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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..

Nintendo Download: DSiWare, Equilibrio & Uncharted Waters (US)

DSiWare, Equilibrio & Uncharted Waters (US)

A monster DSiWare update to kick off the new North American ‘Nintendo Download’. Worry not, Wiiware and VC fans are not completely forgotten this week either.

As you will see this week’s 'Nintendo Download' update is a bit of a beast as it includes all the DSiWare launch titles (which of course came out on Sunday!). For those thinking about...

Review: The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (N64)

After ending the terror in Hyrule, Link sets out to find another quest to complete, but on his way he stumbles into the wait of another evil force.

Ocarina of Time proved that the Zelda series was even more captivating in 3D than it was in 2D. It is still regarded as one of the greatest games ever made, but despite this, at the very end of the N64's...

Nintendo Download: 7th April 2009 (Japan)

7th April 2009 (Japan)

Another games tsunami hits the Japanese Wii Shop!

You know I just bought 6000 Wii points for the PAL service expecting a ton of new WiiWare and Virtual Console Arcade titles to appear imminently. I may be somewhat impatient, but it's extra disheartening to see two single-release Fridays in a row and then the nearly non-stop flood of content hitting Japan week after week. Next week the Japanese..

Nintendo Download: DSiWare Launch Games and Majora's Mask (EU)

DSiWare Launch Games and Majora's Mask (EU)

DSiWare makes a splash while Link experiences a Groundhog Day

The European launch of the shiny new Nintendo DSi has predictably been accompanied by a smattering of equally shiny new DSiWare games. European gamers can choose from the following downloadable items: Art Style: AQUITE - 500 Nintendo points Art Style: CODE - 500 Nintendo points Birds...

News: The End Of The World Starts In Europe

The End Of The World Starts In Europe

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask graces the Virtual Console

A short while back Japan's Virtual Console forecast list for April revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for Nintendo 64 would soon be hitting the service. In a surprise turn of events however, Nintendo is releasing the game first in Europe! Be sure to check your Wii Shop Channel for the next update, and experience one of the..

News: Is Game Design Art? Great Designers Say 'Not Really'

Is Game Design Art?  Great Designers Say 'Not Really'

At a GDC 2009 roundtable with renowned designers, Art seems to be a dirty word

It’s a debate that has raged for centuries: Do video games constitute art? Ok, maybe not centuries, but it seems like a while. Personally, I say ‘yeah, of course it is!’, but I’m not the creator of games that have been hailed as art by so many. At this years GDC conference, ICO creator, Fumito Ueda says of his..

News: USA VC Update: Super Punch-Out!!

USA VC Update: Super Punch-Out!!

It's catchup week again, as today's new VC release is Super Punch-Out!!, which was recently released in Europe.

Super Punch-Out!! once again puts you in the shoes of Little Mac (Which has finally been confirmed in today's press release - Nintendo previously never said who this boxer was!) as he fights through four increasingly difficult boxing circuits, taking on a total of 16 opponents on his..

News: Capcom Mum Regarding Virtual Console Arcade Plans

Capcom Mum Regarding Virtual Console Arcade Plans

While Capcom has now fully admitted that they knew about the Virtual Console Arcade long before the announcement was made, they've decided to remain quiet as far as what their plans are for supporting the service.

Below is a statement made by Capcom Corporate Officer/VP of Strategic Planning & Business Development Christian Svensson regarding Capcom's thoughts on Nintendo's recent announcements..

Review: The Tower of Druaga (Arcade)

The Tower of Druaga (Arcade)

Scale a skyscraper to rescue your lost love in The Tower of Druaga.

The Tower of Druaga is a moderately infamous arcade game. As the knight Gil (Who is really Gilgamesh) you must work your way up a gigantic 60-floor tower to rescue your beloved princess Ki from the clutches of the evil Druaga. Each floor is quite literally a maze - Your objective on every single floor is to locate the key and then..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2009

Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2009

Lots of big surprises for Japan next month - Multiple famous game series are going to get another installment on their VC very soon. Of course this includes some Nintendo offerings as well!

The full list for April (And the last update of March) in Japan is as follows: Famicom: Takeshi no Chousenjou (March 31st) Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Super Famicom: Der Langrisser Kirby's Dream Land..

Review: Gaplus (Arcade)

Gaplus (Arcade)

Remember the timeless classic, Galaga? Say hello to its successor, as the arcade version of Gaplus hits Virtual Console!

When Galaga first burst onto the scene back in 1981, it garnered almost instant popularity due to its intense shooting action and almost endless level of variety and challenge. Gone were the days where a fixed group of aliens...

Review: Mappy (Arcade)

Mappy (Arcade)

It's a cat-and-mouse game like no other as you take control of Mappy, a brave police-mouse.

Arguably the most popular game in the first batch of arcade releases, Mappy follows the formula of other succesful titles of the time, including Namco's own Pac-Man - Your job is to collect objects while avoiding all enemies. The premise is that a gang of cats, called the Mewkies, have stolen a bunch of..

News: Namco Announces Upcoming Arcade Games

Namco Announces Upcoming Arcade Games

As you might've been able to tell from the first four arcade games available, Namco's not shy with releasing their back catalogue. That's why they've now revealed about 25 arcade games they're planning on releasing during the coming weeks - That's right, Japan is getting one game every week! No word yet on other regions, but of course we can hope we get the same treatment.

The full list of upcoming..

Review: Star Force (Arcade)

Star Force (Arcade)

A huge global hit at the arcades, this classic shooter blasts its way back on Virtual Console!

Star Force was originally released in arcades in 1984 by Tecmo. It was yet another title in the rapidly growing crop of vertical scrolling shooters that were gaining in popularity during the time period. While the game play was still quite basic and didn't show some of the more advanced firepower of later..