Wii Virtual Console Features

  • Talking Point The Nintendo Switch Has the Potential to Deliver the Ultimate Virtual Console

    An opportunity for a special retro experience

    Over the past decade or so Nintendo has made significant strides in its online / download stores, with the eShop platform becoming vital for both 3DS and Wii U. Those stores both learnt lessons from their predecessors - on Wii and DSi - in terms of becoming more accessible and rewarding for Indies,...

  • Poll How Important is the Virtual Console, and GameCube, for the Nintendo Switch?

    If the rumours are true...

    As part of the big January unveiling, or perhaps not long after, we'd expect the eShop (or new equivalent) to get a big push for the Nintendo Switch. We already know of multiple 'Nindie' developers that are actively working on projects, and considering the growth in importance of downloads it's inevitable that the new...

  • Discuss What Next For The Nintendo 64?

    #N64Memories' Steven Smith asks the question

    Considering the Nintendo 64 is a twenty-year-old console, the title of this piece may seem odd. However, I personally think there is a potential future for the N64's hardware and software. We are currently in an important period for the console – 2016 and 2017 mark its twentieth birthday, depending on...

  • Editorial Nintendo's Virtual Console Revolution Must Wait as We Pay Once More for SNES Games

    This cycle is surely ending...

    In one sense Super NES games on the New Nintendo 3DS is rather exciting - it's the first (legitimate) time a lot of these games can be played on a portable device, after all. That's something to celebrate, but the reveal and pending line-up also comes with its own nagging issues and annoyances, some of which could...

  • Talking Point The Allure of the Virtual Console and How Nintendo Can Harness It

    Alternative approaches can keep the concept alive

    It's with some curiosity that we observe the continuing clamour and passion for the Virtual Console, a service that generates as much buzz as it often does criticism. The appetite among keen Nintendo fans for retro downloads seems to remain strong, especially when rare or previously untapped games...

  • Talking Point 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?

    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...

  • Talking Point 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...

  • Matters Of Import 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...

  • Interview WayForward on Shantae's Past, Present and Future

    Some "pretty big surprises" in store for Pirate's Curse this Fall

    With the release of Shantae (originally a Game Boy Color title) this week we touched base with WayForward's Creative Director and founding member, Matt Bozon, and he kindly agreed to a quick-fire interview before he jetted off to Comic-Con. This is a series that, despite being just...

  • Feature Ten SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis Games We Want on the Wii U Virtual Console

    They skipped Wii VC, so now their time has come

    Earlier this week we were rather pleased the share the news, based on a couple of sources, that Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse looks set to come to Wii U. It's unclear whether it'll be a straight-up re-release (on the Virtual Console) or a remastered port, but whatever the case it's a SEGA...

  • Feature Wii U Blockbusters - What to Play While You Wait

    If in doubt, go retro

    The start of a new Nintendo generation is always cause for excitement for many, with the promise of new entries in the company’s greatest franchises often enough to convince many to buy the system on day one. But with Wii U, Nintendo kept very quiet about its big franchises, and when the system arrived we had little idea of...

  • Talking Point The Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign's Advertising Role

    Simple but effective

    Among the many announcements in yesterday's Wii U Direct, only one had an immediate impact on console owners, with the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign launching right after the broadcast. Balloon Fight is now available to download with some Wii U-exclusive features — which we'll get to later — and the release schedule...

  • Nintendo Download 23rd August 2012 (North America)

    Racing, metal slugging and the abyss

    We've seen some pretty busy line-ups for the Nintendo Download update in recent times, but it's rather quiet this time around: will it be quality over quantity? Each platform gets one game, and the heady days of discounted downloads are forgotten. Still, let's get to it. eShop: VectorRacing (Arc System Works,...

  • Nintendo Download 2nd August 2012 (Europe)

    Kung fu, Toki Tori, edutainment and retro fighting

    Once again we have news of this week's download delights in Europe, with something on offer for every system you own. Let's get started. 3DS Download Software: Jonny Kung Fu (UFO Interactive, £5.40/€6) — On paper this sounds full of promise, being an old-school side-scrolling action game with...

