Sega Invades Nintendo's Virtual Console

It just can't keep away

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SEGA's tearing up the Wii's Virtual Console once again this week. On offer are Streets of Rage 2, ToeJam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron, Kid Chameleon and HudsonSoft's World Sports Competition.

Streets of Rage 2 first graced the Mega Drive back in 1993. It's headbands, rollerblades and fingerless gloves galore in this side-scrolling beat 'em up. Back in the heady days of the early '90s the game also marked the first time SPOnG got hot and bothered while staring endlessly at a heaving digital bosom courtesy of femme fatale Blaze. Streets of Rage 2 can be yours for 800 Wii Points.

Next up is a dash of funky Mega Drive platforming thanks to ToeJam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron. The planet Funkotron's in a spot of bother and it's all ToeJam and Earl's fault. It turns out a bunch of those pesky Earthlings hitched a ride over on the heroes' return from the first game. Now the duo is faced with the challenge of collecting them all into jars and getting rid. Quite how Earl's going to deal with the jar lids without any hands is a bit beyond SPOnG, however. You can buy ToeJam and Earl in Panic on Funkotron with 800 Wii Points.

Rounding out Sega's Virtual Console offering this week is 1992's Kid Chameleon, once again from the Mega Drive. It's a whole great mess of meta-gaming as Kid must make his way into his town's latest arcade game to free the town's youngsters from the evil Heady Metal. Should games really be using games as a plot point? Answers in the Forum, please. Kid Chameleon will set you back 800 Wii Points.

If you fancy something a bit more energetic you can download the Olympic-themed World Sports Competition from HudsonSoft. As well as the usual track events this TurboGrafx button masher features heats in archery, rowing and shooting. Keeping with the sporting spirit of being able to whoop your mates into an inferiority complex, World Sports Competition features multiplayer for up to five contenders. It's all yours for 600 Wii Points.

This week's titles bolster Virtual Console's ranks to 96 available games.


Svend Joscelyne 1 Jun 2007 09:48
Yes! Yes! This is more like it. :) I love me some Streets of Rage 2, and TJ&E2 is the best in the series. Kid Chameleon was super-cheese but it had that certain charm for me that I never really understood.

Great selection of games this week.
Joji 1 Jun 2007 11:01
WVC now has the hot titles, and more coming all the time. Streets of Rage brilliant and satisfying to play.
realvictory 3 Jun 2007 00:09
What's amazing is that I remember when I was younger, talking with my friends about how good it would be if Nintendo and Sega simply joined forces and made a single console for both of their games. Now it's like it's actually happened, and catching up with the present generation rapidly.

For people like me, forget about all the big modern companies (and the focus on graphics and simulations), and this is what computer games really is about. Fun, accessibility, simplicity, and nostalgia.
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