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The Hanabi Festival Returns to Europe Next Month

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Finally, more import games!

We've been expecting another Hanabi Festival for quite a while now - A whole bunch of import titles are already rated and completely ready for release in PAL regions, but month after month, we were met with disappointment. It finally ends next month though!

If you take a quick look at Hudson's Virtual Console site, you'll notice that Bomberman '94 and Detana!! Twinbee are both listed for release in Europe and Australia in July, and more importantly, both have a Hanabi Festival icon!

We wonder how many games will be released - The very first Hanabi Festival saw 6 imports, the second had 9, and the third had 6 again, although one of them was a permanent rerelease of Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, which was previously only available for two and a half weeks. We certainly hope there will be 9 games again this time!

Other games likely to be released in July, because they have an OFLC or PEGI rating, are:

Let's hope all of them are released!


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User Comments (47)



calculon said:

Err... so unless Bomberman arrives that's just one for me this time (Kirby's Dream Land 3)
Pulseman looks horrible - slow, jerky and not at all fun.



Ratengo said:

I predict a whole bunch of 10 titles for the Hanabi Festival 4. Let's have fun!

Final Fantasy (NES)
Smash Ping Pong (NES)
Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (NES)
Kirby's Dream Land 3 (SNES)
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (SNES)
MUSHA (Mega Drive)
Pulseman (Mega Drive)
Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye (Mega Drive)
Bomberman '94 (Turbografx)
Detana!! TwinBee (Turbografx)



timp29 said:

Ninja Gaiden 2: Dark sword of chaos is long overdue as well.
EDIT: Would this qualify as Hanabi though? I think Ninja Gaiden 1 was a hanabi release despite being released in PAL regions (the same with its sequel).



Wiiloveit said:

Ooh - time to go back to my old Hanabi avatar, again... or not, since Ratengo STOLE it



Ratengo said:

@timp29: Ninja Gaiden 2 is still not available in Japan so we have to wait even more until the game finally arrives here.

@Wiiloveit: Yeah, I stole the avatar because the colors match my homeland flag so perfectly...!



Terra said:

FINALLY! I've been waiting ages for this to happen. Looking forward to Twinbee, Pulseman, Kirby and Startropics II here, as well as MUSHA. I can hope that Nintendo will release something else as well, something that hasn't been rated to surprise us. Sadly, they're not that kind.

Just wondering but did Super Turrican II originally get a European release? I keep on hearing different stories and I'm not sure what other websites are reliable.



Drake said:

@ Terranigma: Super Turrican II got a European release, but with Factor 5 being practically bankrupt now sadly I don't think it'll be released on VC here anymore



Kawaiipikachu said:

Wow pulseman !
I need points for this & Sim Earth & Water Warfair.
I kindly accept donations (joking).



Yoshi175 said:

I would get kirby's dream land 3 and ogre battle, no idea when I'm a bit behind, I still haven't even got secret of mana



Mama_Luigi said:

I'm not sure, but i think i'll get MUSHA and Bomberman '94.
But i will get Kirby's Dream Land 3 for sure!



Kurachi said:

oh come on with Kirby's Dreamland 3 this time
waiting for that one so long now...



Rapadash6 said:

Wonder if the slowdown in VC releases was to prepare for the flood of import titles you'll no doubt be getting.



Starwolf_UK said:

@timp29. The reason Ninja Gaiden was an import title was when it first came out here in Euorpe it came out as Shadow Warriors. The problem was Ninja Gaiden 2 and 3 came out as Ninja Gaiden. For continuity sake (not to mention Ninja Gaiden is a name people reconsie...) I guess Nintendo wanted them all known as Ninja Gaiden.

Still it doesn't explain why North America got Ninja Gaiden 2 and 3 an eternity ago and the rest of the world is yet to follow.

Edit: I got my facts wrong inb nearly every way...



Mike1 said:

I'm surprised you guys never got Kirby's Dream Land 3 originally.



Starwolf_UK said:

@That Guy from Faxanadu.

It seems you are right. Making the wohle move even more odd since I bought it up with regards to argueing that River City Ransom should have been a Hanabi title rather than released as Street Gangs and the argument was Ninja Gaiden had to be called Ninja Gaiden due to the sequels...



SepticLemon said:


Man... I'm going to be in the States next week... Well at least I'll be enjoying my American Wii if I get one...



