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Review: Mega Man 5 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mega Man 5 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Can you ever have too much of a good thing?

While the Mega Man series on NES system didn't change too much from release to release, Capcom did manage to keep coming up with new and more challenging ways to keep platformer fans coming back for more. Mega Man 5 didn't try to re-invent the wheel, but what it did do was bring eight brand new robotic...

News: Looks Like There's No Sale on Sonic Games This Week

Looks Like There's No Sale on Sonic Games This Week

Hardly the birthday gift he wanted

Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, but it looks like Virtual Console owners won't be able to grab a cheaper piece of gaming history. SEGA's announced that it will be reducing prices on the hedgehog's games on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network to celebrate his birthday, but there's no...

News: Remember, the Nintendo Download is On Thursdays Now

Remember, the Nintendo Download is On Thursdays Now

Nothing out today

Those of you tuning into Nintendo Life expecting to find out what's available to download in North America today may be confused, but not to worry, we haven't given up — as of last week, the Nintendo Download has moved to Thursdays. While it was initially believed that press releases would be available on Monday to prepare for the digital store update on Thursday, we've had..

Nintendo Download: 10th June 2011 (Europe)

10th June 2011 (Europe)

Master Higgins is all alone

There's just one single new game on the trilogy of Wii Virtual Console, WiiWare and DSiWare this week, but that's no reason to be upset - It's an oft overlooked classic from the SNES. Virtual ConsoleSuper Adventure Island II (Super NES, Hudson, 800pts) — The last Adventure Island game created before the franchise went into dormancy for a long time, this one no longer..

Nintendo Download: 30th May 2011 (North America)

30th May 2011 (North America)

Leagues, islands, houses, valets and B-teams

All being well, next week we'll be able to access the 3DS eShop, hopefully creating an upsurge in the number of interesting handheld titles to download. Here's what's on the way this week for all you North American Nintendo Points-lovers. WiiWareFAST — Racing League (Shin'en Multimedia, 1000pts) — The latest downloadable outing from the team behind..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - June 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - June 2011

Two games each for the Super Famicom, Neo Geo and Arcade

Japan's seeing a bit of a resurgence in Virtual Console releases, as recently it's been receiving five or six games per month. This month is no different, with six games divided equally across three systems. It includes another Square Enix game, but sadly, it's one of Square's lesser known titles, and not another game from the Enix catalogue..

Nintendo Download: 20th May 2011 (Europe)

20th May 2011 (Europe)

Chrono Trigger finally reaches Europe!

There's only one headline game this week: the long-awaited European arrival of another legendary Super NES RPG from Square. Virtual ConsoleChrono Trigger (Square, Super NES, 900pts) — Today is an auspicious event: the first time Square's time-travelling epic has landed on the Super NES in Europe. Our Chrono Trigger review explains why this is considered one..

Review: Chrono Trigger (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Chrono Trigger (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

One of the truly greatest RPG experiences ever created

Soon after Chrono Trigger appeared on the Super Nintendo in 1995, it quickly became regarded as one of the most unique and impressive RPG releases to hit the system. Not only was it developed by a who's who of some of the greatest role-playing designers in the industry, the finished product...

Nintendo Download: 16th May 2011 (North America)

16th May 2011 (North America)

The long-awaited Chrono Trigger is finally here!

The wait may have seemed like an eternity for RPG fans, but Square's Chrono Trigger, considered by many gamers to be one of the finest role-playing offerings in video game history, has finally arrived on Nintendo's Virtual Console service. The world can now start spinning again. WiiWareGabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix (Natsume, 500pts) — Wii..

News: Chrono Trigger Hits European Virtual Console on Friday

Chrono Trigger Hits European Virtual Console on Friday

Not long to wait now

Legendary Super NES RPG Chrono Trigger was never released on the system in Europe, so its impending Virtual Console release on Friday is cause for much celebration. As the game was never officially released in Europe its VC appearance carries a small premium, selling for 900 Nintendo Points instead of 800, but what's an extra 100 Points between friends? The game also hits North..

