Wow, here are two games I never thought we’d see on the Nintendo Virtual Console. Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight and Nobunaga’s Ambition have both been confirmed by Nintendo of America for a release this September.
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight is often maligned for its devious marketing back in the day. Many now believe Capcom changed the American title to match the more recognizable Street Fighter franchise in order to sell more copies, but the truth is that the game is also called 2010 Street Fighter in Japan as well. Capcom hyped it in both countries as a sci-fi spin-off of the Street Fighter franchise.
Needless to say, many fans were confused as to exactly how the game connected to the beloved fighting franchise when they bought it.
The truth is, although this does not resemble a Street Fighter game in the slightest, Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight is a misunderstood cult classic that deserves a second chance to overcome its misplaced retro-hate. The game plays more like Super Smash Bros. than anything, a fighting game with really floaty controls and huge stages. You are tasked with taking down a single enemy, and once you do , you have to jump into a portal before time runs out. This takes you to the next fight.
It’s a very unique game with controls and graphics unlike anything else you can experience on the NES. If you give it a try, you’ll have to look past the Street Fighter title to really appreciate it. It will be released on September 1st.
On the other side things, Nobunaga’s Ambition is a massive strategy game taking place towards the end of the Sengoku era of Japan. You control one of many different Japanese generals during a time of great conflict, and your job is to unify the country under a single banner. Launch campaigns, manage troops, divide and conquer.
The game was way ahead of its time 30 years ago when it was first released on Japanese PCs as a cassette tape game, and it successfully put developer Koei on the map. Of course, Koei would break away from its strategy roots in the PlayStation 2 era with the Dynasty Warriors games, but Nobunaga’s Ambition and the Romance of Three Kingdoms historical strategy games still remain its most cherished franchises by Japanese fans.
We will be getting the Super Nintendo version on the Wii U on Sept. 4. I’ve never played it, but there is no time like the present, is there?