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News: New Film "100 Yen" Looks at Japan's Arcade History

New Film "100 Yen" Looks at Japan's Arcade History

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A new documentary exploring Japan's still-thriving arcade scene is about to hit the 'net. 100 Yen: The Japanese Arcade Experience — a reference to the nationwide shortage of 100 Yen coins following the release of the original Space Invaders — investigates what's helped Japanese arcades stay alive, while those in the West have all-but...

Live Text: The Kong Off

The Kong Off

The doctor, the teacher and the saucier go head-to-head

1,090,400 points. That's the record to beat, set by the cheerful Dr. Hank Chien just last week. Now the New York plastic surgeon joins the double-decade champion and hot sauce tycoon Billy Mitchell and the mild-mannered schoolteacher who toppled his throne, Steve Wiebe, to duke it out for Donkey Kong dominance. What will happen today at Richie..

News: Hank Chien Breaks Previous DK Record, Climbs Further Up the Ladder

Hank Chien Breaks Previous DK Record, Climbs Further Up the Ladder

The high score just got higher

To be the best you have to beat the best, even if that means beating yourself. On 27th February, current Donkey Kong champion Hank Chien did just that. Nearly a year after he originally broke the record for the highest score on a Donkey Kong arcade machine, the New York surgeon has surpassed his best score, making...

News: Doctor Kong Trailer Reveals Hank Chien's True Motivation

Doctor Kong Trailer Reveals Hank Chien's True Motivation

Hint: it's not a hatred of gorillas

Plenty has been written about the ongoing action at the top of the global Donkey Kong leaderboards, but what inspired plastic surgeon Dr Hank Chien to take up the challenge? Chien, whose score of 1,068,000 is just 3,500 points above nearest rival Steve Wiebe, is the subject of a new independent documentary called Doctor Kong, which reveals the Doctor's motivation..

Interviews: Catching Up with Steve Wiebe

Catching Up with Steve Wiebe

The former champ ain't no chump

Not since a certain famous gorilla and plumber-to-be squared off for the coveted Pauline has there been a rivalry like that of the Kings of Kong. The film The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters brought to public attention the fight for dominance between family man Steve Wiebe and Goliath-like hot saucier Billy Mitchell, and since then New York plastic surgeon Dr..

Nintendo Download: 21st January 2011 (Europe)

21st January 2011 (Europe)

More Capcom classics

Virtual Console is the clear winner this week with two new Capcom arcade games, but that's not to say the rest should be ignored outright. Although WiiWare only gets one new download, DSiWare gets four of them, so hopefully there's something for everyone. WiiWareSpot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – Another difference-spotting game, this one is strangely one letter..

Nintendo Download: 7th January 2011 (Europe)

7th January 2011 (Europe)

More Capcom arcade classics, plus a bunch of catch-up titles

Capcom is continuing their Virtual Console Arcade support with another two games, both of which were of course announced some time ago. At this rate they'll run out of games before we hit February! They're accompanied by a mixture of completely new games and games North America already got, most of which are fairly low-key. WiiWareGhost..

Nintendo Download: 5th & 6th October 2010 (Japan)

5th & 6th October 2010 (Japan)

October begins with Virtual Console and DSiWare

WiiWare's alternating weeks continue, but at least there's the Virtual Console to keep Wii owners happy – even better when the releases include classic arcade games! The DSi has a trio of actual games for a change with nary a lifestyle download in sight. Virtual ConsoleCommando (800pts Arcade, Capcom) – This is the first VCA release from Capcom..

News: Billy Mitchell Was Never the Donkey Kong Jr. Record Holder

Billy Mitchell Was Never the Donkey Kong Jr. Record Holder

Score was beaten before he started

Last month, Billy Mitchell beat Hank Chien's Donkey Kong score to reclaim his place at the top of the game's scoring girders. On the same day, he also felt like setting a new high score on Donkey Kong Jr., something we reported on last month. Now it transpires the latter record is not really a record at all, Mitchell's score having been beaten before the bearded..

