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Namco Bandai Supporting Wii's Virtual Console Arcade with 26 Games

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Posted March 26, 2009 - By Stephen Johnson

Namco BandaiNintendo's Virtual Console Arcade launched yesterday, and while the point of the service is to bring arcade titles not available on other systems to the Wii, it's launching with a measly four titles (Gaplus, Mappy, The Tower Of Druaga, and Starforce). Fear not, old-school gamer:  More robust plans are in the pipeline for the service.

Namco Bandai, king of the old-school arcade, have announced that an additional 26 games are on the way in Japan. One game will be released each week, and each game will cost 800 Wii Points ($8.00). While Namco hasn't said how many (if any) of these games will make it to the US, a check of the list reveals some interesting possibilities. It's under the cut.

  • Assault
  • Galaga 88
  • Cosmo Gang the Puzzle
  • Cosmo Gang the Video
  • Cyber Sled
  • Sky Kid
  • Star Blade
  • Splatterhouse
  • Xevious
  • Dragon Spirit
  • Dragon Saber
  • Dragon Buster
  • Tower of Druaga
  • Knuckle Heads
  • Burning Force
  • Pacmania
  • Finest Hour
  • Numan Athletics
  • Pehlios
  • Hopping Mappy
  •  Mabael Land
  • Mappy
  • Rolling Thunder
  • Wonder Momo
  • Genpei Toma Den
  • Youkai Dochuki (Shadow Land)

I hope every one of these games comes out here. While Xevious and Galaga 88 are nostalgia-classics, I think I'd be most excited to play some of the games I'm totally unfamiliar with. What the heck is Numan Athletics? How could a game called Knuckle Heads not be awesome? Is Rolling Thunder a video game about Bob Dylan's legendary 1974 concert tour, The Rolling Thunder Revue?

But on a more serious note, $8 may be a little steep for an old school game, especially given how many free games one can pick up on the internet... How much is nostalgia worth, anyway?

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