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It’s time to hit the streets – 3D Streets of Rage II is out now on the Nintendo eShop.

Getting hold of classic games used to be a monstrous pain in the ass, not to mention somewhere on the dubious side of legal. For the PC it can be relatively straightforward – the platform has stayed somewhat constant for 20+ years – but for old consoles and arcade systems? You needed to emulate.

Thankfully Nintendo’s eShop is doing a cracking job of doing the emulating for us, bringing a load of Virtual Console classics onto the Wii U and 3DS.

SEGA, Nintendo’s arch-nemesis who are sadly without a console business now and have been relegated to mere developer and publisher, have taken full advantage of the retro marketplace Nintendo are fronting, and we’ve seen a number of great titles including 3D Out Run, 3D Thunder Blade and a vast array of Sonic the Hedgehog titles.

Today it just got really special. Today, 3D Streets of Rage II was released for the Nintendo 3DS.

A stereoscopic 3D retooling of the SEGA Mega Drive classic – which criminally, didn’t make our list of top-ten side scrolling fighting games from a while back3D Streets of Rage II looks everything it should. It’s got the same great cast of characters that genuinely have different play styles and not just different sprites, the cut-above-the-rest presentation of the Streets of Rage series, and the same epic action.

Plus, you can play co-cooperatively with a friend just like you did in the good old days; I always used to play as Max, and my best friend played as Skate, the perfect combination of speed and brawn. I think we’re going to be spending some time revisiting 3D Streets of Rage II the next time we get together.

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