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News: NES Sports Title Tecmo Bowl Rated By The Australian Classification Board

NES Sports Title Tecmo Bowl Rated By The Australian Classification Board

Marks the title's Virtual Console debut in PAL regions

The NFL arcade game originally developed by Tecmo in 1987 and ported to the NES in 1989 is expected to arrive soon on the Virtual Console in PAL regions after it was recently rated by the Australian Classification Board. This will be the first time Tecmo Bowl has been released in this region as...

News: New Super Mario Bros. Releases On The North American Wii U eShop This Week

New Super Mario Bros. Releases On The North American Wii U eShop This Week

Will be available for $9.99

After yesterday’s ESRB rating for the 2006 release, New Super Mario Bros., it was expected the title would launch soon on the North American eShop. It appear fans of the DS hit won’t have to wait much longer with Nintendo’s official game page revealing the now classic Mario adventure will be made available thi

News: New Super Mario Bros. Receives ESRB Rating For Wii U Virtual Console

New Super Mario Bros. Receives ESRB Rating For Wii U Virtual Console

That'll be three New Super Mario Bros. games playable on Wii U

About a month ago, Nintendo finally got around to expanding its Virtual Console service by fulfilling its promise to add Nintendo DS games to the catalogue. The titles announced for the launch have all since released, but Nintendo has since remained silent on what we can expect to arrive...

News: Mega Man & Bass Kickstarts "Mega May" On Wii U Virtual Console

Mega Man & Bass Kickstarts "Mega May" On Wii U Virtual Console

Dr.Wily's least favourite time of year

Last month, Capcom announced that their "Mega May" event was back in full force for 2015, focused on bringing classic GBA Mega Man titles to the Wii U Virtual Console. Now that the month is here and we're already panicking about how fast time is slipping by, these weekly releases have launched into action, with...

Talking Point: Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Nintendo's Legacy Makes The Virtual Console Essential, But It Must Modernise

Idealism should make way for realism

Technologically, the world is busier and noisier than it's ever been before. So many gadgets and screens demand our time and loyalty, from smart TVs with hundreds of channels and streaming apps, to smartphones and tablets and, of course, game systems. Those with a decent amount of spare cash that are anxious to...

Poll: Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Is It Time For a Fresh Alternative to the Virtual Console?

Bundles, remixes, subscription services - what's next?

When the Wii launched it had plenty of exciting ideas that contributed to its extraordinary success. One service that appealed to older gamers and / or dedicated fans was the Virtual Console - while relatively niche services had offered older games for download in the past, this was a game...

News: ​Vote Now and Decide Which Classic Mega Man Title Will Kick Off Mega May in North America

​Vote Now and Decide Which Classic Mega Man Title Will Kick Off Mega May in North America

The choice is yours

If you'll remember back to this time last year, Capcom ran an event called "Mega May" in which at least one new Mega Man title was released on the Virtual Console each week. It was primarily focused on launching the remaining Game Boy Mega Man games as well as two from the GBC, though the Wii U didn't receive as much love...

News: Natsume Has Eight Game Boy Advance Titles Prepped For The Wii U Virtual Console

Natsume Has Eight Game Boy Advance Titles Prepped For The Wii U Virtual Console

Medabots! Medabots DX! Pocky & Rocky with Becky! More!

Publisher Natsume has eight GBA titles ready for launch on the Wii U Virtual Console, according to director of operations Graham Markay. Markay dropped the news during the latest Fragments of Silicon podcast, adding that the company had been planning its Virtual Console attack for quite some...

Video: WarioWare Touched! Arrives On Wii U Virtual Console

WarioWare Touched! Arrives On Wii U Virtual Console

We check out Wario DS mayhem on the Wii U

The WarioWare series is an excellent detour into the absolutely mad world of Wario and his friends, so it's great to see this DS game released on Wii U Virtual Console. We thought we'd show you how great this game is via the medium of video. Watch and enjoy Like this video? Subscribe to our channel then!

News: Game Freak's GBA Title Drill Dozer Rated By The Australian Classification Board

Game Freak's GBA Title Drill Dozer Rated By The Australian Classification Board

Konami's The Adventures of Bayou Billy is also on the way

The Australian Classification Board has revealed Game Freak's GBA hit, Drill Dozer, will be arriving on the Wii U Virtual Console in the near future. The critically praised action platformer previously released in Japan in 2005 and North America in 2006 has players take control of a...

News: Pandora's Tower And Sin And Punishment Coming To The European eShop This Month

Pandora's Tower And Sin And Punishment Coming To The European eShop This Month

Early bird discount applies, too

It has been confirmed during the recent European Nintendo Direct that the Wii classics Pandora's Tower and Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Skies will be coming to the Wii U eShop in Europe on the 16th and 30th April respectively. Both games will be subject to a 25 percent discount during their first week on...

News: Nintendo DS And Nintendo 64 Games Finally Coming To The Wii U Virtual Console

Nintendo DS And Nintendo 64 Games Finally Coming To The Wii U Virtual Console

Update: Four games available in Europe right now

If you feel that the Virtual Console on Wii U has been a neglected of late then today's Nintendo Direct should have put a big smile on your face. Nintendo not only reconfirmed its commitment to bringing Nintendo DS titles to the service, but also revealed that N64 games are on the way, too. DS...

News: GBA Classics Sonic Advance And Mega Man & Bass Arrive On The Japanese Wii U eShop Next Week

GBA Classics Sonic Advance And Mega Man & Bass Arrive On The Japanese Wii U eShop Next Week

Two welcomed additions

SEGA and Capcom continue their strong support for Nintendo’s digital eShop platform next week, with the simultaneous release of Sonic Advance and Mega Man & Bass on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console. Priced at 702 yen each, the 2001 and 2002 Game Boy Advance titles will be unleashed on 18th February. Sonic Advance is...

News: A Keen Retro Gamer Has Produced a Handy Virtual Console Controller Compatibility Infographic

A Keen Retro Gamer Has Produced a Handy Virtual Console Controller Compatibility Infographic

Yikes, we really do juggle a lot of control options

The Wii and Wii U have plenty of controllers and combinations on offer, even if on most occasions we can instinctively pick up our pad of choice and get on with playing. With the Wii U and Wii Virtual Consoles, though, there can be quirks that trip people up, one being the fact that the Wii U...

News: North American Release Date Confirmed for Duck Hunt on the Wii U Virtual Console

North American Release Date Confirmed for Duck Hunt on the Wii U Virtual Console

Dust off that Wii Zapper

Nintendo has officially announced that Duck Hunt will be arriving on the Wii U eShop in North America on 25th December 2014. We've known that the title was coming to the West ever since it was revealed alongside the Duck Hunt character present in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, but until now we only knew the...

Video: Join Us For Nintendo Life's Haunting Halloween Night In

Join Us For Nintendo Life's Haunting Halloween Night In

No Tricks here, just Treats for your Wii U and 3DS

Halloween is a wonderful time of year to watch scary movies, eat candy and play spooky video games, as opposed to being out in the cold. To help you decide on your entertainment for this ghoulish evening, we've come up with a list of games that can be played on your Wii U and 3DS, with many of these...