Review: Super Adventure Island (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Adventure Island (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Back to basics

The Adventure Island series started out with an almost exact clone of Wonder Boy, but as Wonder Boy became more of an action RPG rather than an action platformer, Adventure Island sequels stuck with the same formula as the first game and built upon it slightly with each release. In Adventure Island II and the later Adventure Island III, this meant the inclusion of the dinosaurs and..

Nintendo Download: 13th May 2011 (Europe)

13th May 2011 (Europe)

Adventure returns to the island

There's only one game headline-worthy this week: the long-awaited return of Master Higgins on Virtual Console, with two titles for DSiWare and a blank on WiiWare. Here's the line-up: Virtual ConsoleSuper Adventure Island (Super NES, 800pts) — Unofficial Hudson mascot Mr Higgins returns in the first Super NES entry in the Adventure Island series, skateboarding and..

News: Chrono Trigger Does the Virtual Console Time Warp on Monday

Chrono Trigger Does the Virtual Console Time Warp on Monday

Ready your Points

Good things come to those who wait, as Virtual Console fans can attest: Square Enix has just announced that Super NES classic Chrono Trigger will launch on Virtual Console in North America on Monday 16th May. The 16-bit classic will sell for 800 Nintendo Points, a steal whichever way you slice it. Come back next week for our review, an abridged version of which might read..

News: SEGA Announces More Virtual Console Titles for Wii

SEGA Announces More Virtual Console Titles for Wii

Includes Virtual Console Arcade

Even after all these years, SEGA's still committed to supporting the Virtual Console, and its European arm has just announced two new titles coming to the service. Alongside the already-revealed Monster World IV for Genesis/Mega Drive comes Virtual Console Arcade title Wonder Boy in Monster Land, set to become the sixth VCA game from SEGA. We already have Wonder Boy..

Review: The Ignition Factor (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Ignition Factor (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

It burns, but it doesn't crash

Ask anybody to name some firefighting games and you'll be lucky if they name one. Despite the games about the profession generally being quite good, there's not many of them, and they're not very widely known either. The Ignition Factor is one of only two on the SNES, the other one being the more well-known The Firemen, which, funnily enough, was originally released..

Nintendo Download: 2nd May 2011 (North America)

2nd May 2011 (North America)

Rival Turf! Hair cuts! BINGO!

The Nintendo Download continues its merry path this week with releases on all formats, though only one genuinely new game in the form of DSiWare's pirate puzzler Ikibago. Read on and see what's in store this week. Virtual ConsoleRival Turf! (Jaleco, Super NES, 800pts) — A relic from the days when scrolling beat 'em ups ruled the Earth, read our Rival Turf! review..

News: Chrono Trigger Rated, North American Release on the Cards

Chrono Trigger Rated, North American Release on the Cards

Square's classic looking to gain some new fans

Sixteen years after its original release, Chrono Trigger makes the jump from the past to the present, launching on the Virtual Console so that a new generation of gamers can enjoy the acclaimed role-playing game from the Super Nintendo era. With the game already available to download on the Japanese...

Nintendo Download: 29th April 2011 (Europe)

29th April 2011 (Europe)

WiiWare MIA

After several months of finding out the download days in advance, it's back to a wait and see approach this week, so let's see what's available for you to buy right now. Virtual ConsoleThe Ignition Factor (Jaleco, Super NES, 900pts) — A top-down firefighting game, this is one of a kind on Virtual Console, so look out for our full review coming soon to let you know if this is too hot..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2011

Five games for this year's fifth month

Normally, Nintendo reveals its Japanese Virtual Console plans for the upcoming month on the last Friday of the month, but this time we have it a day early. Next month sees a bit of a Neo Geo resurrection, with three new games being released for the system. Japan will also get the fifth NES outing of the Blue Bomber, as well as a SNES fighter already released..