Last week, you’ll no doubt recall I did a quick rundown of a few games I’d love to see ported to the Wii Virtual Console. Chief among them was a port of Splatterhouse 3, the horror-themed beat-em-up on the Megadrive. Considering how well known the games were at the time, however, they seem to have vanished into obscurity in the years since. Even with a remake on the horizon, the series is still something of an unknown quantity. Time to rectify that situation, don’t you think?
Splatterhouse – Turbografx
Original Release – April 21st, 1990
Virtual Console Release – March 16th 2007
It starts with a man and a mask. Rick Taylor and his girlfriend Jennifer visit the West Mansion, home of the (currently missing) Dr. West. The place has a history of strange happenings, and the couple go along to see if the rumours are true. During a storm, Jennifer is kidnapped and Rick is left for dead. When he reawakens, he finds himself wearing the Terror Mask, a powerful artefact West was working on, that will allow him to take on the monsters that have kidnapped his girlfriend…
Doing something a little different this week. Typically, this column talks about games that you’ve probably missed that you should go out and get now. Games that are readily available in one form or another. This time, we’re talking about games you can’t actually get.
The Wii’s Virtual Console is a great idea, getting classics into the hands of fans both old and new. There’s already over 300 games available, but, as with all collections, there are gaps. Here, I’m going to take an occasional look at a handful of games that Should be readily available for download, but, for whatever reason, aren’t. And no, Earthbound won’t be one of them, everyone wants that up there but Nintendo.
Three Games That Should Be On the Virtual Console (But Aren’t)
Splatterhouse 3 – Megadrive
Splatterhouse 1&2 are already up on the VC, in their Turbographx and Megadrive incarnations respectively, but the third game in the series is strangely missing. While the first two were standard beat-em-ups based on 80s horror movies (the main character wears a hockey mask that would do Jason Voorhees proud), the third game is a more complex affair, offering an entire mansion to explore. The hero of the last two games, Rick, has settled down to a normal life with his wife and son. However, the mansion they live in proves to be home to an even greater evil, forcing him to take up the mask once more and punch monsters into chutney once more. Continue reading