Virtual Console Monday – 12.31.2007 (Bubble Bobble, Light Crusader, Top Hunter)

January 1, 2008

On the last day of 2007, Nintendo had one final trio of VC titles for the year in the form of Bubble Bobble, Light Crusader, and Top Hunter. As the only one of the three that I’ve played, Bubble Bobble was great fun as a kid, but as with many of the VC releases I am not sure how well it has aged. I guess we’ll find out very soon.

Hit the jump for full details on this week’s releases including pricing.

BUBBLE BOBBLE (NES, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): BUBBLE BOBBLE’s release in 1986 introduced the two bubble dragons, Bub and Bob, and brand new play mechanics, with players defeating enemies by trapping them in bubbles and then popping them. Although the puzzle-action game can be beaten by clearing all 100 rounds, it also contains secret elements such as not being able to get the “true ending” in single-player mode; hidden commands that lead to secret rounds; and a ton of different items. These elements are some of the game’s most memorable and important features. Each round even has different air currents that are not visible, so bubbles rise in unpredictable patterns. Aspects like forcing players to understand and utilize these different patterns while playing help make this a revolutionary game that is fun to play anytime.

Light Crusader (Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for EveryoneA