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First Impressions: Contra ReBirth

Contra ReBirth

BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT!

Remember Contra? After Green Beret (Rush 'N' Attack to Americans) it was the definitive run-and-gun game from Konami which saw two games in the arcade and ports and sequels on home consoles. I cannot say I ever played the latter, but the former I remember well. Despite being punishingly difficult (to me, anyway) there was something compelling about it that caused me to..

News: Konami Announces Driift for WiiWare

Konami Announces Driift for WiiWare

Konami's fourth WiiWare game is an eight-player overhead racing game.

Driift seems to be similar to the classic top-down racer Super Off Road, featuring tracks which are only one screen big. The racers all compete for the number one spot and will not just have to use driving skills, but also items to help them achieve that. More from Konami's press release: Konami Driifts on to WiiWare..

News: USA WiiWare Update: Gradius Rebirth

USA WiiWare Update: Gradius Rebirth

It’s been a long time coming but Konami has finally gotten around to releasing Gradius ReBirth on the North American WiiWare service; somewhat ironic when you consider we only just reported on the availability of the soundtrack in Japan!

A poignant love-letter to fans of the long-running series, ReBirth is less a revolution and more an evolution; those of you expecting a game with the same..

News: Gradius ReBirth Soundtrack Released

Gradius ReBirth Soundtrack Released

Konami has recently released the full soundtrack to their WiiWare shooter Gradius ReBirth in Japan. If you've got $38.90 laying around and can't live without your fix of Gradius tunes, Play-Asia has the soundtrack for the taking.

It's worth mentioning that this soundtrack isn't likely to see a release outside of Japan, so if you want one, you'd better grab it now as these video game soundtracks..

News: USA WiiWare Update: Sandy Beach

USA WiiWare Update: Sandy Beach

It’s time to pop on your trunks, grab your bucket and spade and head for the beach – Konami’s Sandy Beach is now available on the North American WiiWare service! For a mere 500 Wii Points you can experience the joy of constructing your own sandcastle from the comfort of your own tatty armchair.

You can choose to construct the most fantastic sandcastle imaginable or make things a little more..

News: Gradius Rebirth Gets ESRB Rated

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..

News: Want a Castlevania Remake? Tough, You Get Castlevania Judgment Instead

Want a Castlevania Remake? Tough, You Get Castlevania Judgment Instead

In a recent interview with website Kikizo, Castlevania series producer Koji ‘IGA’ Igarashi (you know, that chap who is rather fond of wearing cowboy hats and carrying whips around with him) has spoken about his frustration at being told he should focus on new Castlevania games – such as the impending train-wreck that is Castlevania Judgment – rather than remake classic entries in the franchise.

When innocently asked if he had any plans to ‘re-imagine’ older titles for services like WiiWare or Xbox Live Arcade, IGA lamented: Castlevania has a lengthy legacy of great games, and I’m definitely interested in revisiting them if I get a chance. However, ever..

News: Sandy Beach Coming To WiiWare Soon

Sandy Beach Coming To WiiWare Soon

With the summer coming to an end, it is rather thoughtful of Konami to provide a WiiWare game which lets the player enjoy all the fun of the seaside without even stepping out of their front door! Sandy Beach is a 3D sandcastle simulation which lets players use the Wii Remote to sculpt their own miniature structure.

Vermin may seek to destroy your castle but you can enter “crab mode” to inflict..

First Impressions: Gradius Rebirth

Gradius Rebirth

Gradius Rebirth is out now in Japan and the guys at Konami have done a good job bringing the classic series back for another outing, this time on WiiWare.

ReBirth isn’t an all new game, more of a remix of past Gradius titles, all presented in a lovely retro style. The first thing that hits you is the charming 16-bit graphics and sound, which are very much like what you would expect from a SNES..

News: Gradius ReBirth Hitting Japan Next Week

Gradius ReBirth Hitting Japan Next Week

Here’s a pleasant surprise – it only seems like five minutes ago that we were able to announce the development of Gradius ReBirth for WiiWare, and now the game is almost with us!

The 2D shooter will be arriving on the Japanese WiiWare service next Tuesday (alongside Midnight Bowling and what appears to be some kind of Othello variant), which means it will beat the similarly retro-themed Mega..

News: EU WiiWare Update: Critter Round-Up & MaBoShi

EU WiiWare Update: Critter Round-Up & MaBoShi

Europe finally gets chance to sample the ‘delights’ of Konami's Critter Round-Up thanks to this week’s WiiWare update.

Although it’s nice to see EU gamers catching up with their North American counterparts (Critter Round-Up came out in the US in May) it’s a shame that the actual game is so uninspiring. We didn’t think much to it – feel free to check out our review. It costs 1000 Wii..

News: IGA: 2D WiiWare Castlevania Is The Right Approach

IGA: 2D WiiWare Castlevania Is The Right Approach

WiiWare seems to be a hot bed for retro revivals at the moment, what with Mega Man 9 and Gradius Rebirth already announced for the service. And if a recent interview with Koji ‘IGA’ Igarashi is anything to go by, another highly esteemed franchise might be inbound, too.

IGA is the current producer of Konami’s legendary Castlevania series and he had this to say when Nintendo World Report..

News: Retro Styled Castlevania Coming To WiiWare?

Retro Styled Castlevania Coming To WiiWare?

In an interview with Wired, the current Castlevania series producer, Koji Igarashi (who you might know as the man who nearly always wears a black cowboy hat and carries around a whip) was asked what he thinks about Mega Man 9. He responded as follows:

I'm watching that very closely to see how it does. Myself, I'm a big retro gaming fan, so if it is successful that definitely opens up doors for..

News: Pilot the Vic Viper Once More in Gradius Rebirth

Pilot the Vic Viper Once More in Gradius Rebirth

WiiWare, much like Virtual Console, is turning into a heaven for shoot 'em up fans. Konami today announced that it's going to resurrect the Gradius franchise on the service with Gradius Rebirth (A fitting name)!

Last seen in 2004 on the PlayStation 2, Gradius really needs no introduction to most gamers, as it's one of the most popular shoot 'em up series of all time, due to being one of the first..

News: Castlevania Producer Hints At WiiWare Instalment

Castlevania Producer Hints At WiiWare Instalment

His name might not be as familiar to you as Hideo Kojima or Shigeru Miyamoto, but Koji ‘IGA’ Igarashi is the man currently responsible for the wellbeing of Konami’s highly esteemed Castlevania franchise and this role bestows him a certain degree of kudos and respect amongst videogame fans. The vampire-hunting series is well regarded and each new entry is put under intense scrutiny by veterans of the series.

However, of late the home console versions of Castlevania have been somewhat disappointing. Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness were both 3D flops and for the past few years the lineage has flourished solely on portable machi..

News: Konami to bring us WiiWare goodness?

Konami to bring us WiiWare goodness?

In a recent interview with IGN Fumiaki Tanaka the president of Konami has hinted that Konami may be looking at bringing classic franchises to WiiWare.

Tanaka stated that Konami will be releasing more remakes of old titles and revisiting past projects as the company moves forward. He suggested that digital distribution services like WiiWare could...