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Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2010

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

More strong support in the new year.

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.)

Super Famicom:

  • 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.)

Nintendo 64:


  • 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?


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PopeReal said:

Ogre Battle 64 is simply an outstanding game. It is in my N64 right now so I don't need it but I highly recommend to anyone with an interest in strategy or rpg games.



CrazyOtto said:

I'm not really jealous of them for once. Maybe we'll get that Kirby puzzle game as an import.



Sean_Aaron said:

The Parodius arcade games (Parodius Da! Gokujyuoo Parodius and Sexy Parodius) are all excellent, so it's a bit disappointing the game that started it all isn't all that. Ditto for Salamander; hopefully we'll see Salamander get a separate ReBirth title, though there's only a couple of games in the series, so I'm not sure what that would be like given there's a Salamander level in Gradius ReBirth.

Well, as far as I'm concerned it's up to Sega (also not known to telegraph their VCA releases) and Namco to save the day with arcade games.



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

Its a miricle, an N64 game!

Okay, we knew it was coming, but thank god the N64 games have started off again, for now...



SKTTR said:

Kirby's Star Stacker and Ogre Battle 64 for me, if we get them in Hanabi.
Need to finish Ogre Battle (SNES) first.

Princess Tomato in Salad Kingdom I have beaten not so long ago. It wasn't bad, if you like old school graphic adventures. I don't think I need to play through it again so soon, but it comes recommended.



StarBoy91 said:

All right, the Super FamiCom version of the Game Boy Pocket game Kirby Star Stacker is coming to the VC. In Japan. Sweet.



jhuhn said:

Maybe Kirby Super Star Stacker & Ogre Battle 64 will be released in the PAL region in July 2010 during their next Hanabi Festival.



Objection said:

A firend fo mine has been waiting this whole time for Ogre 64 on VC, ever since his copy died. (too expensive to buy another)



astarisborn94 said:

All these are potentially great releases, but with a lack of Namco's title, 2010 looks to be a step down from 2009 for them. 2010 is also where I predict one-game week starts all over for Americans and Europeans.



Sabrewing said:

Holy crap, Princess Tomato? That's certainly an... inspired choice! It can be really fricking hard, too, since it's essentially a guess-the-verb game and a LOT of double-backing is involved.



brooks83 said:

Yay, finally Princess Tomato! My avatar is actually from that game, so I have definately been looking forward to it's release.



accc said:

Princess Tomato is a great game, hope it comes out in the US soon



Stuffgamer1 said:

@SSBF: We could do without your grim predictions, thanks. Seems to me that support is increasing from third parties (most notably Sunsoft), which could easily lead to the two game weeks continuing on. I'd prefer to hope for the best, at any rate.

@brooks83: I thought of you when I read the title, actually. I don't really know anything about the game, but it could be cool.



Sean_Aaron said:

@KDR_11k: Japan already has Cho Aniki and Ai Cho Aniki -- the second one really should get released elsewhere as a Hanabi title; it's far superior. The rest of the, I can live without it.



XCWarrior said:

Ogre Battle 64 is an excellent title. Japan is fortunate, and I'm happy to say I own a cartraidge. Anyone who can pick it up, should.



Chrono_Cross said:

I have never played Ogre battle 64 before and from what I've heard from friends, it's a great strategy game, so I'm certainly going to keep an eye out for it.



StarBoy91 said:

So, which is better of the two Ogre Battle games: the SNES original or the N64 follow-up? I also heard that there was this SFC sequel called Tactics Ogre.



astarisborn94 said:

@Stuffgamer1: We only have fifty-one games to look forward to as of right now. But I do agree, Nintendo 64 needs a lot more support then what it has been getting.



Steveman1 said:

@Starboy: I prefer the N64 follow up simply because it's one of the greatest games ever made. Hundreds of hours of play time (if you want to get all the endings, optional characters, secrets, and to have EVERYTHING). The Playstation one was alright, but I liked the Game Boy Advance one :Knights of Lodis. Honestly, jumping right into the N64 one was really okay, you get brought up to speed very quickly. It's a unique kind of strategy RPG, but there is no other game like it, and THIS is the game that I have waited for since getting the wii 2 years ago. I wait... hoping it comes to the US in the next few months



Wolfcoyote said:

YES! Yes, yes, YES! In one of my very first posts on NintendoLife I stated that the ONE GAME that (to me) would be worth the entire VC experience would be Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber. The story, the gameplay, the secrets and the fact that it was one of the best (yet little-known) third-party N64 games makes for some of the best N64 experiences I ever had, even when I was also playing Suikoden II on Playstation. I even saved the official strategy guide for it (OB64), though the pages are falling out...

Oh PLEASE let this game be released for NA's VC. I'll purchase both 64-bit Zelda titles, then Ogre Battle 64 and then that's IT. No more VC games, because I'll be set.



astarisborn94 said:

@Wolfcoyote: The Virtual Console version will be published by Nintendo. Not just in Japan, but also worldwide. Although it was previously published by Atlus here, Nintendo will be the publisher. So technically, it doesn't count as an third-party title. Still going to be an great game thought.



vdallos said:

Ogre battle is awfully expensive in cartrige...the vc is now a good option. (This and sin & punishment)

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