Ninja Spirit, Blazing Lazers confirmed for Wii VC

Shinobi-style action game and vertically scrolling shoot-'em-up set to arrive next month, along with fellow TurboGrafx-16 games Ordyne and World Sports Competition.

The original US Ninja Spirit cover art.

With another month nearly in the books, Hudson has once again updated its list of TurboGrafx-16 games headed for the Wii's Virtual Console. In May, the publisher expects to see another quartet of offerings from the 16-bit-era console appear on Nintendo's downloadable game service. The slate of titles for the month consists of a pair of shoot-'em-ups in Blazing Lazers and Ordyne, as well as the action game Ninja Spirit and the Olympic-style World Sports Competition.

Originally released in 1989, Hudson's Blazing Lazers is a vertically scrolling shooter in the mold of previous Wii Virtual Console releases Super Star Soldier and Soldier Blade. Players pilot a lone ship against an alien armada, choosing from four different weapons that can be powered up multiple times.

With cartoonlike visual sensibilities and horizontally scrolling action, Namco Bandai's Ordyne offers a distinctly different take on the shoot-'em-up genre. Also released in 1989, Ordyne belongs firmly in the "cute-'em-up" subgenre of shooters.

Irem's arcade action game Ninja Spirit arrived on the TurboGrafx-16 in 1990 and featured a high-jumping protagonist mowing down waves of kite ninjas, staff-wielding monks, and boss demons with the help of a sword, various projectiles, and a handful of doppelgangers.

Released in 1992, Hudson's World Sports Competition offered TurboGrafx-16 players the chance to engage in some Summer Olympics-style fun. The game featured more than a dozen events, including shooting, rowing, swimming, archery, and track and field.

All games are currently listed with a May release window and a price of 600 Wii Points ($6). TurboGrafx-16 fans looking for something to tide them over until the next month's releases may be pleased to find that Hudson has also given the previously announced action game Shockman a Wii Virtual Console release date of April 30.

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47 comments
theKSMM
theKSMM

None of these games are currently available anywhere else, so I might have to pick up one or two.

NinjaShadows
NinjaShadows

360's arcade needs more games like this!

StarkJJ
StarkJJ

Shockman is a lot like Mega Man guys. Check it out.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

enoslives7 "6 bucks a piece ?!?!? What a rip-off !!!!" Uh, sure. Hit some more of that Dimetap, will ya?

skaluv
skaluv

I reccomend Bomberman and Dragon's Curse (Wonderboy 3) as definites and suggest Bonk's Revenge and Splatterhouse as ones to be considered. I would like to see Legendary Axe, Cadash, and Keith Courage in Alpha Zone come to the VC too though. Cadash being one of my favorites.

interpolred
interpolred

Well, they did say "16-bit-era console," not "16-bit console." So they're just saying it's from that time, but they're not saying it's actually a 16-bit console. I gotta check out some more TG-16 games, by the way.

skaluv
skaluv

"In May, the publisher expects to see another quartet of offerings from the 16-bit-era console appear on Nintendo's downloadable game service." Ummm.... I do believe the TG-16 was a 2x8bit system. The 16 was a manipulation that was more of a marketing trick than technically true. I do love it though, it made colors move fast. /walks away as if nothing happened.

Binarynova
Binarynova

Come on NIntendo. You can do it. Say it with me... ...Crystalis... ;)

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

At this rate Nintendo really does need to bring out a subscription service.

pettman1970
pettman1970

All of these games bring back memories of living at home with a part time job used to pay for my car and to buy videogames! To me though Blazing Lasers will always be GunHed!!!!!!

GaussGoat
GaussGoat

BLAZING LASERS!!!!!!! This is, hands down, one of my all time favorite space scrolling-blaster-ma things! An awesome game that I am psyched is coming back. Thanks Nintendo!!!

enoslives7
enoslives7

6 bucks a piece ?!?!? What a rip-off !!!!

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

JoeSmith34 "These games weren't even good enough to help the Turbo-Grafx 16 sell well at all compared to the Genesis or the SNES." The public MISSED these games because they were more concerned with how many real "bits" each system had under the hood. The PC Engine was built as a competitor to the 8-bit famicom, and NEC kicked major butt in Japan. When they tried to release it here, they were going up against Sega's "true" 16-bit Genesis and Sega's brilliant marketing campaign absolutely destroyed the horrendous PR handling and advertising of the TurbografX-16. Sega had more parallax scrolling, and in general better music. Especially the games that were scored by Yuzo Koshiro, which at the time were pretty revolutionary for gaming. The games on the TurbografX however, were some of the best games released in those years. Ninja Spirit being an excellent example, as it was possibly the best sidescrolling 2d ninja action game made.

