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The game is just as much fun to play today as it was 15 years ago. It really feels like a side-scrolling Street Fighter II, from the animations and attacks, to the responsive and simple controls. Chances are that you've played this game in some form, at some time or another, and need nothing quite as extreme as Jack Bauer-esque "persuasion" to help you make the decision in spending 800 Wii points on this title. For those that haven't played, without getting out the thumbscrews or phonebook, you are hereby encouraged to download this title if you're a fan of classic action games – despite the aforementioned flaws or omissions.
It really is amazing how close this conversion is to the original game, and it also displayed the gulf between the Megadrive and the SNES at the time.
You want to play Final Fight. This is an inexorable truth. Final Fight is perhaps the single greatest side-scrolling beat-'em-up of all time, a near-perfect realization of the "gang kidnaps someone's girlfriend/wife/daughter/niece/random-damsel-in-distress so you go beat them all up" formula. Between some of the most memorable enemies in beat-'em-up history, a still-great combat system, a slick art style, and the greatest action-hero politician of all time, Metro City mayor Mike Haggar, you absolutely need to play Final Fight at some point in your life. However, the version of Final Fight just released for the Wii Virtual Console isn't necessarily the one you want to play. This is the compromised SNES version, not the arcade original. Still, even for all the details the SNES version mucks up, many of the core factors that make Final Fight so appealing are still intact, and you're bound to have a fun time with it, even in spite of its multiple blights on the arcade game's good name.
All told, while Final Fight as a series is well worth your time - if only to see how its parallel development with Street Fighter II helped shape the beat-'em-up genre - but you can safely download Streets of Rage (or its equally groovy sequel) rather than this half-baked port.