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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..

News: The Ignition Factor Lights Up Virtual Console on Friday

The Ignition Factor Lights Up Virtual Console on Friday

Feeling hot hot hot

Jaleco is a hotbed of Virtual Console support these days, with Brawl Brothers, Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force and more under the publisher's belt, a belt which just got a little bigger with the upcoming release of The Ignition Factor on Friday. The firefighting game was never released in Europe so it'll carry the appropriate...

Review: Mega Man X (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man X (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

X-ceptional

Spinoffs in popular franchises have delivered historically mixed results over the years, but when Capcom spun the X series off of Mega Man, not only did they create a new line every bit as intense and engaging as the originals, but arguably even more polished and fun to a certain degree. And now, after a rather lengthy wait, Capcom have...

Review: Adventure Island II (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Adventure Island II (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Higgins returns

The first Adventure Island was nothing more than a copy of Wonder Boy with some redone graphics. While Wonder Boy quickly became more of an Action RPG series, Adventure Island stuck to the platformer formula for a while before eventually following the same path. The general mechanics are still the same. Higgins' girlfriend has been...

Nintendo Download: 18th April 2011 (North America)

18th April 2011 (North America)

Take on Mega Man X

After the news that Mega Man 5 is coming to Virtual Console, we have the unexpected arrival of Super NES Blue Bomber outing Mega Man X. Virtual ConsoleMega Man X (Super NES, 800pts) — Run, jump, blast: it's Mega Man in the 16-bit era, and the first Super NES entry in the series to arrive on Virtual Console. Look out for our fully charged review jumping through doorways later..

News: ESRB Rating Outs Mega Man 5 for Virtual Console

ESRB Rating Outs Mega Man 5 for Virtual Console

Charge your Mega Buster

You can't stop the Blue Bomber's exploits on Virtual Console, as ESRB has rated Mega Man 5 for North America. Interestingly there's no PEGI rating for the game yet, indicating this may be one of the few Virtual Consoles titles to hit North America before Europe. The ESRB makes what was once the pinnacle of intense blasting action sound as exciting as a trip to the cracker..

Nintendo Download: 15th April 2011 (Europe)

15th April 2011 (Europe)

Head back to Adventure Island

Hudson hero Master Higgins resurfaces on Virtual Console in Adventure Island II, alongside new titles from Ludia and Tivola. Virtual ConsoleAdventure Island II (Hudson, NES, 500pts) — Master Higgins is back with his trusty axe, four dinosaurs and an evil witch to take down. This NES platformer brings back fond memories for many, so we'll bring you a full and honest..

News: European Virtual Console Gets Chrono Trigger in Quarter 2

European Virtual Console Gets Chrono Trigger in Quarter 2

Should be here before July

We hereby christen today "Good News Tuesday". Not only have we discovered the release dates for countless titles — Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and plenty more — we've also had confirmation from Nintendo that classic Square RPG Chrono Trigger will see the light of day on Virtual Console in Europe. The game is slated..

News: Rejoin Master Higgins with Adventure Island II on Friday

Rejoin Master Higgins with Adventure Island II on Friday

First of three on the way

We know that there are three Adventure Island games coming to Virtual Console, and the trio of island-bound adventures kicks off this Friday with Adventure Island II for 500 Points. Hudson hero Master Higgins still has his faithful axe as well as the ability to join forces with four dinosaurs, each with unique abilities that come into play as he adventures across land,..

News: Super NES Classic Controller Visits Australian Club Nintendo

Super NES Classic Controller Visits Australian Club Nintendo

Welcome back, old friend

The Classic Controller and its Pro variation are all well and good, but if you're blasting through Super Mario World or Super Metroid you might feel your thumbs itching for some classic Super NES pad action. Well, Club Nintendo members in Australia can now revisit the fan-favourite pad. Costing 3,000 Stars, the controller clicks into the bottom of your Wii Remote just like..

