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News: USA VC Update: Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen

USA VC Update: Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen

You're in for a treat today - Another Square Enix classic will be available in the Wii Shop. Some might say it's one of their best games, but what is definitely a fact is that it's one of the rarest SNES games - Only about 25000 copies were released in the US, meaning the VC version will be much cheaper than actually finding the game.

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is the first game in..

News: The TurboGrafx-16 Returns to North America in March

The TurboGrafx-16 Returns to North America in March

Remember when the last TG16 games were released in North America? It was way back in October last year. Since then there hasn't been a single Hudson game on VC - A lot of people even thought that they dropped support entirely.

We can now say for sure however that this is definitely not the case - Hudson Entertainments's North American TG16 VC site has updated with two titles to be released in..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - March 2009

Japanese Virtual Console list - March 2009

Even Japan seems to be getting less and less VC games - Only 7 games will be released in March! There's two surprises this time - One's a great game which was thought to be stuck in licensing hell, while the other's a legendary Japan-only game which is commonly thought to be one of the worst games ever made!

The full list is as follows: Famicom: Clu Clu Land D (A Disk System "sequel" to..

News: Wisconsin Set To Tax Digital Downloads

Wisconsin Set To Tax Digital Downloads

With the popularity of digital downloads at an all-time high, it should come as no surprise that governments are beginning to look at ways to tax them.

The State of Wisconsin just recently signed a bill into law that allows for a 5% tax on all digital downloads spanning music, books, ring tones, and even video games. The state expects to rack up nearly 7 million dollars yearly from the tax once the..

News: Japan to get the Classic Controller Pro

Japan to get the Classic Controller Pro

In an interesting move, Nintendo of Japan today announced that they are planning to release an updated version of the Classic Controller, called the Classic Controller Pro.

It mostly seems to be a design change - The cord connecting it to the Wii remote is now on the top instead of the bottom, there are now two grips to make holding the controller slightly easier, and the ZL and ZR buttons are now..

News: Nintendo reveal Classic Controller PRO

Nintendo reveal Classic Controller PRO

Nintendo of Japan's website has recently had an update which now includes an additional Wii controller, the Classic Controller PRO.

The new controller seems to be extremely similar to the existing Classic Controller but has the additional shoulder buttons (found on Gamecube) and a more Gamecube controller shape. The website states the controller will be available this summer and we'll take a guess..

News: USA VC Update: Commodore 64 Launches With Three Games

USA VC Update: Commodore 64 Launches With Three Games

As many guessed from the hints in last week's press release, the Commodore 64 has joined the North American Virtual Console today. With it come three games - An action game, a fighter, and a racer, so there's got to be at least something for a lot of people. All C64 games cost 500 Wii Points, just like in Europe.

The Last Ninja is the first game in the Last Ninja series. As Armakuni, the last..

News: Take Five and Double It!

Take Five and Double It!

10/10

The observant among you may have noticed that the scoring system has changed at VC Reviews from a five star system to a far more expressive scale of ten. We have debated making this change for some time as so many classics ended up getting rated with five stars (rightly of course!). Now you’ll notice a lot more 9/10 scores and only a handful...

Review: Winter Games (C64)

Winter Games (C64)

This is the winter portion of the world's foremost amateur sports competition, matching skills against the top athletes from one hundred countries.

It was inevitable that after two batches of events from the summer side of the Olympic festival that the third entry in the Games series would concentrate on the winter side instead. Offering seven different events, Winter Games features the ubiquitous..

News: EU VC Update: MERCS and Winter Games

EU VC Update: MERCS and Winter Games

This week offers no real surprises for Europe. One game was released in the US last week instead of ClayFighter, heavily hinting it would hit Europe soon, and the other game was bound to come sometime!

Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS is the second game in the Commando series. You can take control of one of a number of muscular characters as you trek through jungles, mountains and villages blowing up..

Review: Life Force (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Life Force (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Use the force!

