There's not too much to be excited about this week on the Virtual Console, just a spin-off, a sequel and a mish-mash of both. We look forward to the comments when some of you will inevitably tout Kirby's Avalanche as the best Puyo Puyo rip-off, or Streets of Rage 3 as the best in that series or Legend of Hero Tonma as the best ... something. We're looking forward to it.
Legend of Hero Tonma (TurboGrafx16, 1-2 players, 600 Wii Points): For the following analogy, mustaches are not withstanding. Imagine, if you will, if Mario was a superhero. Now imagine that his power was "somewhat more impressive fireballs". Now remove him from the Mushroom Kingdom and put him in a fantasy setting. Congratulations, you have just designed Legend of Hero Tonma. Enjoy your royalty checks.
Kirby's Avalanche (Super NES, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): One thing you've got to give Kirby: He's got his fingers into everything. He's like the P. Diddy of video games. This week, we find K. Biddy in a Puyo Puyo clone called Kirby's Avalanche.
Streets of Rage 3 (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): Sometimes, the rage on the streets is so great that you have to come back for a second helping of beat-em-up action. But when you return for a third time, people start to get upset. They start neighborhood watches, it's bad. If you like this genre, Streets of Rage 3 might be worth your time, but we're spiritually opposed to buying any game that features a character named Skate.