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Bionic Commando (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Nathan "Rad" Spencer has had a rough go of it recently. Between the low sales of Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2 and the poor critical response to the 3D reboot, Capcom's long-running series appears to have hit a brick wall. Thankfully that hasn't stopped them from uploading this Game Boy port of Bionic Commando. Rating: 85%
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What Is It? Nathan "Rad" Spencer has had a rough go of it recently. Between the low sales of Bionic Commando: Rearmed 2 and the poor critical response to the 3D reboot, Capcom's long-running series appears to have hit a brick wall. Thankfully that hasn't stopped them from uploading this Game Boy port of Bionic Commando. A few changes needed to be made for this black and white port. Gone are the overhead stages, replaced with more side scrolling missions. Capcom has also updated the era, giving the game a decidedly sci-fi feel. The result is the same great Bionic Commando game you know and love, now cheaper and on the 3DS.

Does It Still Hold Up? The controls are solid and it feels good when compared to the NES original, but after playing Bionic Commando: Rearmed it's hard to go back. It's not the lack of a jump that makes the game feel archaic, but rather the insane difficulty and one-hit deaths. If you can are up to a challenge then you'll be rewarded with a surprisingly deep and engaging port of one of Defunct Games' favorite 8-bit action titles.

Is It Worth The Money? The changes made to the story and setting are weird, but nothing that should keep you from an otherwise excellent action game. While it will take some time getting used to relying on your bionic arm to get around, this four dollar treat is ultimately worth the learning curve. Enjoy it while you can, because it might be a very long time before we see any new adventures from Nathan "Rad" Spencer.
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