Wii VC gets second R-Type game

SNES installment of shooting series joins NES Xevious and TG-16 Moto Roader as new releases on Nintendo's downloadable game service.

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Nearly two months after the Wii's launch, there are only a handful of gaming series with multiple installments available on the Virtual Console. Two of them, Nintendo's Mario and Donkey Kong, are among the highest-profile franchises in gaming. The remaining two are entries into the increasingly niche hardcore 2D shoot-'em-up genre: the TurboGrafx-16's Super Star Soldier line of games (which also includes Soldier Blade), and Irem's R-Type franchise, which saw the Super Nintendo game R-Type III: The Third Lightning join the Virtual Console lineup this week.

It's baaaack!

R-Type III joins the TurboGrafx-16 version of the original R-Type on the service. While that version commanded a premium price when it arrived on the service, R-Type III sells for 800 Wii points ($8), which is the standard price for Super Nintendo games.

Accompanying R-Type III in the new-release section of the Wii Shop Channel are the NES shooter Xevious and the futuristic TurboGrafx-16 racer Moto Roader. Both games are played from an overhead perspective and follow the standard pricing scheme for other games from their original systems. Xevious sells for 500 Wii points ($5), while Moto Roader sells for 600 Wii points ($6). Both games include multiplayer support, with Moto Roader enabling up to five players to race at once with any combination of Wii Remote and GameCube controllers.

R-Type III, Xevious, and Moto Roader are all rated E for Everyone.

Discussion

62 comments
kenesu96
kenesu96

i live in japan! i have mario kart 64 and more! time to go jam out to mk 64 kid icarus, zelda 3, mario world and more more more!

Miracle_Air
Miracle_Air

Hmm? No Mario Kart 64 still? Japan's got it, why the hell haven't we gotten it yet? Stop shafting us nintendo and give us the damn games we truely want already.

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

I grew up with these and am looking forward to play them as a circuitbreaker for my brain after hours of intense next gen gameplay!

jastzu
jastzu

I've said it before and I'm saying it again... No more VC purchases for me until Kid Icarus.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

too bad i dont have a wii. I would probably check it out

maverickexe
maverickexe

I love R-Type III, It's about time it came here...

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

Huh? Donkey Kong Country? No... oh... *yawn* Wake me when it's Donkey Kong Country.

StrikerGold
StrikerGold

Gotta agree with Chirico_Cuvie here. I'll choose the NES version of most arcade games any day of the week. Ever play the arcade Ninja Gaiden? Not really the same thing. I snagged R-Type the minute it came out on the VC, I love this game. However, I do find it more difficult than I remember, probably because my twitch reflexes aren't as good as they used to be. I just find it amusing how many gaming young'ins are out there who have never played games like Gradius and R-Type. I must be getting old. :)

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

When I finally get my wii there will be a few good games for it.

Chirico_Cuvie
Chirico_Cuvie

Dude, tri-post ftw. Nintendo is really pushing the retro-console idea. The arcade version of Xevious is superior, but many remember playing the NES version. In some instances the NES version was a better game than the arcade version, mainly because of that technology rift. I'd rather play the NES Bionic Commando or Double Dragon over their arcade counterparts. They couldn't compete graphically so the devs made use of the fact that you were sitting on your ass in front of a television. The games were longer, more involved, and dare I say, more fun since they weren't designed to kill you for another 25 cents every 30 seconds. The fact remains that all Nintendo needs is an emulator for each console and all the games will work. They've gone on record that they are only doing console games, hence the name "Virtual Console". If you want classic arcade games get MAME and download away. If you want to stay legal, then those compilations are cheaper than any of these downloadable games. These are averaging $5-$8 a piece, where those compilations are selling games at about $1 a piece. I will add that I would like to see more consoles like the Turbo CD, Sega CD, Gameboy/GBC/GBA, Saturn, and the Master System. Neo Geo would be the perfect choice, but I think they're more likely to deal with Microsoft, since they've announced games for XBLA.

