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News: Taito's Trademark Applications Suggest the Return of SNES Titles

Taito's Trademark Applications Suggest the Return of SNES Titles

Darius Twin, and two Lufia games if you must know

If Taito's latest filings at the United States Patents and Trademarks Office are anything to go by, we might well see a number of its Super NES titles on their way to the Wii Shop Channel. Darius Twin, Lufia & The Fortress of Doom, and Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals have all had trademarks applied for recently, suggesting they might appear on..

Nintendo Download: 22nd November 2010 (North America)

22nd November 2010 (North America)

Demos, penguins, portable Tetris and VC

Getting in there early to beat the cold weather, here's this week's Nintendo Download complete with list of downloadable demos at long last. WiiWareSnowpack Park (Nintendo, 800pts) – Befriend penguins in this left-field release from Nintendo. A cross between the pet and adventure genres, Snowpack Park sees you exploring a range of islands in order to rescue..

Review: Spin Master (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Spin Master (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Not masterful, but still pretty good

With probably about half of the Neo Geo's library of games consisting of fighting games, it's always nice to see another platformer for the system released on VC. In Spin Master, you take control of either Johnny or Tom as you try to recover five pieces of a lost treasure map and rescue Johnny's girlfriend. It's a pretty straight-forward game, in which you..

Nintendo Download: 12th November 2010 (Europe)

12th November 2010 (Europe)

A little bit more for every service, plus a new demo

With five new games and a demo on offer this week, you'd think that it would be pretty good overall. Unfortunately, only the Virtual Console game and the demo make up most of this week's goodness - The other four are all games North America already got, and none of them were very good. WiiWareCruise Party (Enjoy Gaming, 800pts) – A small..

Competition Winners: Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary

Super Mario Bros. 25th Anniversary

Is it a-you?

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Super Mario Bros. and the North American debut of the NES, we ran a competition to give away a free 500-point NES title for Virtual Console to each of twenty-five winners, the selection of the game being their choice. Almost a thousand users entered, so we'd like to congratulate the 25...

News: Six Capcom Arcade Classics Launching on VC this Winter

Six Capcom Arcade Classics Launching on VC this Winter

Keeping the download service strong

As revealed at Comic-Con, New York this year, Capcom is planning on bringing some previously Japan-only Virtual Console titles to the West and, if all goes well, we will be tucking into some retro classics this Winter. Currently, there are six titles scheduled for release in North America and Europe, and from the most recent press release, here are some summaries..

Nintendo Download: 1st November 2010 (North America)

1st November 2010 (North America)

Robot boxes, genetic manipulation, super-powered babies and men dunking balls

If your trick-or-treat bag didn't have a Nintendo Points Card by the end of the night, well, you might want to look into buying a couple packages of toilet paper and retracing your steps. Just sayin'. WiiWare: Robox (DreamBox Games, 1000 Points) — A gorgeous...

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - November 2010

Japanese Virtual Console List - November 2010

Three more classics, and one not-so classic

Japan's doing its usual job of getting games just before everybody does: three of the games they're getting this month have already been officially announced for release elsewhere and will be coming in the next few months. The fourth game they're getting is more of a Japanese thing, and won't be too sorely missed anywhere else. The four games Japan will..

Nintendo Download: 29th October 2010 (Europe)

29th October 2010 (Europe)

Fishing, lasers, chicks, sleep and more

God bless the Nintendo download for bringing us another bounty of bizarre treats. If there isn't anything that tickles your fancy this week, we'd be very surprised. WiiWareReel Fishing Challenge II (Natsume, 500pts) – The follow-up to – you guessed it – Reel Fishing Challenge, this is a virtual recreation of the world's most popular participation sport..

Review: Street Hoop (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Street Hoop (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Slam dunk or flagrant foul?

While many of the other consoles of the time were receiving a good variety of basketball offerings, the Neo Geo system was relegated to just one. Data East's Street Hoop passed over the traditional basketball experience in favour of a more playground-esque 3-on-3 style, complete with backboard shaking dunks and a wealth of influences from many of the other arcade hoops..

