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Nintendo Download: 18th March 2011 (Europe)

Posted by James Newton

Take on Final Fantasy III

As we revealed recently, SquareEnix is backing Virtual Console with a pair of classic RPGs, kicking off this week with the one and only Final Fantasy III, also known as Final Fantasy VI.

Virtual Console

Final Fantasy III (Super NES, 900pts) — This is an excellent chance for Wii owners in Europe to play Square's well-regarded RPG, which was never released on Super NES on the continent. We'll bring you a full review soon.


BINGO PARTY Deluxe (Ateam Inc., 500pts) — Ever fancied playing bingo on your Wii? Well now you can, with Ateam Inc's version of the famous number game allowing up to four bingo fanatics to play together. We'll yell out our review score shortly.

WiiWare Demos

Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 2 (Lexis Numerique) — A free trial of the second in Lexis Numerique's pre-school educational game, you can find out what the complete version is like by reading our Learning with the PooYoos Episode 2 review.


Castle Conqueror (CIRCLE Entertainment, 500pts) — A real-time strategy game for beginners, this is actually a pretty good effort from CIRCLE. Read our Castle Conqueror review for more information.

Arctic Escape (Teyon, 500pts) — This top-down puzzle game from Teyon borrows elements from games such as Chu Chu Rocket and Lemmings, and although the combination isn't quite as successful as its inspirations it's still a decent purchase, as our Arctic Escape review explains.

5-in-1 Mahjong (, 200pts) — One of the best representations of mahjong solitaire available on DSiWare, our 5-in-1 Mahjong review thought.

Check out the latest WiiWare, Nintendo DSiWare and Virtual Console games available for download this Friday!

Prepare to enter the mystical world of FINAL FANTASY® III available on Virtual Console this week. As part of the legendary series of games, FINAL FANTASY® III mixes all the successful elements of the franchise into one epic game. Immerse yourself in the rich story and battle ancient creatures with powerful magical weapons. Unearth the truth to save the world from falling into chaos as once again magic runs wild across the land.

On WiiWare this week, be sure to shout BINGO as loud as you can as BINGO PARTY Deluxe makes its way onto the Wii Shop Channel. Play with up to four friends at a time to enjoy a fun, action packed night of chance.

Meanwhile Castle Conqueror, on Nintendo DSiWare, is a simple to pick-up strategy simulator that will see you command your army in an attempt to outwit the enemy commander. 5 in 1 Mahjong will also put your brain to the test in a fresh take on a classic game. If you prefer something a little less mentally taxing, then try your hand at helping to guide some kidnapped penguins back to Antarctica in Arctic Escape – a puzzle game that may leave you in a flap.

Virtual Console – FINAL FANTASY® III (SQUARE ENIX, Super Nintendo, 900 Wii Points)

Originally released as FINAL FANTASY III on SNES in North America, this game is in fact FINAL FANTASY VI from the main series chronology. Continuing the long history of FINAL FANTASY games, FINAL FANTASY III allows you to enter the world of the Espers. Mythical magic beings, thought long extinct until the discovery of one buried deep in the ice sparks a series of magic attacks amongst citizens using MagiTek weapons.

Who or what is behind the rediscovery and redeployment of this legendary power? What chaotic plans exist that will wreck havoc on this orderly world?

WiiWare - BINGO PARTY Deluxe (Ateam Inc., 500 Wii Points)

The ultimate BINGO game collection! BINGO PARTY Deluxe includes classic BINGO games and an exciting new BINGO PARTY mode for more interactive fun.

In BINGO PARTY Deluxe, play with up to four players in 75-Ball BINGO, 90- Ball BINGO, or BINGO PARTY game modes. The more you play, the more BINGO points you collect. Keep collecting BINGO points to unlock many fun goodies in the game including new game modes, BINGO card patterns, and more.

All BINGO game modes can be played with computer players, with difficulty settings to adjust your skill level.

WiiWare Demo* – Learning with the PooYoos: Episode 2

Nintendo DSiWare – Castle Conqueror (CIRCLE Ent., 500 Nintendo DSi Points)

Castle Conqueror is a real-time strategy game, perfect for those who want to dabble in the genre for the first time. You play a commander who must resist the enemy empire and save the lives of the people he is sworn to protect.

There are five chapters in total to complete, with each containing 10 stages. The rules are easy to pick up and made for fun gaming. Play this game using the stylus on the Nintendo DSi Touch Screen. Select the player’s castle, and then send your army to storm the enemy’s castle in real time. Capture the castle and destroy your enemies to earn gold that you can use to upgrade your commander’s abilities and to buy items that will help you win more battles. Select commanders and different cards to upgrade your army or castle. If, at the end of a battle, you have managed to occupy the enemy's castle, you win!

