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Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2009

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Lots of big surprises for Japan next month - Multiple famous game series are going to get another installment on their VC very soon. Of course this includes some Nintendo offerings as well!

The full list for April (And the last update of March) in Japan is as follows:


Super Famicom:

Nintendo 64:

Sega Master System:

PC Engine:

Virtual Console Arcade:

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User Comments (106)



Bass_X0 said:

I wonder how long it will be until everyone else gets Majora's Mask. Now bring on Donkey Kong 64 very soon please, Nintendo. I'd love to play that again.




nintendo sure has been coming out with some great news as of late very happy 2 own a wii rite now



Kawaiipikachu said:

Majoras mask intreste me but I'm also at the moment overloaded with leanthy games like Final Fantasy.
I most probably get it & start playing it other than that it's a tough call.



Ratengo said:

I predict that the PAL region will get Majora's Mask already this month or next (depending on when Hanabi Festival is) while North America gets Super Smash Bros instead and thus have to wait until the summer to finally get the game.



Charco said:

Ninja Gaiden (Almost identical to the NES version)

Better graphics. more colours, parallax scrolling. Not almost identical at all really.



KnucklesSonic8 said:

So many people are gonna be happy when they see that Majora's Mask could be on its way.... after SSB64 of course.



cr00mz said:

wow majoras mask, i didnt even beat it when i had it on 64 but like smash bros we will probably get it like in 6 months or so



slangman said:

Wow great. Majoras Mask AND Phantasy Star. I hope the emulation is better then the gamecube version.



Mike1 said:

"I predict that the PAL region will get Majora's Mask already this month or next (depending on when Hanabi Festival is) while North America gets Super Smash Bros instead and thus have to wait until the summer to finally get the game."

I'm fine with that since I already own Majora's Mask, but don't have SSB.



MrLopez said:

OMG Finally Majora's Mask!!! I already own it on the N64 but people need to play my favourite 3D Zelda game!!!



Charco said:

@ Drake Yeah you are right I suppose. Of the two though, get the PC Engine version guys. There's a cheat code in it to use a full English translation too. Don't know why it never got a Western release.



marktheshark said:

Now that Ninty shows us that the VC can emulate expansion pak games. I wonder if any 3rd party N64 games that'll come out eventually that use the expansion pak optionally will be expansion pak enhanced or will be the normal versions of the games.



slangman said:

Hey just realised, Castlevania III. I wonder what version they are getting since the Japanese version has an improved music chip? Although I prefer the western version though.



Cipher said:

Majora's Mask! **SQUEALS**
On the subject of Hanabi Festival 4, are we ever going to get Custom Robo V2 as an N64 import? I don't think we are, and I'd not be interested in getting it, it's just one of those thoughts I've always had.



Tides_of_Chaos said:

Majora's Mask is cool, but it's too bad the next two N64 games will be this and Smash Bros. while I already own both of them. When will the N64 have some more 3rd party games?



Chipmunk777 said:

Majora's Mask!! The only time I've ever played it is on an emulator, and I never really got into it (likely because it was on an emulator). But from what everyone says, it is very good. I would definitely download it if it came to NA.



Lotice-Paladin said:

@ Cipher - I'd like to see the Custom Robo series come too since they've pretty much told us that implementing the Expansion Pak is certain on the VC.

Glad to see both Majora's Mask and Phanasy Star confirmed for the VC. Now where's the other N64 games they are holding back?



RGVEDA said:

Absolutely great News! I really hope for a fast Release for Smash Bros and Majoras Mask. Phantasy Star is great too!



Sean_Aaron said:

Question for the Ninja Gaiden aficionados: how does the PCE version stack up against the arcade? Might it make more sense to get the VCA version (assuming there is one)?



Kelvin said:

Phantasy Star is the big title here for me, but I'm keen to have a go at Majora's Mask too, as I missed out on it back in the day.



Blk_Mage_Ctype said:

Well, it's about freakin' time!

I already own it on GCN, so I won't be downloading it right away, but I'm happy for everyone else!



Don said:

Oh shoot, if no N64 game comes out on US and EU VC by next month, then we're two N64 games behind Japan. I don't care too much for the original Smash Bros., but please bring Majora's Mask to both regions soon!



Tragickingdom said:

This is like good news overload, I think I visit this site like 20 times a day just in case this has all been a



Starwolf_UK said:

Majora's Mask. Looks like SSB has competition reguarding which game will be VC game #300.

