Streets of Rage 2 leads next Sega VC releases

Publisher reveals four more titles for Nintendo Wii's downloadable game service; Kid Chameleon, Toe Jam & Earl, Shining in the Darkness coming soon.

Sega today specified four more additions to its assortment of Genesis games available for sale on the Wii's Virtual Console, as Streets of Rage 2, Kid Chameleon, Toe Jam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron, and Shining in the Darkness are all set to debut on the downloadable game service "soon."

Foremost among the new releases is Streets of Rage 2, the follow-up to Sega's Genesis beat-'em-up. When Adam, one of the three protagonists from the original game, is kidnapped by the nefariously anonymous Mr. X, it's up to Axel and Blaze to save him. Helping the pair out are two new characters, 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.

Streets of Rage 2 will be accompanied by another multiplayer cooperative action game sequel, ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron. After arriving back on their home planet of Funkotron, the scrawny ToeJam and portly Earl discover that a number of human stowaways have come home with them. Players must round them up and send them back to Earth in order to restore their reputations with their fellow Funkotronians.

Slightly more down-to-earth is Kid Chameleon, a single-player action game about a virtual reality arcade game that actually traps children inside it. As one such child, players must make use of a wide variety of power-ups in order to traverse the game's 100-plus levels and save the rest of the trapped gamers.

The fourth game offers players a bit of a break from the action, as Shining in the Darkness is a more traditional role-playing game. Players explore a number of labyrinths from a first-person 3D perspective, testing their mettle against foes, solving puzzles, and acquiring new weapons and secret items along the way.

Each game will sell for the Genesis-standard price of 800 Wii points ($8).

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106 comments
Sacred-Snow
Sacred-Snow

Shining in the Darkness sounds fun...

PlayaCDubb
PlayaCDubb

Wonder Boy in Monster World, Gradius III, and Battle Lode Runner are supposedly comming out today. Thats what I saw on the nintendo website.

Gamer46
Gamer46

Nice, all ready downloaded SoR 1, can't wait to add the second, then the third.

ThePhilosopher
ThePhilosopher

yes, streets of rage 2, up next part 3!! now all i need is mario kart from snes and im good forever

GrimBee
GrimBee

I hoped sega would release all three in one go... Streets of rage 3 is great too - but I hope they have axels jeans in blue and shirt in white... the horrid yellow/black ensemble is a bit crap imo. Also, I hope sega do not create a crap 3d version of streets of rage and ruin another great 2d franchise. Streets of rage is AWESOME. I love the first one too, the music and the character design (and especially the atmosphere) is great. Simplistic looking as these games are in comparison to capcoms big-sprites (i.e final fight on the snes) - gameplay (longetivity) and ace production values make sure that this game is enjoyed, even today. Long live the streets of rage!! And flipping heck - you know, I was 9 years old when I first played streets of rage 2... all these years on, I would NEVER imagine I would be posting about it, on the "internet" about streets of rage on a NINTENDO console!! Woah....

Regginator14520
Regginator14520

how about ... Where is Streets of Rage 2? oh here it is... greedy people... be thankful for what you get.

Vorknykx
Vorknykx

If you want GoldenEye go complain to Microsoft. Nintendo, Rare and Microsoft are still in talks about it, as far as I know. Nintendo should never have sold them, so what if they took a long time to make their games, that's what made them so good. Nintendo couldn't really complain, they do it with Metroid, Mario and Zelda.

gravey109
gravey109

WHERE IS GOLDENEYE AND SUPER CONTRA!!!!!!!!

richwalker13
richwalker13

why does the US get much better games on the VC than Europe (sob)

vwgti3
vwgti3

These games are good,but where's Super Metroid and Goldeneye?

yoda-san
yoda-san

Streets of Rage 2 is a must buy for me! It brings back memories.

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

Streets of Rage 2 + Kid Chameleon = Epic win.

