The Virtual Console may be picking up a small glimmer of life, assuming titles like Spinmaster keep being released. Developed exclusively for the Neo Geo MVS and AES systems, Spinmasters may be one of the most colorful platformers ever released. The heavy, weighted shading used for the sprites is truly remarkable, delivering intense color depth and style to a game with admittedly little freshness otherwise.
Players control one of two cowboy-like characters as they traverse all of the usual video game perils, with a design from the same people who gave us Joe & Mac. The main weapon is, of all things, a yo-yo, inspiring flashbacks of Yo-Noid! on the NES. Other power-ups includes bombs and ice shards, blasting enemies off the stage with kid-friendly reactions as they fly off the stage.
For an arcade game, Spinmasters is a breeze, minimal difficulty but with plenty of replayability. With around 30 or so minutes of playtime, Spinmasters isn’t long, but it’s everything platformers of the era were about, with the addition of those massive sprites and smooth mechanics.
For 900 Wii Points, it’s much preferred over the current $150 for the original home cart.