For those not in the know, Life Force started out life known as Salamander in Japan and was renamed for Western audiences. The Salamander series is a spin off to Konami’s famous Gradius franchise of shooters; the main differences in Salamander are the introduction of a simultaneous 2 player mode, vertically scrolling stages in...

Rumour: EarthBound Not Coming to Virtual Console

EarthBound Not Coming to Virtual Console

You're no doubt aware that the much wanted EarthBound was ESRB rated quite some time ago. Nintendo has never particularly done much with the Mother series outside Japan, only releasing EarthBound in the US and for the most part just letting people wonder where Ness from Super Smash Bros. was from. Obviously, when the ESRB rating appeared, many people got excited that one of the biggest cult classics ever could possibly be rereleased on VC.

Sadly, it appears that this is not going to happen now. As yo...

News: USA VC Update: Life Force

USA VC Update: Life Force

Good news for shoot 'em up fans - Arguably the best shmup on the NES is available today!

Life Force is a spin-off of the Gradius series. You once again control Vic Viper (Or Lord British) as you make your way through numerous stages to beat the aliens again. The main difference between Life Force and the Gradius games is the level layout - Gradius always has horizontal levels, but Life Force has..

News: Hudson Not Abandoning Virtual Console After All?

Hudson Not Abandoning Virtual Console After All?

While there's no denying that Hudson has already enjoyed quite a bit of success on Nintendo's WiiWare service, it's not been all good news for those of us who are still anxiously awaiting more Turbografx-16 Virtual Console releases.

Since they began releasing games on the WiiWare service, Hudson has all but stopped releasing any Turbografx-16 titles outside of Japan and according to our Japanese..

News: OFLC Update: Even More Imports!

OFLC Update: Even More Imports!

The OFLC has updated once again with ratings for some games which will soon be coming to Europe/Australia.

The least surprising of the lot is Clu Clu Land. It's already available in the US and was released in PAL regions originally, so it's no shock that it's coming to the VC elsewhere. Also not really unexpected is Kirby's Dream Land 3. Also already available in the US, it wasn't released in..

Review: Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS (MD)

Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS (MD)

Join a group of professional mercenaries to undergo secret missions, battling through enemy lines to go where no ordinary soldier would dare to go.

Once upon a time, back before Capcom officially started supporting the Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega acquired licence to reprogram various arcade classics produced by the developer. Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts, Strider and Forgotten Worlds were all brought to the..

News: USA VC Update: Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS

USA VC Update: Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS

Instead of ClayFighter, today sees the VC release of another Capcom classic. It's not that surprising though, because Capcom hinted that it would be released not too long ago!

Mercs, now renamed Wolf of the Battlefield: MERCS, as promised by Capcom, is an overhead run and gun game for the Genesis. You can pick one of a number of characters as you run through jungles, villages, mountains and enemy..

Review: ClayFighter (MD)

ClayFighter (MD)

ClayFighter is a 2D fighting game in which the characters, as the name suggests, are made completely out of clay.

When Clayfighter was first released on the 16-bit consoles in 1993, claymation had never before been used in video gaming. While television shows and motion pictures had experimented with the technology to varying degrees of success, it wasn't until the guys at Interplay decided to make..

News: EU VC Update: ClayFighter and Sonic Chaos

EU VC Update: ClayFighter and Sonic Chaos

Hanabi Festival enthusiasts have to wait a bit longer, it seems - Due to recent OFLC ratings, many thought one would be right around the corner, but Nintendo seems to have given this VC week to Sega instead.

The first new game this week is ClayFighter for the Mega Drive. Attempting to cash in on other popular games at the time, such as Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat, Visual Concepts created one..

News: Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (4th Feb)

Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (4th Feb)

Nintendo's Virtual Console shop has 1 new release this week, Sonic Chaos (SMS).

Sonic ChaosSystem: Master SystemRelease Date: Mon 2nd Feb (US) Play as Sonic or Tails in Sonic Chaos, which was originally made for the Sega Master System. Dr. Eggman (a.k.a. Dr. Robotnik) has stolen the Red Chaos Emerald to create nuclear weapons. This has thrown the remaining Chaos Emeralds off balance, causing them..