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EU/AU: VC Friday (April 25, 2008)

Three more new additions to the European/Australian Virtual Console this week. Well, just one for Australia since the update compiles of the Euro-exclusive Commodore 64 titles. There’s a classic side-scrolling NES beat-em-up, one of the C64’s most popular ever games, and a kooky little sports compilation.

Double Dragon (Nintendo Entertainment System, 2-3 Players, 500 Wii Points):

Double Dragon is a 1987 beat-em-up developed by Technos Japan Corporation and distributed in North America and Europe by Taito. The game is a spiritual and technological successor to Technos’ earlier beat-em-up, Renegade, but introduced several additions such as two-player cooperative gameplay (hence the title) and the ability to arm oneself with an enemy’s weapon after disarming them. Double Dragon is considered to be one of the first successful examples of the genre, resulting in the creation of two arcade sequels and several spinoffs.

Set in a post-apocalyptic New York, Double Dragon is the story of Billy and Jimmy Lee, twin brothers trained in the fighting style of Sou-Setsu-Ken. Together, they manage a small martial arts training school, teaching their students in self-defence. One day, Billy’s girlfriend, Marian, is kidnapped off the street by the “Black Warriors”, a savage street gang led by a man named Willy. The Black Warriors demand the Lee brothers disclose their martial arts secrets in exchange for Marian’s freedom. The Lee brothers set out on a rescue mission to crush the Black Warriors and save Marian.

Using whatever techniques they have at their disposal, from the basic punches and kicks to the invulnerable elbow strike, as well any weapon that comes into their hands, the Lee brothers must pursue the gang through the city slum, industrial area and the forest before reaching their hideout to confront the big boss, Willy.

The Last Ninja (Commodore 64, 1 Player, 500 Wii Points):

The Last Ninja is an action-adventure computer game that was developed and published by System 3 in 1987 for the Commodore 64. Last Ninja was the most successful original game ever on the Commodore C64. In Europe the sales for the C64 version alone were in excess of 750,000 units and international multi-format sales exceeded 2,000,000 units. It won almost every award available and was critically acclaimed everywhere as an original, ground-breaking game.

World Games (Commodore 64, 1-8 Players 500 Wii Points):

World Games is a sports video game developed by Epyx for the Commodore 64. The game was a continuation in the Epyx sports line that previously released extremely successful titles such as Summer Games and Winter Games.

World Games challenges your competitive skills with a series of athletic contests for one to eight players. The lineup of eight events takes you on a journey around the world:

RUSSIA — Weightlifting
GERMANY — Barrel Jumping
MEXICO — Cliff Diving
FRANCE — Slalom Skiing
CANADA — Log Rolling
UNITED STATES — Bull Riding
SCOTLAND — Caber Toss
JAPAN — Sumo Wrestling

Practice each event first to sharpen your skills. Then choose your options for competition and let the Games begin. You may represent any of 18 countries as you compete in the events. World Games judges each event, keeps score and awards medals to the winners. The winner gets the gold, a second place finish earns the silver and the third finisher receives the bronze medal.

Until next week… spend those Wii Points wisely!

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Comment by bignev44 on 2008-04-25 05:37:05 | Reply

Wasnt The Last Ninja on the NES as well?

i remember playing it years ago.

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