Virtual Console Monday – Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Lode Runner, and Golden Axe II

Sonic 2Three new releases for the Virtual Console today:

Lode Runner – NES
This landmark action-puzzle game has been a worldwide fixture in video games from the moment of its inception until today, producing many sequels and related products along the way. The player controls the hero, or “Runner,” who collects gold nuggets located around every stage, all the while avoiding capture by enemy robots.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2 – Genesis
Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) is back to continue his zealous search for the Chaos Emeralds needed to fuel his new Death Egg contraption. The evil doctor secretly follows Sonic to his vacation spot, Westside Island, and launches a full-scale attack, imprisoning all the helpless animals of the island and turning them into mindless worker drones.

Golden Axe II – Genesis
Not long after the devastating reign of the wicked Death Adder, another evil arose. Dark Guld and his minions invaded and took hold of the prized Golden Axe with plans to destroy it. Once again, as a fierce barbarian named Ax-Battler, a fearless female Amazon known as Tyris-Flare or a ferocious dwarf named Gilius Thunderhead, you will wield steely swords and powerful magic in an all-out war to recover the sword.

Fast Fact: Lode Runner for the NES, which was developed by Hudson, provided the first appearance of Bombermen as the evil enemy robots.

There are some great classics here. Downloading anything?