Virtual Console Wrap-up – 5/19 Release

Wii Ware sounds good, but there’s a reason I’m pretty much only interested in Dr. Mario at this point. Let’s get some classic games going! It feels like it’s been far longer than 2 weeks, but we’re back with the new VC release of the week! This week, we’re getting…Sky Kid? What the hell is Sky Kid?

Apparently it’s another shooter, this one from the NES. I’ve never heard of it, but it looks pretty bland from here. I don’t know. Let’s see what everyone else thinks!

skykid_nes_us.jpgSky Kid
-Genre: Shooter
-System: Nintendo Entertainment System
-Release Date: 1985
-Price: 500 Wii Points

Mark B.: It’s ugly, sounds bad and wouldn’t have been fun when I was ten, let alone now. Pass.

Christopher Bowen: This is it? One shitty little title that is so simple, the NES version more or less perfectly emulates the ancient arcade game? This is the only fucking thing we get this week? Don’t get me wrong; I happen to not mind taking my copy of Sky Kid for a spin every now and then. But that doesn’t last any more than five minutes. That’s about all the gameplay this one needs; it’s just a quarter muncher, put on a system where there are no quarters to munch. There are much, MUCH better old, arcade-style games. Pass on this one. And fuck you Nintendo, for hurting the VC to make your XBLA wannabe service look better by comparison. You’re going to do more to help the illegal emulation market than any sketchy “Warez” or “Romz” site out there.

M.L. Kennedy: When I was 8 I got copies of Sky Kid and Metal Gear. I played a couple of screens of Metal Gear, laughed at the Engrish, and played Sky Kid for hours. It’s a side-scrolling shooter. You can play with one or two players. If you got shot you went into a tailspin out of which you could button mash. Contrary to what Mark said, it was quite a bit of fun when I was ten. It’s primitive and corny, but not without its charms.

So there you have it. I’m glad they’re putting out games I’ve never heard of before, as it gives me a chance to try out something I missed out on, but just from looking at gameplay footage, it’s not something I regret missing out on. We’ll be back next week, hopefully with something more people can comment on.

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