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Review: Space Manbow (Virtual Console / MSX)

Space Manbow (Virtual Console / MSX)

Old school shooting fun on the PC standard that wasn't.

Don't feel bad if you've never heard of the MSX. It was an early-80s Microsoft-driven initiative to create a hardware standard for home computers to transform software development in the same way that the VHS standard transformed home video: by removing the need to develop for multiple hardware platforms. Unfortunately for the backers of MSX,..

Nintendo Download: 22, 24 December 2009 (Japan)

22, 24 December 2009 (Japan)

WiiWare catch-up and more MSX games for the Virtual Console.

The Wii gets the lion's share of Japanese downloads next week with four new WiiWare and three new VC titles. DSiWare gets a couple of games and two more Rurubu travel guides to round things out. Note that the DSiWare releases will be on Thursday the 24th rather than Wednesday due to the holiday on the Emperor's birthday. Year-end..

Nintendo Download: Blobs, Fighters, Sumo, Magic, Pets, Starships and One Last Notebook (EU)

Blobs, Fighters, Sumo, Magic, Pets, Starships and One Last Notebook (EU)

Finally more than one game for Virtual Console again.

This week's releases aren't too surprising, with many games that have been out in North America for some time. One game, however, that might be noteworthy, can be found on DSiWare. For Virtual Console, there's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, the game that inspired a recent, rather good franchise revival. Unfortunately, time has not..

Review: Blaster Master (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Blaster Master (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

It's a blast!

We saw a lot of legendary titles come out of the 8-bit era of gaming, but probably none quite as ahead of its time as Blaster Master. The game combined so many different gameplay ideas into one amazing adventure that offered up more playability than probably any other title of its kind at that time. There was platforming, exploration,...

Nintendo Download: 14 December 2009 (North America)

14 December 2009 (North America)

A Sunsoft classic and wormy sequel on Virtual Console; cooking, sims, little pet shops, magic and Bejeweled on DSiWare; and puzzling, racing and retro arcade action on WiiWare this week!

Virtual ConsoleBlaster Master (500pts NES - Sunsoft) -- Regarded by many as amongst the best shooters on the NES, this is apparently the first of many Sunsoft titles to get re-release on the Virtual Console.

Review: Ironclad (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ironclad (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

A rare Neo Geo CD gem comes to the Japanese Virtual Console

You can be forgiven for not having heard of Chotetsu Brikin'ger (often referred to as Ironclad Brikin'ger on the web) as it's one of a handful of Neo Geo CD titles that was never released in MVS cartridge form for arcades or outside of Japan (though according to message boards this VC release is based upon the unreleased MVS ROM). Assuming..

Review: Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (Virtual Console / Master System)

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (Virtual Console / Master System)

Does Sega's original mascot go out with a bang or a whimper?

Poor Alex Kidd. The pint-sized, big-eared wonder never really caught on as a mascot, although it was not through lack of trying on Sega's part. Alex appeared in a number of games featuring vastly different forms of gameplay and, with this last throw of the dice, Sega tried to pair the ailing character with one of their more successful..

Nintendo Download: 15-16 December 2009 (Japan)

15-16 December 2009 (Japan)

The focus is on DSiWare this week

After bumper crops of WiiWare and Virtual Console titles on the Wii in Japan recently, this week will only see one for each service. The DSiWare service, however, will have a fairly typical seven releases to choose from. WiiWarePhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (900pts - Capcom) - Everyone's favourite trial lawyer debuts on the Wii! This appears to be the first four..

News: Sunsoft To Release Telenet Titles On Virtual Console

Sunsoft To Release Telenet Titles On Virtual Console

Resurgent publisher confirms acquisition of defunct company's catalogue

If the recent news of Sunsoft's glorious return to the west has whipped you into a frenzy then you might want to take a deep breath before reading the press release below. The company has confirmed that it has bought up the rights to Nihon Telenet's software library. While younger gamers might not recognise the name, veterans..

Nintendo Download: Alex Kidd, Rubik, Pallurikio, Monkey Island, Hell's Kitchen and PictureBook Games (EU)

Alex Kidd, Rubik, Pallurikio, Monkey Island, Hell's Kitchen and PictureBook Games (EU)

Exactly as promised.