  • Nintendo Download 26th July 2012 (North America)

    Planet crashing, Wario, moles and more

    This week we have all three Nintendo consoles catered for, including a long awaited platformer on the 3DS Virtual Console, the latest from Renegade Kid and much more. Let's get right to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy, Nintendo, $3.99) — This has no doubt been on a number...

  • Game of the Month May 2012 - Monster World IV

    To arms!

    It may have taken years to get here, but Monster World IV walks away with the coveted Game of the Month award for May 2012. Monster World IV's release is significant for a number of reasons. It's the first time the game's been officially available in English, having originally released in Japan way back in 1994. We've had import games on...

  • Nintendo Download 31st May 2012 (Europe)

    Mega Man, Rayman and blackjack with a girl

    Europe gets a trio of new titles this week including a couple of but goodies. Here's what's up for you EUers this week. Virtual Console: Mega Man X2 (Super Nintendo, Capcom, 800pts) — Back in the day this made use of Capcom's new "C4" chip for fancy 3D effects and the like. Now you can buy it...

  • Nintendo Download 24th May 2012 (Europe)

    Balancing, metal slugging and free mighty switching

    This week brings us a 3DS sequel to an excellent WiiWare title, a free update with new content from WayForward, and some Neo Geo goodness on Wii. Let's get to it. 3DS Download Software: Art of Balance TOUCH! (Shin’en Multimedia, £6.30/€7) — A sequel to a high-quality physics puzzler on...

  • Nintendo Download 10th May 2012 (North America)

    Very early edition

    Believe your eyes: the Nintendo Download for North America is out, several hours ahead of usual. There's two Virtual Console treats and more to get stuck into, so here's what's up this week. Virtual Console: Wonder Boy in Monster Land (Virtual Console Arcade, SEGA, 900pts) — Just like Europe, North America gets a double dose of...

  • Nintendo Download 10th May 2012 (Europe)

    It's a Virtual Console explosion

    As if any further proof were needed that SEGA is the greatest video game company in the whole world, this week it's bringing no fewer than three games to lucky European fans this week. Elsewhere there's a long awaited piece of 3DS download software and an out-of-nowhere DSiWare game too. To the list! 3DS Virtual...

  • Nintendo Download 3rd May 2012 (North America)

    Germs and birds

    The eShop gets its cheapest game yet, a $1.99 'infinite challenge' title, and real-time strategy fans can rejoice that Intrinsic Games' molecular head-scratcher is finally out, plus the return of VC Arcade. Here's what's up and competing for your money today. 3DS eShop: Bird Mania 3D (Teyon, $1.99, 227 blocks) — Fly as far as you...

  • Nintendo Download 3rd May 2012 (Europe)

    Virtual Console Arcade returns

    In an unexpected (to say the least) twist, SEGA is bringing back Virtual Console Arcade this week with a truly classic racer. Elsewhere there's brand new DSiWare and a Game Boy Color game on 3DS too. Here's what's up this week. Wii Virtual Console: Super Hang-On (Virtual Console Arcade, SEGA, 900pts) — The legendary...

  • Nintendo Download 26th April 2012 (North America)

    Blocks, fighting and Chuck E. Cheese

    Virtual Console returns to Wii this week with a fighting classic, plus there's some original 3DS Download Software and DSiWare too. Here's what you can look forward to downloading later today. Wii Virtual Console: Super Street Fighter II (Genesis, SEGA, 800pts) — The 16-bit scrapper reaches North America,...

  • Talking Point The Future of No-Frills Emulation on the eShop

    Why should it stop with the Ambassador scheme?

    Before the Virtual Console, emulators provided the only way that people could relive their favourite gaming experiences of years past. Allowing players to download "rom" files and load them onto their personal computers and other platforms, their only real legal application is to allow those...

  • Features Games That Should Already Be on Virtual Console

    Four years later, which great titles still aren't available?

    The Wii was released over four years ago, and alongside it came Virtual Console. Over time, some of the greatest titles of the 80's and 90's have been made available for digital download, but we can't help but feel that there are still some significant titles inexplicably missing from the...