Adamant said:

Ninja Ryuukenden 2/Ninja Gaiden 2 was indeed released in Europe as Shadow Warriors 2 at the very end of the NES' lifetime, as part of a bargain series of previously unreleased games.

Ninja Ryuukenden 3/Ninja Gaiden 3 was Japan/America only.

Shadow Warriors was presumably released as "Ninja Gaiden" on the VC both for the sake of title recognition (since the post-NES games were released as Ninja Gaiden here as well) and to keep the name of the series consistant for the release of Ninja Gaiden 3, since a "Shadow Warriors 3" doesn't exist. It's kind of scammy that they slap an import price on it, though.

But yeah, they really need to release the second and third game already.



RadioShadow said:

Same the Mega Drive imports will be butchered to run in PAL 50Hz, unless Sega make them run in PAL 60Hz.

At least the Hanabi Festival is coming! I must remember to buy Puyo Puyo 2 on the US Shop Channel.



Sean_Aaron said:

@Ratengo: Shanghai II isn't out in Japan is it? If I did get it it would only be for the music; I wouldn't pay 800 points for Megadrive games, so if they're an extra 100 for Hanabi, fugeddaboutit.



Outrunner said:

If the MD games are 50hz I won't be downloading any. Too many of them wont display on a HDTV and there's no way of knowing before downloading them.




Im confused? You only get to download import titles from time to time? Im Actualy glad they dont do that here since I take my time when it comes to downloading games.



timp29 said:

Ninja Gaiden 1 and 2 were released in australia under the title ninja gaiden (at least I am pretty sure they were... thats trying to remember back a long way EDIT:I stand corrected). I just always assumed some massively fanatical fan (like myself) was purely after the extra 10fps.

EDIT: Just went on ebay and checked cartridge art and the game cartirdge was labelled Shadow Warriors II - Ninja Gaiden II here. Idiots



Dark_Machine said:

@Gabe: Someone else correct me if I'm wrong, but the festival is just a time when they 'release' the import titles into PAL-land, once they're there, they're usually there forever. At least that's my understanding, if I'm wrong I need to go grab Star Parodier before it gets wiped off.

Also MUSHA is gonna be great, hope to god they don't butcher it into PAL-50hz, just give it a HD interlace mode like a few of the other games.



Sean_Aaron said:

The Hanabi festival is once a year, isn't it?

I see people are betting on Japanese games, but there's also a chance we could see games from North America that never got released here right, like the Koei strategy titles?



Kim_Jong-Il said:

I really want Earthbound to come out!
I've already got it via "other means" (playing it on my DS right now, actually) but I want to give Itoi my money!



Ratengo said:

@Sean: There were two Hanabi festivals last year (in May and August), so we'll maybe see a fifth festival before this year is over. Europe always gets North American versions if available (however, all Turbografx games are Japanese). Hanabi MD games cost 900 points each, still having borders and running in 50Hz... so stay away if possible...!

Out of the current list, 'Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II' is a North American exclusive. 'Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye' was also America-developed (by Activision) and published in Japan as 'Dragon's Eye Plus: Shanghai 3' in 1991 by Home Media (non-existent today). Shanghai II isn't already out and until Acitivision is publishing games on the Japanese branch of the service, the game will not appear at all.



Stuffgamer1 said:

Looks like Europe can look forward to a VERY nice selection of VC releases soon. I kinda wish North America had such a time to look forward to, as it would help us suffer through weeks of garbage.



Viral said:

Stuffgamer, I agree. I was in America and my brother didn't know what to get because he didn't know what to look forward to. I wish there was an easier way to sift through the garbage they give us on the VC.



slangman said:

Yay. Except most of those games came out in NA ages ago.

Shame the Mega Drive titles will be botched ports running in 50hz.

At least I just bought a US WII.



Pj1 said:

@ slangman: Have you got your US Wii on-line? if so have you set up it in Brazilian settings? that way you can buy VC games with your credit card. Unless you know another region that you can use? Thanks if you or anyone else can answer this. I'd Love to buy an American Wii.

Also a much awaited title for me is Bomberman 94, I'm looking forward for it to appear on VC! Also it'll be interesting to see if we get any Mario titles...



Stijnco said:

My favorite time of the year. At least for the VC.
Bring it on, I'd like to play Pulseman and Kirby Dreamland 3



slangman said:

@Pj Yeah I can connect my US wii no problem. I don't use credit cards, but you can buy Wii points on

Although I have heard you can use credit cards if you set your settings to Brazil and switch back to US or Canada again if you want to download any VC games.

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