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Feature: Ten SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis Games We Want on the Wii U Virtual Console

Ten SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis Games We Want on the Wii U Virtual Console

They skipped Wii VC, so now their time has come

Earlier this week we were rather pleased the share the news, based on a couple of sources, that Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse looks set to come to Wii U. It's unclear whether it'll be a straight-up re-release (on the Virtual Console) or a remastered port, but whatever the case it's a SEGA...

Review: Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Third time's a charm?

Art of Fighting sprang onto the Neo Geo arcade scene in 1993 and brought with it several innovations that would become a staple of future Neo fighting titles. For one thing the game featured huge character sprites, some spanning nearly the height of the screen. It also introduced the now famous SNK zoom system that would keep...

Review: The King of Fighters '98 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '98 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The best there ever was

For many 2D fighting game fans, The King of Fighters '98 represents the zenith of the series; the crowning glory of the only rival lineage to truly bloody the nose of Capcom’s genre-defining Street Fighter. It’s not hard to see why this is the case; the game looks stunning, has a massive roster of characters and boasts...

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

World Heroes 2 Jet (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Jet setter

Speed upgrades became all of the rage during the early fighting game craze during the early '90s — Capcom practically made a living at it for a while. So when arcade gamers began complaining about the sluggish speed of World Heroes 2, SNK did the logical thing and borrowed a page from Capcom's book. When World Heroes 2 Jet burst onto...

News: The European Version Of F-Zero On Wii U Virtual Console Comes With 60Hz Support

The European Version Of F-Zero On Wii U Virtual Console Comes With 60Hz Support

Nintendo does listen, after all

If you're a European gamer then you'll no doubt be aware of how TV standards can impact the way games play. Back in the days of the SNES, NES and Mega Drive, EU gamers were saddled with slower versions of existing software. This is because Japanese and American TVs used the NTSC standard, while in Europe the PAL...

Nintendo Download: 14th February 2013 (North America)

14th February 2013 (North America)

Hitting the streets with Wii U, going digging, time travelling and more

It may be the most loved up day of the year and an occasion for Nintendo Direct madness, but we still have a download update to deal with. Nintendo delayed the details slightly while Reggie Fils-Aime and company did their thing, but now we know about a Wii U app and a mixture of...

News: Paper Mario, Kirby Super Star and More Join Club Nintendo Rewards

Paper Mario, Kirby Super Star and More Join Club Nintendo Rewards

Sucking up your coins

It's Club Nintendo Rewards time again, North American gamers, with more downloadable goodies becoming available in exchange for some treasured gold coins. This month offers a mixture of retro Virtual Console treats and some DSiWare titles, detailed below. Bird & Beans — 100 Coins Metal Torrent — 150 Coins Paper Mario...

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...