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Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2010

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Three big-name titles. And one slightly less big.

Things are pretty bleak on the Virtual Console in Europe at the moment, but that isn't stopping Japan from continuing to bring more awesome downloads to the table. It's pretty easy to guess what game is being released to build up hype for Mega Man 10, and Nintendo will be releasing the Super Famicom in their beloved war series. Meanwhile, Konami pumps out two more MSX classics.

Made your guesses? Check to see if you were right below in Japan's full February lineup:


  • Mega Man 4 (Considered by many to be the weakest "classic" Mega Man game, it's still relatively enjoyable and similar to the others. It's the first one to feature chargable buster shots.)

Super Famicom:

  • Super Famicom Wars (The second console installment in the Wars series and the first one to feature different characters to play as. One of them is Hitler, pretty much!)


  • Contra (The first game in one of the hardest series ever, Konami has opted to release the MSX version over the NES one.)
  • Quarth (A puzzle game in which the objective is to shoot blocks upward, in order to mould the advancing mass of other blocks into rectangles or squares, causing them to disappear.)

The only one of these the rest of the world is likely to see is Mega Man 4, but of course we can't help but wonder when we're going to see Contra!


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Rapadash6 said:

Wow, only 4 games in Japan this month? I have a bad feeling we are closing in on the end of the Virtual Console service. More Mega Man is always good though. Hopefully we'll see 5, 6 and 7 soon as well.



TKOWL said:

@2: Then X, then X2, X3, Legends, Legends 2, Mega Man Soccer...



Tsuchinoko said:

@Rapadash6 OMG but are you kidding? 3 of these are classic games that many people in NA and PAL regions have been waiting for. More classic Mega Man in any form, and the original Contra? Plus I would love to get my hands on Super Famicom Wars, I always heard that series was good and we never got that installment. Maybe as an import title...



blackknight77 said:

MM4 does not surprise me . In fact I think NA will see it in the coming weeks most likely before the release of MM 10



BL_Donth said:

It's a good way to get warmed up for Mega Man 10.
Sure MM4 maybe the weakest but it's still a fun game.

whistles Skull Man's theme



KingMike said:

Quarth was a good game. I know the GB version was the only console release in the US. Shameful.
Really, MM4 is considered the weakest?
I thought 5 and 6 were considered the worst entries in the classic series.
(despite MM5 cover bot Gravity Man, though I think Charge Man still wins for absurdness. )



Sean_Aaron said:

I used to have the Gameboy version of Block Hole (US name for Quarth) and I enjoyed Block Hole in the arcade -- great port of a fun arcade game.



Mama_Luigi said:

I knew Mega Man 4 would come to the VC when I heard about Mega Man 10, I expect 5, 6 and 7 to come to the VC too.



Jeroen1 said:

Mega Man IV has an interesting intro sequence and some decent Robot Masters (Drill Man, Pharaoh Man), even though the majority was starting to get a little lame. But the music is pretty horrible in this game, save for some moments in Dr Cossack's castle. I don't know why it puts me off but there's something grating about these songs. Definitely one of the weaker games in the series.



Starwolf_UK said:

Nice to see the MSX isn't completely forgotten but I have a feeling that is due to having no other choice than anything else...

Super Famicom Wars (SFW) is interesting to look at from a historical perspective but ultimately Advance Wars plays a lot better due to better streamlining and balance in general.



Rensch said:


Even though Pharaoh Man is one of the lamest robot masters.



Donatello said:

Mega Man 4 considered to be the weakest of the Classic Series? WTF
That easily goes to 5 and 6(which was uninspired, uncreative, had horrible music and robot masters ect) especially. 4 was least the robot masters were better than MM3's ;p But i feel like the mega buster wasn't the best thing for the franchise. But hey, you dont have to use it if you dont want to hehe.



nintendogamerftw said:

MEGA MAN 4!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edit: Just so you know, Mega Man 4, while not as good as 2 and 3 were, was definitely better than 5 and 6. In my opinion, 5 had uninspired robot masters that weren't as memorable as every other game in the series; while 6 had some bland themes, in my opinion it has the best theme in the series among that jumbled mess. (See Mr. X stages)



Donatello said:

I cant remember one single track from MM6....All I can remember from MM5 was Star and Stone man's stage along with the Boss Music. 4's is more memorable and imo it has the greatest boss music out of all of the games. Skull, Dive and Ring Man along with Dr.Kosacks 2nd Level are solid tracks. But as it stands MM4 is just above average, it's not exactly worth downloading if you ask me.



