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Three Turbografx-16 Games Dropped from VC

Posted by James Newton

Bloody Wolf drops off

Europeans might think they've got it tough with two more games set to leave the Virtual Console this month, but North America's VC just thinned out too.

Turbografx-16 games Bloody Wolf, Drop Off and Silent Debuggers have all been removed from the service in North America, and will be taken off Japan's servers tomorrow. At the time of writing they're still available in Europe, but it seems they may not be around for much longer.

Thanks to Ratengo for the tip.

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User Comments (41)

CanisWolfred

#1

CanisWolfred said:

I'm one of the crazies who liked Silent Debuggers and was thinking of picking it up. Too bad I missed it.

Chris720

#2

Chris720 said:

Why are they dropping these games off the VC? It's not just dead... it's decomposing... ewww

Rawk_Hawk

#3

Rawk_Hawk said:

Is this going to effect G-Mode's e-shop titles like Side Pocket, Burgertime, Lock and Chase? Seems odd they supporting the e-shop but removing Turbo titles

CanisWolfred

#4

CanisWolfred said:

@Heavy_Barrel Losing no-name games no-body likes on a platform that's dead isn't that hard to comprehend, IMO. The 3DS games probably won't go anywhere. Those games have cult status at least, and the platform is very healthy at the moment. Unless G-Mode is doing very poorly, I doubt their eShop games will go anywhere anytime soon.

EDIT: Oh no wait, Bloody Wolf isn't so bad, but I still doubt it was doing well for G-Mode.

Rensch

#6

Rensch said:

What the hell is this all of a sudden? This is like the third time this month games got stripped from VC.

Spoony_Tech

#7

Spoony_Tech said:

Bloody wolf was one of the few games I likeed from the Turbo! Guess I wont be getting that anytime soon. Goes to show as well we need to download everything and back it up or we wont be able to find it in the future.

Rawk_Hawk

#8

Rawk_Hawk said:

Maybe G-mode can wrangle up Bloody Wolf arcade as a replacement. Nah wishful thinking

warioswoods

#9

warioswoods said:

Where is the advance warning??

I'm sure gonna give them an earful in my next Club Nintendo surveys. That'll show 'em.

XCWarrior

#10

XCWarrior said:

I wish they would give us like a week's warning on this stuff. None of these games interested me, but some of them might down the road.

ueI

#11

ueI said:

Sales of these games would probably go up if people knew ahead of time that they would be removed.

MakeMyBiscuit

#13

MakeMyBiscuit said:

That stinks. Thanks for the warning Nintendo :(

There are still games I want to get on VC but I have no money. A heads up on if a game is going to be dropped would be nice so we can plan accordingly.

CanisWolfred

#14

CanisWolfred said:

I just emailed Nintendo about this. I'd really like some more information. Unless they're just cutting corners, G-Mode has over 200 employees. I kinda doubt they're doing bad enough that they can't support these 3 VC games, but I could be wrong. If it's just that the games aren't making any money anymore, then I'd blame the lack of sales on the Wii Shop.

StarDust4Ever

#15

StarDust4Ever said:

That sucks. First Turtles and now this. Well, Turtles i can understand as it is a licensing issue. At any rate, the Wii Virtual Console is losing games now. Please tell me this ain't a preview of more things to come. This is not a trend I'd like to see continue.

SteveW

#18

SteveW said:

they look much better on VC, do you have a component output for your Turbografx or something?

CanisWolfred

#19

CanisWolfred said:

@steveW

Check your history. You should be able to download it that way. But really, I should hope you have it backed up on your SD Card...

CanisWolfred

#21

CanisWolfred said:

@CorporalPegasus Personally, I'd think pity is too much to ask for, but that's just me.

And yeah, Turbographx are expensive, dude, and it doesn't have enough western released games to make up for the huge price.

Knux

#22

Knux said:

At this rate, the VC won't have any games left to download. Eff you, Nintendo. You rarely release any new games on the service and are removing games at an somewhat alarming rate. At this rate, the possibility of seeing VC games on the Wii U (and me purchasing one) are looking less and less likely.

Tasuki

#24

Tasuki said:

Another reason why physical media is better than digital media. And people wonder why I like having the physical cart or disc.

