Virtual Console Features

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

 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)

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: 26th July 2012 (North America)

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...

Nintendo Download: 24th May 2012 (Europe)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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

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

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

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..

News: Virtual Console Reviews - Best of 2008

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.

As...

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

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

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..