Pointless fact time: From what I recall the Japanese version of Majora's Mask doesn't let you use the owl statue warp points for (temporary) saves. You'ld have to play the song of time and save that way.

so now that the expansion pak is out of the way any chance of rumble pak and meory pak

Oh yeah, bit suprirsing to see only two arcade games on next months list. I still wonder why the service was launched with games taller than they were wide leading to over half the screen being empty. It gives the wrong impression of what to expect from arcade games...



RocketBird said:

I would LOVE to see Ninja Gaiden the Arcade version out on the VCA...what are the chances of that happening?!!?? Does anyone have an idea?



Terra said:

I have Majora's Mask on the N64, so I'm not too worried about the VC release. As for Phantasy Star, I was planning to get the 360 Genesis collection, which contains all 4 original games, so i'll pass here as well. Not much else we don't have already really. The fact they're getting that version of Ninja Gaiden reminds me. Where the Hell are NG2 and 3?

On the subject of Custom Robo V2, having played (and loved) Custom Robo Arena, i'd love to see that one released for a Hanabi. On the subject of Hanabi, I'd love to see Mario & Wario released at some point in the future. I know I've mentioned this rather obscure game several times but seeing as it was completely in English but only released in Japan (WTF was that about?), it would be a perfect candidate.

The only problem would be the SNES Mouse but they could probably program it to use a USB one. Then again, saying that, they might as well change Duck Hunt to work with a Wii Remote but this one's probably more easier to change. Who knows, anything could happen.

From what i've heard, The PCE version contains more colorful and detailed graphics and also has also had difficulty and gameplay tweaks done to it.

Goldeneye and Perfect Dark have almost no chance of appearing because Rare are now owned by Microsoft. Bad luck for us, i guess.

Nothing on a VCA release yet, although it's possible with Tecmo supporting the service. I do remember that they included it as an extra in Ninja Gaiden Black on the Xbox.



Sean_Aaron said:

If the PC Engine version is better than the arcade then I'll get that. It's rare console ports exceed the arcade originals, but Chelnov for the Megadrive is also much nicer looking than the arcade and plays the same (that may be Japanese-only though).



CuzinMike said:

What was wrong with the emulation of Majora's Mask on the gamecube Zelda compliation? I only played that version and never played the origional N64 version. I didn't notice anything wrong with the game while playing it.



Shortay said:

I hope we don't have to wait too long for Majora's Mask, but it really is fantastic that it's coming, hopefully soon.



Drake said:

@ CuzinMike: Multiple things. The music skips a lot and sometimes starts too late, some of the graphics are messed up, and worst of all, the game often freezes completely.



Betagam7 said:

I'm annoyed to see yet another superior version of a game I already bought released in Ninja Gaiden. I think I'm going to make a rule about checking every game that come out from now on to see if a superior version might be available on a different console. Because the NES game was an import I can't even claim to have saved 100 points!

As for the MM emulation problems I'm with cuzinmike, I've never noticed any of these so called problems on the disc version I own and wonder if it isn't down to the quality of the disk



Tragickingdom said:

Hey Drake, can you guys do a top 10 or 20 games that are most wanted for each console again? That list has not been updated in a long time, and alot of the games from prior lists are either here already or almost here. I would love to know what your top 10 arcade wants would be also. I miss those articles, because it pointed out some games I either had forgotten about or had never even heard of. Plus it really gives me an idea of what else might be on the horizon. Thanks, Troy



Tragickingdom said:

Does someone know which games used the expansion pack? I know starfox did, but beyond that I am not sure.



Link79 said:

Good finally everyone can stop moaning about Majaora's mask. I kept telling people it was coming. After all it's a Nintendo game. Of course it would see a release eventually. I just hope it doesn't have the same emulation problem that the collectors edition on Gamecube did. It wasn't a huge problem but every now and then the game would freeze up forcing you to lose your saved progress. It's also good to know that expansion pack games are possible on VC. I wonder if the new update for SD card loading has anything to do with the sudden anouncement of another N64 game? Maybe they will kick the releases into high gear now.



Link79 said:

Do you guys think N64 games that required memory packs are possible? Like say the Turok games or Castlevania 64? Couldn't they somehow make it so you could save your progress directly to the Wii's memory since you can't use the memory packs? I hope this can be worked out.



