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Nintendo Download: 29th March 2012 (Europe)

29th March 2012 (Europe)

Game Gear is here!

Originally we were told SEGA's Game Gear would reach Europe in mid-March, but after a minor delay the portable is coming to the continent this Thursday. The GG games aren't the only Virtual Console goodness as Wii gets a long-awaited 8-bit blaster too. 3DS Virtual Console: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Game Gear, SEGA,...

News: SEGA: "Sonic VC Games Will Stay in Europe"

SEGA: "Sonic VC Games Will Stay in Europe"

Good news, everyone

Last week we reported that SEGA is dropping four Sonic games from the Japanese Virtual Console, and naturally our thoughts turned to if and how this would affect users outside Japan. We've now heard back from SEGA Europe with good news. A SEGA representative confirmed that these removals "will not affect Europe, only...

Nintendo Download: 15th March 2012 (North America)

15th March 2012 (North America)

Time to get into Game Gear

The long wait for Game Gear titles on the eShop is finally over, with three releases arriving as expected. The DSi and Wii aren't entirely forgotten, while there's some anime on Nintendo Video: let's get right to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Game Gear, SEGA, $4.99) — Before Sonic and Mario...

Nintendo Download: 15th March 2012 (Europe)

15th March 2012 (Europe)

UPDATE: Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure Demo arrives

Last week was a bumper Nintendo Download week in Europe, but this week plays catch-up with North America and has some releases that are sure to please retro fans: check out the details below. 3DS Virtual Console: Metroid (NES, Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — Samus' original NES adventure was...

Nintendo Download: 8th March 2012 (North America)

8th March 2012 (North America)

Minigolf and Mr Dream

Next week sees Game Gear games come to North America, but until then you can engage in some sporting digital delights, with golf and boxing represented in this week's download leaderboard. Here's what's competing for your cash. 3DS Download Software: Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shin'en, $4.99) — A much-enhanced version of...

News: Two More Games to Leave EU Virtual Console

Two More Games to Leave EU Virtual Console

Get them while you can

After Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was pulled from Virtual Console, two more titles are set to leave the service in Europe this month. Super NES games R-Type III: The Third Lightning and Super R-Type will no longer be available to download after 31st March. It's not the first time this has happened with the venerable shooter...

News: Samurai Shodown IV Europe-Bound Next Week

Samurai Shodown IV Europe-Bound Next Week

Unsheathe your sword

Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge will slice up Wii's Virtual Console next week. The Neo Geo fighter launches on 8th March for the usual 900 Nintendo Points. It's most notable for introducing brothers Kazuki and Sougetsu Kazama, as well as alternative endings based on clearance time and an overhauled combo and Rage system...

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - March 2012

Japanese Virtual Console List - March 2012

Four more

For the first time in a long while, Japan will actually be receiving fewer Wii Virtual Console games than another region. Europe, to be precise, all because of the truckload of Virtual Console games scheduled for March. Japan will still receive four games though, so let's take a look at what they are. Japan's full list for March is as...

News: European Virtual Console Set for Bumper March Crop

European Virtual Console Set for Bumper March Crop

Not forgotten

Nintendo of Europe is preparing to bombard the Wii and 3DS Virtual Console services with games next month. Here's the full line-up of what's expected to reach Europe in March. Wii Virtual Console: Super Street Fighter II (Mega Drive) — The first Virtual Console title in Europe to receive online multiplayer.Strider (Mega Drive) —...

News: Mega Man X the Highlight of Europe's Wii Schedule

Mega Man X the Highlight of Europe's Wii Schedule

Notable absences, though

Capcom will finally release Super Nintendo classic Mega Man X in Europe next month, nearly a whole year after its North American début in April 2011. The 16-bit blaster isn't the only Virtual Console game present in Nintendo's release list for early 2012 — while there's no Strider or Super Street Fighter II with online...

Review: Strider (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Strider (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

From Russia with love

When you consider that he hasn’t starred in his own game since 2000, Strider Hiryu’s popularity in Capcom fan circles is impressive, which is largely down to the high regard in which players hold his 1989 coin-op début. Powered by Capcom’s CPS hardware, Strider was an arcade action platformer that redefined the genre;...

Nintendo Download: 16th February 2012 (North America)

16th February 2012 (North America)

Strider is here!

Update: Looks like this is the full list, dudes and dudettes. 3DS Virtual Console: Super Mario Bros. (NES, $4.99) — Yes, the earlier 3DS Ambassador update was just a prelude to Nintendo releasing Super Mario Bros. on 3DS for non-Ambassadors. Do you really need a review to know if this is worth getting? We'll write one anyway.

Review: The King of Fighters '97 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '97 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The once and future king

Despite being the fourth in the series, The King of Fighters '97 is only the third to reach the Wii Virtual Console, SNK Playmore having skipped King of Fighters '96 in favour of its bigger, beefier brother. Without '96 to bridge the gap, the jump from King of Fighters '95 to '97 is huge: there are six more characters for a...

News: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Pulled from Virtual Console

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Pulled from Virtual Console

Time's up

The NES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been removed from Virtual Console in all regions. As always when games are pulled from the VC library there's no official explanation why Konami's 8-bit brawler has been taken off sale, but we'd expect it's something to do with the licence. But, as our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review...