Japan received a few high-profile Virtual Console games this month, but Nintendo's continuing their strong support in the east straight into next year - The first month will already bring them more great titles.
Hudson finally shows some more NES support, while Quest is releasing the N64 sequel to their fantastic SNES strategy game Ogre Battle. Nintendo releases a Japan-exclusive Kirby game, while Konami delivers some more MSX games. What more could you want?
Japan's full VC list for January (For real, this time, as Namco is done with Virtual Console Arcade, apparently) is as follows:
- Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom (A very strange adventure game from Hudson Soft in which every character is either a fruit or a vegetable. The entire game is played in a first person perspective with commands like "Move," "Look," and "Talk," there is no direct control of your character.)
- Kirby no Kirakira Kizzu (January 5th - A Japan-exclusive enhanced version of the Game Boy title Kirby's Star Stacker, this is a falling block puzzler starring everybody's favourite round pink blob.)
- Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber (The sequel to March of the Black Queen, this is one of the N64's very, very few strategy games. However, it also just so happens to be a fantastic one. We already know that it's on the way to PAL regions, as well!)
- Parodius (The first game in the craziest shoot 'em up series of all time, this one keeps the wackiness down fairly low, and also isn't as good in the gameplay department as later entries are. Let's hope they're on the way too!)
- Salamander (Like the NES game, it's not very true to the arcade version - There's both changed and completely new levels, along with cutscenes and other extras.)
Which of these would you like to see in the west first?