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Nintendo Download: 12 & 13 January 2010 (Japan)

12 & 13 January 2010 (Japan)

WiiWare takes a back seat, more MSX and the usual load of DSiWare.

Well, the WiiWare releases have been sparse recently and next week there will be none. Wii owners will at least get a Virtual Console update; though with a couple of Konami shooters that frankly looked better in other incarnations elsewhere, it will be small comfort. The DSi, on the other hand seems to be back to true form with six..

Nintendo Download: 8 January 2010 (Europe)

8 January 2010 (Europe)

Virtual Console returns!

After two weeks of very few interesting downloadable games, today offers us some potentially good titles. The Virtual Console gets one new game (And a good one, at that) while WiiWare gets two and DSiWare gets three. The first Virtual Console game in 3 weeks is Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi on the Mega Drive. Released...

Review: Final Fight 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Is the third time the charm?

Final Fight 3 came along fairly late in the Super Nintendo's lifespan, but that certainly didn't bother fans of the series who were looking for one more heavy dose of beat-'em-up action. Capcom decided it was time to spice up the gameplay some and the end result was something that would appeal to classic fans of the...

Nintendo Download: 4 January 2010 (North America)

4 January 2010 (North America)

A quiet start to the new year.

Nintendo of America seems to have spent the last few weeks compensating for all those two- and three-game release weeks in the rest of the year recently, but for the first update of the New Year we're back to only a handful, some of which have already been released in Europe and Japan -- hopefully not a sign of a return to the old ways! WiiWareHeron: Steam Machine..

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

5th & 6th January 2010 (Japan)

A quiet start to the new year.

The Japanese Wii and DSi shops have seen some massive updates this past year much to the envy of 'net-reading Wii owners in other territories, but Nintendo are taking it easy at home with a mere handful of releases to start 2010. WiiWareBoku wa Plarail Untenshi (1000pts - Takara Tomy) -- This is an example of a gaming staple in Japan: the train driving simulator. As..

Nintendo Download: 28 December 2009 (North America)

28 December 2009 (North America)

Ten new games to celebrate the advent of 2010!

Nintendo have updated their weekly North American downloads for the last time in 2009, and the year is going out with a corker of an update! Not only is Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth out today but also PilotWings to boot for Virtual Console fans. This is in addition to eight other ones released today, which seem to be a bit of a grab bag..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2010

Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2010

More strong support in the new year.

Japan received a few high-profile Virtual Console games this month, but Nintendo's continuing their strong support in the east straight into next year - The first month will already bring them more great titles. Hudson finally shows some more NES support, while Quest is releasing the N64 sequel to their fantastic SNES strategy game Ogre Battle. Nintendo releases..

News: Celebrate The Holidays With Cheaper Sega Virtual Console Titles

Celebrate The Holidays With Cheaper Sega Virtual Console Titles

Select games marked down to 500 points

Sales are rare on the Virtual Console, so chalk this one up to a Christmas miracle. Starting Dec. 24 and running through Jan. 6 in both Europe and North America, Sega is knocking 40% off the price for its best-selling Genesis/Mega Drive Virtual Console releases. In space-buck terms, that means the usual 800 point price is now a mere 500 points, or the price of..

News: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Getting Long Overdue Western Release

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Getting Long Overdue Western Release

The OFLC delivers the goods once again.

It is because of today's daily OFLC update that we know two more import titles making their way to a Virtual Console near you sometime in the future. And one of them is none other than one of the best Castlevania titles ever crafted. Castlevania: Rondo of Blood was released on Virtual Console way back in April 2008. That is, in Japan - When asked about a..

Nintendo Download: 21 December 2009 (North America)

21 December 2009 (North America)

Eco-shooting, arcade ninjas, Super Smash Bros., Dragon's Lair and more in this week's download offering.

Nintendo are putting out a decent number of titles in North America with the end of the year rapidly approaching, with a nice mix of new and catch-up titles on offer. Todays VC and WiiWare offerings mean that there's now 500 titles to choose from if you're looking for downloadable games on the..

Review: Space Manbow (Virtual Console / MSX)

Space Manbow (Virtual Console / MSX)

Old school shooting fun on the PC standard that wasn't.

