There's a lot of talk about Nintendo abandoning the hardcore gamer, but what about the blogger who writes for the hardcore gamer? They certainly aren't making our lives any easier. Take Exhibit A: This week's Virtual Console releases, for example. A dinosaur, a helicopter and unlicensed baseball. How, exactly, are we supposed to tie those together? You know what? We're too upset even to complain any more. Let's get on with the releases. (Spoiler alert: "Mediocrity Unbound" continues!)

Yoshi's Story (Nintendo 64, 1 player, 1,000 Wii Points): This is the spiritual successor to Super Mario World 2, it's got theme music that makes you want to punch a crippled kitten (see above) and is generally not considered to be very good. But if you love platformers and cat violence, feel free to go crazy.

Super Thunder Blade (Sega Genesis, 1 player, 800 Wii Points): While we generally take a pass on helicopter action, we're big fans of the late-80s/early-90s tradition of tacking "Super" to the beginning of titles to denote them as sequels. It's especially entertaining on Genesis games, where it doesn't even really make sense. That said, Thunder Blade is no Airwolf.

World Class Baseball (TurboGrafx16, 1-2 players, 600 Wii Points): According to the Nintendo press release, World Class Baseball is "the definitive baseball game on the TurboGrafx16," which strikes as a little like being the world's least stupid pony.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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