The observant ones probably already noticed, but in a change of pace, Nintendo of Europe already updated their website with all of this week's releases over the past few days. The games in question make up the entire update, as there's no surprises this time. Alex Kidd in Shinobi World on the Master System was the last Alex Kidd game ever made. As you can guess, it's an attempt..

News: Virtual Console Blaster Master To Spearhead Sunsoft Revival

Virtual Console Blaster Master To Spearhead Sunsoft Revival

Famed Japanese developer confirms impending release of 8-bit classic

It would seem that Japanese developer Sunsoft is about to support the Virtual Console in a big way. Former Working Designs big wig Victor Ireland is currently making big noises over at NeoGAF about some interesting projects he's involved with, and Sunsoft's resurgence would appear...

Nintendo Download: Rayman, Notebooks, Stress Busting and Ninjas! (US)

Rayman, Notebooks, Stress Busting and Ninjas! (US)

Another bumper crop of downloads for North America

Nintendo continues to flood the North American market with new titles; amongst them a few catch-up releases. WiiWareFlowerworks® and MAGNETIS™ comprise the puzzle contingent on WiiWare this week. We'll be reviewing the former in due course; the latter was reviewed some time ago, so be sure to check that out.

Nintendo Download: 8-9 December 2009 (Japan)

8-9 December 2009 (Japan)

Virtual Console and DSiWare hog the spotlight

A second week in a row with a solo WiiWare entry, but a bumper crop of Virtual Console goodness and a hefty helping of DSiWare downloads help make up for it. WiiWareChokkan! Balance Labyrinth (500pts - Gameloft) - Not a new title from Gameloft, but just them publishing Digital Leisure's The Incredible Maze. We weren't terribly impressed with this when..

Review: Earthworm Jim 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Earthworm Jim 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Groovy!

After creating the excellent Earthworm Jim videogame and subsequently making an awesome cartoon based on it, it was quite logical that Interplay would not give up on the franchise just yet. Not too long after the cartoon, they released Earthworm Jim 2, which was intended to be even better than the original game. As Queen Slug-for-a-Butt was...

Nintendo Download: Earthworm Jim 2, Mahjong, Happy Holidays, Foto Face, Karaoke, Magic and Another Notebook (EU)

Earthworm Jim 2, Mahjong, Happy Holidays, Foto Face, Karaoke, Magic and Another Notebook (EU)

We are spared of another no VC week!

Nintendo of Europe already had all DSiWare and WiiWare releases for today listed on their site or a while, but curiously enough, there was no Virtual Console game. Thankfully, they've chosen to release one anyway! Earthworm Jim 2 offers more crazy platforming action with everybody's favourite worm in a suit, and it does so pretty well. However, the developers..

Review: The Combatribes (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Combatribes (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A beat 'em up that packs very little punch

There was a time when Technos ruled the beat-'em-up genre of fighting games during the 8-bit era with their Double Dragon and River City Ransom titles, but sadly the 16-bit generation wasn't as kind to the company. Once Capcom's Final Fight hit the scene, there was little room left for any other beat-'em-up, not even a port of their popular The Combatribes..

Nintendo Download: Monkey Island, Zoos, 'Copters, Face Stealing and Puzzles! (US)

Monkey Island, Zoos, 'Copters, Face Stealing and Puzzles! (US)

A mix of catch-up and new titles in another big update for Wii and DSi.

There's a mix of new and catch-up titles in the update this week including the penultimate chapter in the new Tales of Monkey Island series: Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4. Copter Crisis and My Zoo were both recently released in PAL territories. Reviewer Tommy Bowskill thought the former had some potential, but failed to..

Review: Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Shanghai II: Dragon's Eye (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

A history lesson in the failure of PC-to-console ports.

Activision was the first to sell a mahjong solitaire (for lack of a better term) game for IBM PCs and Apple Macs in 1986 under the name Shanghai. They even got the programmer of the original game -- which was created on University of Illinois mainframes -- to do the programming and create backgrounds. That release was a big enough hit that a..

Nintendo Download: 1-2 December 2009 (Japan)

1-2 December 2009 (Japan)

A light download selection next week after this week's mega releases.

This week's update was full to bursting, so it's just as well that next week is a little on the light side with only a few downloads for both Wii and DSi. WiiWarePonjan (1000pts - Tomy) -- The Wii counterpart to the DSiWare release of the kiddy version of mahjong (real mahjong -- not the matching game). Virtual ConsoleKing of..