Ogre Battle 64 Hits Europe This Friday

One last Hanabi surprise.

Nintendo almost had everybody fooled. They only announced four games for release in this month's Hanabi Festival, and then proceeded to release all of them in two weeks, despite Hanabi Festivals usually lasting three or four weeks. But if you take a look at the Wii Shop Channel right now, you can see that they have one more game up their sleeve.

Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber is the sequel to the SNES game, which was released as import last year. It basically plays exactly the same as its predecessor, just with some 3D effects (The characters and most backgrounds are still 2D). It's a real treat for any strategy game fans, as it's one of the only games in the genre the N64 has to offer, and it's also one of the most highly regarded strategy games, period.

Of particular note is also that it will be published by Square Enix, making it the very first N64 VC game not to be published by Nintendo. Hope for the future, perhaps? No price point has been announced, but we're expecting it to be 1200 Wii Points, just like Sin & Punishment.

Also releasing on Virtual Console this Friday is Fatal Fury Special, which was released elsewhere some time ago. You can read our review here.