Nintendo VC Releases for 2014.09.17

My ignorant, know-nothing nerd-slash-fanboy sense is telling me, 3DS VC must be getting an update along with the New 3DS that is coming soon. Whether this is some perverse sort of intuition that I have picked up over time or just a burning desire deep within my gaming loins, we still have at least a fair picking of Wii U releases this week.

Wii U VC

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Victory Run (PC Engine): ¥617 (¥170 cart-only, ¥230 complete on Suruga-ya) Mario Pinball Land (GBA): ¥702 (¥700 in box on Suruga-ya Lode Runner (Famicom): ¥514 (¥260 cart-only, ¥780 complete on Suruga-ya) Yie Ar Kung-Fu (Famicom): ¥514 (¥495 cart-only, ¥1200 complete on Suruga-ya

Having never heard of Victory Run, I did the natural thing and headed to Wikipedia. It says the game depicts the “Paris-Dakar Rally”, which I dig deeper to discover is a “rally raid” and as I click once again I feel a sting of ignorance that I have not in some time. I know these words but what do they mean together? Apparently off-road racing! All right! Mystery solved. Next game, please.

Now we are talking. I have no idea why the game was titled Mario Pinball Land, other than perhaps a callback to the Mario Land games of old, but it feels like a crime when the Japanese title is Super Marioball. Pinball is old hat. But Marioball? How can I not play myself some Marioball?

The timing is weird, but with its creator’s recent passing, Lode Runner becoming available on the Wii U VC is bittersweet. Not sure if I have much else to say besides that.

I just realized the “Yie Ar” Yie Ar Kung-Fu kind of sounds like 1 and 2 in Chinese, and lo-and-behold, in Chinese it is 一二功夫 which, yup. ONE-TWO KUNG-FU. Which is what I am calling this game from now on. Thank you Hi, Friends! for strangely including Chinese numbers in an English textbook. The teacher has become the student. I am slightly surprised at the prices for this one. I would have thought it to be a real cheap cart at this point.