerpim
heyhamburgerpim

What sucks is XBL getting Rush'n Attack. I would happily give over Streets of Rage in exchange.

dmastor
dmastor

AWWWWWW XBL not getting street of rage? that sucks

LuNcHbOx313
LuNcHbOx313

I love how no one on here cares about anything else besides SoR2. Shows how pimp that game is. Classic

IndyGrave
IndyGrave

I hope Chrono Trigger is coming to WII Virtual Console because the game is so fantastic!!!!

themush72
themush72

A few little words......"PC Console Emulation" and "Free" spring to mind....$8 for a snes game.....lmao!

sieg6529
sieg6529

how are these downloadable games newsworthy?

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Blazing Lazers, The reason I bought the TG-16 way back in 1989. Donkey Kong Country 2 Diddy KongQuest was one of the greatest games on the SuperNintendo.

Chadius
Chadius

Hey, where did my Wii points go? Aw nuts.

aashkii
aashkii

Yay, DKC2! Now Nintendo just needs to get DKC3 on the VC, which is my fav SNES game ever!

angelserval
angelserval

*Fingers crossed* Really hoping for a fast Euro release for Streets of Rage 2 and Blazing Lazers. Have FuN, play a Game. ^-^

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

Rage 2 was considered by some to be the best in the series, I still like the first one better though. I never liked the DKC series, but it is why Nintendo's dev unit is called the Treehouse to this day, so somebody bought it. People thought that the games were 3D and that the SNES was somehow able to put out realtime rendered 3D. In truth it was all pre-rendered and the game was made of sprites like any other game. Blazing Lazers is a damn good shooter, with lots of weapons, and is freakin' long. The music and voice in the game are very memorable. It was the first of the new era of shooters to come out in the US back in 1989. Although Guardian Legend and Zanac for the NES are still the best for the 8-bit generation.

gpyott
gpyott

Streets of freaking Rage 2?! Okay, now I am SO hating on you Wii owners!

Jones1982
Jones1982

Bah, Nintendo have some top-notch classics that you can download. Unfortunately for me, I only have an Xbox 360 so have to put up with the continuous flow of shoddy games that I'm not interested in. Still think SOR3 smashes SOR2 though!

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

Streets Of Rage 2? STREETS OF RAGE 2? Okay, what's the qualities of the game? Okay, music? Best ever to grace the Sega Mega Drive. Gameplay? More defined and arguably better than Streets Of Rage and Final Fight, period. Plus the Mega Drive could handle more sprites on screen then the SNES. Graphics? Some of the best 2-D artwork and trickery you'll ever see. Is it any good? Better than that. It's a masterpiece. I have the original Mega Drive game and it's my most treasured possession. You lucky Wii owners, you have a great selection of games on the loose.

NightRain
NightRain

Streets of Rage 2!!! You lucky Wii owners....

football_legend
football_legend

VC is getting buffed up rpetty quickly, nintendo needs to release a presinstalled atleast 4GB memory in wiis.

BadMunky
BadMunky

finally i can play streets of rage 2

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I dowloaded Diddy last Friday. Awesome game. I hope Streets 2 hits the UK this Friday.

acerazer
acerazer

Donkey Kong Country 2.... what a classic.

SHEATH013
SHEATH013

There are very few games that are perfect, and games in the platformer and adventure genres will never attain that title. A perfect/complete game is going to have to be its own game designed around its own engine with no conceivably practical improvements that could be made upon it. All three of these games are well worth playing for their own reasons, they ought to be $20 today not $6-8.

weathertrooper
weathertrooper

I'm getting it tommorow after class gets out, both DKC2 and SoR2. Time to kick some a$$...on the...STREETS OF RAGE!

collintitus
collintitus

nintendo not forcing anyone to buy the games. the virtual console is offered as a service

brettneo3012
brettneo3012

All I hear is the games are overpriced! If you can't afford them, than go make some money! I've at least spent $80 on the VC.

thaflu
thaflu

If they're overpriced, then don't buy them.

rike17
rike17

dude seriously alot of these games are overpriced, to me the virtual console is only a must have for perfect games, like zelda ocarina and mario brios 3

MJ22see
MJ22see

Lace up the Skates! (bad joke)

GizmoVirus
GizmoVirus

Awesome! once again Nintendo delivers

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

Sweet Streets 2 rages was one of the few games i was waiting for

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Apes + Video Games = Good News. With the first two DKC games out, Legend Of The Mystical Ninja and a whole lotta Zelda and Mario? I've got no complaints with the VC's selection. Now if we could just do something about it's absurd pricing structure...

UltraCell
UltraCell

YYYYYEEESSSS! Was waiting for Streets of Rage 2... Now Downloading! :-)

amanimeka
amanimeka

Streets Of Rage 2....the epitome of Beat 'em Ups. Nothing can touch this one...I'm waiting for Bloody Wolf on TG16 and I'll be Good......

HyruleanLink
HyruleanLink

Awesome releases. I think that DK2 was the hardest in the series on SNES.

luckjon
luckjon

Where's Perfect Dark 64? When will i finally be able to play 4 player split screen with 12 bots with NO slowdown?

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

DKC2 coming to the US as expected as it came to Australia last week, hopefully that will see DKC 3 coming out later in the year.

Articuno76
Articuno76

SOR...the franchise that begs for a new iteration.