Bass_X0 said:

i'd like to think it is possible but they hasn't said exactly why they couldn't do it.



Betagam7 said:

When you look at what games actually use the expansion pak its not that exciting really. I'd be more interested in Nintendo emulating the controller pak.



Ferret75 said:



I just hope the emulation is good this time.



Kurachi said:

nice to see it coming soon, even though i prefer OoT, which i already own
MM was kinda... not my thing
but nice to see it here



Kevin said:

Finally, Majora's Mask has been announced. With the 300th game around the corner maybe its a sign that that will be the 300th game.



Kid_A said:

I figured with the memory problem being solved it would only be a matter of time before Majora's Mask was released. Hopefully it comes to North America soon.



blackknight77 said:

"Finally, Majora's Mask has been announced. With the 300th game around the corner maybe its a sign that that will be the 300th game."

Or perhaps MM will be released closer to Spirit Tracks. Just a thought



Pj1 said:

Blimey!!!!!!!! This is great news!!!!!! I'm Sorry to ask this but where's Mario Kart ?(SNES) So Nintendo are finally able to emulate games, I would love to see Donkey Kong 94, I think Japanese VC title lists are important to us, it keeps us guessing to what is being released and gets us all talking, Great stuff.....



Objection said:

@Tony-Hmm...but Spirit Tracks was justa'll prolly be some time before it actually releases. I have no interest in MM except that it might mean that expansion pack N64 games can finally be on VC! (Wasn't it one?)



Captain_Konami said:

@Sean Aaron:

Ninja Gaiden arcade version had larger characters, a limited but 3-D environment, more interactive objects (that you could throw enemies through, for example), different "grip" and hanging skills, and generally a slower yet intense environment ( less rapid side scrolling and more like Final Fight with a ninja).

Neither the NES nor the Turbografx resemble the arcade to a high degree. As far as which is better, it really goes to taste. They are just different enough from the arcade that both can be fun in different ways. Personally, the difference in fun is between the NES and the Turbo, I really prefer the slightly darker look of the NES. It just seems to the fit the story and ninja style.



WolfLink22 said:

I have MM in cart form i'd rather have SSB on the N64, or ClayFighter, or ClayFighter 63 and 1/3 or one of the games we have been waiting a long time for like Tetris Attack or Super Punch Out or even Nintendo World Cup.



timp29 said:

The arcade ninja gaiden has a fair bit of nostalgia for me. I was obsessed with ninjas as a kid (because michael dudikov was a total douche in american ninja - but for some reason I loved it) Basically, ninja gaiden arcade is like final fight but far superior. Thats not to say it was a brilliant game... im remembering my impressions of it as a 10 year old. I seem to remember hearing something about ninja gaiden arcade being quite controversial when it first came out because of its continue screen... which was more like something out of a james bond movie, with the ninja chained to a bench and a circular saw slowly descending on him. Yay excessive violence!



Chunky_Droid said:

An interesting point was brought up recently by someone I know, now that the SD card slot's opened up and we can play games from it, it may open the window for N64 games coming more frequently, now that we don't have to 'clean the fridge'. And Japan's gotten 3 in 3 months, which is massive compared to the past (except perhaps the Wii's launch).

I hope they keep it up, and 3rd parties start bringing games to it. Definitely some 3rd party games I want to play in progressive scan.



RevolverLink said:

Majora's Mask will be a definite purchase for me, so long as the slowdown from the Zelda Collector's disc emulation isn't there.



Jolted85 said:

Majora's Mask will be awesome when it gets released here, I had it back when it first came out, now you don't need an expansion pak to play the game, but yeah I agree it is kinda difficult and annoying at times, still a fun game though.




OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!! The Legend of Zelda: Majoras Mask!!!! I hope it comes to the U.S. soon. It is one of the only 2 zelda games i do not currently own in some way, shape, or form.



Rapadash6 said:

Man the great VC news just keeps coming. I wonder when we'll be getting this one.



Virus said:

Hmm, Majora's Mask is my favorite Zelda game by far, but I'm still hesitant to buy it. I, unlike many of you, didn't really experience the problems on the Gamecube emulation. Still, it might be kind of cool to test the game out with the classic controller.



TwilightV said:

Majora's Mask? Meh... I do want Phantasy Star though. I've been hoping for that one so I could start the series from the beginning.



