ESRB Ratings - News

August2011

  • News ESRB Rates Mega Man X2 for Virtual Console

    More love for Mega Man

    With the re-release of Mega Man X on the Wii's Virtual Console back in April, it looks like the X series is set to return as a classification from the Entertainment Software Rating Board suggests, Tucked away within the ESRB website is a rating for Mega Man X2. Originally released on the SNES back in 1994, the action platformer was also made available on the GameCube as part..

July2011

  • News It's OK Mega Man Fans, Dr Wily's Revenge is Imminent

    Some light at the end of the tunnel

    Disappointed that Mega Man Legends 3 is cancelled? You'll still get to try some Mega Man goodness on your 3DS this year at least, as the ESRB has rated Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge. While of course age ratings aren't cast-iron release confirmations — PEGI rated Mega Man Legends 3: Prototype Version after all —...

  • News ESRB Rating Offers Intel on Aliens: Infestation

    Genre among other things revealed

    A recent Entertainment Software Rating Board classification has revealed further details regarding Aliens: Infestation for the DS ― the return of the sci-fi horror franchise by publisher SEGA. Developed by WayForward Technologies, the game will be a side-scrolling shooter with plenty of weapons in stock as...

June2011

  • News Elite Forces: Unit 77 Getting a Re-Release on DSiWare

    Our intel from ESRB

    According to a classification from the Entertainment Software Rating Board, Gammick Entertainment will be bringing an old retail release to one of Nintendo's download service. Elite Forces: Unit 77 was originally released in 2009 for the DS and it appears the publisher is hoping to bring the game to a wider audience by re-releasing it through the DSi Shop. Taken from the ESRB..

  • News Tetris Gets an ESRB Rating for the 3DS

    The blocks just keep on falling

    Gamers still can't get enough of Tetris games. At least that's what Tetris Online seems to think, because a recent classification from the Entertainment Software Rating Board reveals we're in for more screen-filling tetromino fun that's as challenging as it is addictive. The ESRB rating shows that Tetris is coming to the 3DS by way of Tetris Online ― who also..

  • News Mega Man: Dr Wily's Revenge Coming to 3DS VC

    After 20 years, Wily's still got beef to settle

    Looks like North America will be getting one of the Japanese eShop launch titles soon, according to an Entertainment Software Rating Board classification. A quick search on the ESRB website for Mega Man: Dr Wily's Revenge brings up a rating page that confirms the Game Boy classic is headed for North...

May2011

April2011

  • News Infinite Dreams Sculpts Itself an ESRB Rating for Pottery Game

    Let's Create! Pottery spinning its way to DSiWare

    We all know there's hardly any simulation games about pottery, so it's about time someone did something about it, right? Right? Well, Infinite Dreams actually did do something to address that lacking genre last year when it released Let's Create! Pottery on the Apple App Store, and a recent Entertainment Software Rating Board classification has..

  • News Cricket Challenge ESRB Rating Bowls WiiWare a Googly

    That's a cricket term

    North American cricket fans frustrated at being unable to purchase Ashes Cricket 2009 on their side of the pond should stay tuned to the Wii Shop Channel in the coming months, as the ESRB has just rated Cricket Challenge. Gameshastra's leather-on-willow title will be the first dedicated representation of the sport to make it across the Atlantic, and although it's not the..

  • News ESRB Rating Outs Mega Man 5 for Virtual Console

    Charge your Mega Buster

    You can't stop the Blue Bomber's exploits on Virtual Console, as ESRB has rated Mega Man 5 for North America. Interestingly there's no PEGI rating for the game yet, indicating this may be one of the few Virtual Consoles titles to hit North America before Europe. The ESRB makes what was once the pinnacle of intense blasting...

March2011

February2011

  • News Bomberman Hero Gets Rated for Virtual Console

    Good old ESRB

    Remember that old Nintendo 64 romp Bomberman Hero? If you never got to play it, you soon might, as the ESRB has rated the game for Virtual Console. Bomberman Hero is most notable for being a completely single-player Bomberman adventure, forgoing the series' famous multiplayer options in favour of a solo quest based largely on the plot of Star Wars. Naturally the ESRB rating doesn't..

October2010

  • News Space Ace ESRB Prepped to Enter the DSiWare Dimension

    More nostalgic cartoon action on the way for portable players

    Don Bluth's Laserdisc classic Space Ace has been given the official ESRB treatment, which means that fans of full motion video arcade gaming will be able to play it on the DSi consoles in the not-too-distant future. We've already seen the likeable Dragon's Lair on DSiWare, and a trilogy of Don Bluth's titles (including Space Ace) is..

