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Japanese Virtual Console List: November 2011

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

A whopping seven new titles

Europe is now getting frightfully close to going five entire months without a Wii Virtual Console game, and North America also hasn't had anything in a while, but that isn't stopping Japan from trucking on. Although most of their previous months only had three or four games, this month has a whopping seven, one of the largest amounts in quite a while. Among them is in fact one of those oh-so infrequent Nintendo 64 titles, but unfortunately, it's one the rest of the world already got quite a while ago.

Japan's full list for next month is as follows:


  • Sugoro Quest: Dice no Senshi Tachi — A Technos game that isn't a beat 'em up?! This is in fact an RPG, though it is quite an unusual one that uses some very odd board game mechanics in conjunction with regular RPG stuff.

Super Famicom:

  • Metal Max Returns — A remake of a NES RPG simply titled Metal Max, set in a post-apocalyptic world. Both the original and the remake were unfortunately Japan-exclusive.

Nintendo 64:

  • Bomberman Hero (November 1st) — One of the first 3D entries in the Bomberman series, though not actually the first to originally be released on N64. Europe and North America already received the game earlier this year.

Mega Drive:

  • Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers — Yet another version of the game on VC, in its original state, it had almost negligible differences when compared to the SNES version released three years ago — however, this Virtual Console release will feature online multiplayer!
  • Strider Hiryu — Perhaps the biggest release this month, this game, known elsewhere as just Strider, was rated by the Australian OFLC years ago, and we suspected it would come to the Virtual Console sometime. Well, that was quite a wait. We can only hope the rest of the world gets to enjoy this title as well.

Neo Geo:

  • Sengoku Denshou (November 1st) — Released in the West as simply Sengoku, this is, for once, not a Neo Geo fighter, but rather another sidescrolling beat 'em up. Its graphics are surprisingly not that great for the system, but it's a fairly enjoyable game nonetheless.
  • World Heroes 2 — Another game rated by the OFLC long ago, this is of course a sequel to the original World Heroes and features some new characters.

A lot of games this month, for once. Let's see if Japan can keep up this pace, and if things will change elsewhere as well.

As you probably know by now, the 3DS Virtual Console list is not completely revealed in advance, but the title Japan will get for the service next week will be Lock 'N Chase.

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User Comments (52)



Dazza said:

Strider!! Hell yeah, please let this come to Europe soon



Tsuchinoko said:

Looking forward to finally playing Strider Hiryu. World Heroes 2? Is that the one with the character that's literally just a chicken flapping around?
Still hoping for more King of Fighters though.



Omega said:

The lucky Japanese. But I'm confident things will get better elsewhere soon. I mean, Nintendo have been holding back the new titles for almost five months. Then we can probably soon look forward to an extraordinary outpouring of new titles.



Link79 said:

I've been wanting Strider since forever!
They better at least release that one in America.
What makes them think only Japan should still be getting VC games while everyone else gets nothing? This is such a load of Horse crap.



dizzy_boy said:

i`m not bothered by the japan only games but it would be nice to get a few of the other games that we haven`t got yet.
the west must be behind by a heck of alot by now. and the majority of them people want



misswliu81 said:

really impressive line-up this week. again, japan gets all the best stuff for the V.C, whilst the west gets nothing of the sort.

i read that the megadrive/genesis version of super streetfighter 2 is the best console version that came out. better than the SNES's. strider is cool and world heroes 2 is supposedly ok.

nintendo of europe and america really should promote the heck out of the virtual console more and put more games for it.



TKOWL said:

Still waiting for Yoshi's Island. Porting is more than possible, what's taking them so darn long?



DarkEdi said:

I hope some guy in Nintendo offices read all this articles. They need to revive the Wii VC because the Wii U is far like 1 year and the Wii doestn´t have support now.



IAmChristinaAguilera said:

The Genesis version of Super SF2 was the best console SF2? Madness! It looks and sounds awful compared to the SNES version, and even compared to Special Championship Edition. You would have to be crazy to spend 800 points on the Genesis version over the SNES one on VC.

Now SF2: Special Championship Edition on the other hand, while the voice samples are kind of scratchy, is a fantastic conversion of Hyper Fighting/Championship Edition, and while the SNES SF2s in general felt a little stiffer than the original arcade versions, SF2:SCE was one of the console SF2s that felt the closest to how the arcade games played.