Adamant said:

@Sean Aaron: "Question for the Ninja Gaiden aficionados: how does the PCE version stack up against the arcade? Might it make more sense to get the VCA version (assuming there is one)?"

While there is an arcade Ninja Gaiden, the NES/PC Engine Ninja Gaiden games are not ports of it, but completely different games. The most sensible approach would be to get both the arcade one and one of the console games.
Also, watch out for the Master System, Game Gear and Mega Drive Ninja Gaidens , which are yet more completely different games by the same name. The Master System game has similiar gameplay to the NES/PC Engine games (but all-new levels and such, so it's more of a sequel), the Mega Drive game plays like the arcade (and again, with all-new levels), and the Game Gear game is completely different from all the others.

So that's 5 completely different games, all named "Ninja Gaiden". Collect them all.



rbtransformed said:

Majora's Mask! Finally! This has been the one game I've been wanting most for the last two years.

After SSB and LoZ:MM come, my vc collection will finally be complete.



Supermarioman said:

Awsome update for Japan. Space Invaders for the VCA is awsome, so is the original Phantasy Star, and Majora's Mask wasn't that bad on the GC or my game isn't that screwed up. But anyway this is great.



Terra said:

I meant Mario & Wario is in english. Sorry about that. I'll just edit that post to make it more clear.



Drake said:

@ Adamant: And of course there's the Xbox Ninja Gaiden as well



Party_On_Dude said:

I think Nintendo will SURPRISE us anyway or how... & without a doubt now, SSB64 will come out first & then ZeldaMM!
But if you look at it anyway you predict it here's our choices of predictions for when they MIGHT come out:
1) First off I'm glad my prediction of a May 18th release of Super Punch-Out was way far ahead, & that I'm SUPER HAPPY its coming out next Monday on March 30th!!
2) Nintendo will eventually give us SSB64 either on its decade anniversary, on April 27th... or might surprise us early & it'll be the #300 game of our VC library!!
3) Nintendo will give us Majora's Mask shortly after anyday Japan gets it sometime; which will be on any Tuesday of the month... which leaves it up to the next following week & Monday it could come out!!
4) Who knows if NOA will start doing 2 VC game releases now... with VC Arcade titles now coming!! Which means we're sooo close to getting #300 game... which is like 6 more and we are there!! So either!!!
5) Last but not least; CLEARLY WE DON'T have a say in what will be the #300 game... only NOA KNOWS!!! Which makes it the BIGGER MYSTERY... of which one will it be; SSB64 or ZeldaMM?!
And if all fails; it could take a while for Zelda MM to come out still... they did say Japan was getting it, but we might still have to wait a while for it to come out here in the US!! So that means May, June, July... or later in the year... who knows; its also a mystery of when it'll come out?!



Drizzt said:

Yes! Yes! Majora's Mask! Please head on to North America immediately after!



TRON said:

I'm looking forward to getting to play this one, I was an early adopter back in the day, and had moved on to another console when this was released. Here's hoping this comes stateside soon.



Nathan said:

Ahh, Majora's Mask. Yep, bought this when it was first released in Australia. Was maybe better than Twilight Princess for me. At least MM had the classic Zelda theme music playing in the field area... The next real Zelda to be released for the Wii better have enough hits of nostalgia, please. Heck, a vastly updated and expanded 'A Link to the Past' in 3D would be good enough...



Atlantis1982 said:

Only one that is vaguely interesting is Phantasy Star 1; I already have Majoras Mask on the N64 (gold cartridge too).



Wii_is_MYcrack said:

FIRST, they could NEVER re-make a Link to the Past. nor should anyone EVER try to recreate that masterpiece.

Secondly Majoras Mask is awesome, on N64.



Digiki said:


The game will be just as good on the VC as it is on the N64, plus you can play it with controllers without frail control sticks.



Terra said:

I couldn't get into Majora's Mask originally. I have tried since but nothing yet that's hooked me on it.

@Wii is MYcrack
Firstly, please don't swear on here. It is a family friendly website, so try to self-censor your comments. It might be a great game but please, have control.

Secondly, i don't know if you know this but they did try to remake A Link To The Past, on the GBA.



Sean_Aaron said:

Thanks for the Ninja Gaiden feedback guys. The only thing I remember from the arcade was that it was really difficult; footage I've seen of the NES game made it seem more accessible.

