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Japanese Virtual Console List - September 2011

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Japan keeps getting the goodies

The Wii Virtual Console might barely be getting any games in the West now — Europe hasn't had any new ones for almost three months — but that isn't stopping Japan from continuing at the same pace as always. This month Japanese Wii owners will get another four new titles to download. Atlus keeps supporting the service with another Megami Tensei title, while the service also gets another King of Fighters instalment and two slightly lesser known titles.

The full list of games for next month is as follows:


  • Seicross — A weird mix of a racer and shoot 'em up, this is a horizontally scrolling game in which you have to fly some sort of hoverbike, dealing with enemies as well as opposing drivers. It was released in North America, so a Western release might happen.

Super Famicom:

  • Majin Tensei — Most Megami Tensei games are RPGs, but this spin-off is more of a strategy title, complete with an overhead map and monster recruiting. Pretty much no early games in the series were released outside Japan, and this is no exception.

Neo Geo:

  • Crossed Swords — An odd RPG-like game in which you have Punch-Out!! style battles with enemies you encounter. This one was also released in the west, but the Neo Geo Virtual Console has a lot of catching up to do outside Japan, so we'll have to wait and see whether it shows up or not.
  • The King of Fighters '97 — The fourth game in the series and the fourth game on VC, but as the West still lacks '96 this might also take a while to come over. It doesn't really add that much, but it's one of the more liked instalments.

For the 3DS Virtual Console, Japan got Heracles no Eikou: Ugokidashita Kamigami, a Data East RPG, this week. Next week, they'll receive ZOIDS Densetsu, which is a horizontal shoot 'em up.

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User Comments (39)



Ryno said:

Europe hasn't had any new ones for almost three months
That is the most interesting thing I read in this article since I dont know these games from a hill of beans! Crossed Swords sound interesting though, anything that play's like Punch Out!! has to be at least somewhat entertaining.



StarDust4Ever said:

How many VC titles have Japan got on 3DS now? I bet it's a boatload more GB download games out in the Land of the Rising Sun, because in the Western Hemishpere, it's a slow trickle. It's just not fair that Japan always gets cooler stuff than us.



Link79 said:

How about sending some of those games over here Japan?
America needs some VC love too.
There's barely anything left on the coming soon list.
What gives?



CanisWolfred said:

I'm familiar with pretty much all these games, which makes the fact that we're not getting them all the more painful.



Kyloctopus said:

Isn't Heracles no Eikou: Ugokidashita Kamigami for 3DS VC Glory of Heracles? I wanted the DS version of that game for a while now.



NintendoMaster said:

The 3DS virtual console service needs better games, now! I'm getting frustrated with very few games that are good every couple weeks, with games I never even have heard of before. Nintendo just puts its hand into a bag of old, unwanted, no-name games and pulls out a title. Nintendo needs to bring GBA titles to the virtual console and not the no-name ones. As a 3DS ambassador I am satisfied with the games announced thus far, but I would like them to release more games for this service that you can buy much like now with GB and GBC titles.



Supremeist said:

I don't know any of those games so I'm not really worried about Japan getting more. If they are goodies, please send them here.



Bass_X0 said:

Nintendo just puts its hand into a bag of old, unwanted, no-name games and pulls out a title.

Nintendo is only responsible for submitting its own games to the ESRB for release. What Jaleco wants to release and when has nothing to do with Nintendo, except for uploading them onto the service.



grumblegrumble said:

This just shows you how disconnected from America and Europe that Nintendo truly is. That is so sad to me. I think the shareholders need to fire and re-hire their whole entire organization. For real!!!! They are missing out. This is what happened to Atari, they didn't have the content, weren't ahead of the curve... So Nintendo needs to do its research and watch it



dizzy_boy said:

3 months of nothing, i`m starting to think these games companies don`t want our money any more.



C-195 said:

This makes me so mad/jealous; so many great titles are out there and yet they won't release them. WHY?!?!?!



motang said:

KoF 97! Almost getting to the best version! I do it would come out in the US soon.



C-Olimar said:

Do you think they may be holding back some Western releases for the Wii U? Since Gamecube games are most likely too big to download they may want to still be releasing Virtual Console titles for the U.



Lobster said:

Japan, the rest of the world wants you to know that we hate you and your awesome video games (and delicious sushi).



Pj1 said:

I cannot believe Europe hasn't had VC games for 3 months, terrible! Thanks Nintendo, I was hoping for Axelay because the guys in the U.S have it and for Yoshi's Island. Not much to ask...




I say we should start a movement to get Japan to stop shafting us and hand over the games they're not releasing here!



rtr0GMR1 said:

Why do the other regions get hard release dates for downloads and NA's are all based on spec.?



NassaDane said:

I got excited when I saw the picture for this article. My first thought was a King of Fighters 13 port for the 3DS. Then I get the sad news the Japan is hogging all the KoF for them selves...



RedYoshi999 said:

If you want to download Axelay it actually is possible! All you have to do is change your Wii's country to Australia and go back the Wii Shop and there it is! Remember that you lose any unspent points if you go back into the Wii Shop with another country but it will tell you beforehand.



Bass_X0 said:

Probably best to buy 2000 points then use it to buy Axelay and two 600 point games.



MmBuddha said:

This is such a shame. As much as I like the idea of WiiWare, it pales in comparison to how great the virtual console is, and I wish Nintendo Europe would localise more games for i - ESPECIALLY, as far as i'm concerned, for the Neo Geo. I desperately want King Of Fighters 96'.



teamdoa said:

Love the Neo Geo, It is a pity they couldn't make them as good as the Neo Geo Station on the PS3 though. The Wii has more titles at the moment though.



gojiguy said:


What if I told you that you could go buy a copy of King of Fighters 98 for less than the price of one VC game at EB games for Wii that has: Button customization, training, moveslists, a huge art gallery, a challenge mode, unlimited continues, both sets of soundtracks, full controller support for all setups and four other King of Fighters games?


the VC games are garbage and actually dont even allow button customization!



Bass_X0 said:

Already have it on PS2. I thought it was garbage. Preferred the VC Kof94 and KoF95.



outrun2sp said:

kof 97 is a great version. has proper input time as a pose to 96. Saturn version was great as well.

Still I have this already.



CrimsonMoonMist said:

"It doesn't really add that much, but it's one of the more liked instalments."
It did however tighten everything up and has been the base for every KOF afterwards up to 2003.

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