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Xevious came to the Game Boy Advance a few years ago as part of the Classic NES Series, and gamers who were skilled enough to score silver medals in every mission found that it was also an unlockable extra in the Namco-developed GameCube game Star Fox Assault. Here on the Wii it's priced at the standard 500 points, and it clocks it at a general rating of "fair" on the scale of worthiness of purchase. Fans of Namco specifically may want to support this download, though, for another reason – it's the first game to hit the VC from the company, and good sales numbers on Xevious may mean more goods from the House of Pac in the future.
With shmup competition from the likes of Gradius, R-Type and Super Star Soldier already on the Virtual Console it is hard to recommend this ancient arcade classic. It’s far from being a bad game, but it has dated quite badly. We recommend you spend your points elsewhere unless you happen to be a nostalgic fan.
Unless you're absolutely sure you like Xevious, you should pass on downloading it to your Virtual Console. The design is too simplistic and repetitive to be much fun, and the graphics and audio don't have any charm whatsoever. This is one classic that hasn't aged well.