September 28th, 2007, 20:41 Posted By: Shrygue
As Nintendo Europe's Hanabi Festival draws to a close, Sin and Punishment, one of the rarest N64 games of all time, finally makes it way to the UK. No doubt infuriating all those eBayers trying to charge hundreds of pounds for the original cartridge version.
Regularly cited as one of the best N64 action games, Sin and Punishment is an on-rails shooter by legendary developer Treasure, originally only released in Japan. While it does come in at a rather hefty 1,200 Wii Points (roughly GBP 8.40), it's probably worth a look given its place in Nintendo history.
This week's other Hanabi title is Gradius III, released on SNES in North America way back when. As with most Gradius games, you're tasked with flying through streams of enemies while blasting away with increasingly large lasers.
Finally then, there's Turbografx platformer Legend of Hero Tonma. Playing as caped hero Tommy (perhaps not the most heroic name ever), you're tasked with rescuing a Princess by jumping your way through side-scrolling platform sections, shooting fireballs and bouncing on the heads of enemies. Hmm... it all sounds strangely familiar.
All three titles are available now - and, as a reminder, if you haven't already downloaded Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels, this weekend is your last chance with the game set to disappear forever from October 1.
Virtual Console European Releases, September 28
Turbografx - 600 Wii Points
Legend of Hero Tonma (1991)
Super NES - 900 Wii Points (Hanabi Festival price)
Gradius III (1989)
N64 - 1,200 Wii Points (Hanabi Festival price)
Sin and Punishment (2000)
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