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News: OFLC Update: Super Mario Kart Finally Coming!

OFLC Update: Super Mario Kart Finally Coming!

The OFLC has recently been updated with a few new game listings, including a certain kart racing title Virtual Console fans have been clamoring for.

It seems the wait for the Super Nintendo hit Super Mario Kart is almost over. The OFLC ratings board has been updated and includes four new titles we're likely to see made available on Nintendo's download services soon. Super Mario Kart is easily the..

Nintendo Download: Clocks, Calculators, Penguins and Towers (US)

Clocks, Calculators, Penguins and Towers (US)

If you want to pay for something the DSi already has it's your lucky day!

As in the last few weeks there's two new games available on DSiWare today - But "games" isn't really the right word for them this time. The DSi already has a clock on its menu - The Animal Crossing Clock is really just a slightly more interesting variation. It's...

Review: Galaxy Force II (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Galaxy Force II (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Galaxy Force II is another classic Sega arcade shooter that hasn't aged very well.

Galaxy Force II debuted as a Sega arcade release, using the same type of sprite scaling seen in Sega's other arcade title Space Harrier, and basically mimicked 3-D scrolling without the use of actual polygon graphics. While Sega's Saturn console would later get a nearly arcade perfect rendition of the game, Mega..

Review: Nobunaga's Ambition (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Nobunaga's Ambition (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

An ambitious strategy game from a nobler time.

It is hard to imagine now, but there was once a time when strategy games were the primary style of play on home computers. Japanese game developer Koei made it their mission to bring this style of game to consoles. And by appearances, they were successful given the sheer volume of games they were able...

Nintendo Download: Bit.Trip Beat, Dr. Mario, Magic and Galaxy Force II (EU)

Bit.Trip Beat, Dr. Mario, Magic and Galaxy Force II (EU)

Alternating Virtual Console and WiiWare weeks come to an end!

WiiWare's almost been out for a year in Europe, and it seems that because of that, Nintendo of Europe has decided to start using the same schedule North America does - Releasing both VC and WiiWare games every week. Of course there's another DSiWare game as well. None of the games are actually available until tonight, NoE's simply chosen..

Nintendo Download: Clubhouse Games, Paper Planes, Platforms and Warring States (US)

Clubhouse Games, Paper Planes, Platforms and Warring States (US)

Nintendo of America's DSiWare push continues.

The pattern continues this week - Two new DSiWare games and one new game each for WiiWare and VC are available once again. Both DSiWare games are cut down versions of already existing games. Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics includes five card games from Nintendo's DS game Clubhouse Games, but be...

Nintendo Download: 28 April 2009 (Japan)

28 April 2009 (Japan)

Another six releases for our Japanese friends.

I'm sure many in the PAL/NA territories will be green with envy and I've got to say I'm going to have a hard decision to make here. You see amongst the three WiiWare releases coming to Japan next week is Bit.Trip.Beat. Given that there's no projected release date for Europe whatsoever, can I resist temptation, especially when the game is only 500..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2009

Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2009

Only 6 games for Japan in May (Not counting yet to be announced arcade games), but it's quite a good selection.

May seems to be a Famicom month of sorts - 4 of the 6 games planned for release are for Nintendo's original console. And they're not exactly obscure games either - Final Fantasy and Famicom Wars (The first in the "Wars" series, which includes Advance and Battalion Wars) will..

News: Game Center CX Looks at the Virtual Console

Game Center CX Looks at the Virtual Console

Is Arino up to the challenge?

If you don't already know what Game Center CX is well, I'll tell you: a Japanese T.V. show which started out being about Japanese arcades and retro games, with a "challenge" featuring Shinya Arino, a Japanese comedian with meagre gaming skills. The series has had its own DS game (released in the west as Retro Game Challenge) and a sequel has just been..

Nintendo Download: Dr. Mario, Wonder Boy, More Magic Tricks and Crystal Defenders (US)

Dr. Mario, Wonder Boy, More Magic Tricks and Crystal Defenders (US)

Yes, it's yet another update with two DSiWare games!

Art Style: CODE and Paper Plane are still absent - But don't worry too much, because you're now able to download Dr. Mario to your DSi. Dr. Mario Express is a simple portable version of Dr. Mario. But beware - You can only play the classic mode or Vs. CPU, there's no multiplayer mode! Naturally...

Review: Secret Command (Virtual Console / Master System)

Secret Command (Virtual Console / Master System)

Secret Command takes you back to an era when run 'n gun titles ruled arcades.

With overhead run 'n gun titles like Ikari Warriors and Commando snatching up large numbers of tokens in arcades, it comes as no real surprise that Sega would have to create one of their own for their Sega Master System. The game was originally released under the name "Secret Command" in Europe, where the Sega..

Nintendo Download: 21 April 2009 (Japan)

21 April 2009 (Japan)

Green shades anyone?

In Japan you simply cannot have a download release list that's less than four games and next week will be no exception with a mixed total of six. Only two WiiWare releases: World of Goo published by Nintendo themselves for 1500 points -- I think everyone knows what this game is by now! Hajiite Block Rush from Agenda for 500 points -- this one looks very pretty, but I'm not..

Nintendo Download: Alex Kidd, Secret Command and Mixed Messages (EU)

Alex Kidd, Secret Command and Mixed Messages (EU)

Two Sega Master System games and the first DSiWare update for Europe.

Not much to get excited about this time - Other than Secret Command, today's picks are fairly weak. Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars was already released in North America a while ago. It's the second game in the Alex Kidd series and basically the beginning of the end for Sega's original...

Nintendo Download: Mixed Messages, Pitfalls, Magic Tricks and Pirates (US)

Mixed Messages, Pitfalls, Magic Tricks and Pirates (US)

This week brings a new western publisher on board - Activision! And they haven't just released one game, but two!

If you bought a DSi you'll be quite glad to hear that there's already some new games available this week. Of course the Wii Shop gets its usual new WiiWare and VC game as well! Mixed Messages is Activision's first DSiWare game. It's pretty simple - First, you enter a sentence. Then, you..

Nintendo Download: 14 April 2009 (Japan)

14 April 2009 (Japan)

Another week, another 5 releases for Japan.

It's true the Japanese have another week with a mix of VC and WiiWare content, but Wii owners in North America and Europe need not feel the usual pangs of jealousy (well, I guess that depends on how much you've been wanting to see a couple of these...). On the WiiWare front we have a couple of things that will likely stay in Japan and something we already..

News: Konami: VC Arcade Support and WiiWare Life Force

Konami: VC Arcade Support and WiiWare Life Force

Another big developer jumps on the VCA bandwagon!

Before publishers rerelease their old games on VC, they're required to renew the trademarks for them - a bunch of classic Konami trademarks appeared today, which seems to indicate they're going to be releasing arcade games as well! Konami has registered these new VC-related trademarks: Green Beret...

Talking Point: Copyright and Video Games

Copyright and Video Games

What is stopping us from experiencing the entire history of video games?

Last year Taito issued Space Invaders Get Even on the WiiWare download service as well as multiple versions of the original game on the Japanese, PAL and North American Virtual Consoles. This was in celebration of the 30th annivesary of the release of Space Invaders in arcades worldwide. Similarly Namco is due to celebrate..