Nintendo Download: 7th & 8th September 2010 (Japan)

7th & 8th September 2010 (Japan)

The gang's all here: WiiWare, Virtual Console and DSiWare next week in Japan

WiiWareSurinuke Anatōsu (800pts - Nintendo) -- Though we've gotten the distinct impression that third parties have abandoned WiiWare in Japan, Nintendo certainly hasn't. Keys Factory is credited as the developer – a bit odd since all they seem to make are Wii and DSi accessories like stands and cases. If this is their..

News: Billy Mitchell Back on Top of Donkey Kong

Billy Mitchell Back on Top of Donkey Kong

And Donkey Kong Jr for fun, too

You may remember a recent article about former Donkey Kong world champion Steve Wiebe's induction into the International Video Game Hall of Fame, which took place yesterday. The event will likely be remembered for another reason though – the return of Billy Mitchell as the Donkey Kong world record holder. Setting a...

News: Capcom Bringing Titles to Japanese Virtual Console Arcade

Capcom Bringing Titles to Japanese Virtual Console Arcade

Come on, we like Ghouls 'N Ghosts too...

Capcom announced on Friday that it plans to begin expanding Japan's catalogue of Virtual Console Arcade titles this summer with some of its own. They'll start with SonSon, a 1984 sidescroller loosely based on the Chinese fable Journey to the West. If you enjoy playing classic games on your Wii, it seems that Japan's your ideal location. Publishers have..

News: Donkey Kong World Record Smashed

Donkey Kong World Record Smashed

New York plastic surgeon Hank Chien bests Billy Mitchell's top score

Twin Galaxies, the website that monitors and rules over gaming's top scores, today announced that a new Donkey Kong champion has been crowned. Plastic surgeon Hank Chien has rocketed into first place, racking up a score of 1,061,700 points in 2 hours 35 minutes, and ending on the legendary kill screen that prevents players from..

Nintendo Download: 5th March 2010 (Europe)

5th March 2010 (Europe)

"Retro" delights from Capcom, along with plenty of other things.

There's quite a lot to downloads to pick from this week. The Virtual Console makes yet another return after being nowhere in sight the past two weeks, while Capcom has released not one, but two new "retro" games at once. Also finally available in Europe is the third installment in the Bit.Trip series, along with several..

Nintendo Download: Ninja Gaiden, My Zoo, Rock N' Roll Climber and Nintendo Touch Golf (EU)

Ninja Gaiden, My Zoo, Rock N' Roll Climber and Nintendo Touch Golf (EU)

Things are a bit underwhelming this week.

There's no doubt that a lot of people are waiting for the European release of Excitebike: World Rally, but it looks like Nintendo is letting us down for now - This week offers us only four new games, and none of them are particularly interesting. WiiWare's the only service with more than one game this time - My Zoo is Hudson Soft's "sequel" to My..

Nintendo Download: Zombies, Ghosts, Monkeys, Axes, Royal Bluffs and Even More Sudoku (US)

Zombies, Ghosts, Monkeys, Axes, Royal Bluffs and Even More Sudoku (US)

One of the most requested Virtual Console titles of all time arrives in time for Halloween.

Halloween's coming up, and as is tradition for Nintendo, that means at least some of this week's downloads are related - It's only two this year, but who honestly cares when one of them is a Virtual Console game which has been on thousands of "most...

Nintendo Download: Shinobi, Brain Training, Combat of Giants, Protöthea and PictureBook Games (EU)

Shinobi, Brain Training, Combat of Giants, Protöthea and PictureBook Games (EU)

WiiWare plays catchup, DSiWare gets more miniature retail titles

Things are a bit disappointing on the download front for Europe this week - only the Virtual Console release can really be recommended. What's most interesting about this update is that we've finally gotten a WiiWare game North America has had for over a year - if only it was any good! It's taken a while, but the original Shinobi is..

Nintendo Download: Winds, Warriors, Dinosaurs and Domo-kun (US)

Winds, Warriors, Dinosaurs and Domo-kun (US)

A whopping five new DSi games.

This week's a mixture of catch-up games and new ones - Who would've thought that all five announced Domo-kun games for DSiWare would be released at the same time? Of course, today also sees the North American release of LostWinds 2, the fantastic sequel to the WiiWare launch game, as previously announced. LostWinds:...