Nintendo VC Releases for 2014.09.24

Savings ahoy! And not.

Wii U VC

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Soldier Blade (PC Engine): ¥617 (¥7090 in box on Suruga-ya) Heisei Shin Onigashima Part One (Super Famicom): ¥823 (¥694 in box on Suruga-ya) Heisei Shin Onigashima Part Two (Super Famicom): ¥823 (¥694 in box on Suruga-ya)

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Adventure Island (Famicom): ¥514 (¥382 cart-only on Suruga-ya)

Hot damn, that is some price savings on Soldier Blade. Much like Super Star Soldier released on the Wii U VC before it, this is a Hudson Soft scrolling shooter. It is also the last of the series to be released on the PC Engine, which is what I would wager makes for this hefty price.

Heisei Shin Onigashima is a remake of Shin Onigashima and since the title already had “new” (shin) in the title, they couldn’t slap that on it. So they went with Heisei, since the original game came out when it was still the Showa era. Originally a Satellaview game (Known as BS Shin Onigashima), Heisei Shin Onigashima then went to Nintendo Power, the cartridge writing system, not the magazine. Then it got an actual cartridge release. Then it is not so much an exact remake but actually changes the characters through which the player views the plot. And unlike the two-part Disk System games, Part Two can be played without having played Part One. Which would explain why this is being sold as two separate items instead of the combined versions that those Disk System games usually get. (Such as the original Shin Onigashima.)

Just the words Adventure Island makes me think of poor Master Higgins dying with that sound effect that would echo through my television’s speakers so many times. It is the start of the series that would produce the last game on the Famicom, which is a fun bit of knowledge.