  • Talking Point The Virtual Console's PAL Problem

    60Hz and the confusing state of Virtual Console emulation

    “Many people don’t know what the difference between 50Hz and 60Hz is, but since most modern TV models support 60Hz it’s definitely worth finding out.” This interesting and illuminative statement, plucked readily from any number of Nintendo Wii game manuals, is fascinating in its...

  • Talking Point 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..

  • Talking Point Is the Virtual Console On The Slide?

    Since the birth of the Virtual Console a couple of years back we’ve been granted some truly amazing slices of retro-related brilliance. Zelda, Phantasy Star, Street Fighter, Alex Kidd, Mario, Castlevania, Sonic…all of these franchises (plus many others) have been reborn in a blaze of glory thanks to Nintendo’s download portal.

    At the start of...

  • News Virtual Console Reviews - Best of 2008

    This year brought two new systems to the Virtual Console with the Commodore 64 computer added to the European Virtual Console and the Sega Master System added to both the European and North American Virtual Console services. We also saw a host of new releases on the systems already available on the service including some very high profile titles.


  • News Corbie's Top 20 Virtual Console Releases - Part 2

    We've already done quite a few Top 10 lists of games we'd like to see hit the Virtual Console, but now that we're quickly approaching 300 Virtual Console releases, we thought it might be a good time to come up with a list of our favorite Virtual Console releases already available for the service.

    I'm going to kick things off with my own personal Top 20 Virtual Console releases list. Now before the..

  • News Corbie's Top 20 Virtual Console Releases - Part 1

    We've already done quite a few Top 10 lists of games we'd like to see hit the Virtual Console, but now that we're quickly approaching 300 Virtual Console releases, we thought it might be a good time to come up with a list of our favorite Virtual Console releases already available for the service.

    I'm going to kick things off with my own personal Top 20 Virtual Console releases list. Now before the..

  • News Hardware Focus - NEC SuperGrafx

    In 1989 the PC Engine was still selling quite well in Japan, but Sega's 16-bit Mega Drive system was beginning to pick up steam and Nintendo's Super Famicom console was looming just around the corner. Sensing this, NEC decided that they needed a true 16-bit console if they were to have any hope of continuing their success in the Japanese console wars.

    The successor to the PC Engine was originally..

  • News Hands-on with Datel's Wireless Retro Controller

    Going wireless

    The Classic Controller is a great peripheral, modelled on the humble SNES controller of yesteryear with two analogue sticks and a few extra buttons thrown in for good measure to support N64 games - it is all you need to enjoy most of the retro games on the Virtual Console. The only downside is that it isn’t completely wireless...

  • News Top 10 Racing Games We Want To Come To The Virtual Console

    Racing or driving games are sorely underrepresented on the Virtual Console. Why is that we ask? They’ve always been popular with gamers since Pole Position on the Atari 2600. In the vain hope that powers that be at Nintendo ever visit this site for inspiration, here are the driving games which we feel deserve consideration for the Virtual Console.

    10. Outrun – Sega Master SystemHow could a list..

  • News Top 10 Puzzlers We Want To Come To The Virtual Console

    Following the series of Top 10 lists we've already done, we've made a selection of puzzle games we would like to see! It should be noted that there's a bunch of great puzzlers already on VC - The likes of Puyo Puyo, Adventures of Lolo, Wrecking Crew, Solomon's Key and Pokémon Puzzle League are all top-notch and very much worth a purchase. Still, here's 10 that would make great additions as well.

    10. Wrecking Crew '98 (SNES) When 2000 started getting close we were pretty sure we'd never see a Wrecking Crew sequel as it had already been 13 years - Nintendo proved us wron...

  • News Top 10 Shmups We Want To Come To The Virtual Console

    Since I've been fortunate enough to witness all of the shooter love in the comments lately, I thought I'd take a moment to share the love with a new top ten list chock full of shoot 'em ups. Although there have already been quite a few outstanding shooters released on the Virtual Console, there are still a lot of great titles left between the various consoles. Today we'll take a look at ten of the best. No need to thank me, just enjoy the list. :P

    10. Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth (Nintendo 64) - Here's the forgotten member...

