North American Virtual Console Releases - 22 October 2007 Print E-mail
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Written by Thomas "CigDangle" Balistreri   
Monday, 22 October 2007

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Today's Virtual Console release are less than classics.  The first two offerings are a billiards title and a ninja scroller originally released on in Japan.  Billiards on the NES?  Seriously, Nintendo.

The third is Golden Axe III,  which was a respectable Genesis release.  But none of these games are new to the V.C.  It seems we in the States get to spend today catching up with our friends in Europe.

Lunar Pool
NES - 1-2 players - Rated E - 500 Points - Compile - 1987

Lunar Pool takes the historical game of billiards and reinvents it with a unique and futuristic flair. The rules are simple: All you need to do is use your cue stick to hit the white cue ball, causing it to hit the other numbered balls and make them go into the pockets. You can enjoy nearly unlimited game play with 30 tables, two different ball arrangements, and the ability to change the degree of friction on the table. You can play against a computer or another human player, so try challenging someone once you've got the hang of the game.


Ninja JaJaMaru-kun
NES - 1-2 players - Rated E - 600 Points - Jaleco - 1985

Take on the role of a ninja called JaJaMaru and rescue the captured Princess Sakura from the evil Namazu Dayuu in this action-packed game, previously unreleased outside of Japan. JaJaMaru must use his throwing stars to defeat the monsters lurking in each of Dayuu's many hideouts. JaJaMaru has to be careful though, as each monster has its own unique weapon and method of attacking. The only way for him to advance is to break the floor bricks above him and move up and down between the levels of each round, defeating monsters as he goes. To help him, broken bricks sometimes reveal items that JaJaMaru can use to his advantage, possibly leading to the ultimate power-up: a ride on Gamapakun, the giant frog. Throw in some bonus stages and you've got a game with a style all its own


Golden Axe 3Golden Axe III
Genesis - 1-2 players - Rated E10+ - 800 Points - Sega - 1993

The once-peaceful kingdom so familiar to fans of the original Golden Axe is under threat once again. The Prince of Darkness has stolen the invaluable Golden Axe, taken over the kingdom and rendered its warriors harmless with an evil curse. One warrior breaks free from the curse and must defeat the prince and regain the Golden Axe to save the kingdom. In this one- or two-player action game, play as a giant, a panther or a sword-wielding human and fight your way to victory once again.

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