Digiki said:

The sooner Mega Man 4 is released, the sooner the VC will have a new best Mega Man game!!

MM3 is quite good, but 4 is quite better.



Donatello said:

Digiki I actually find MM3 to be a bit overrated. it's rocking some of the worst Robot Masters....Needle and Hard man are just terrible from a design stand point. Snake was bad ass however. RM's aside, the game was plagued with some annoying slowdown, and i just wasn't digging alot of the levels...Needle, Hard and Gemeni man's stages were boring. It also ditched Mega Man's 1 and 2's classic Robot Introduction tune for MM 3's more annoying and less memorable one. But i gotta say, I loved those Wily Return stages,...Shadow Man's especially. good stuff.

MM4 on the other hand definitly had better Robot Masters, the best Boss music if you ask me, and some of the levels were vibrant and colorful just like MM2's. Dive Man stage epsecially is my favorite. I think the game kind of falls apart once you hit Kosacks and Dr.Wily's castle. it just felt so bland and lacking. but yes, it's definitly better than 5 and 6. I think I'm going to play through MM4 on my Mega Man Anniversary Collection(GameCube) again, it's been a while...And it's great because I can use my NES controller since i have the Wii Retro port which is awesome.

NES VirtualConsole games on the other hand were ported terribly concerning colors and brightness. they all looks darker, washed out and not as colorful compared to how they looked back on the nes ;p but that's another story all together.



Gizmo said:

I also don't understand why MM4 should be worse than 5 and 6. For me it is still a very good game.



Donatello said:

@Gizmo. I dont understand either...5 and 6(especially) are the duds of the Franchise. People also seem to hate on MM8 the most though, saying it's the worst, but enjoyed it back in the day. i think the music and Mega Man's voice especially were the games negatives. And some of the parts where you're riding rush which seemed to long.



astarisborn94 said:

This could be an okay month for the Virtual Console. Meanwhile, we focus on catch-ups. But there are a lot of interesting titles.

@Rapadash9: We had similar months in Japan, so I doubt we are nearing the end.



CanisWolfred said:

Holy Motherf***ing crap! Super Famicom Wars is out now!O_O Crap, if only I had a Japanese Wii!



blackknight77 said:

As much as I love Mega Man 4, I hate battling Ring Man. He is very difficult to beat even when you use the weapon he is weakest too.



DiggerandIndy said:

Personally, I kinda like MegaMan 4. It's MegaMan 5 that I think's the weakest. Not to mention MM5's the rarest game (I think. I don't know about UK).

Ring Man's a piece of cake to me. You tried charging the Pharaoh Shot?



StarBoy91 said:

I have the NES Mega Man games on Mega Man Anniversary Collection for the GameCube. Amazing how Mega Man V (1992) and Mega Man VI (1993) came very late in the console's lifespan.



KingMike said:

I wouldn't be surprised if MM6 was the rarest. A very late US release and I hear it still hasn't been officially released in PAL regions.
(although 5 was strangely also the last game I bought to complete my NES cart collection)
The only thing I remember about 6 is that four of the levels had split paths, with one leading to a "fake" boss.
And Flame Man.



Mike1 said:

Mega Man 8 is probably my least favorite Mega Man followed by MM6, but all of the games are fantastic eitehr way. I always thought that MM5 was better than MM4, but that's only my opinion.



GeminiSaint said:

I was waiting for MM4. It looks like my wait will be over soon. I hope MM5 and 6 follow shortly thereafter.