Kcube
Kcube

T&J 2 = Buying Streets of rage 2 = BUYING!!

tool18
tool18

Awesome Streets of rage 2 rocks!

LexLas
LexLas

Golden Eye 007 I still own it. That is one of the best ever made, they should also have it for Wii, I agree.

theKSMM
theKSMM

Nothing against the Wii's Virtual Console, but all four of these games are available on GameTap (along with hundreds of others) and can be played immediately for a fraction of the cost. Still, some of those Wii Virtual Console titles are great offerings.

redskinStu
redskinStu

Streets of Rage 2 was freakin' awesome. Still is.

mariokart64fan
mariokart64fan

i want goldeneye007 super mariokart and top gear series

DarqFlare
DarqFlare

I loved Shining in the Darkness... And I usually dislike RPGs.

MikousMaximous
MikousMaximous

Kid Chameleon! Enough said! See ya at the WildSide Arcade !!! YEAH!!

JFreezy02
JFreezy02

Awesome lineup! We want Super Mario RPG and GoldenEye 007(N64)!!

walkerctranger
walkerctranger

streets of rage 2 is one of my favorite video games of all time. it is the best beat em up video game ever made,

addybody
addybody

Streets of Rage 2 , man i cant wait

Reetesh
Reetesh

When will ONLINE MP come :? then it would be more awesomer.

Pyromaniac8705
Pyromaniac8705

Streets of Rage 2 and Kid Chameleon. Damn, wish I had a Wii.

AlexandLandon
AlexandLandon

Oh man! I was hoping they would bring the second one into the VC. Streets of Rage 2 is my favorite game for the Genesis...so much fun and so many memories. I'll be happy to re-live them soon.

Thornscar
Thornscar

Toe Jam and Earl is the best COOP game EVER!

GrimBee
GrimBee

Awesome! Music, gameplay... everything is fantastic about this game. I hope rocketknight adventures and thunderforce 4 are next!! :)

blacktorn
blacktorn

I want all 3 streets of rage and golden axe games on XBLA! :(

mentalbeaver
mentalbeaver

If you like SoR but don't have a Wii then check out the remake from Bombergames.

slayer1090
slayer1090

All i am waiting for is Super Mario RPG then i'll be fine. either then that i own all the VC i want on my old school systems or i just don't want any of the ones i don't own.

mushi799
mushi799

definitely one of the best beat them ups.

playa42018
playa42018

Might just have to dust off my Wii and figure out what the hell is wrong that is preventing it from getting online.... Would rather get it for XBLA though =(

Johiden
Johiden

GOD DAMNIT SEGA. You **** Release SoR on XBLA!!!!

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

It just is a crack up that Sega is releasing more games than Nintendo. GO SEGA!

FreddieGermany
FreddieGermany

streets of rage 2 was nice I remember that it was the first game I had for my Genesis

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Time to hit the Streets of Rage!

RabbiRambo
RabbiRambo

I still have my sega megadrive2 and the original copy of streets of rage2. Actually i have the first and the third part as well.

Andrew_D28
Andrew_D28

YES! Streets of Rage 2!! Finally! Seriously that beat em up had some of the best graphics, and definatly the best music for its time (well in the beat em up genre anyway). Was really jazzy sounding. Man, Sega first party titles always had the best video game music back in the day.

BadMunky
BadMunky

weeeee thanks to streets of rage 2 i wont have to kill myself in boredom

NeoGamer741
NeoGamer741

The SoR series has great music. The only problem I had with SoR 2 compared to 1 was the specials. To this day I wish I had the ability to call a police car with a rocket launcher (p1) or gatling gun (p2) in every game :p

Nurematsu
Nurematsu

I'm not seeing anybody else pawning over Toejam and Earl 2 (after a second look, I do see one or two others that are as excited as I am). I absolutely loved that game as I was growing up. I've personally been waiting for this to be released on the vc ever since the first one dropped into the collection.