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Given the close proximity of their release dates, it’s inevitable that Super and Mega Turrican are going to be compared to each other; the obvious question is, which one do you pick to download? There’s no easy answer to this; as previously stated the games look very much alike but there’s no denying that they are separate entities within the Turrican universe. Personally I prefer the SNES version to this as the music is far superior and the entire experience seems a lot more well-rounded, but in all honesty both are worthy of your attention.
With both games priced at the same 800 Wii Point level and arriving so close to one another in the Wii Shop, it could be argued that choosing between Super Turrican and Mega Turrican is a toss-up decision. But our recommendation would follow the order in which they appeared this year – check out Super Turrican first, then, if you find yourself still craving yet more futuristic blasting action, consider dropping an additional eight bucks on this Genesis edition of the design. And Factor 5? A suggestion – give us a while to experience these two titles before dropping a third on us, OK? We know you’ve got Super Turrican 2 ready to drop in the Shop as well, but your potential sales will benefit from a bit more of a breather between releases.
In gameplay terms this is less shooter and more platform game, with the already obvious debt to Metroid made even more blatant by an increased reliance on swinging and rolling in "wheel mode" to progress. The level design isn't a patch on the SNES game and, while its still playable enough as an early '90s game of its type, it's definitely the lesser of the Turricans available here. It is, however, the best game on offer from the past two weeks - a rather depressing state of affairs and no mistake.