Digiki said:

I'd agree with MM3 being overrated, as far as the NES games go I'd only place it above 1 and 2.
It definitely did have the weakest set of robot masters though, once Snake Man is defeated the stage select is only orange and blue.

I find 2 incredibly overrated, it was pretty standard all around, it had a few excellent themes, but it also had that terrible boss that was only prone to crash bombs, and the Wily stages were dull as a whole.

4,5 and 6 were generally much better than the first three, by straying from the mostly standard gameplay they flourished. There were awesome levels like Gravity Man's, Star Man's, Blizzard Man's and such.
Everything being more vibrant was nice too



SwerdMurd said:

I like 4 cause it's pretty hard...and no cheap difficulty like Needle is substantially worse than 5 though, which (while the easiest in the series) has the best music by leaps and bounds.



Wardy said:

I don't understand how MM4 gets considered the weakest in the series. Ring Man, Pharaoh Man, Dive Man and Drill Man can be fairly difficult to be with just the buster, I personally liked every song and the Cossack levels weren't terribly long to complain about not having a password to go straight to Wily. I thought 5 was the most forgettable of the series if you can even say that about a Mega Man game. I didn't care for the tunes as much and the some stages dragged on a little too much. People will say to just buy the Anniversary collection but if you only have a Gamecube the controls are terrible. I also like not having to get off the couch to play certain games. I'm lazy.



Wardy said:

Mega Man 4 is the only original series game I remember seeing commercials for when I was a kid. My local rental shop made a big deal about it and you had to pre-order your rental. This game was a big deal in '91.



Donatello said:

@Swerd_Murd...There's no way in hell MM5 had the best Music in the series, that goes to 2 and 9. But to each their own, but for me MM5 was forgettable Music wise. dont get me started on 6, that had to of been the worst out of the Nes series musicly.



Donatello said:

@Wardy I have fond memories of renting MM4 when i was a kid. MM1 was the first i ever played, then MM2 and MM3 of course. Anyways, Skull man's stage always stood out in my mind(and the music), but for some reason MM4 just didn't seem as fun as 2,3 or 1. again, while the music was 'ok' it wasn't up to snuff. Toad, Dive and Ring mans stages are pretty rad as well. Drill, Dust and Pharo had the worst stages hands down.

Anyways as for the MM Anniversary Collection....of course playing it was the gamecube controller is terrible. the B and A buttons have been switched also which is weird. Nintendo ephasized on the big 'A' button being the action button, that's why. But really, you need to get a Wii Retro's available to use with your Nes or SNES controller, it's a must. they're inexpensive, and you can get them off of Retrousb,.com

I'm waiting for my Wii SNES retro port to come in any day now. going to use it for MM7 on the Anniversary collection. the only MM in the classic franchise i never got a chance to play as crazy as it sounds...along with MM and Bass.



Vinsanity said:

Of course we'll see Contra. NOA is lazy as hell; they'd much rather double dip and re-release Contra (albeit a different port) than actively court publishers to drop interesting, wanted retro games on the service. I mean, going to LucasArts or Konami and asking for Metal Warriors would require effort, or Disney and Capcom or SEGA to get us Duck Tales or Castle of Illusion, so they're not gonna do it;)



TheLonelyGamer said:

Not bad week for Japan.
Mega Man 4 is when all of the cool Robot Masters names started to go downhill, I mean seriously, DUST Man!



Donatello said:

I'd say MM3 was the start of the names going down hill... Hard and Top man? really...but ya, Dust man was a terrible idea. Also MM7 had some pretty crappy and ugly overly detailed designs for their robot masters,,,,MM9 and especially 10 have some great ones. Splash comes to mind, and freaking sheep man is



Donatello said:

Digiki...I found MM2 to be the most vibrant of the bunch....Air, Bubble and Wood man's stages come to mind. MM3 was the darkest and dullest when it came to level design hands down. 6 was incredibly bland especially.



blackknight77 said:


Yes that is method I use but Ring Man is very fast, so sometimes I miss with the charged P. shot. I did beat Ring Man, but I usually need to have some E-Tanks ready on reserve. Dive Man is pretty frustrating as well.

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