Don't feel bad if you've never heard of the MSX. It was an early-80s Microsoft-driven initiative to create a hardware standard for home computers to transform software development in the same way that the VHS standard transformed home video: by removing the need to develop for multiple hardware platforms. Unfortunately for the backers of MSX,..

Nintendo Download: 22, 24 December 2009 (Japan)

22, 24 December 2009 (Japan)

WiiWare catch-up and more MSX games for the Virtual Console.

The Wii gets the lion's share of Japanese downloads next week with four new WiiWare and three new VC titles. DSiWare gets a couple of games and two more Rurubu travel guides to round things out. Note that the DSiWare releases will be on Thursday the 24th rather than Wednesday due to the holiday on the Emperor's birthday. Year-end..

Nintendo Download: Blobs, Fighters, Sumo, Magic, Pets, Starships and One Last Notebook (EU)

Blobs, Fighters, Sumo, Magic, Pets, Starships and One Last Notebook (EU)

Finally more than one game for Virtual Console again.

This week's releases aren't too surprising, with many games that have been out in North America for some time. One game, however, that might be noteworthy, can be found on DSiWare. For Virtual Console, there's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, the game that inspired a recent, rather good franchise revival. Unfortunately, time has not..

Review: Blaster Master (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Blaster Master (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

It's a blast!

We saw a lot of legendary titles come out of the 8-bit era of gaming, but probably none quite as ahead of its time as Blaster Master. The game combined so many different gameplay ideas into one amazing adventure that offered up more playability than probably any other title of its kind at that time. There was platforming, exploration,...

Nintendo Download: 14 December 2009 (North America)

14 December 2009 (North America)

A Sunsoft classic and wormy sequel on Virtual Console; cooking, sims, little pet shops, magic and Bejeweled on DSiWare; and puzzling, racing and retro arcade action on WiiWare this week!

Virtual ConsoleBlaster Master (500pts NES - Sunsoft) -- Regarded by many as amongst the best shooters on the NES, this is apparently the first of many Sunsoft titles to get re-release on the Virtual Console.

Review: Ironclad (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ironclad (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

A rare Neo Geo CD gem comes to the Japanese Virtual Console

You can be forgiven for not having heard of Chotetsu Brikin'ger (often referred to as Ironclad Brikin'ger on the web) as it's one of a handful of Neo Geo CD titles that was never released in MVS cartridge form for arcades or outside of Japan (though according to message boards this VC release is based upon the unreleased MVS ROM). Assuming..

Review: Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (Virtual Console / Master System)

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World (Virtual Console / Master System)

Does Sega's original mascot go out with a bang or a whimper?

Poor Alex Kidd. The pint-sized, big-eared wonder never really caught on as a mascot, although it was not through lack of trying on Sega's part. Alex appeared in a number of games featuring vastly different forms of gameplay and, with this last throw of the dice, Sega tried to pair the ailing character with one of their more successful..

Nintendo Download: 15-16 December 2009 (Japan)

15-16 December 2009 (Japan)

The focus is on DSiWare this week

After bumper crops of WiiWare and Virtual Console titles on the Wii in Japan recently, this week will only see one for each service. The DSiWare service, however, will have a fairly typical seven releases to choose from. WiiWarePhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (900pts - Capcom) - Everyone's favourite trial lawyer debuts on the Wii! This appears to be the first four..

News: Sunsoft To Release Telenet Titles On Virtual Console

Sunsoft To Release Telenet Titles On Virtual Console

Resurgent publisher confirms acquisition of defunct company's catalogue

If the recent news of Sunsoft's glorious return to the west has whipped you into a frenzy then you might want to take a deep breath before reading the press release below. The company has confirmed that it has bought up the rights to Nihon Telenet's software library. While younger gamers might not recognise the name, veterans..

Review: Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Stunning achievement or a conversion too far?

No company in the storied history of video gaming has tried harder to not create a true sequel to one of their hit games quite like Capcom did with the myriad releases that followed their hit fighting game Street Fighter 2. Not only did they create a number of tweaked releases of game itself, but they also managed to find time to create a spin-off..