Maquis_UK
Maquis_UK

i think that the 'zelda' series had more than one instalment too...not sure now though XD typical Gamespot, ignoring amd omitting the nintendo love.

chicken_123_pie
chicken_123_pie

What's up with the triple-post 'theKSMM'. Anyway, that's good news. I loved those games when I used to have the SNES and etc. 10yrs ago. It will be a bit of fun getting to play those old classics again. However, XBLA has much more value. I think I might just stick with my XBOXlive service and see if one of my friends with a Wii will download this. 360>Wii.Wii>PS3. I want MS to buy Nintendo.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm willing to give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt. I didn't really expect them to release all their top hits within two months of releasing the Wii. Then what incentive would we have to ever come back to the Virtual Console? Besides, I assume there's some cost / effort in trying to get these titles ported to the VC, especially for more complicated games. But I agree with when he says that Virtual Console versions of these arcade titles isn't gonna cut it. In the '80s, console ports of arcade titles were inferior because the arcade hardware was far more powerful. Compromises had to be made to get Xevious to run at home. But now that the home hardware is more powerful, why do I want to play the weaker console version? Give us the original arcade version. Virtual Console is going up against XBOX Live! Arcade, PlayStation Network, and countless retro-gaming compilations. The only way they're going to stay competitive in that contest is to offer the best version of any particular game available.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm willing to give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt. I didn't really expect them to release all their top hits within two months of releasing the Wii. Then what incentive would we have to ever come back to the Virtual Console? Besides, I assume there's some cost / effort in trying to get these titles ported to the VC, especially for more complicated games. But I agree with when he says that Virtual Console versions of these arcade titles isn't gonna cut it. In the '80s, console ports of arcade titles were inferior because the arcade hardware was far more powerful. Compromises had to be made to get Xevious to run at home. But now that the home hardware is more powerful, why do I want to play the weaker console version? Give us the original arcade version. Virtual Console is going up against XBOX Live! Arcade, PlayStation Network, and countless retro-gaming compilations. The only way they're going to stay competitive in that contest is to offer the best version of any particular game available.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I'm willing to give Nintendo the benefit of the doubt. I didn't really expect them to release all their top hits within two months of releasing the Wii. Then what incentive would we have to ever come back to the Virtual Console? Besides, I assume there's some cost / effort in trying to get these titles ported to the VC, especially for more complicated games. But I agree with when he says that Virtual Console versions of these arcade titles isn't gonna cut it. In the '80s, console ports of arcade titles were inferior because the arcade hardware was far more powerful. Compromises had to be made to get Xevious to run at home. But now that the home hardware is more powerful, why do I want to play the weaker console version? Give us the original arcade version. Virtual Console is going up against XBOX Live! Arcade, PlayStation Network, and countless retro-gaming compilations. The only way they're going to stay competitive in that contest is to offer the best version of any particular game available.

DuckSol
DuckSol

I like the lineup right now, but where's my Kid Icarus.

glhx1rush
glhx1rush

Sweet, Xevious was a great game!

Symphonycometh
Symphonycometh

....Don't have a lot of crazy good games coming out for Wii...as I thought.

fahad2mail
fahad2mail

wow wow. great news. nice to hear it.

OmegaGear
OmegaGear

You guys are all missing the big picture, which is the VC getting super mario 1-3 for the nes and thenSuper Mario All Stars for the SNES right after that >.>. Alright, in all honesty, I am disappointed in the VC as of late. It started off great, and there are some promising titles coming, but thus far, releases have been mostly sub par, if you ask me. Like many others, i am waiting for the big games to be brought out, especially since of them, Donkey Kong Country, has been released in the UK, and I heard Link to the Past is ou in japan, but i'm not really sure on that. Thus far, in the US, all we really have is the original Zelda. Mario is nastolgic, but not a big title to me, and sonic is available on TWO collections for the gamecube. Part of me wants to keep waiting and hoping, the other part wants to buy some games in hopes to shore up the numbers and attract more companies.

ReggieNametaker
ReggieNametaker

Jitawa, FUNNY BUGGER! obviously he means Metal Gear.

Bpg3D
Bpg3D

I didn't think about it that way, but I agree with you jimbo46. The VC is an ideal way to milk royalties from obscure titles. Obviously there is underlying partnerships between old developers to bring their games to the WII. If Nintendo were to flood with their classic AAA titles, nothing else, if rarely, would ever be purchased. It seems only logical the more I think about it, but it doesn't overide its annoyance.

