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Review: Final Fight 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight for two

The Mad Gear gang are back and out for revenge. This time they’ve kidnapped Guy’s fiancée Rena and her farther, so it falls to Haggar and friends to rescue them from the gang’s evil clutches. The original Final Fight was a classic side-scrolling brawler which received two paltry SNES ports, the first of which is already...

Nintendo Download: LostWinds, Happy Holidays, Final Fight, Wonder Boy, Dragon Quest and Photo Clock (EU)

LostWinds, Happy Holidays, Final Fight, Wonder Boy, Dragon Quest and Photo Clock (EU)

Nintendo celebrates the 100th WiiWare release in style.

Last week saw the release of a single WiiWare game in Europe, which happened to be the 99th - Logically, we all assumed that this meant Nintendo of Europe was saving something special as 100th release. Thankfully, we were right - One of today's new WiiWare games is a sequel to a launch game...

Review: Final Fantasy (Virtual Console / NES)

Final Fantasy (Virtual Console / NES)

The game that kicked off the most popular RPG series in existence.

Role-playing games began their climb to popularity during the early 80's on the many personal computers of the time period. These turn-based titles brought a more strategic element to gaming for those looking to use their minds more than their reflexes. Square obviously saw the...

Nintendo Download: Fantasies, Wars and Words (US)

Fantasies, Wars and Words (US)

Square's original RPG classic is finally here.

Just three games this week, but that doesn't mean they're not interesting - Especially not when one of them is the first game in Square's Final Fantasy seies. Final Fantasy on the NES was remade for the Game Boy Advance a while ago, which is possibly the reason Square held off on adding the game to...

Nintendo Download: 06-07 October 2009 (Japan)

06-07 October 2009 (Japan)

Another WiiWare holiday, three VC Releases and six DSiWare titles for next week!

Apparently there's been so much WiiWare released in Japan recently that they had to take a break next week, but there's three Virtual Console releases to make up for it and the DSi gets the lion's share of downloads again with six titles across all price points. Virtual...

News: Fight in the Street on Virtual Console Later This Month

Fight in the Street on Virtual Console Later This Month

The TurboGrafx-CD version of the original Street Fighter will be available in all territories soon.

As on every other Friday, Nintendo of Japan today revealed their download plans for next week, and among the games to be released is Fighting Street, a port of the original Street Fighter that is quite close to the arcade version. We already reported that the game had been rated by the OFLC a while..

Nintendo Download: Star Wars, Art Style and Escape Game (EU)

Star Wars, Art Style and Escape Game (EU)

One new game for each service

Just three new games this week, but the offerings are quite good - Virtual Console and DSiWare get two new games in familiar series while WiiWare gets a puzzle game Japan has had since December last year. Of course the biggest release of the week is Super Empire Strikes Back, the second SNES Star Wars game. As you can probably guess, it's based on Episode V of the..

Nintendo Download: Art, Beasts, Cars, Paddles and Wars (US)

Art, Beasts, Cars, Paddles and Wars (US)

Catchup on the Wii, new games on the DSi.

Yes, it's that time again - time to release a few WiiWare and Virtual Console games Europe has already had for some time! The WiiWare side of things is quite decent, but most people will likely pass on this week's single new VC offering. DSiWare gets a certain anticipated strategy title from Square Enix and a new Art Academy game from Nintendo. Taito has..

Review: R-Type (Virtual Console / Master System)

R-Type (Virtual Console / Master System)

Blast off and attack the evil Bydo Empire once again in 8-bit!

While we applaud Sega for bringing some of its most fondly remembered Master System games to the Virtual Console, we can’t help feeling that on this occasion it is a little bit pointless. After all, we’ve had a near arcade perfect port of R-Type on the TurboGrafx-16 since 2006, which humbles the Sega Master System version by..

News: Nintendo Download 29-30 September 2009 (Japan)

Nintendo Download 29-30 September 2009 (Japan)

Things are back on track with a 2-4-7 week!

After another download holiday Japanese downloaders (and their importing compatriots) are having a week that's more VC than WiiWare and more DSiWare than anything else. WiiWareHamekomi Lucky Puzzle Wii Returns (500pts - Tryfirst) -- This is the sequel to the game known as NEVES Plus elsewhere: a puzzle game where you need to use geometric shapes to fill..