Nintendo DSiWare – 5 in 1 Mahjong (, 200 Nintendo DSi Points)

Take a fresh look at one of the world’s oldest games in Classic Mahjong mode which will allow you to choose from one of 300 layouts in three difficulty levels as you test your mental prowess.

However, if you want something a little different, then why not try Countdown mode where you only have 20 minutes to complete the puzzle. Train your memory effectively with Remember mode, don’t hesitate in Shuffle or act quickly to find the right set of tiles in Match mode.

But don’t despair if you get flummoxed by this ancient game, handy hints will always be available, making it accessible for all skill levels.

Nintendo DSiWare – Arctic Escape (Teyon, 500 Nintendo DSi Points)
Take control of a group of penguins as they try to make their way back to Antarctica after being abducted by a cunning scientist. Lead your penguins safely through over 100 frosty levels by using commands such as walking, jumping or waiting to plot your way through. Without you they have no chance of survival so guide them to avoid broken ice areas, falling cages, wolves and other dangerous obstacles.

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User Comments (49)



TwilightV said:

I'll add FFIII to my backlog of games I need to download, but i'm more interested in Lufia.



Scarhino89 said:

I'm very happy!!! YES!!! I will download it twomorrow!!! And thanks to Square Enix!!!



TheBigHamlin said:

just spent 80 plus hours on this game in gba form. Not sure if the gba version is released in Europe but if it is i recommend that version. If not, this is one of the best games of all time, has an outstanding cast of characters, has an awesome soundtrack, and has the best ending of any FF game.



CrimsonMoonMist said:

Tomorrow... tomorrow i can finally see just what the best regarded Final Fantasy next to VII has to offer.



Sneaker13 said:

I have the remake of FFIII on the DS. So otherwise a pretty crappy week. Not even the demo is interesting (still be downloading it).



JayArr said:

I had a nostalgic explosion just from seeing the old case to this game. Can't wait until this reaches our VC.



morphballer said:

I'm curious: when a download game comes out in the European territories, are they ever translated in other languages or are they always in english?



Sneaker13 said:

@17, why would that be a joke? Not everyone is an expert on FF. I didn't know what crazy numbering system they have.



Lotice-Paladin said:

Should I get this and wait for MWIV and Super Hang-On or should I ignore this and wait for those games?

So hard to choose! >_<



Tasuki said:

@Sneaker13: Yeah the numbering system is kinda weird to those who dont know. The Final Fantasy 3 on DS is a different FF 3 on the SNES. Back during the NES and SNES era the US only got Final Fantasy on NES than Square didnt bring out Final Fantasy 2 and 3 out to the states mainly cause at that time RPGs werent big in US like now. They did bring out Final Fantasy 4 out to the states but because that was the second one Final Fantasy game to be release outside of Japan they called it Final Fantasy 2 they skipped over FF5 but gave US FF6 which they called FF3 outside of Japan cause it was the third one released outside of Japan.

When the series moved to the playstation starting with FF7 they just kept it FF7 for every region and from that the games were the correct number. WHen they rereleased FF2 (4) and FF 3 (6) in US they kept the original titles as well.

The reason this one is called Final Fantasy 3 is cause its a direct port of the SNES version.

As for FF3 on the DS thats the correct number cause it was the third installment in the series.

I hope that cleared everything up I know it can be confusing.

Truthfully if you have never played FF3 (6) than you are missing out on a great game. FF 3 (6) is the best in the series after that one the FFs went downhill. Nothing has been able to capture the charm that is FF 3 (6).

@Pixelman: I doubt that well will get FF3 here in the states Monday. It has been announced that we are getting Natsume Pro Wrestling Monday, and I dont think they will do 2 VC released on the same Monday. Still we can be pleasantly surprised



Tasuki said:

@Sneaker: It confused me too when FF7 came out on the Playstation I was like WTF??? Wheres Final Fantasy 4-6 lol. Than my friend explained it to me. I thought I somehow missed a whole bunch of the games or something.



Bass_X0 said:

Remember Natsume Championship Wrestling is confirmed for Monday. I wouldn't expect FFIII to be released as well.

Now I will go play FFIII on VC. Today. Thursday. Friday is too long to wait.



brooks83 said:

Well you have to remember back a couple of years ago there were games announced for a certain day and then Nintendo changed them at the last minute. I don't remember the game but I think it was a Capcom game.



Bass_X0 said:

I only have FFIII. If you want to play the Japanese version, you'd best go to Japan.



MeloMan said:

Yikes, Europe never got FFIII (VI)?! Wow, did you guys miss OUT. PLEASE ENJOY!

My opinion, but I think it's the best FF then, now, and still yet to be topped... judge for yourself!



niner said:

How come Europe gets FFIII but the US doesn't get Terranigma? So unfair...

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