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Little boy wizards were around long before Harry Potter, and Merlin's young protégé Tonma is one of the most interesting. His adventures through a fast-paced medieval world full of unfriendlies is fairly fun, but frequently frustrating – understand that you're signing on for a pretty unaltered arcade action experience by investing 600 Wii Points in a download here. Ninja Spirit, Gunstar Heroes or one of the Contra titles would also be excellent options for gamers interested in this style of game.
Where it flounders is the respawning bad guys and one-hit-kill gameplay which frustrate more than they thrill. Though you can continue from the last checkpoint easily enough, the game just isn't special enough to earn the dedication you'll need to get past the hump of having to start over, from the middle of a level, with no power-ups. Amusing enough, but not the best example of its genre on the VC.
I'll reiterate it a last time - Legend of Hero Tonma is quite a bit like Ninja Spirit. The only differences are that it's a bit easier, the levels are smaller, Tommy has a larger arsenal of weapons, and the game is much more colourful. Think of it as a kids' version of the game. It's an enjoyable game while it lasts, but unfortunately it's not long or challenging enough to stay consistently enjoyable every time you play.