The 1990s were a golden age for 2D mascot platformers, as every third-party publisher out there wanted to have their own take on Sonic the Hedgehog. If you wanted a play games starring characters with cocky attitudes, the 16-bit era was fertile ground. Ever since Sunsoft returned to the market as an active publisher with an eye on digital distribution (the company's Blaster Master blasted back not too long ago), my hope would be that the company's mascot Aero the Acro-Bat would be back for an encore, as his two adventures (the second of which was notoriously difficult to find back in the day) stood above the Awesome Possums and Rocky Rodents of the world. He deserved better. Now word comes that the character is making a return via the Wii's Virtual Console. Yes, the original Aero the Acro-Bat for the Super NES is on the way. Here's Sunsoft's official trailer for the digital re-release dated for later this summer.
If you missed Aero when it was new back in 1993, then I strongly urge you to pick it up when it arrives on the Virtual Console. It's aged very well, still has catchy music, and offers a variety of platforming gameplay. Who knows? The stage could be set for that honest-to-goodness Aero the Acro-Bat 3 that I've been longing for all these years. Make it happen, Sunsoft!