SparkOfSpirit

#25

SparkOfSpirit said:

Bloody Wolf is a good game. A real loss.

Looks like I better start grabbing games I put off. Who knows how long anything will still be up? Maybe NL should do a feature on underrated VC games to inform some gamers?

DarkEdi

#27

DarkEdi said:

No me parece justo que no puedan avisarnos con anticipación. Así uno podría descargar esos juegos. Avísen antes!!!
(Does not seem fair that they can not warn us in advance. Thus one could download those games. Notice before!)

It isn´t right Nintendo can´t anticipate the miss of this games. We can´t do anything if we have a wish list with these games.

Tsuchinoko

#28

Tsuchinoko said:

@Warioswoods Apparently some people knew about this beforehand. The other thread that came up earlier had a few comments about it. Apparently all of these games are owned by the same company, and its on that companies side, not Nintendo.

And again guys, the Japanese VC is still getting games at a steady pace every month. Its NoA you should be mad at, not the entire company. I don't include NoE because they've been trying harder to put VC games up these days.

sdcazares1980

#29

sdcazares1980 said:

I never really cared for these games, but I wish they can give us at least an explanation on why, regardless of critical reception.

Ras

#31

Ras said:

I completely endorse the idea of them giving a warning before doing this. I would have totally purchased Bloody Wolf. Heads up: there was an earlier story that R-Type III and Super R-Type are being removed from the European service. If they're still up in NA, I'm getting them tonight.

Capt_N

#35

Capt_N said:

I would buy certain VC titles, that I may not necessarily love 100%, but still want from the service, before the games are removed, but I do not wanna send the msg to Nintendo, & all the co.s who have supported (the), & are still supporting the VC, that they will rake in more money having (all) titles, or certain ones up for a limited time, then removing them. As everyone is saying, a word of warning would be great.

Part of me wants to get some games off the service, that aren't must-gets. However, that'd be giving in to what I just said above; sending the wrong msg to Nintendo. More games are being removed, rather than put on the service. This really isn't cool, & I hope Nintendo sees these reactions to them removing titles w/o warning. In their quest to topple piracy of retro titles, Nintendo sure could do better.

LittleIrves

#37

LittleIrves said:

GIving people warning would, if anything, spur a quick rash of sales for the mentioned titles... seems like a win-win: Positive PR and fans get the games they want before they can't anymore. Personally, I might've bought Bloody Wolf since I had the original, and still have my TG-16 hooked up, but I can't find the card! (TG games are on cards, not cartridges.)
Thanks, @OverlordMao, for reminding me.... been waiting to get Lords of Thunder for a long while now. Gotta get to it.

CanisWolfred

#38

CanisWolfred said:

@Ratengo I believe that's for their Mobile Services, actually, but I'll have to double check. It has come to my attention, however, that I was looking at an old site. That might explain why everything's broken...

EDIT: I'm guessing you were looking at the right site, though, since that is the right email. Thank you so very much!

EDIT 2: Just sent them an email to G-Mode. And still no word from Nintendo. :( Hope These guys get back to me at least.

Henmii

#40

Henmii said:

At this pace, more games get removed instead of added! By the end of 2012 the Wii-shop is empty!!!

Just kidding of course! But it's still a very bad thing that more and more games get removed!!!

Steviis_Father

#41

Steviis_Father said:

And so it begins...

I will seriously shed a tear once Rondo of Blood gets pulled from the VC lineup. :(
Seems like only yesterday that such wonderful games were being offered on the service. I pity anyone who might have wanted to play these games, but missed an opportunity to buy them.

I recently picked up MUSHA Aleste (MD) on the VC, just for my own peace to know I have this wonderful game (albeit expensive in physical form). I also was happy to have picked up Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES), Gunstar Heroes (MD), Battle Load Runner (PCE) & Lords of Thunder (PCE SCD).

As we approach the Wii U launch later this year, I urge EVERYONE to scan the VC library (alongside the very, very helpful nintendolife VC reviews section) and pickup all the games you always wanted to get, but passed on to do on a later date. While classic VC games begin to disappear, you never know if WiiPoints cards may begin to become harder to find in stores...

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