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Review: Metal Slug 4 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug 4 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Fourth time a charm?

If there's one thing that can be said with any degree of certainty, it's that SNK's Metal Slug series always remained fairly consistent over the course of their releases. The gameplay remained pretty much the same, with little more than a few tweaks here and there for good measure. Metal Slug 4 was developed by Korean firm Mega...

Nintendo Download: 7th February 2013 (North America)

7th February 2013 (North America)

Ken is raging, the Blue Bomber returns, concentration testing and more

Nintendo has confirmed what download delights are coming to North America this week, and it's certainly a diverse range. We have a download-only retail game on Wii U — if you can tolerate the term — some retro goodness and a long-awaited demo joining a major retail release on...

Feature: Wii U Blockbusters - What to Play While You Wait

Wii U Blockbusters - What to Play While You Wait

If in doubt, go retro

The start of a new Nintendo generation is always cause for excitement for many, with the promise of new entries in the company’s greatest franchises often enough to convince many to buy the system on day one. But with Wii U, Nintendo kept very quiet about its big franchises, and when the system arrived we had little idea of...

Nintendo Download: 7th February 2013 (Europe)

7th February 2013 (Europe)

North Star action, fire fighting, Sonic transforming, something a bit Mega and more

Update: Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 on the Wii U eShop has now been officially added to this week's set of downloadable delights. It's a dreary Monday morning, but we at least have some Nintendo Download news to keep Europeans happy. There's a range of...

News: You Can't Use Your Wii Virtual Console Saves With the Wii U Virtual Console

You Can't Use Your Wii Virtual Console Saves With the Wii U Virtual Console

Quelle surprise!

Last week, Nintendo confirmed that the Wii U would be getting its very own Virtual Console service, allowing owners to play retro classics from yesteryear. If you're a longstanding Wii owner who likes to play NES, SNES and Mega Drive games, you may be wondering to yourself if all those hours of effort you put into The Legend of...

Talking Point: The Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign's Advertising Role

 The Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign's Advertising Role

Simple but effective

Among the many announcements in yesterday's Wii U Direct, only one had an immediate impact on console owners, with the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign launching right after the broadcast. Balloon Fight is now available to download with some Wii U-exclusive features — which we'll get to later — and the release schedule...

News: Virtual Console Games Will Eventually Be Playable On Wii U GamePad Alone

Virtual Console Games Will Eventually Be Playable On Wii U GamePad Alone

Nintendo still working towards getting the Virtual Console set up on Wii U

The Wii U eShop has been hailed by a number of small developers as an exciting new platform on which to publish games; however, since the system's launch the eShop hasn’t seen a significant growth due to few new titles emerging. Many people have also been wondering what is...

Review: Shock Troopers 2nd Squad (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Shock Troopers 2nd Squad (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Trigger happy

Much like the original Shock Troopers game, 2nd Squad is very much inspired by the early days of arcade gaming, when overhead run-and-gun titles like Capcom's Commando were in vogue. While the game has a very Metal Slug feel to it, the multi-directional scrolling and 360 degree movement and firing make for quite an intense and engaging...

Review: World Heroes 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

World Heroes 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Global gathering

ADK’s World Heroes series is one of the Neo Geo’s lesser-known fighting dynasties, and is usually pushed to one side when people get all nostalgic about the likes of King of Fighters, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown and Fatal Fury. This is probably because the franchise never really took itself all that seriously; the cast was...

News: SNES Classic SimCity Removed From Wii Virtual Console

SNES Classic SimCity Removed From Wii Virtual Console

Nintendo bowing to pressure from EA?

According to a post on NeoGAF, the Super Nintendo version of SimCity is no longer available on the North American Virtual Console. No official line has been given for the removal, but we would imagine it has something to do with EA owning the SimCity license now. This isn't the first time that software has been...

Review: Real Bout Fatal Fury (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Real Bout Fatal Fury (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

In the beginning...

After several releases in the Fatal Fury franchise, SNK decided to create a sub-series with the release of Real Bout Fatal Fury. The game didn't deviate too far from the experience that fans had come to expect, but there was a certain intensity and flair that needed to be explored and perhaps that was the reasoning behind the...

Review: BurgerTime (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

BurgerTime (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Burger building bonanza

When the coin-op release of BurgerTime hit arcades in 1982, it was praised for its quirky theme and wildly unique gameplay design. Given the game's popularity at the time, it garnered a port on just about every home game system and personal computer of the period. The NES release came a bit later, but it was a fairly accurate...

Review: Sengoku 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Transformations and annihilations

SNK may have dedicated a large portion of their efforts to the one-on-one fighting genre, but occasionally they would branch out into other game types, sometimes with rather successful results. The original Sengoku was praised for its unique use of character transformations, but the play controls weren't always the...

Nintendo Download: 8th November 2012 (North America)

8th November 2012 (North America)

Paper Mario, Pokédex, dress up witches and dragons

It's that time again, when we drop everything we're doing to fire up the 3DS eShop, DSi Shop and maybe, on occasion, the Wii Shop. Yes, it's the Nintendo Download update, and this week has a mixture of retail treats, a demo and some lesser known download titles. Let's get to it. 3DS Download...