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News: USA VC Update: Sonic (Master System) and Splatterhouse 2

USA VC Update: Sonic (Master System) and Splatterhouse 2

If you've been keeping up with the news and saw our recent articles, you would've known that Capcom, Hudson Soft and SNK Playmore all "confirmed" that one of their games would be released on VC today in the US. These games would have been Mega Man, Ys Book I & II, and Samurai Shodown II, all classics and very well liked among retro gamers. Sadly, it appears that Nintendo of America is having none of that (Just like two weeks ago with Star Parodier and Break In) and has chosen to release completely different games instead.

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News: Mega Man Finally Out On Monday In USA

Mega Man Finally Out On Monday In USA

This Monday August 4th could be one of the best Virtual Console days since the very early days. Not only have we confirmed that the outstanding Neo Geo brawler Samurai Shodown II and the renowned TurboGrafx RPG Ys Book I & II are coming out on Monday, it seems there will also be an appearance from the blue bomber!

Yes that’s right, Mega Man will finally be released in the USA. In a bizarre..

News: USA VC Update: Chase HQ and Art of Fighting 2

USA VC Update: Chase HQ and Art of Fighting 2

This week’s Virtual Console releases cater nicely for those of you that either enjoy chasing criminals in fast cars or beating the seven shades out of fellow human beings.

First up is Taito’s arcade classic Chase HQ, represented here by the TG-16/PC Engine conversion. Sadly, this isn’t a brilliant port of the coin-op original and even hardcore fans of the game are likely to be bitterly..

News: RPG Action Comes to the US Next Month in Ys Book I & II

RPG Action Comes to the US Next Month in Ys Book I & II

Following Nintendo of Japan's August schedule, Hudson has revealed their plans for the US next month, and they are quite good indeed! Sadly, it appears Europe and Australia will not be getting any new Turbografx games in August.

The US will start off by getting Chase H.Q. next week. This was the last listed game for July, and with the other two games scheduled for the month suffering a completely..

News: USA VC Update: Super Fantasy Zone and Gley Lancer

USA VC Update: Super Fantasy Zone and Gley Lancer

If you're desperately hoping for another TurboGrafx-16 game to be released soon, you might've noticed that Hudson's site listed Star Parodier and Break In to be released today. Sadly this is not the case, as in a strange twist of fate two different games have been released instead. Both of them are shooters, both of them are on the Genesis, both of them are imports, and both of them were already released in Europe quite a while ago.

Super Fantasy Zone is the last game in the Fantasy Zone series. It is quite...

News: US VC Releases - 14th July - Donkey Kong 3

US VC Releases - 14th July - Donkey Kong 3

Some people seemed to think that Nintendo would release a big-name title this week on the Virtual Console because of E3 (We ask: Why?). While you are getting a "big-name" title, it's probably not one of the ones you were hoping for.

Donkey Kong 3 is the final entry in the Donkey Kong arcade series, and if you ask us, also the weakest. The game no longer features Mario at all, instead you..

News: US VC Release - 7th July - King of the Monsters

US VC Release - 7th July - King of the Monsters

The pattern which was seemingly established the past weeks has already been broken - The US only gets one new VC game this week again.

King of the Monsters is a wrestling game for the Neo Geo in which you control giant monsters (Obviously inspired by King Kong and such) as they battle to the death on top of cities. Unlike most fighting games you can move in any direction instead of just left and..

News: US VC Release - 30th June - Fatal Fury 2

US VC Release - 30th June - Fatal Fury 2

While Europe seems to be alternating five and zero Virtual Console game weeks, the US seems to have a pattern as well now. That pattern seems to be two VC games one week, then one the next, two after that, etc.

As last week the US got two games, that means this week there's just one. It's Fatal Fury 2 for the Neo Geo. The Fatal Fury series is rather...

News: US VC Releases - 23rd June - Alex Kidd in Miracle World

US VC Releases - 23rd June - Alex Kidd in Miracle World

Not too bad of a week for the US today, especially if you couple it up with what was released on WiiWare.

The pick of the bunch is of course Alex Kidd in Miracle World, the first in the Alex Kidd series and arguably the best. The game is rather simple and fun to play, unlike its many sequels which mostly introduced new, not so good elements which downgraded the experience by quite a margin. The..

News: US VC Release - 16th June - Samurai Shodown

US VC Release - 16th June - Samurai Shodown

The WiiWare push in North America continues, as Nintendo of America is releasing two WiiWare games this week while only giving minimal attention to Virtual Console, by releasing just one game. At least it's a good one!

Samurai Shodown (That's not Showdown, a mistake a lot of people make) was one of the first fighting games where characters used...

News: US VC Releases - 9th June - NES Import Duo

US VC Releases - 9th June - NES Import Duo

If you've been pining for some more imports in the US, you're in luck today - There's two of them. You might think one of them was in fact released outside Japan, but the contrary is true - It, surprisingly, never was.

That game is Dig Dug, the arcade game from Namco where you control "Dig Dug" (Later officially named Taizo Hori), a digger tunneling his way through the earth in order to..

News: US VC Release - 2nd June - Ninja Combat

US VC Release - 2nd June - Ninja Combat

This week isn't very interesting for the US Virtual Console, sadly. It is suggested that this week you take a look at WiiWare instead.

The only VC release this week is Ninja Combat for the Neo Geo. After seeing the success of games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage, Alpha Denshi decided to attempt a beat 'em up themselves. While graphics-wise the game looks ok (Although the actual animation is..

News: US VC Releases - 26th May - Metal Slug

US VC Releases - 26th May - Metal Slug

A rather crowded day for the US today - There's two well-known titles, accompanied by two lesser-known ones. One of each of these two sets is a Virtual Console game.

The well-known VC game is of course Metal Slug for the Neo Geo. As Marco Rossi or Tarma Roving, you have to take on a whole army full of soldiers, tanks, planes, artillery and other machinery. Like in games such as Contra, one hit will..

News: US VC Release - May 19th - Sky Kid

US VC Release - May 19th - Sky Kid

After the amount of VC games in the US gradually started going down (Culminating in no VC games at all last week), it now appears to be slowly going up again, as there's just one new game this week.

Sky Kid is a NES port of a moderately popular arcade game. It's a shoot 'em up starring the world-famous World War I air pilots, the Red Baron and the Blue Max, who try to blow up enemy bases and..

News: US VC Releases - 5th May - Pokemon Puzzle League

US VC Releases - 5th May - Pokemon Puzzle League

So what wonderful games can you get your grubby mitts on this Monday? Prepared to be amazed as the Virtual Console is getting a new N64 game in the shape of Pokémon Puzzle League.

For those not in the know Pokémon Puzzle League uses the exact same gameplay found in the old SNES and Game Boy title Tetris Attack. You're given a Tetris-like field full of coloured blocks, which you must arrange into..

News: US VC Releases - 28th April - Double Dragon

US VC Releases - 28th April - Double Dragon

Hot on the tails of River City Ransom from last week the theme of violence continues with the legendary Double Dragon on the NES punching its way to the Virtual Console.

The NES version is a fun adaptation of the original arcade classic however there is no 2 player simultaneous option in the main game which is a crying shame (even the Master System...

News: Top 20 'popular titles' on the Virtual Console - April 2008 (USA)

Top 20 'popular titles' on the Virtual Console - April 2008 (USA)

Following last month’s look at the top 20 popular VC titles for the USA it is interesting to see how things have changed a month later. There are no surprises really, Americans can’t get enough of the old classics like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, they aren’t going anywhere!

Games from non-Nintendo consoles are nowhere to be seen. Surely some Americans are downloading Genesis or TurboGrafx games!..