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Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2010

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

A mere three games for Japan next month

Things can be quite odd sometimes. A while back, when North America and Europe were getting several weeks without any Virtual Console games at all, Japan was still getting one or more per week. Now it seems like the roles have been reversed, because while North America and Europe are now getting one each week (For now, at least), Japan seems to have to make due with just three titles this upcoming month, none of which are particularly great.

There's not exactly a varied coverage of systems either, because two of them are for the Super Famicom while one is for the Neo Geo. The (very short) full list for Japan next month is as follows:

Super Famicom:

  • Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Grey Wolf (We're not sure why it took so long for Japan to get the third and currently last of Koei's SNES strategy titles, but well, here it is!)
  • Heisei Shin Onigashima: Zenpen (An enhanced SNES port of Shin Onigashima: Zenpen for the Famicom Disk System, the first part of a story divided over two games. None of them were ever released outside Japan, but you might've heard of them through trophies and other information in the Smash Bros. series.)

Neo Geo:

  • Magical Drop 2 (A fast-paced puzzler which is sort of a combination of Puzzle Bobble and Puyo Puyo. It plays mostly like Puyo Puyo, but instead of the objects all being at the bottom of the screen, they slowly descend onto the playing field from above, just like in Puzzle Bobble.)

Nothing new which the rest of the world can expect as well - That might, surprisingly, be a first!


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User Comments (11)



Sean_Aaron said:

Surely Namco will pull a surprise out of the bag; besides I have yet to see a month go by where the announced VC releases were the only games to come out - there's always some surprise additions.



Tsuchinoko said:

I don't know why the writer is making it sound like the japanese VC has been in a HUGE decline or anything. The past 2 weeks were both 3 or 4 game weeks for the Japanese VC.



Stuffgamer1 said:

I actually recognize that blue-hair dude as an enemy from Kirby's Dreamland 3. Was that an intentional cross-over thing or something?



Egg_miester said:

koei is pure awesomeness, just two games thats sad the may list for jpn its scary bad



StarBoy91 said:

Actually, Stuffy, the character made a cameo appearance in Kirby's Dream Land 3. Nowhere in the game do you fight the character. You just have to find him in one stage, and bring him to his friend to receive a Heart Star.
Kirby's Dream Land 3 had a lot of cameo appearances from Nintendo's games; i.e. Samus and Metroids from Metroid, R.O.B. and Professor Hector from Gyromite/Robot Gyro and Stack-Up/Robot Stack, etc...

The blue haired character also appeared as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee.



Stuffgamer1 said:

@StarBoy: Ah, yes. For some reason, I keep thinking that one of the enemies that jump up and shoot you with arrows in one of the Kirby games looks just like that kid, but I guess I'm mistaken as I can find nothing in a rathing exhaustive (and exhausting) web search.

If I'm reading this right (and Wikipedia is to be trusted), though, it seems that this game actually includes the original as an unlockable bonus. This seems to me to be an unprecidented occasion of a VC release including a previous VC release in itself. Shame the games never made it over here, making this point largely moot.

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