Wonderboy in Monsterland (Speaking as someone playing the game for the first time) is pretty great It's pretty weird how it mixes a mostly linear arcade side scroller with RPG elements, but it's a lot of fun. I loved Dragon's Curse and Wonderboy in Monster World on VC, and although this appears to be the weakest of those three, I'm still really enjoying it.
Also of interest, the game has a pop up menu that appears if you press the minus button. It gives you the option to invert the functions of the 1 and 2 buttons, but more notably it also lets you pick 'FM Synthesizer' sound which improves the technical quality of the sound by quite a bit. I understand a later model of the Master System had the FM sound added?
Mmm yeah, although I should point out that the game has to reset if you switch from one mode to another, probably because it picks the appropriate rom or emulator as the game loads. Nice feature though
Out of curiosity, are there any other SMS games that have the possibility of FM sound?
The FM synth may have been "higher quality," but for some reason I almost always preferred the stock SMS/MarkIII soundchip in the handful of games I've played that supported both. Phantasy Star in particular.
-Nazca '88 (aka: Aztec Adventure '88)
-Fantasy Zone 2: The Tears of ***0pa
-Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord
-Alex Kidd BMX Trial
-Fantasy Zone: The Maze
-Wonder Boy in Monster Land
-Space Harrier 3D
-Aleste (aka: Power Strike)
-Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
-Blade Eagle 3D
-Looking for the Stars
-Lord of Sword
-Thunder Blade 3D
-Golvellius: The Valley of Doom
-Reggie Jackson Baseball
-Ancient Ys: Vanished Omen
-Sonic Soldier Borgeman
Japanese SMS releases with FM support (aside from Phantasy Star and Ys, support applies to all regions):
-Doki Doki Penguin Land - Uchuu-Daibouken (Penguin Land)
-Nazca '88 (Aztec Adventure)
-Masters Golf (Great Golf)
-Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opaopa
-Haja no Fuuin (Miracle Warriors: Seal of the Dark Lord)
-S.D.I. (Global Defense)
-Alex Kidd BMX Trial (No US/EU release)
-Tri Formation (Zillion II: The Tri Formation)
-Opaopa (Fantasy Zone: The Maze)
-Phantasy Star (FM sound only in the JP version)
-Family Games (Parlour Games)
-Maze Walker (Maze Hunter 3D)
-Super Wonder Boy: Monster World (Wonder Boy in Monster Land)
-Galactic Protector (No US/EU release)
-Space Harrier 3D
-Aleste (Power Strike)
-Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
-Blade Eagle 3D
-Hoshi Wo Sagashite... (No US/EU release)
-Solomon's Key (No US/EU release)
-Tensai Bakabon (No US/EU release)
-Lord of the Sword
-Super Racing (No US/EU release)
-Megumi Rescue (No US/EU release)
-Maou Golvellius (Golvellius: The Valley of Doom)
-Nekyuu Kousien (No US/EU release)
-Kujaku Ou (Spellcaster)
-Ys (FM sound only in the JP version)
-Sonic Soldier Borgman (Cyborg Hunter)
Non-Japanese releases with FM support:
Poseidon Wars 3D
Interestingly, there were actually a couple of non-Japanese releases with FM sound (California Games, Casino Games, Galaxy Force, Outrun 3D, and a few more), even though the chip was only put into Japanese consoles.
Man, I wish we got a translated version of Xanadu 2 over here... always wanted to play that game, even though I didn't like the first PCE-CD Xanadu game. It's always so expensive and hard to find on ebay.
Well, it's stuck in "Hudson USA's dropped VC" hell. Why couldn't they wait until Ys III was out?
Who owns rights to the Working Designs localizations now btw? Did Vic keep them or transfer them to Gaijinworks? If Sega/M2 ever move on to MCD support, I'd be gutted if we missed out on Popful Mail or the Lunars due to that.
According to one of my buddies in NA localization, we're getting Smash Bros. and only Smash Bros. on VC tomorrow.
Of course, he could just be completely bullshitting me in which case I would be really freaking pissed since I have waited WEEKS for this to hit but I figure that you guys would like to speculate. Again, I am not preaching that I know for 100% fact but he's normally a pretty reliable guy and all clues point to this being true anyway.
I'll agree with this. I hated it and couldn't understand the hype until I finally forced myself past Chapter 1. After that, it gets MUCH better. Instead of meticulous structure building, you get to clever puzzle solving with tons of personality and a Tim Burton-esque sense of humor.
WII-KLY UPDATE: ONE WIIWARE GAME AND ONE VIRTUAL CONSOLE GAME ADDED TO WII SHOP CHANNEL
Jan. 26, 2009
You'll find plenty of monsters in your midst this week, courtesy of the Wii Shop Channel. A brand new WiiWare game invites you to battle an army of deceptively cute creatures, while a classic Virtual Console release pits players against ferocious foes and fire-breathing dragons. Think you've got what it takes to defeat these outrageous beasts? Grab a Wii Remote controller and get busy.
Nintendo adds new and classic games to the Wii Shop Channel at 9 a.m. Pacific time every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at retail outlets. This week's new games are:
Niki - Rock 'n' Ball (Bplus, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone-Comic Mischief, 500 Wii Points): Are you in love with those unforgettable arcade classics where the only goal is to vanquish all opponents to reach the next stage? Niki - Rock 'n' Ball is a new interpretation of those games with a completely innovative and unique gaming mechanism. Roll along with Niki through fantastic worlds, find all the ZeLeLi pearls, and liberate your village from cuddly-yet-evil monsters before it's too late. Timing is everything. Jump in the nick of time to avoid landing amid barbs. Hop across the stages thanks to the realistic gaming physics. Snap on the ZeLeLi amulet, transform yourself into Niki Rock, and force even the most obstinate monster to its knees. Explore all the stages and win valuable medals while dribbling through them, alone or with a friend. Use familiar controls in Retro style, or experience novel controls in the Wii style.
Wonder Boy in Monster Land (SEGA MASTER SYSTEM, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Alcohol Reference, Mild Cartoon Violence, 500 Wii Points): After the defeat of the evil king, the kingdom of Wonder Land was a paradise for a time. The peace was broken when a ferocious, fire-breathing dragon struck without warning and took over Wonder Land with a swarm of evil, monstrous henchmen, turning the once-peaceful land into the utterly chaotic Monster Land. Unable to fight, the people now look to Wonder Boy. Realizing that he is Wonder Land's last hope, Wonder Boy sets out on an incredible journey to rid the country of the monsters and defeat the "invincible" evil dragon. Guide Wonder Boy through various environments and dungeons, and defeat enemies using Special Weapons and Spells.
For more information about Wii, please visit wii.com.