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Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2009

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Only 6 games for Japan in May (Not counting yet to be announced arcade games), but it's quite a good selection.

May seems to be a Famicom month of sorts - 4 of the 6 games planned for release are for Nintendo's original console. And they're not exactly obscure games either - Final Fantasy and Famicom Wars (The first in the "Wars" series, which includes Advance and Battalion Wars) will both be making their VC debut next month.

These are the games Japan will be getting in May:


  • Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zenin Shuugou! (The first "sequel" to River City Ransom - Unlike most of the rest of the series, which are usually sports games, this is another beat 'em up)
  • Ninja-kun: Ashura no Shou (Another game in the Ninja-Kun series, which includes Ninja JaJaMaru-kun)
  • Final Fantasy
  • Famicom Wars (The very first "Wars" game - This one doesn't include any of the fancy features you probably know, like a map editor or CO Powers!)

Sega Master System:

  • R-Type (A fairly decent port of the arcade game - But what's the point when it's already available on the TG16?)

PC Engine:

  • SimEarth (One of the sequels to SimCity - In this one you "manage" the entire Earth!)

That's not all however, because since the next Tuesday is still in April there's also a final April update. This will consist of these games:

  • Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SFC)
  • Numan Athletics (VCA - A totally over the top sports game from Namco. It's got a small cult following because it's unlike any other sports game - And it was released outside Japan, so we could get it someday!)
  • Youkai Douchuuki (VCA - A platformer/action game in which you fight almost nothing but monsters from classic Japanese stories. Because of this it's never been released outside Japan. A shame, because it's pretty good - Even if it's pretty hard!)


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User Comments (42)



Corbs said:

We had to know the Final Fantasy titles would eventually hit the VC. We just had to wait until Square-Enix had squeezed every last penny out of the remakes first. Just takes a little patience.



slangman said:

Final Fantasy was already confirmed for May in Japan. Very lucklustre selection



Ratengo said:

@Drake: The PC Engine version of R-Type is splitted up in two parts, which totally cost 1200 points to download. The Master System version only costs 500 points. Do you see the big difference now...?



MarkyVigoroth said:

I still feel rather ticked off at getting the more expensive PSP versions for Christmas instead of getting Patapon (and maybe something else) and waiting for the $5 VC releases...



Starwolf_UK said:

I still feel rather ticked off at getting the more expensive PSP versions for Christmas instead of getting Patapon (and maybe something else) and waiting for the $5 VC releases...
The NES version of Final Fantasy is a bit of a mess (the interface definetely shows its age as does having to buy items one at a time) but thats not to say the PSP version is without fault (the difficulty, its way too easy). I'd be inclined to say you get what you pay for...

Still as for the months releases what is 6/4...well its more than 4/4 plus the Arcade titles have not been announced yet so its more than 6...



SmaMan said:

Ah! I hope we get Famicom Wars! Sure it doesn't have all the flashy stuff of the new ones, but it has a special charm to it. I have the translated rom, but I would gladly buy it if it comes out on VC.



WarioFan63 said:

So after all this time, SimEarth is FINALLY coming out somewhere.

Well played 2007 NP issue...well played...



SKTTR said:

There already are 2 different River City Ransom games on the Japanese VC. Is the new announced one "Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zenin Shuugou!" the third game in the series?

Also, nice to see the very first WARS game. I have always wondered why the JP VC didn't have any part of that series. Hope to see a western release. This one is back to the basics. Simple and fun. Not like the new flashy special ones for the DS, where you need to put in hours of time for each stage.



Paulymate said:

Are you sure?. I think that for the VC edition of PC-Engine R-Type, they actually merged both of the PC engine games....



WarioFan63 said:

They did merge both parts into one for a single 800 point release for outside of Japan but they were paying for two seperate 600 point releases to get the full experience.



Sharecrow said:

The SMS version of R-type also has a secret level that doesn't exist in any of the other ports of the game (to my knowledge).



Sean_Aaron said:

I'll probably buy a VCA version as well, though we have no sign of Irem games coming to the VC yet...

I seriously doubt that's the full VC list for May unless they're cutting back on the number of releases every week, but I'll pass on all of that bar Youkai Douchuuki which looked pretty nifty in Game Center CX.



Drake said:

@ SKTTR: You're probably thinking of Renegade. That's the first Kunio fighting game, but it's not really like River City Ransom and Downtown Special, there's no RPG elements at all.



Outrunner said:

I have the first 2 Final Fantasy games for my GBA as well as 4 and the remakes of 3 and 4 on DS. Now if 6 comes to VC I'll get excited.



Rapadash6 said:

Wow, that's not a lot of games. I wonder what that means for those of us not in Japan?



WarioFan63 said:

I seriously doubt that's the full VC list for May
Well...of course it isnt! Since they've been keeping all of Namco's Arcade releases a surprise until the week before.

I suppose if the next week is any indication they may be ramping up the number of those coming out each week.



Token_Girl said:

I wonder what's different about the Japanese market that Nintendo in all it's infinite wisdom decided to give them advance release lists and not Europe an NA.

That worries me too. Hopefully there will be lots of arcade titles to balance it out or they plan to let us catch up a bit.



marktheshark said:

What a pathetic month! Well, I'm betting that all of those games announced to come on the JPN VC this month might come here eventually.

Then again, obviously not the full list.

I wonder when Namco & Ninty will bring all of those arcade games that Namco has anounced to the NA & European VCs.



Kawaiipikachu said:

Famicom Wars FTW .
It should be the next hanabi festival even if all the text in Japanese it shouldn't be too hard to memorise the few menu commands .



blackknight77 said:

I expect NA will get Final Fantasy sometime this summer. I don't think it will be a long wait. I also think R-type SMS will make its way over as well. Lets get some big name arcade titles please



Objection said:

Final Fantasy and Famicom Wars? I'd like to see both of those make it on VC elsewhere soon!



KingMike said:

It seems that an English ROM of Youkai Dochuuki called Shadowland exists.
Though I can't find information on exactly where it's from (or if it's legit. I know I've seen at least one translation that was bootleg only, Puyo Puyo.).



Supermarioman said:

Where is the original Phantasy Star for the VC is what I'm woundering and I hope that they release the Dragon Warrior games sometime since there releasing Final Fantasy, they never remade the first 3 Dragon Warriors.



SmaMan said:

Actually, the first three Dragon Warriors were remade on SNES. I think they were called the Reprise series or something. They were only released in Japan though, so... import title? I doubt anyone official would want to translate that, but there's plenty of great fan translations that they sadly won't even consider.



Kafei2006 said:

Nothing in there that'll interest me. I've already got the original Final fantasy in Cartridge format .



KingMike said:

The first 3 Dragon Quest were just called Dragon Quest I-II and Dragon Quest III. They were released on SNES in Japan only, but the remakes were ported to GBC and released in Japan and US.



Adamant said:

@KingMike: "It seems that an English ROM of Youkai Dochuuki called Shadowland exists."

I've seen that as well, but it doesn't look like the game was ever actually RElEAED in English.
Why would anyone bother fan translating it in the first place, there's barely any text in the game.



That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

The sequel to River City "Downtown Special: Kunio-kun no Jidaigeki Dayo Zenin Shuugou!" is not really in the same league as the first game, but pretty cool anyway. Some of the more amusing features of the first game are gone, and playing with an AI-partner doesn´t work very well. I suppose it is fun to play in co-op though.

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