Review: Brawl Brothers (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Brawl Brothers (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A marked improvement

Jaleco released several beat 'em ups on the SNES, although you may not know that three of them are actually related. Exclusively in Japan, the games Rival Turf!, Brawl Brothers and The Peace Keepers were all part of one series called Rushing Beat, but for their North American releases they were retitled, and the story and...

Nintendo Download: 4th April 2011 (North America)

4th April 2011 (North America)

Here's your Bonk

Banishing the memory of last week's poor showings on the Nintendo Download, this week offers up a bumper crop of games, with Virtual Console, DSiWare and WiiWare all receiving fresh new games to play. Virtual ConsoleSuper Bonk (Super NES, 800pts) — A platformer so classic it's practically prehistoric, Super Bonk takes the bone-headed hero through another adventure full of..

News: Monster World IV Coming to Virtual Console in Europe

Monster World IV Coming to Virtual Console in Europe

PEGI rating seals the deal

In February we brought you news that Monster World IV was finally coming Westward, according to a rating by the Australian OFLC, and there was much rejoicing. Now the European rating board PEGI has got in on the act, rating the game for Virtual Console in Europe. Naturally there's no specific release date yet, but the fact it's been rated for Virtual Console alone is..

Nintendo Download: 1st April 2011 (Europe)

1st April 2011 (Europe)

Will you be an April fool?

This week's North American Nintendo Download was underwhelming to say the least, and its European counterpart absolutely blows it out of the water. Let's see what treats await. Virtual ConsoleBrawl Brothers (JALECO, Super NES, 800pts) — We've already got Rival Turf on Virtual Console, and now its successor reaches the download service, with all the head-punching and..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2011

Square and Capcom battle for supremacy

You've already heard that a Chrono Trigger is coming to Virtual Console in Japan next month, but that's not the only thing to get excited over. Capcom is also releasing a big title next month, which happens to be the first of another series many have requested to make an appearance on the service. Here's a hint: It's the successor to a series of (mostly) NES..

News: Chrono Trigger is Coming to Virtual Console in Japan

Chrono Trigger is Coming to Virtual Console in Japan

Will the Western world follow?

It's one of the most requested games for Virtual Console: Square's Super NES classic Chrono Trigger, but its chances of coming to the Wii's download services in North America and Europe just got a bit of a boost as the game is coming to Japanese Virtual Console next month. In its native country the game would retail for 900 Nintendo Points, and is due to land in..

Nintendo Download: 21st March 2011 (North America)

21st March 2011 (North America)

Playing catch up

A rare occurrence in this week's Nintendo Download for our North American chums: all the games in the line-up are already available in Europe, so you'll likely already know if you're after any of the new titles or not. Let's delve in and see what's available. Virtual ConsoleNatsume Championship Wrestling (SNES, 800pts) — Step into the ring with Natsume's take on the sweaty sport,..

Review: Final Fantasy III (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fantasy III (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Still one of the best RPGs to come out of the 16-bit era

What can you say about the Final Fantasy series that hasn't already been said a thousand times before? The titles have become one of the best-selling video game series in history and have been largely responsible for making the RPG genre so popular with fans across the globe. After having success with Final Fantasy II on the Super Nintendo,..

Nintendo Download: 18th March 2011 (Europe)

18th March 2011 (Europe)

Take on Final Fantasy III

As we revealed recently, SquareEnix is backing Virtual Console with a pair of classic RPGs, kicking off this week with the one and only Final Fantasy III, also known as Final Fantasy VI. Virtual ConsoleFinal Fantasy III (Super NES, 900pts) — This is an excellent chance for Wii owners in Europe to play Square's well-regarded RPG, which was never

News: Square Enix Brings More SNES Goodies to Virtual Console

Square Enix Brings More SNES Goodies to Virtual Console

Anyone order some Lufia or Final Fantasy III?

The Virtual Console news just keeps on coming! This time, two different sources have each revealed one new upcoming Square Enix-published game for Virtual Console. Coming straight from Nintendo of Europe's site is Final Fantasy III, which will be released on VC in Europe next week. Better known as number VI, like the other two numbered Final Fantasy..