Four for Virtual Console this week

Ecco 2 and Pitstop 2 among them.

Nintendo has walloped four new old games onto the Virtual Console this week. And they all end in a two, too.

Samurai Showdown 2 for NeoGeo, with the sketchy Japanese translations, leads the pack. The sequel packs in six new characters, plus the ability to dodge and parry like a real samurai - such as Tom Cruise in that film.

This game has been heralded as one of the all time greats, and we think paying 900 Wii Points (GBP 6.30 / EUR 9) is worth the money to hear Cham Cham the cat girl say: "Oooh! It was scarry!"

Ecco 2, the Megadrive game about a dolphin, is the next sequel on the list. Additions in this version include extra difficulty levels, new areas and levels, and the ability to turn into a jellyfish, shark, or seagull.

Ecco would have been much, much better as a shark, because sharks are brilliant.

Another Megadrive sequel on the list is Splatterhouse 2, which sort of does what it says on the tin; it's a horror beat-em-up where you hit monsters and splatter them in a house.

Pitstop II is the last of the quartet, and was released back when I was still trying to walk. No, not last Saturday. The Formula 1 racer wooed us by being ahead of the curve; flaunting six tracks and split-screen two player races. Plus, of course, popping into the pits to change tires, refuel, and maybe nip to the toilet.

Pitstop II costs 500 Wii Points (GBP 3.50 / EUR 5).

As always, our thoughts on these will arrive sooner than you can say "Xbox bias".

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