August2010

  • News My Planetarium Gazes Out Into the Expanding WiiWare Library

    Hudson's galactic follow-up to its My Aquarium series

    Hudson's been releasing some fairly decent and relaxing simulations on the WiiWare service lately. The developer has more than likely extracted all it can from the aquarium route, at least for the time being, however – and an ESRB rating has revealed a new direction that's a lot more cosmic in nature. My Planetarium is a virtual simulation..

  • News Animal Boxing Looking for New Contenders on DSiWare

    Another retail-to-download re-release

    It seems the Nintendo download services are options publishers can take when trying to reintroduce old games to new audiences, and Gammick Entertainment is no stranger to that notion; having already brought Little Red Riding Hood's Zombie BBQ to the DSi Shop a year after its 2008 DS release, the Spanish publisher is preparing for another retail-to-download..

  • News Angry Birds Making Their Nest on WiiWare

    It seems a DSiWare release isn't enough for Chillingo

    You may remember we reported on the possibility that the fastest-selling game on the Apple Store was likely to make its appearance on the DSi Shop earlier this month. Well now it seems Angry Birds could be flying over to the Wii Shop Channel too as an ERSB rating suggests. If you're not familiar with Chillingo's humorous puzzle game, here's a..

July2010

June2010

  • News Hey WiiWare, Enjoy Your Massage

    New muscle manipulation game inbound

    Whilst we have a pretty good handle on Nintendo's download front these days, sometimes a company throws a curveball from so far out of left field it stuns even us, and it doesn't get much crazier than a massage game from the publisher of mobile pseudo-erotic title Emmanuelle Erotic Massages. Titled Enjoy Your...

May2010

April2010

  • News Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper Stalks onto DSiWare

    If only Nintendo had been around in 1889...

    Virtual Playground is soon to bring the PC-based Real Crimes: Jack the Ripper to Nintendo's portable download service. It was developed by Big Fish Games, also responsible for Mystery Case Files: Millionheir. The ESRB recently gave Jack a "Teen" rating and describe the game as follows: This is a seek-and-find adventure game in which players..

  • News Sega Bringing Gunblade NY and LA Machineguns to Wii

    Gunfire and explosions to occur constantly

    Tired of endlessly playing House of the Dead 2 & 3 Return and Ghost Squad over and over again, wishing that the same company would bring more arcade light gun shooters to the Wii because these are the only games that you can enjoy? Your wait is over. The ESRB recently rated Gunblade NY & LA Machineguns Arcade Hits Pack "Teen", thus..

March2010

  • News Ironclad Gets ESRB Rating, Shoots It

    Shmup'ing its way onto the North American Virtual Console

    The North American shoot-em-up crowd may have looked at the Japanese Virtual Console with some envy the past few months for having the Neo Geo CD release Ironclad ready and willing, but the jealous glare will hopefully soon diminish as the Entertainment Software Rating Board has put their stamp on it. The Neo Geo game has been rated Everyone..

January2010

September2009

  • News Castlevania Comes to WiiWare

    The third game in Konami's ReBirth series is a trip back to Dracula's castle

    The ESRB has frequently revealed previously unknown games for WiiWare, Virtual Console and DSiWare through its software ratings. Today's new ratings include perhaps the biggest reveal yet - a brand new Castlevania game for WiiWare! After Gradius and Contra, and Koji...

  • News Data East Arcade Classics Coming to Wii

    Get ready for some arcade action!

    The ESRB has a new listing that ought to make retro arcade fans very happy. It appears that someone is planning on bringing a collection of classic Data East games to the Wii. The IP is mostly owned by a Japanese mobile phone company called G-Mode, so it's likely another company has licensed the content. The listing includes a sampling of game titles, amongst them..

August2009

  • News LucasArts Bringing Classic Games to Virtual Console

    The ESRB has rated one of LucasArts' classic SNES games. Update: And more are on the way too!

    If you've been keeping up with LucasArts lately, you might've noticed that recently, they've begun to rerelease many of their classic games, after years of seemingly not listening to the cries of fans asking them to do so. Online download service Steam...

July2009

  • News Sexy Poker - ESRB Rated Sans Nudity

    But it still manages to pull an "M" rating.

    Well the Sexy Poker ESRB rating saga continues on, and this time the game gets through with an "M" rating. Of course there is no more nudity - only sexy lingerie to stare at. Below is the official content rating entry for Sexy Poker for the WiiWare service that gives some details on why the game received an "M" rating. SEXY POKER..

April2009

  • News Mad Dog McCree Coming To The Wii?

