Virtual Console. From platformer to beat-em-up to shmup, this week's VC installment defies genre and platform boundaries and instead opts to snuggle up together, a matted pile of monkey fur, rollerblades and ... lazers?
- Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): Because Donkey Kong didn't appeal to the kids anymore, here comes Diddy Kong! He's young, he's edgy, he's a monkey (take that you big gorilla!). This sequel to Rare's mega-hit was well received by critics and fans of monkeys in red caps alike, which camp were you in?
- Streets of Rage 2 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): SoR2 introduced one innovative new element to the beat-em-up genre ... a kid on rollerblades. It took a room full of doctoral students twelve months to top that idea for Streets of Rage 3: a boxing kangaroo. Be patient, we're sure it's coming.
- Blazing Lazers (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): Marketing misspellings have never been so kool. Clamber into that Gunhed Star Fighter, collect powur-uhps, and chute the bad guise invading Urth.