  • News Retro Gamer Magazine Interview VC Reviews

    Keeping it retro

    Recently we did an interview with Retro Gamer magazine about the success of VC Reviews and our thoughts on the Virtual Console service so far. If you are interested to read it why not pick up the magazine (issue #53) and take a look for yourself? It is available today in all good newsagents such as WHSmiths in the UK. For our many...

  • News Top 10 Neo Geo Games We Want To Come To The Virtual Console

    The Neo Geo console was a lot like a Rolls-Royce.

    It wasn't necessarily that much better than the other consoles on the market at the time, it was just a hell of a lot more expensive. Not only that, but if you managed to somehow survive the $650 price tag the console hit you with, you'd still have to shell out another $200-$300 per game if you...

  • News Secret of Evermore - Brian Fehdrau Interview

    Our resident reviewer Corbie Dillard has been busy securing some fresh content for his SNES fansite. He really struck gold with a recent interview which he did with Brian Fehdrau, the lead programmer on the Squaresoft USA team that developed the Super Nintendo rpg hit Secret of Evermore.

    At the present moment, Square seem to be reluctant to throw up...

  • News Square-Enix Changes Its Mind About The Virtual Console?

    Highly respected Japanese developer Square-Enix has broken its silence regarding the lack of support for Nintendo’s Virtual Console service in a recent interview at the 2008 Game Developers Conference.

    Producer of WiiWare title Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King Toshihiro Tsuchida lifted the lid on why the company has been so...

  • News Playtest: The Shaft Virtual Console joystick

    As old school gamers on Wii the only thing we missed was a joystick peripheral for that authentic arcade feel

    . Back in the days anyone who was serious about Street Fighter II on the SNES would have owned a Super Advantage joystick. The NEO GEO was famed for the quality of its joystick – indeed it was almost as big as the console itself. Why hasn’t Nintendo released an official joystick for the..

  • News Top 10 C64 games wanted on the Virtual Console

    Now that the Commodore 64 is firmly established on the Virtual Console (at least for Europe) it seemed like an opportune time to compile a list of C64 games that I feel deserve a home on the Virtual Console.

    All of these choices are influenced by games that I loved at the time, and, in my opinion, retain superb playability to this day. With such a...

  • News Top 10 RPGs We Want To Come To The Virtual Console

    Role-playing games have always been extremely popular in Japan, but over the years they've become quite popular in other parts of the world as well. There's just something amazing about getting to take part in an epic story line and watching as it all unfolds in front of you. I personally own over 130 role-playing games at last count, so I decided to take a moment to put together a list of the top 10 role-playing games I'd most like to see released on the Virtual Console.

    10. Legacy of the Wiza...

  • News Will Sega CD Support Ever Come To The Virtual Console?

    Since the very welcome introduction of TG-16 CD-ROM games to Nintendo’s Virtual Console service we’ve seen a steady flow of requests for the same treatment to be given to Sega’s ill-fated Sega CD add-on (also known as the Mega CD in Europe and Japan).

    This much-hyped peripheral was rolled out in the early ‘90s (a few years after Hudson/NEC...

  • News Why April Is A Massive Month For the Virtual Console

    If you count yourself as a hardcore gamer then you will have read our recent news piece about April’s Japanese Virtual Console games with marked interest. Sure, there’s the usual amount of filler in there, like Famicom Detective Club Part II and Bokosuka Wars (neither of which are likely to make the leap over to the US/Euro VC service), but there’s a trio of games that should cause your pulse to race uncontrollably – Dracula X: Rondo of Blood, MUSHA Aleste and Metal Slug.

    Dracula X is widely regarded...

  • Talking Point The State of Play of the Virtual Console

    Since the end of last year there’s been an unpleasant undercurrent of tension in the world of the Virtual Console. It all started when Nintendo’s VC releases began to strangely dry up, with the usual three-game weeks becoming a thing of the past. This controversial move then kick-started a tirade of anger, with each week’s announcements being greeted with almost predictable cries of derision.

    Obviously it’s impossible for Nintendo to please everyone in this situation. Yes, the drop from three games to two (or sometimes even one) is unfortunate but it’s worth taking a moment to loo...

