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Bionic Commando Not Coming To The Virtual Console. But Why?

In a recent interview on with Bionic Commando producer, Ben Judd, they asked him about the prospects of the original Bionic Commando ever coming out for the Virtual Console now that he’s working on a sequel of sorts. But what should have been a, “Yes, it’ll be coming out next month,” sort of answer, we instead get a, “We couldn’t get it approved for the Virtual Console,” response instead.

What makes this story even more cryptic though is his next comment on the matter where he states that he couldn’t explain why it can’t come out for the Virtual Console. It just can’t. My mind is a bit fuzzy when it comes to the original game, but I do remember something about Nazis in there somewhere. Perhaps it’s the swastikas that are keeping it from your Virtual Console. Or maybe it’s the inability to jump (WHAT?! In an NES game?! Get out of here!). But seriously, grappling hook aside, couldn’t the swastikas just be blurred out? I know pretty much all of the Virtual Console games have been direct ports from their original systems, but couldn’t an exception be made for Bionic to make it more family friendly? Maybe they can switch the swastikas for a hammer and sickle emblem instead. We’re not beefing with the Soviet Union anymore, right? Right?!

Anyway, enough about Bionic Commando. As cool as it was, I’m still not going to be sobbing into my hands with the fact that I’ll never be able to play BC on my Virtual Console. Now, T & C Games 2: Thrilla’s Safari on the other hand, that’s a different story. That game was too awsome for words.

Rich Knight
Rich Knight

Rich is a Jersey boy, through and through. He graduated from Rutgers University (Go, R.U.!), and thinks the Garden State is the best state in the country. That said, he’ll take Chicago Deep Dish pizza over a New York slice any day of the week. Don’t hate. When he’s not watching his two kids, he’s usually working on a novel, watching vintage movies, or reading some obscure book.