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - October 2009

Japanese Virtual Console List - October 2009

Two Nintendo games which recently got DS remakes are coming to VC.

Next month's Japanese Virtual Console lineup is quite surprising - Two games which weren't expected to be released on the VC anytime soon, because they just got DS remakes, will be released anyway! Both of them are from Nintendo. Perhaps they're trying to convince other companies to put their recently remade games on VC as well -..

Nintendo Download: R-Type, Cubes, Monkey Island, Poker and Cookery (EU)

R-Type, Cubes, Monkey Island, Poker and Cookery (EU)

WiiWare plays catchup to North America while VC and DSiWare both get one new game.

WiiWare this week is mostly predictable - All three games have been out in North America for some time, and two of them were even specifically announced for release today. VC and DSiWare are a bit more surprising, although neither of them has really gotten something great. You, Me and the Cubes is Nintendo's latest..

News: Zombies Ate My Neighbors Heading to Virtual Console for Real This Time?

Zombies Ate My Neighbors Heading to Virtual Console for Real This Time?

The OFLC seems to think so.

In the latest OFLC update, fans of LucasArts will find that one of their most requested games seems to be on its way to the Virtual Console at long last. Zombies Ate My Neighbors is an awesome SNES and Mega Drive game in which you play as one or two teenagers attempting to rescue their neighbors from zombies, mummies, vampires, aliens and other classic movie monsters..

Nintendo Download: Cubes, Ninjas, Tennis, Strategy Games and Cameras (US)

Cubes, Ninjas, Tennis, Strategy Games and Cameras (US)

Nintendo finally releases their quirky new WiiWare game.

As it was already announced some time ago that Nintendo's latest WiiWare offering, You, Me and the Cubes would be released in North America during the summer, it was pretty much a given it would come out this week - This week has the last update of the summer, after all. It's accompanied by some relatively uninteresting other WiiWare and..

News: Rare: Fate Was Against Us With Goldeneye

Rare: Fate Was Against Us With Goldeneye

UK developer sees little chance of a Virtual Console release

A while back we got rather excited about the prospect of seeing the N64 classic Goldeneye on the Virtual Console. Such enthusiasm was perfectly understandable - it's still one of the best FPS games you're ever likely to play - but sadly legal wrangles between Nintendo, Microsoft and current Bond license holder Activision seemed to scupper..

Review: Golden Axe (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Golden Axe (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Sega's classic fantasy side-scroller hits the Virtual Console in its original arcade form - but is it any good?

It would be fair to say that the expansion of the Wii Virtual Console to incorporate arcade releases has been extremely welcome, but it has resulted in one rather unusual side-effect: we’re seeing rampant duplication of titles already available. We’ve already had the likes of..

Nintendo Download: Super Star Wars, Golden Axe, Magnetis, PooYoos and MySims Camera (EU)

Super Star Wars, Golden Axe, Magnetis, PooYoos and MySims Camera (EU)

Something for people of all ages.

Although WiiWare and DSiWare have a lot of games left to get this year, if everything on Nintendo's list actually comes out, that doesn't mean the Virtual Console is going to suffer from it (At least not yet) - Today sees the release of two new retro games, just like last week. WiiWare gets two games as well, while DSiWare gets a single application. For most..

Review: Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

It's River City Ransom with a side order of Track & Field.

What do you get when you combine the River City Ransom theme with Track and Field-style gameplay? You get Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge. The game takes the street gang theme and creates some fitting Olympic-style events to go along with it. Sounds like a mouth-watering proposition, but...

News: Help People Get Their Wii Consoles Online, Get Free Games

Help People Get Their Wii Consoles Online, Get Free Games

Nintendo of Europe announces their upcoming promotion.

Not too long ago, Nintendo of Japan announced a new promotion - those who helped enough people connect their Wii consoles to the Internet would receive free Wii Points and the ability to download a multitude of Virtual Console games absolutely free. Nintendo of Europe has now announced that they will be doing exactly the same. Starting next..

Review: Solomon's Key (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Solomon's Key (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

A near-identical version of a game already available on the Virtual Console

Way back when the Wii came out in late 2006, one of the initial games available on Virtual Console was the NES version of Solomon's Key. Now that arcade games have been added to the service's catalogue, Tecmo has chosen to release the original arcade version. But is it really worth another 500 Wii Points? The gameplay in..