Unfortunately for Super Dodge Ball, Mega Man 9 had to happen this week and distract everybody. In fact, we are also freaking out about Dodge Ball -- we just delayed our reaction a bit. We'll have our little nerdfest now, in the most counterintuitive way we can think of -- celebrating the NES Super Dodge Ball by talking about another version.
The gameplay is a bit more fighting-game-like, as well. Instead of running for a set time and then throwing, your characters' super throws are activated by familiar Street Fighter controller movements. There's even a Super Team Throw available when you've filled up a "POW" meter.
Maybe the biggest visual upgrade over the NES version is the fact that Super Dodge Ball on the Neo Geo isn't flickery as hell. We love the NES game, but that thing is a mess of slowdown and flicker. We've grown to accept it, but ... what if we didn't have to?
Most Neo Geo games on the Virtual Console are massive deals at 900 Wii Points compared to what you'd have to pay for the cartridge, yes, but most of them are also available on compilations that make even the VC versions seem expensive. Super Dodge Ball is not available on any compilations. There seems to be only one copy on eBay right now, and the price is a lot more than $9. eBay is a bit more complicated than buying something on the Wii Shop Channel, as well. Maybe instead of releasing Metal Slug on Wii for the fourth time, SNK could coordinate with Aksys, who has the rights to Technos's catalog.