    Crusty old FMV shooter gets rated by the ESRB

    Chances are many of you won't have been alive when the FMV gaming craze happened in the late '80s/early '90s; the storage power of formats like LaserDisc and CD-ROM caused game developers to go a little crazy, creating titles with live action footage that had all the depth of a shallow puddle. One such...

  • News Asphalt 4: Elite Racing Gets ESRB Rated

    The iPhone racing hit heads to Nintendo's DSiWare service.

    We finally have our first DSiWare racing title making itself known with the official ESRB rating of Asphalt 4: Elite Racing. While we don't currently know a lot about this iPhone racer, we did manage to get a snippet of information from the ESRB rating listing that you can check out below. Asphalt 4: Elite RacingPlatform: Nintendo..

March2009

  • News Rock N' Roll Climber Coming To WiiWare

    Vitei, the developer behind such games as 1080 Snowboarding and Doshin the Giant, are currently working on a new WiiWare title called Rock N' Roll Climber. Giles Goddard, who was a developer on Nintendo's mega-hit Nintendo 64 title Super Mario 64, is involved in the development of the title.

    Not much is currently known about the game other than the brief description from the ESRB website below..

February2009

January2009

  • News ESRB Cleans Up

    If you've been following VC news since the Wii was released, you might still remember that the ESRB rated a few titles before the Wii was even on store shelves. Games such as Super Mario RPG, Kirby's Dream Land 3 and more were all rated back in 2006.

    About mid-2007 some of these games were mysteriously removed - Super Mario RPG, Kirby's Dream Land...

  • News ESRB Update: Super Punch-Out!! and Ogre Battle on Their Way to the US

    There haven't really been too many great games released in the US recently - Aside from StarTropics II, Phantasy Star IV and possibly Kirby's Dream Land 3 it's been quite a bleak affair. Thankfully it seems like Nintendo are stepping up their game a little bit sometime soon, as two awesome games have been given the go-ahead by the ESRB.

    Super...

November2008

  • News Gradius Rebirth Gets ESRB Rated

    Here's a bit of good news for all you shooter fans out there who've been anxiously awaiting word that Konami's hit WiiWare shooter Gradius Rebirth would be seeing a release outside of Japan.

    According the the ESRB website, Gradius Rebirth has now been officially ESRB rated E for Everyone, which means it could be hitting the US WiiWare service soon. Time to get those trigger fingers loosened up and..

September2008

July2008

  • News ESRB Update: Sonic the Hedgehog on Master System

    If you've been keeping up with the news you might remember that "Sonic the Hedgehog" was recently added to the OFLC listings a second time. We speculated that this could be the Master System version of the game, but now the ESRB has confirmed that that is indeed the case.

    The ESRB has been quite specific, calling the game "Sonic the Hedgehog on Master System" in its rating, so..

June2008

  • News ESRB To Crack Down On Early Leaks Of Games

    Since the very beginning of VC Reviews we have rounded up the latest games which should be headed to the Virtual Console on our coming soon list so you have the inside scoop on what games are coming up.

    One of the primary ways we do this is by checking game content ratings on the ESRB website. Basically if a game doesn’t get rated there then it won’t be coming out in North America. It has been..

May2008

  • News ESRB Update: EarthBound Finally Coming To Virtual Console!

    If you're familiar at all with the Mother series (Only the second game was released outside Japan, as EarthBound) you should know it's got an enormous cult following. In fact, EarthBound was the number one wanted VC game in the Nintendo Power poll just a few days ago! Fans have pleaded for Nintendo to release the other games in the series, Mother and Mother 3 in the West, or at least give the series some more attention, but to this day, their wishes still haven't been satisfied. That is all changing now - EarthBound has been rated by the ESRB, indicating that it will be released on the VC in the future.

    ..

February2008

  • News Kirby's Dream Land 3 Reclassified by ESRB

    After the somewhat dismal pair of US Virtual Console releases this week we thought you could all do with some slightly more joyous news. Kirby’s Dream Land 3 has been re-classified by the ESRB!

    For those of you that don't know, ESRB stands for Entertainment Software Rating Board. These guys rate all of the software that is released in the US and...

January2008

  • News Phantasy Star II Confirmed by ESRB

    Lucky Japanese gamers got their chance to enjoy the game today, but the recent certification of Phantasy Star II by the ESRB confirms that the classic Genesis/Megadrive RPG is coming to Western shores, too.

    This isn’t a tremendous surprise as the game has been released in the West several times, but it’s certainly worth looking forward to nonetheless. The Phantasy Star series is one of Sega’s..

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