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News: Monster World IV Comes Westward, Finally

Monster World IV Comes Westward, Finally

If the OFLC is to be believed

We've got almost every single Wonder Boy game ever made available on Virtual Console, including several double entries with different names. However, one game has been missing all this time. Monster World IV, the final game in the series, is frequently regarded to be the very best of them all and is, without a doubt,...

Nintendo Download: 21st February 2011 (North America)

21st February 2011 (North America)

Faxanadu leads the charge

It's been two weeks since we last saw a Virtual Console game, which means it's time for another one, this time in the shapely side-scrolling form of Faxanadu on NES. There's also a couple of WiiWare demos and some DSiWare puzzle games of course, as well as headline WiiWare download... well, we won't spoil it. Virtual ConsoleFaxanadu (NES, Hudson) – A classic..

News: Bomberman Hero Gets Rated for Virtual Console

Bomberman Hero Gets Rated for Virtual Console

Good old ESRB

Remember that old Nintendo 64 romp Bomberman Hero? If you never got to play it, you soon might, as the ESRB has rated the game for Virtual Console. Bomberman Hero is most notable for being a completely single-player Bomberman adventure, forgoing the series' famous multiplayer options in favour of a solo quest based largely on the plot of Star Wars. Naturally the ESRB rating doesn't..

Nintendo Download: 18th February 2011 (Europe)

18th February 2011 (Europe)

Get bowled over

It's an unusual occasion in the Nintendo Download this week: this week's games are all brand new for Europe, with not a single catch-up title for North America. Virtual Console receives its first-ever wrestling title and there's cricket, babies, noodles, monsters and celestial bodies too. Let's get to it. WiiWareCricket Challenge (GameShastra, 500pts) – Only the second incarnation..

News: Hudson Continues Its Virtual Console Support with Adventure Island II

Hudson Continues Its Virtual Console Support with Adventure Island II

OFLC reveals that Hudson's still got some retro plans

When it was announced that the North American branch of Hudson Soft would be shutting down just last week in order to focus on more "casual" games for Konami, many people took it as a sign that the company would also drop its remaining Virtual Console support. Thankfully, this is not the case, as the latest OFLC ratings update has..

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...

Review: S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Virtual Console / NES)

S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team (Virtual Console / NES)

G.O.O.D.

Although it's now of course primarily known for its Harvest Moon games, Natsume developed quite a few unique, entertaining little titles in the past. We've already had a few rereleased on Virtual Console, and rest assured, S.C.A.T. can easily stand with the rest of them. If you're a Sega or Capcom fan, taking a glance at the game's screenshots might ring a bell to you. Yes, you're right,..

Nintendo Download: 7th February 2011 (North America)

7th February 2011 (North America)

Things that make you go... hmmm

Another week and another download to entice you to part with your hard-earned Nintendo Points. What wonders await in the world of WiiWare and beyond? Let's find out. WiiWareSpot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – A pleasingly to-the-point title for this WiiWare release, it does what it says on the tin, and is a passable way to spend 500 Points. Our Spot the..

Nintendo Download: 4th February 2011 (Europe)

4th February 2011 (Europe)

DSiWare abound

It's another clearly DSiWare-oriented week this time, with four new titles released on the service. WiiWare and Virtual Console only get one game each, along with another WiiWare demo. WiiWarePucca's Kisses Game (Bigben Interactive, 1000pts) – What seems to be a platformer game, based on the surprisingly popular franchise which has its own animated series and tons of merchandise,..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2011

Just three games this time

It doesn't look like Capcom is ready to release more arcade game even in Japan, with next month's releases featuring nothing from their catalogue. The games being released are all part of fairly big franchises, though only one of them is likely to see release elsewhere. The full list is as follows: Famicom: SD Gundam World Gachapon Senshi 2: Capsule Senki (A fairly..

Review: 1942 (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

1942 (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

A relic best left forgotten

Capcom's 19XX series is quite fondly remembered, for offering some unique and very solid gameplay over the five installments it has had so far. At least, that mostly counts for the later four, but not so much for the first. Although not as bland as Exed Exes, 1942 does not really offer too many novelties other than its Pacific War theme. It's another vertical shooter,..

Nintendo Download: 24th January 2011 (North America)

24th January 2011 (North America)

Action on land, sea and air

There's a definite airborne theme to this week's downloads, with rockets, meteors, fighter planes and passenger aircraft all featured across the three download channels. Let's take a look at what's available. WiiWare: Jam City Rollergirls (Frozen Codebase, 1000pts) – An arcade action take on the growing sport of roller...

Review: Black Tiger (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Black Tiger (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Ghosts 'n Goblins 'n Gimmicks

In 1985, Capcom released the infamous Ghosts 'n Goblins upon the world. Still regarded as one of the most challenging games ever made, it was a smash hit and cost many players many, many quarters as they died again and again. Although it would get a sequel eventually, after two years, Capcom decided to make a similar game with a few added gameplay elements. In Black..

Nintendo Download: 21st January 2011 (Europe)

21st January 2011 (Europe)

More Capcom classics

Virtual Console is the clear winner this week with two new Capcom arcade games, but that's not to say the rest should be ignored outright. Although WiiWare only gets one new download, DSiWare gets four of them, so hopefully there's something for everyone. WiiWareSpot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – Another difference-spotting game, this one is strangely one letter..

Review: Exed Exes (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Exed Exes (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Extremely excruciating

We've seen a metric tonne of shoot 'em ups made available on Virtual Console already. With well-known classic games like the Gradius and Star Soldier series as well as lesser-known greats like Cho Aniki and MUSHA among them, there's more than enough good stuff available to satiate the desires of any fan of the genre. Because...

Nintendo Download: 14th January 2011 (Europe)

14th January 2011 (Europe)

3 new DSiWare titles, but the other services aren't completely ignored

Europe mostly plays catch-up again this week, with three of the five new downloads already being available in North America. DSiWare makes up the bulk of this week's releases, with the other two services only getting one game each, and it's also the only one of the services to get some completely new stuff. We're not exactly..

Nintendo Download: 10th January 2011 (North America)

10th January 2011 (North America)

A scoop of fun with a dash of soul-crushing

WiiWare: JellyCar 2 (Disney Interactive Studios, 500 Points) - The sequel to the popular iOS game hits WiiWare, promising even more driving platforming fun(ing). We'll give this one a proper whirl and let you know if it's a joyride or if it melts in the sun. Soccer Bashi (Icon Games, 500 Points) - A...

Nintendo Download: 7th January 2011 (Europe)

7th January 2011 (Europe)

More Capcom arcade classics, plus a bunch of catch-up titles

Capcom is continuing their Virtual Console Arcade support with another two games, both of which were of course announced some time ago. At this rate they'll run out of games before we hit February! They're accompanied by a mixture of completely new games and games North America already got, most of which are fairly low-key. WiiWareGhost..