Virtual Console News

Review: Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U eShop / NES)

Gargoyle's Quest II: The Demon Darkness (Wii U eShop / NES)

It's good to be bad

Although many people are familiar with the Red Arremers, the notoriously persistent enemies from the Ghosts 'n Goblins games, not many seem to be aware that one particular Arremer also starred in several games of his own. The first Gargoyle's Quest was released on the 3DS Virtual Console a while back, and now we've finally...

Weirdness: How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

How to Order Earthbound-Themed Japanese Old Folks' Undergarments

Headline may be somewhat misleading

They may not be a must-have item for Lolita fashion, but the uniquely Japanese undergarment called haramaki has shed its reputation of being for grandparents only and enjoyed a resurgence of popularity among the young and fashionable in the last decade or so. A haramaki, or belly warmer, is a sweater-like...

News: Coleco Wants to Bring Back Their Version of Donkey Kong

Coleco Wants to Bring Back Their Version of Donkey Kong

Might also be interested in ColecoVision on Virtual Console

Who's up for a quick history lesson? While Donkey Kong is purely Nintendo's furry, banana-breathed baby, the company originally granted Coleco rights to produce console and tabletop versions of the hit arcade game. Coleco bundled Donkey Kong with their new ColecoVision in 1982, then ported...

News: One Classic Mega Man Game Is Coming to Wii U Every Week in August

One Classic Mega Man Game Is Coming to Wii U Every Week in August

A Mega Man in every North American home

Update: The Capcom Unity blog has now confirmed the titles that will be included in this August promotion (thanks to Ryan Millar for the heads up). The release order is remaining a mystery for now, but the following four games are all coming to the Wii U eShop in the next month. Mega Man 5 (NES)

News: Don't Worry, Nintendo Hasn't Forgotten About The Virtual Console

Don't Worry, Nintendo Hasn't Forgotten About The Virtual Console

Lack of attention at E3 2014 doesn't mean the service is being ignored

While Nintendo's E3 was a successful one, many fans were concerned by the worrying lack of Virtual Console-related news. While expectations with some gamers were probably a little too high — the prior announcement of the GameCube controller adapter for the Wii U led to...

News: Natsume Confirms Two Game Boy Color Titles Coming to 3DS Virtual Console

Natsume Confirms Two Game Boy Color Titles Coming to 3DS Virtual Console

Harvest Moon rising

If you're the superstitious type, you might be cowering at the fact that today is both Friday the 13th and the rising of a full moon; a doubly "unlucky" coincidence. If you're a Harvest Moon or Lufia fan, however, today's news from Natsume brings much more benevolent tidings. Natsume has posted a roundup of their 3DS digital...

News: Slew of Capcom Titles Announced for North American and European Virtual Consoles

Slew of Capcom Titles Announced for North American and European Virtual Consoles

Including Demon's Crest and loads of Mega Man

Capcom lifted the floodgates on its Virtual Console lineup through its Unity blog today, announcing 18 retro titles on their way to North America and/or Europe by the end of the year. A few titles anticipated for later release were also revealed. Mega Man makes up the metal bulk of the coming games...

Review: Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Akuma Matata

Street Fighter II casts an indelibly long shadow over the rest of Capcom's fighting games from the 1990s. First launched in 1991, SFII in all its Super and Turbo varieties has become synonymous with the Street Fighter franchise, a cultural touchstone the series wasn't truly able to move past until the launch of the successful Street...

Review: WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (Wii U eShop / Game Boy Advance)

Fun incorporated

Ever since its first foray into the video game market, Nintendo has been known for the incredible amount of creativity it brings to the medium. Innovative ideas – whether they add a pleasing minor touch or groundbreaking gameplay feature – have to some degree been the company’s bread and butter for decades. It’s these...

News: Star Parodier Removed From the Wii Virtual Console in North America

Star Parodier Removed From the Wii Virtual Console in North America

An import classic that will be missed

If you've yet to play Hudson Soft's adorable Turbografx cute-em up Star Parodier, you are unfortunately out of luck as the title has been removed from the North American Wii Virtual Console. It joins some other titles in the past year and more that have been removed from the service, with issues such as...

Review: Ice Hockey (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ice Hockey (Wii U eShop / NES)

Not that cool any more

Nintendo released a number of sports titles in the NES era, a reflection of a simpler time when having a fancy home console was enough of a novelty that a game simply called Ice Hockey would seem like an awesome prospect. You like Ice Hockey? You've got Nintendo? Get Ice Hockey, which is Ice Hockey on your Nintendo! That...

Talking Point: Important Steps to Bring the 3DS and Wii U Closer Together

Important Steps to Bring the 3DS and Wii U Closer Together

Do cross the streams

The Wii U is struggling. It’s a lovely looking console with some great games, but large developers whose names don’t start with “Nin” and end with “Tendo” are hardly queuing up to make software for the system, and there's little publicly visible to change that situation; the download-only scene is, thankfully, much...

Review: Mario Bros. (3DS eShop / NES)

Mario Bros. (3DS eShop / NES)

Subpar Mario

Mario and Luigi’s adventures have been nothing short of fantastical over the years, to the point where you could be forgiven for questioning their occupations as plumbers. But despite the brothers’ incredibly varied employment history as doctors, sportsmen and racing drivers — in which they’ve rarely called upon their supposed...

News: Ninja Gaiden III Is Slashing Its Way To The European 3DS eShop Next Week

Ninja Gaiden III Is Slashing Its Way To The European 3DS eShop Next Week

Jumping the ship of doom

Nintendo UK has confirmed that Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom is coming to the European 3DS eShop next week — the 23rd of January, to be precise. The third game in the NES-based trilogy from Tecmo, Ninja Gaiden III is seen by many fans as the best of the three. "Ninja Gaiden III does a great job of being true...

Review: Double Dragon (3DS eShop / NES)

Double Dragon (3DS eShop / NES)

Dragon us down

From the moment protagonist Billy Lee’s sweetheart is sucker-punched in the opening sequence, Double Dragon establishes itself as an action-packed, thrilling battle through hordes of enemy combatants in an attempt to reclaim the captured damsel. As soon as gameplay begins, however, this façade is quickly stripped away to reveal an...

Review: Life Force (3DS eShop / NES)

Life Force (3DS eShop / NES)

A force to be reckoned with

The space shooter is a genre that has somewhat faded into obscurity in recent years, both due to advances in technology rendering their limited scope obsolete and their typically gruelling difficulty proving unpalatable to some gamers. The NES port of Life Force, (or Salamander, as it was originally known on Eastern...

Matters Of Import: Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

Welcome To The Bizarre World Of Namco's Numan Athletics

'80s popstar Gary Numan sadly not involved

Nintendo’s Virtual Console service has been a constant treasure trove of classic gaming for many years now, covering hundreds of titles across some of the greatest systems to ever exist. It’s thrown up more than a few unexpected surprises along the way too – including this Japan-only port of the...

Weirdness: Donkey Kong And Other NES Classics Can Now Be Played On Your Wedding Cake

Donkey Kong And Other NES Classics Can Now Be Played On Your Wedding Cake

Perfect for a gorilla-suited groom

If you've ever dreamed of smothering the face of your brand new spouse with a giant slice of virtual dirt from the game Dig Dug, now is your chance. An entertainment company out of New Jersey, USA named POSH Entertainment has figured out how to make you lose even more of your hard earned coins by getting married,...