Jitawa
Jitawa

Metal Gear Solid came out on the NES? news to me

datniccah187
datniccah187

I was never in to that game. Only games i really really played from NES was Super Mario Bros., duck hunt, Metal Gear Solid, good stuff like that lol, nah but i never really got into R-Type.

jimbo46
jimbo46

I have to agree with everyone in saying the VC support is terrible, but honestly I think it is expected. We all know that Nintendo is forcing our bored selves to buy games that we normally wouldn't (I bought SFII and I hate fighting games) and it is working. Games like Sim City or F-Zero that are normally overlooked are being purchased by consumers tired of waiting for AAA titles. But yea, it's p*ssing me off, I want my Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario Kart dang it!

geist117
geist117

Awesome, VC is really starting to shine since some of these games I never got a chance to beat when I was little and now they're near impossible for me to find.

SpareJesus
SpareJesus

Just wanted to comment.. I love my Wii, I truly do. I loved it ever since Nintendo announced the name 'Revolution' back a few years ago, when I got my 'Cube. The Wii is a brilliant console, no matter what fanboys say, anyone can agree on that, just like most people can agree that the PS3 is powerful, and that the 360 [a year after release] has some great games. But since Boxing Day, I've barely used my Wii at all. I'm not interested in playing Wii Sports, or Red Steel. They don't grasp me. So far, all I've downloaded from the VC is DKC and Gunstar Heroes, because they were two of my favourites. (Living in the UK, by the way.) I'm not saying the Wii is terrible (let's face it, Europe is getting stuffed on some of the better games right now, Excite Truck, Trauma Centre, Elebits), but I honestly think I should have waited. It's a great console, I'd never say otherwise, but I really could've waited for more decent games other than Marvel: Ultimate Alliance (which I think is awesome) and of course, LoZ. I did get WarioWare yesterday however, which is a tremendously fun game, even in Single Player. I love it. But I'm hoping better games come out soon. And would it kill Nintendo to put out some decent VC games already? Y'know, a Legend of Zelda game maybe, or a new N64 games. This Xervious -type stuff is killing me. We got one VC game last week. One damned game. The week before we at least got two, even if they were only Super Mario Bros. and Moto Roader (which in all honesty I wasn't interested in--I've played/beaten SMB on the NES, SNES in Super Mario All-Stars, GBC, GBA and Emulator), and as great a game it is, I've had it a lot in the past. I want some games that I haven't played. If Nintendo officially state that Super Mario RPG (which I have emulated, but will definitely buy) or EarthBound aren't coming to the Europe VC, I will take back my loyalty to Nintendo. The Wii, as great as it is, is being serviced poorly in Europe and the UK. (Like the 50Hz issue. What sense is there in releasing a game at 83% its regular speed?)

willjoea
willjoea

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Nintendo are you listening ?? WAVERACE...WAVERACE...WAVERACE...WAVERACE...WAVERACE... Was that subtle enough ?

timts
timts

saw some of those on nes, gba, ps2, xbox, people really haven't had enough of this old thing?

KuroriKenshin
KuroriKenshin

interesting never heard of R-Type before, must of went over my head as a kid

axelink
axelink

cool ninty is the best!

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Moto Roader Sucked back in 1989. It should have not made the Virtual console. R-type 3 is a good choice.

frostybubbler
frostybubbler

I'll be 60 before I see Baseball Stars and Castlevania III (the only game ever to beat me...)

Re_ensurer
Re_ensurer

I guess they're just saving the best for last.

LordBraz
LordBraz

all i want are super metroid and star fox 64

frostybubbler
frostybubbler

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ...I love my Wii, but these VC games are killing me. Nintendo has us all by the peanuts.

TintedChimes
TintedChimes

I want secrets of mana, that'll be so awesome!! I also want Jackie Chan the video game because an anomorphed big head of Jackie is just hilarious and I played that game to death laughing every time. Yes its immature and idiotic but I play games to have fun and escape from the real world.

chap_daber
chap_daber

what about street fighter 2..., smash bros. 64.... online :D, yail ^^ (conker's bad fur day would be nice... 8-) )

DeMarsVolta
DeMarsVolta

R-type? well, its not that great... but its ok yeah a pilotwings would be great... a mario kart (snes) with on-line could be an excelent game clasic too

crithon
crithon

It's R-Types moment in the spotlight. The 20 year old franchise always seemed like second bananna to Gradius but truely an under rated series, beautiful large sprites, unique shield mechanics..... just hope they don't decide to hand us the MSX version if RType....... ugh, that was sad, a side scrolling shooter that never did scroll.

tdf64
tdf64

wheres the mario games!!!!!!!