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Review: The King of Fighters '95 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '95 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

For those who like having their asses handed to them

After having some solid success in arcades with the inaugural game in the series The King of Fighters '94, SNK wanted to try to address some of the complaints players had with the game in the sequel. Two of the biggest complaints were the inability to customise your own team lineups and the...

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2010

Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2010

A mere three games for Japan next month

Things can be quite odd sometimes. A while back, when North America and Europe were getting several weeks without any Virtual Console games at all, Japan was still getting one or more per week. Now it seems like the roles have been reversed, because while North America and Europe are now getting one each week (For now, at least), Japan seems to have to make..

Nintendo Download: 30th April 2010 (Europe)

30th April 2010 (Europe)

Catching up with North America

It seems pretty much all the releases featured this week have already been seen in North America, though there is something new in the form of some additional DLC for Mega Man 10 and Simply Solitaire for the DSi. Since some of these releases only came out Monday in North America we don't have reviews up for them all just yet, but bear with us, they're coming..

Nintendo Download: 26 April 2010 (North America)

26 April 2010 (North America)

Arcade minis, puzzling and fighting on Wii; driving, tower defence, shooting and more on DSi

Whilst the Wii has the usual 3-release week (two WiiWare and one Virtual Console) the DSi has six new releases this week in North America – whew! Also of note is the next entry in the WarioWare D.I.Y. Big Name Game series, this time from Edmund McMillen of Team Meat, who is behind the upcoming Super Meat..

News: Dedicated Castlevania Fan Beats NES Version With Dance Mat

Dedicated Castlevania Fan Beats NES Version With Dance Mat

Virtual Console port is bested using some smooth moves

Those of you brave enough to have downloaded the Virtual Console port of the original NES Castlevania will be aware that the game is hard. As in tough-as-old-boots hard. Here at Nintendo Life Towers we've lost count of the number of NES pads we've broken over the years attempting to put Drac...

Nintendo Download: 27 & 28 April (Japan)

27 & 28 April (Japan)

World Game Parade comes to a close, bountiful VC and lots of DSiWare, next week in Japan

WiiWareKatamuki Spirits (500pts - Marvelous) – Whilst it may have a fancier sounding name, this is of course DK Games' Equilibrio re-badged as the final entry in Marvelous Entertainment's World Game Parade. We certainly thought it was a fun marble rolling game as seen in our Equilibrio review

Nintendo Download: 23rd April 2010 (EU)

23rd April 2010 (EU)

Doctors for the Wii, worms, fish, notebooks and watches for the DSi this week in Europe

There's only a couple of brand new games for Europe this coming Friday, with most of the DSiWare offerings and the Virtual Console release being catch-up titles with North America - though we welcome them to the European DSi and Wii Shops all the same. DSiWareEarthworm Jim (500pts - Gameloft) -- In the absence..

Nintendo Download: 19th April 2010 (North America)

19th April 2010 (North America)

The Blue Bomber returns to North America, and he's bringing some high school drama, postcards, puzzles and more Game & Watch titles with him

It's another big retro week for North America, with four titles that are either older than you or will make you remember just how old you are. WarioWare D.I.Y. players also have a new Big Name Game coming their way this week as WayForward's Matt Bozon..

Review: Mega Man 4 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mega Man 4 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A bit weak, but still a good game

With both Mega Man 2 and Mega Man 3 ranking among the best NES games ever made, many people were quite excited when Capcom announced a fourth entry in the series back in 1991. After all, if they managed to make it even better, it would be pretty much near perfection! Sadly, it didn't quite turn out as people hoped...

Nintendo Download: 20th & 21st April (Japan)

20th & 21st April (Japan)

Ivy the Kiwi makes a multi-platform assault, a new free app for DSi and more all-new games next week in Japan

After last week's slim pickings this week actually provides some choice on both Wii and DSi on the download front, including the first free app from Nintendo on the DSi since the Wii no Ma media viewer was released last May. Better still all...

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...

Nintendo Download: 16th April 2010 (Europe)

16th April 2010 (Europe)

Mega Man, Mr. Driller, gladiators and more

There's a little bit for everyone this week, as all three services get at least one good to great title. DSiWare obviously steals the show again with the usual four releases, while WiiWare gets two and the Virtual Console gets its usual one. Keep in mind these games won't be available until midnight (Central European Time), Nintendo has just revealed the..

Nintendo Download: 13th & 14th April 2010 (Japan)

13th & 14th April 2010 (Japan)

Scribbling and monster fish for Wii, with a bit of zookeeping for the DSi next week in Japan

Japan's release schedule this year has calmed quite a bit from the dozen-plus release weeks seen last year, but even so next week is more akin to some of the droughts seen in Europe and North America in the past with only three downloads across both Wii and DSi next week; two of which are catch-up titles..

Nintendo Download: 5th April 2010 (North America)

5th April 2010 (North America)

Fish, learning and shooting for the Wii, more Game & Watch and Drilling action on the DSi this week in North America

The Virtual Console continues its streak of not being terrible lately with a lovely import that'll shoot right to the top of shmup fans' to-do list for the week, WiiWare goes educational and aquatic, and today's DSiWare offerings could only be more retro if they came with a..

Feature: The Neo Geo Shooters We Need On Virtual Console

The Neo Geo Shooters We Need On Virtual Console

Come on SNK! Less fighting, more shooting!

While it's fairly common knowledge that the Neo Geo system sported a rather sizable library of fighting titles, many people don't realise that the system also featured an extremely impressive assortment of shoot 'em up releases as well. In fact, several of these games rank as some of the best shooters of all time among avid fans of the genre. So why is it..

Nintendo Download: 6th & 7th April 2010 (Japan)

6th & 7th April 2010 (Japan)

Plant barbering, plane piloting, kanji, colouring and adventuring next week in Japan

Next week is pretty much a catch-up week for Japanese Wii and DSi owners, with only a couple of brand-new titles for DSi, neither one of which is a game. WiiWareBonsai Barber (800pts - Nintendo) – It's hard to believe this plant-barbering simulator hasn't already been available in Japan considering it was..

Nintendo Download: 2nd April 2010 (Europe)

2nd April 2010 (Europe)

The original Mario Kart! Oh, and some other stuff.

It took quite a while, but one of the most wanted Virtual Console games has finally been released in Europe, after hitting both North America and Japan last year. This week's WiiWare and DSiWare releases consist almost exclusively of games already released in North America as well, with just one DSiWare title being "new"! Super Mario Kart..

News: Virtual Console Confirmed for DSiWare

Virtual Console Confirmed for DSiWare

This was an April Fool's joke. It is not real.

It's been a long time coming folks: ever since the DSi launched in April last year Nintendo fans worldwide have been clamouring for the ability to download past handheld titles in a similar fashion to the Wii's Virtual Console feature. Time and again Nintendo denied the existence of the service, but we can exclusively reveal Virtual Handheld will be..