SHEATH013
SHEATH013

The "goodness" of a game doesn't sell systems. The perception of a game being the "best new thing" does. All of these games are as well made and entertaining as anything you can compare them to. What the ever fickle public did or did not do eighteen years ago is irrelevant.

JoeSmith34
JoeSmith34

These games weren't even good enough to help the Turbo-Grafx 16 sell well at all compared to the Genesis or the SNES.

pencilpusher69
pencilpusher69

On hell yeah! Wow, Blazing Lasers and Ninja Spirit? Bring on Legendary Axe 1 and 2, and we'll have TG-16/pc engine heaven!

Kwing1983
Kwing1983

20 VC games a month? Can anybody afford this...I sure can't. But I most DL Ninja Spirit. BLAST YOU evil Wii Point's!!!!!!!!

CerMakAlot
CerMakAlot

Oh man. I love virtual console. I loved these games on turbografx, especially blazing lazers. But damn, that game was hard when i was 8.

bourne2083
bourne2083

these games are nice but when are they gonna add games like mario bros. 2 and 3 or yoshi's island or hell even the tmnt games

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

there are better ninja games. tmnt 3 the Manhatan project is one of the best

Chainblast
Chainblast

Nintendo needs to rework their TG16 emulator...it's **** It's made worse by the fact that system has a collection of great games. Please fix!

yman173
yman173

I agree with gilbrod....Hudson seems to be ignoring one of their best franchise games for the TG16 by not releasing Legendary Axe, although Blazing Lazers is a cool title. Hopefully we'll get to see Keith Courage, Devil's Crush, and Dead Moon sometime soon too.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I don't think I have ever heard of these games.

zsc4
zsc4

Seem interesting, but I never played any of those games :?

gilbrod
gilbrod

When are they bringing Legendary Axe, or Keith Courgae, or China Warrior, or Bloody Wolf? Those games were king. But I am pysced about Blazing Lazers and Ninja Spirit.

vaejas
vaejas

Blazing Lazers > all.

blueflamedino
blueflamedino

more shooters, we just can't have enough can we, either that or people just like very specific ones

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Finally! Blazing Lasers is one of the best scrolling shooters ever! Don't even compare it to Super Star Soldier!!!

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

There are just way better shmups these days than those. Some of them are free to boot.

fierro316
fierro316

Lasafrog You're right, it's a vertical shooter heh.

Halo05
Halo05

Man, Blazing Lasers is incredible. It still holds up very well today, taken in context, it's an amazing game.

jaanusd
jaanusd

Ninja Spirit was awesome! oh so good to have you back!

Lasafrog
Lasafrog

fierro316 comthitnuong "Blazing lasers doesn't look too good" It's one of the best side scrollinbg shooters ever made, give it a try :p. Yes it is one of the best shooters ever made, but it's a vertical shooter. It was one of the top two titles at launch day (along with Legendary Axe) and it was well received critically. Definitely a must buy, and one you'll find has more of a soul than any other vertical shooter I've ever played, including the Star Soldier series (although this is arguably a relative of that series).

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

Sweet. Another 2 from Game Informer's top 10 Turbografx games. Now we need Ys, Neutopia, Legendary Axe, and...I forget. Splatterhouse was on there, though, so who knows how good it was...

hobotech64
hobotech64

Woohoo, Blazing Lazers. Can we get M.U.S.H.A. next?

StrikerGold
StrikerGold

Excellent! More games I missed for not owning a TG-16. I'm up for that. Anything made by Irem or Hudson and I'm there.

fierro316
fierro316

comthitnuong "Blazing lasers doesn't look too good" It's one of the best side scrollinbg shooters ever made, give it a try :p.

gutlick
gutlick

Oh god no! Not Nija Spirit! There was a part of that game, where you are falling down this pit and ninjas are attacking you, that was IMPOSSIBLE for me when I played it. I remember even resorting to trying it blidfolded, to see if I could maybe use the force to aid me. I might have to get that just to torcher myself.

dadeisvenm
dadeisvenm

Ninja spirit is an awesome game. wasted on the young'ns.

Robio_basic
Robio_basic

Ordyne!!! Nice. Now all we need are some of the Twin Bee games, and a Fantasy Zone or two and we'll be set for Cute'em-ups.

slyfox_28
slyfox_28

Ninja Spirit is a pretty good game.