Sonic, Lode, Golden Axe chop Wii VC

Gold-sifting Lode Runner hits Nintendo's downloadable-game service this week, along with Genesis side-scrollers Sonic the Hedgehog II, Golden Axe II.

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This week's set of games featured on the Wii's Virtual Console all have at least one thing in common: gold. Broderbund's gold-digging action puzzler Lode Runner leads this week off, with Golden Axe II and Sonic the Hedgehog II following along their cache of golden goods.

Originally developed by Oregon-based Broderbund in 1983, Hudson published the Nintendo Entertainment System version of Lode Runner that's now appearing on the VC. Players are tasked with relieving a mine of its stash of gold, with enemies (read: those tasked with preventing the runner's thieving ways) constantly in pursuit. Digging holes is the runner's only defense against opponents, and it's also how much of the treasure is reached. Though this version contains only 50 levels, off from the original iteration's 150, the edit mode has been included to let players design their own levels. Of note, Lode Runner marked the debut of Hudson's mischievous bomb-dispensing icon, Bomberman. Lode Runner is available for 500 Wii points ($5).

Seven months after the originals debuted on the VC, two Sega Genesis sequels hit the simulated platform this week. In Sonic the Hedgehog II, Sonic's second bout against the nefarious Dr. Robotnik, Sega's mascot hedgehog teams up with Tails to horde up golden rings, free the enslaved inhabitants of Westside Island, and capture the elusive chaos emerald before Robotnik can lay his hands on it. Sonic the Hedgehog II will go for 800 Wii points ($8).

Also from the Genesis this week is Sega's classic side-scrolling hack-and-slash action game Golden Axe II. As with Sonic, the first Golden Axe debuted on the Wii's VC last November, and this follow-up has you pursing the mythic titular weapon and definitively laying to rest Dark Guld. Much the same as the original, players can assume the barbarian warrior Ax-Battler, the long-sword wielding Amazon Tyris-Flare, and the stout dwarf Gilius Thunderhead to match might and magic against Dark Guld's minions over the course of six levels. As with other Sega releases, Golden Axe II will cost gamers 800 Wii points ($8).

Discussion

95 comments
tuhaw
tuhaw

Sorry? but are these out for download now? because I have been through it over and over and have not seen it yet! or is this just another thing that the UK has to wait for?

PacoL250
PacoL250

I need to save up, get a Wii, and get the VC games I don't already own (which is actually plenty of the Sega and TurboGrafix-16 ones). :D

SaxxyGamer18
SaxxyGamer18

Guh...I'm selling my Wii. I'm getting weighed down with VC games and there's no normal ones that I want. Geez...

dmish82
dmish82

I want to see Super Mario 3!!!

JasonQ87
JasonQ87

BRING SUPER MARIO RPG!!!

randyynot
randyynot

is it me or the wii is kicking ass

Get_Shorty
Get_Shorty

Where's Super Mario Bros. 2 already?

LION90
LION90

Yaa more sonic. To bad i already own all the originals for Genesis. And the Mega Collection. Hay but i can't wait to get golden axe I've herd about it for years!!!

aaaawwww
aaaawwww

When the hell are they gonna release freaking "Rad Racer"? Bring on the 8-Bit gems...

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

...or we could buy Sonic Mega Collection for 9.99.

Dazanos
Dazanos

Gamespot got the price of Sonic the Hedgehog II wrong, its 800 wii points, not 600.

jimbo6923
jimbo6923

Yeah... where is Super Mario RPG? Where is Chrono Trigger? Where the hell is Earthbound?!

dragonbattousai
dragonbattousai

*Still Awaits EarthBound Zero or EarthBound and other Memorable RPGs*

interpolred
interpolred

Cool. I really liked Sonic II. If you haven't played it, you might want to check it out. It adds a few tweaks to the original's gameplay.

GrimBee
GrimBee

I wander how they will implement the lock-on sonic and knuckles to sonic 2 and sonic 3... Anyways - Virtual console seems to be filling up nicely. BUT it is missing rather a lot of games. They should churn out at LEAST 10 a week. At the rate they are going, its going to take until christmas to get to sonic and knuckles...

finaleve
finaleve

BlueYoshi579 > They can still release it, if MS lets them. You don't see any ports of NES games on XBLA but the arcade originals (Like contra and Double Dragon). Chances are they will so the same. Sonicgod > Its translated, but its somewhere on the internets if you know what I mean. Meh, I wasn't happy with Golden Axe 1 (and it was supposed to be good too). I already own the Sonic Collection, and Lode Runner doesn't seem interesting. I'll wait pass this week.

puppiemaster
puppiemaster

expect metroid is being saved until MP3 is out

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Oh joy more games I have already and the one i dont is common and lame. I got 12 copies of sonic 2. Wake me when they translate "secret of mana 2" into english and throw it up there or they put up a neo geo game that cost $300 on ebay, then i might use that points card somebody gave me.

