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Paradroid arrives on Virtual Console

Just the one game this week.

Nintendo has released a solitary new game onto Virtual Console - Andrew Braybrook's C64 classic Paradroid.

Priced at 500 Wii Points (GBP 3.50 / EUR 5 approx), it's a classic, top-down science-fiction shooter and one of the first to feature eight-way movement controls.

As those with fond memories will recall, in Paradroid you use an "Influence Device" to take out robots on a spaceship, linking with them and completing a circuitry mini-game to take them over and destroy them.

Often hailed as one of the best C64 games ever, it's also been the recipient of a 9/10 score on Eurogamer Retro courtesy of Kristan, who called it a game of "rich intelligence, and enigmatic grace" - I know how that feels.

Its arrival also brings to a close (or so it would seem) the latest round of the Hanabi Festival - a brave exercise in digging up foreign console games and bringing them to the West, or an unconvincing excuse to bloat VC prices, depending on how you look at it.

Whatever your perspective, we've been privileged to stumble semi-enthusiastically through Metal Slug, Cho Aniki, Puyo Puyo 2 and Break In, and Gley Lancer, Star Parodier and Digital Champ while it went on.

Look out for our review of Paradroid's re-release in the next Virtual Console Roundup.