Nintendo Download: 22nd October 2010 (Europe)

22nd October 2010 (Europe)

Nice and early this week

Europe comes through with a bumper crop of downloadable delights for release this Friday. Shall we see what they are? WiiWareMy Starry Night (Hudson, 500pts) – Known as My Planetarium in North America, this is essentially My Aquarium for stargazers, with around 20,000 stars, planets, asteroids and more for your observation, education and maybe even a little entertainment..

Nintendo Download: 18th October 2010 (North America)

18th October 2010 (North America)

Happy holidays and mystic quests

The past two weeks have seen high profile downloadable releases in both shapely and spiny forms, so whilst this week lacks a true flagship title it does offer two new Nintendo-published titles and the scheduled Virtual Console download. WiiWareThruSpace (Nintendo, 800pts) – Formerly known as the far more descriptive ThruSpace: High Velocity 3D Puzzle, this is all..

News: Capcom Reveals Virtual Console Arcade Support in the West

Capcom Reveals Virtual Console Arcade Support in the West

Finally some more arcade classics

It took a while, but Capcom has finally revealed that, yes, it is also planning to release a bunch of its arcade titles on the Virtual Console outside Japan. We already discovered some of the titles a while ago, but it's now added one more game to the list. Listed on a small poster in Capcom's booth at the Comic-Con in New York are a total of six titles it plans to..

Review: Rival Turf! (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Rival Turf! (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Two isn't always better than one

When approaching Jaleco’s Rival Turf! (known as Rushing Beat in Japan), it’s important to understand the context of its release. In the early days of the Super NES, Capcom duly ported over its illustrious arcade brawler Final Fight, which dazzled gamers with its arcade-quality visuals and sound. It was a...

Nintendo Download: 8th October 2010 (Europe)

8th October 2010 (Europe)

Three for DSiWare, one each on WiiWare and VC

In an unexpected turn of events, the press release for this week's European Nintendo Download turned up early, but who's complaining? Well, anyone hoping to grapple with Shantae: Risky's Revenge and Cave Story, but at least next week sees the release of Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1, so there's a definite bright side. DSiWareDatamine (Enjoy Gaming,..

News: OFLC Rates Magical Drop II for Virtual Console

OFLC Rates Magical Drop II for Virtual Console

Neo Geo puzzler on the way

Neo Geo bubble-popping frenzy Magical Drop II has been available on Japanese Virtual Console for a while now, but it's just received a rating from Australian board the OFLC, indicating a PAL release is within sight. Of course, we're well accustomed to waiting months for rated games to make themselves available on the service, so in the meantime have a look at what you..

Nintendo Download: 4th October 2010 (North America)

4th October 2010 (North America)

Shantae arrives!

No messing around this week, let's get straight to the good stuff. DSiWareShantae: Risky's Revenge (WayForward, 1200pts) – The genial genie finally returns in this highly anticipated release. The price point may seem steep, but WayForward assures us this one is packed with enough content to keep you going for ages. Our full review will be up later this week. Rummikub (Games..

Nintendo Download: 5th & 6th October 2010 (Japan)

5th & 6th October 2010 (Japan)

October begins with Virtual Console and DSiWare

WiiWare's alternating weeks continue, but at least there's the Virtual Console to keep Wii owners happy – even better when the releases include classic arcade games! The DSi has a trio of actual games for a change with nary a lifestyle download in sight. Virtual ConsoleCommando (800pts Arcade, Capcom) – This is the first VCA release from Capcom..

News: Nintendo Release Schedule Outs Mario Party 2, Super Bonk and More

Nintendo Release Schedule Outs Mario Party 2, Super Bonk and More

Virtual Console still twitching

It's very rare to get any kind of heads-up for what's coming to Virtual Console, but this release schedule from Nintendo's Netherlands office contains a few surprising treats for the year ahead. N64 party game Mario Party 2 is set to launch in December, just in time for the party season, with Super Bonk for Super NES landing on Virtual Console in December too..