Ren said:

wow, I hope that strider gets to us. That's the only version I know of that's actually a port of the arcade one which killed many a quarter dollar of mine. The nes 'strider' was dull and dumb, I never understood why it wan't just ported as well (or super NES, I think ?).



blackknight77 said:

I enjoyed Super Street Fighter and Strider on the Genesis. World Heroes 2 and Sengoku are really solid games. This is how you run a Virtual Console service.



L-BLock said:

I wish Super Famicom (SNES) list will be good.I don't want only one game!



JGer said:

Can't believe they're still releasing games for the Wii's VC. Sad that I am that cynical about this service.



CrazyOtto said:

I bet Japan is going to get this many titles in December too. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they got Rockman Wily Wars next month.



Sneaker13 said:

Really interested in Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers because of the online multiplayer. I would also love to get my hands on Strider.



SonicMaster said:

I saw the picture and was like "OMG STRIDER!!! "
I still really need to get that for my Genesis.



cyrus_zuo said:

I would love to get Strider in the US (I'd love the arcade versoion eveen more!)
I won't get my hopes up though. Based on the response to Project Rainfall I'm not sure NOA cares in the slightest.



XD375 said:

Nobody is talking about the fact that they have online multiplayer in a Mega Drive game on Wii?!? That's amazing, guys!



Tsuchinoko said:

@14 That question has been asked so many times, and possibly answered just as many. The fact that Yoshi's Island and Star Fox are both missing, and the fact that they share a similar technology that is owned by a different company means that it might be out of Nintendo's hands at the moment. Its been spoken about many times on past threads though, so I'm sure you can look up the details for more information.



ogo79 said:

i grew up playing Strider, its one of the best games for Genesis...i got the arcade version on ps2 as well. if this comes out on VC ill surely get it!



gusmento01 said:

I will definitely buy the Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers if they release the online version in the U.S as well.



ThumperUK said:

Why has Europe still been denied Axelay?? It's been out for many months in both Japan and the US



Ren said:

@ xds75
thanks, I didn't even notice that! That IS huge, I would totally get it just for that. Fighting games are worthless to me against a computer, but online? hells yeah! That's also just a huge president being set by Nintendo for themselves. Does that mean they're just now getting the idea about how much this adds to it's appeal?! If we get it people need to send a message with their wallets, and just imagine the possibilities with other classic games.



ker-plop said:

Sure wish the US and Europe would get lists. I have to dig through the ESRB ratings every day to see anything.



LordTendoboy said:

This proves that NoA and NoE have given up on the Wii's Virtual Console. Months without any new VC games is a sure sign that the service is dead outside Japan.



FJOJR said:

Maybe they are holding back in other places so there are a bevy of VC games for the Super Wii weeks after release? Wishful thinking on both parts.



misswliu81 said:


actually you could be right- i must've got it mixed up. SF2 special championship edition for the genesis/megadrive was bloody good. i think i meant that game, not SNES's super SF2.



cheetahman91 said:

I hope the other regions get at least one Wii VC game this month, but I wouldn't count on it.




Can we have NOJ's releases instead? I'm sick of suffering under NOA's tyranny of stupidity as they let these games stay overseas and give us crap instead



Bass_X0 said:

Why has Europe still been denied Axelay?? It's been out for many months in both Japan and the US

For whatever reason, Australia got Axelay as an exclusive in PAL territories while Europe got another game (I forget which) as our exclusive. And I think you meant years, not months.



Ryno said:

Strider is awesome, why dont you people have a Genesis and the original cart arleady?



Rapadash6 said:

Rest in peace sweet, and thouroghly neglected, western Virtual Console service. It's my hope that maybe Nintendo is just taking a break on releasing new VC games worldwide because they might be too busy refitting the games already released to run on Wii U in HD resolutions. Of course if PS3 can play every PS1 title while optimising them for HD resolutions, it shouldn't be such a huge tasks for Nintendo's system. I guess we'll find out in 8 months. >_< In the meantime I guess we can enjoy the nothing that's released.



Sean_Aaron said:

Wow, missed this update last week. Must get Sengoku! Strider will also be nice as I seem to recall the MD version was pretty good, though it would suck if Capcom decided to do more arcade games afterwards.

Still waiting for Snow Brothers for MegaDrive, which is one of my favourite arcade games. This was supposed to have a release in Japan in the first year, but never happened. Please please please!



CanisWolfred said:

I've played 4 out of 5 of these games and love them all! Such a great update. Why don't I have a Japanese Wii?!

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