  • News Global Inequality on the Virtual Console

    In the early days of the Virtual Console it looked likely that although timing differences existing between US and European releases, most (if not all) games would make an appearance in both regions. However, as the US passes the 200 game mark (leaving Europe trailing at 187) we’re seeing a massive disparity between the software available in the two territories – and both sets of gamers are equally annoyed about it.

    For example, Capcom’s excellent Megaman has so far made...

  • News The Great Internal Memory Debate

    With over 200 games currently available on the Virtual Console service and the impending arrival of WiiWare, one thing seems to be concerning a vast number of Wii owners (if the comments on VC:R are anything to go by) and that’s internal memory storage.

    The Wii comes equipped with just 512MB of internal storage for things like game saves, Virtual Console titles and other downloadable content..

  • News Are Virtual Console games good value for money?

    Here at VC Reviews we keenly appreciate the advantages of owning Virtual Console games as opposed to tracking down the original cartridge releases from car boot sales and eBay. If anything it frees up our living room from all those consoles, controllers and wires which used to once dominate. However are we getting a good deal? Is it better value for money to track down the original carts of games we used to play back in the days rather than cough up for downloads from the Wii Shop?

    The answer to this might be found in so..

  • News The Sega Master System Rap

    Now that the Sega Master System is joining the ranks of consoles that are emulated on the Virtual Console we thought it would be the ideal time to reveal the infamous "Sega Mastermix '90" to the world!

    Back in 1990, Virgin (then the UK distributors of Sega hardware and software) were aggressively marketing the Sega Master System and attempting to grab headlines wherever they could. One..

  • News Portable Virtual Console - A Reality?

    It’s safe to say that the Virtual Console has been a massive success for Nintendo. The company has confirmed that an astonishing number of gamers are delving into the past and gleefully downloading retro content to their Wii consoles. So long as Nintendo can keep a steady flow of quality titles then the future of the service is all but assured.


  • News The Virtual Console Archive on German TV!

    It seems we are famous at last - we've made it onto TV!

    Well, in Germany, at least. Yes, the country that just can't seem to get enough of The Hoff also loves the VCA. We were featured on a recent episode of GiGa's 'WiiMotion' show, which, if you couldn't have guessed from the title, is devoted to Nintendo's shiny new console. Although they only covered the Wii browser version of the site (which..

  • News Top 10 shmups we want to come to the Virtual Console

    Every good retro gamer enjoys a good shmup (shoot-em-ups to the uninitiated). During the late 80s and early 90s almost every other game was a shmup. They were very much the FPS of the day! The gaming history books are littered with many failures and uninspired clones but we'll cut through the crap and bring you the cream of the crop that we one day hope to see on the Virtual Console.

    10. Side Arms..

  • News Top 10 platform games we want to come to the Virtual Console

    Platformers. They're one of the most popular videogame genres, and for a good reason: They're simple, fun and easy to get in to. VC's already packed with quite a bit of them, but there's still many greats that are missing. Here's a selection of platformers I feel should be added to VC soon, because it'd be a shame to not have them on there:

    10. The...

  • News GamesTM interview VC Reviews (Issue 54)

    VC Reviews get their 15 minutes of fame this month as our favourite UK multi-format videogame magazine GamesTM publish a recent interview we did with them!

    Issue 54 of GamesTM will hit the shelves of all good newsagents in the UK on the 22nd of February. We get a 2 page spread in the retro section (pages 150/151) We say our piece about the PAL 50Hz issue, comment on our favourite VC games and our..

  • News Top Five Most Wanted Virtual Console Games

    Now that the Virtual Console Archive has a commenting facility we thought what better time to ask what are the games you would most like to see on the Virtual Console. The catch is you can only pick ONE game per format and you have to give a brief reason why this should be released before any other games.

    Here's my wish list to kick things off: NES...

  • News The Virtual Console

    Not only does Wii bring something new, it brings everything old - here's our guide to the Virtual Console.

    The Virtual Console (VC) is emulation software that allows you to play older games on your Wii system. If you didn't already know, an Emulator is a piece of computer software the “emulates” pieces of computer hardware. Essentially it'll allows you to run games designed for say, the Super..