Pete5506
Pete5506

sweet more games on the VC

Chris62442
Chris62442

I love Sonic games. I already have mega collection though. And Sonic and Golden Axe II are $8, not $6.

icarus212001
icarus212001

Finally! Nintendo gave in! Sonic 1 is out! (my opinion, the best sonic yet)

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Sonic 2 was perhaps the best in the series. But I already own the Sonic Mega Collection (not to mention the original), so I don't need to buy it again.

PaperLink64
PaperLink64

Good week, but 2 of those games are already in compilation packs, sadly. :/

REVOLUTIONfreak
REVOLUTIONfreak

I could be wrong, but I'm willing to bet that there is a typo in this article... Genesis games are 800 Wii points, are they not? You listed Sonic the Hedgehog 2 as 600 Wii Points.

Berem
Berem

Sonic 3 and Knuckles are the best, Ill wait untill those come out. I did purchase Sonic 1 already, its so old school, Lol.

yukine
yukine

Bleh, nothing for me this Monday.

T-bone123
T-bone123

nice, can't wait for Sonic 2

Big_Boss11
Big_Boss11

I wonder how they will do Sonic 3 and Knuckles and Sonic 2 with Knuckles hope they don't make you buy it again

FearNeutron
FearNeutron

Good week for the VC this week. Though many people own every good Sonic game on one cheap GC disc already. ;) Here's hoping for Crystalis soon.

bigbadbobbyb
bigbadbobbyb

what ever happened to Sonic the Hedgehog on live? MS showed videos of that like over a year ago and still nothing. Good time to be a wii owner i suppose.

BlueYoshi579
BlueYoshi579

"Banjo Kazooie...where the heck is Banjo Kazooie!?" You're never going to see BK or BT on the VC, because they're the property of Rare, which microsoft now owns.

Karmacodelc18
Karmacodelc18

I wanna see Doom 64. o.o and Smash Bros for 64. Maybe Wayne Gretzky's 3D Hockey too... Banjo Kazooie...where the heck is Banjo Kazooie!?

murrayblake
murrayblake

All of the early Sonic games are on a Gamecube collection. Where are all of the Mario games? (especially Super Mario RPG)

jrapczak
jrapczak

I gotta say, Nintendo really needs to step it up on the N64 front. 4 games??? There should be one game a week from EACH CONSOLE!

Karmacodelc18
Karmacodelc18

Chirico_Cuvie, unfortunately, the DS lacks the ability to play GB and GBC games (much like the Micro). So anyone who wants to track down Metroid 2 would need either a GB, GBC, GBA, GBA SP, or a Super Gameboy Super Metroid will be on the VC eventually...patience my intersteller Bounty Hunters...patience lol. Never played Golden Axe 2 so cheers to Sega and the Big N

Dr_Corndog
Dr_Corndog

Sonic the Hedgehog 2. What a game. What an amazing, incredible game. But I already have it on my Genesis. @ Chirico_Cuvie: You remember the way Sega would bash the Game Boy in their Game Gear ads? Apparently so, since they would always make fun of it for having "creamed spinach" graphics.

jmangafan
jmangafan

Chirico_Cuvie, unfortunately, the DS lacks the ability to play GB and GBC games (much like the Micro). So anyone who wants to track down Metroid 2 would need either a GB, GBC, GBA, GBA SP, or a Super Gameboy.

hector1313
hector1313

I wonder if all the people commenting on the price of the games are going to stop? They've been doing it... well... since the start. If you don't want to buy the game, then don't buy it. The GC controller isn't quite the same as a SNES controller or a NES controller...

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

Golden Axe! Awesome old school goodness!

lamprey263
lamprey263

Why even bother downloading all the Sonic games at $5 or $6 each? Don't they have like a handful of the original Sonic games for $10 or $15 on a GameCube disc? Doesn't that sound a lot better than taking up what little Wii memory is available?

ruttness
ruttness

sonics good but where's all the N64 games like Paper Mario?? :O