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It's Monday, and Nintendo has bestowed the gift of three new Virtual Console games on the loyal gaming populace. This week it's a good spread, but the first game is one of those titles that people are going to argue about: there are so many versions of Lode Runner that some are going to be happy with the NES version,but others will wish for the version they grew up with on any number of other platforms. Here are the games you have to choose from: 老域名购买

Lode Runner (NES, 500 points or $5)

This is one of the earlier versions of the platforming game where you run around a vertical level dodging robots and going after the gold. It'sa classic, but gamers today may find the play a little vanilla; these are conventions we've seen over and over throughout the years with miles of gimmicks added. Seeing the ideas in their prototypical forms may be interesting from a historic standpoint, but not so much in terms of fun factor.

There is something else that's worth noting with the NES version. From Wikipedia:

The NES version, developed by Hudson Soft, had the first appearance of Bombermen as the evil enemy robots. This is significant, as Bomberman was later released. To further connect the two games, the end screen in the NES version of Bomberman mentions the original White Bomberman having turned human and a hint of seeing him in another game, with the Lode Runner behind him (though this can be interpreted as Bomberman's unhelmeted human form). In the Japanese version, the message is a more direct reference to the game: "Congratulations – Bomber Man becomes Runner – See you again in Lode Runner."

As Johnny Carson said, "I did not know that. That is wild."

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Genesis, 800 points or $8)

The first appearance of Tails, and it's still a fun game today. The first Sonic title has been available since the launch of the Wii, so here's hoping we see more of the series released. While not as cerebral as Nintendo's platforming games from the same era, the Sonic games still stand up as enjoyable, fast-paced spectacle.

Golden Axe 2 (Genesis, 800 points or $8)

A side-scrolling, magic-using romp with three characters and six levels. Not a lot of strategy other than to kill everything that isn't you, but I have many fond memories of this game. Duel Mode lets you slash through hordes of enemies, which can be a fun diversion from the main game.

With no TurboGrafx 16 2D shooter this week, we're given a very odd spread of games. I'm not going to say there's something for everyone, but if you like a classic formula, going very fast, or simply hitting things with large-bladed weapons, you're going to have a good day.


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