VC Monday: Gobble some ghosts, or enter the riot zone


pacattack.jpg Another Monday, another three Virtual Console games. Wait, did I say three? I meant two. Again. For the second week in a row, the weekly VC update consists of only two games. Hopefully this isn't becoming a precedent for the Virtual Console. Anyway, first up is Pac-Attack for the SNES, a puzzle game starring Pac-Man in the vein of Dr. Mario and Tetris. While a fairly decent puzzler, there's better on the VC. Still, if you like puzzlers and need something new, you could do a lot worse than Pac-Attack. Second is Riot Zone for the Turbografx-CD. There's not much to say about this one other than that it's pretty bad…even by 90's beat 'em up standards. It's just terribly generic. There's seriously nothing remarkable or notable about it. And it even lacks a two-player mode. It's pretty much just a hair above Vigilante in the beat 'em up hierarchy. Definitely one to skip. This one wouldn't even be worth 600 points, much less 800.


There's just no other way to put it…this week stinks. A puzzler that, however decent it is, has still been outclassed by other VC puzzlers and a lame beat 'em up. It just doesn't make much sense for Nintendo to keep giving us two game weeks. There's a huge backlog of games that have been rated by the ESRB that still have yet to show up on the VC. And what about Mega Man 1 and 2, Nintendo?