I think I'll wait for a VCA release and see how well I like it 20 years later before jumping into the myriad console ones...



Digiki said:

Secondly, i don't know if you know this but they did try to remake A Link To The Past, on the GBA.

That was a port. They didn't really change anything.



eagidni said:

majora's mask... !!!

obligatory echo: good times for the virtual console, indeed!



timp29 said:

I missed out on MM when it came out on the 64. I've since played it on the collectors edition disc, but it still didn't hook me. I got the ocarina back, and got out of the town, but I just had no urge to play it since then and thats as far as I've gotten.

Without spoiling it for me, is there actually some cool story elements? Or do you just get to enjoy a few different control schemes?



supbilly said:

What great news about Majora's Mask! As has been said, I only hope that this emulation is better than the GameCube's virtually unplayable one! I also hope this doesn't take as long to reach Europe as Mario Golf for the N64 did as well! Considering the game's popularity I'm sure it will follow in the other territories soon after Japan get it... he says.



tatemon555 said:

Okay, we already have 2 of the games, but...
MAJORA'S MASK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
phantasy star, space invaders...
MAJORA'S MASK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm seriously that excited about it, because I never had the chance to play it in the N64 era. Of course, it's gonna take a while, because Japan always gets the good games, like, a half a year in advance.



Danman2327 said:

I just checked wikipedia. It seems that North America got some games earlier than japan and vice-versa. (If it came out the same day, Japan's date would be one day afte rNorth America because of timezone differences for an example if it came out the same day it would be like Sept.16 in North America and Japan would be Sept.17). The gap in between the dates ranges from like the same day to like 4 months(or more I didn't check them all). So there's no way to say if Japan is going to get Majora's mask before North America or if it will be months apart at all.
Here are the lists:



Modern_Legend said:

man i really want ssb, perfect dark and dk 64 before majoras, i liked the story in majoras but i never liked the concept in majora as much as other zeldas, masks were tedious lol



Danman2327 said:

Why do people want super smash bros so bad? Just get brawl its much better. DK 64 I understand, that is a great game (but Majora's mask was much better). I want both Dk64 and Zelda MM on the vc soon. I can wait because I have majora's mask on the n64 still but the graphics on my n64 are fuzzy and not as sharp as the wii's. I also dont want to keep setting up my n64 everytime I want to play it. Whenever I want to switch back to tv I have to disconnect everything again and reconnect my direct tv box to my tv and its annoying. Lol the only vc games I have are OoT and Paper Mario so this will get me buying points again.



Adamant said:

@timp29: "Without spoiling it for me, is there actually some cool story elements?"

Majora's Mask has the most involving story of all the Zelda games.



Kid_A said:

Majora's Mask just might be the greatest Zelda game ever. Even though I already own the gold-cartrige N64 edition of the game, I'll certainly be re-buying it just for convenience's sake. And the fact that it's totally sweet doesn't hurt either.



MrDziekuje said:

Best. Game. Ever.
I own the original gold-cart of Majora's Mask, but I may buy the VC version anyway. If they can manage to eliminate jaggies on HDTVs I'm in (I played it recently on my N64 and much to my dismay it was actually painful to look at.)



Ricardo91 said:

Whoa mama! Japan's gonna have one sweet month this month! It also gives me hope that Majora is coming here soon! I've been dying to see it; It's the only Zelda besides Wind Waker that I haven't played.



Ragnor said:

I might try Majora's Mask, I hear its extremly creepy and grim and all that, but I hate OoT so it might be a gamble.

Phantasy Star I will pass on, I love the game, but I already have it on my 360 via SMUC



GenesisBoy said:

I bought the GC version of Majoras Mask, but haven't played it in a while, can someone tell me what was so bad about the version?



Philip_J_Reed said:

The GC version had some weird slowdown/audio issues. Nothing too bad, but certainly noticeable, especially in the very-busy Clocktown scenes.

But the worst part was that the game would often crash when entering a hole or changing scenes, and you'd lose ALL of your progress up to that point. (Disabling the rumble feature is said to help, but by no means does it eliminate the possibility.)

In a "normal" Zelda game this would only be a slight inconvenience as you could save regularly, and wouldn't lose much headway in case of a crash. In Majora's Mask, for obvious reasons, constant saving was not a possibility.

It will be SO nice to have the game and not have to deal with those issues again!

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