There have been rumors that Alien Crush was coming to the Virtual Console this week and the sci-fi pinball game made this week’s four game list. Alien Crush has a cult following since it was one of the few pinball games that was actually fun to play. It had bonus stages, moving alien targets to hit and a style similar to the Alien movies. Also on the North American VC list is Gunstar Heroes, Treasure’s classic 2D run and gun shooter. Gunstar Heroes was one of the best co-op games on the Genesis and if you’re only getting one game this week download it. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, Sega’s variation of Puyo Pop and Ice Hockey for the NES are on the list too. See extended descriptions of this weeks retro four past the break.
Ice Hockey (NES, 1-2 players, 500 Wii Points): Ice Hockey is hard-hitting, fast-action competition that re-creates all the excitement of the sport from faceoffs to penalty shots. Players pass the puck and shoot to score while using defensive tactics, including fake shots and ice brawls to crush adversaries. It’s up to the player to find the best strategy to win the game – finesse or power.
Gunstar Heroes (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): The Gunstar 9 planet was peaceful for many years until the vicious dictator, Colonel Red, kidnapped the Gunstar twins’ older brother and used mind control to make him his slave. Players face many different enemies and bosses while battling to stop the dictator from unleashing "Golden Silver the Destructor" with apocalyptic consequences.
Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine (Sega Genesis, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points):
Dr. Robotnik is stamping out music and fun in Mobius with his giant robotizing Mean Bean Steaming Machine. Before he turns all the citizens of Beanville into robots, players must save the day by gathering up beans in matching colors and defeating Robotnik’s guards.
Alien Crush (TurboGrafx16, 1 player, 600 Wii Points): Alien Crush is a fan-favorite pinball game that features a sinister sci-fi theme. Play through a two-level playing field that comes to life with pulsating alien creatures. Rack up a high enough score, clear the board of these extraterrestrials and discover secret bonus stages. The game features realistic pinball action, complete with a tilt function and two selectable soundtracks. Do you have what it takes to fight back against this alien infestation?