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News: Japanese Virtual Console list - June 2010

Japanese Virtual Console list - June 2010

More Neo Geo support

There's not much of note for Japan next month on the Virtual Console. Nintendo's only title is a Super Famicom game we'll likely never get. Aside from that, there's just two NES and Neo Geo games to pick from. The full list for June is as follows: Famicom: Meta Fight (The original Japanese version of Blaster Master. The storyline is completely different, but aside from that..

Nintendo Download: 28th May 2010 (Europe)

28th May 2010 (Europe)

The Virtual Console returns in style, WiiWare gets arty and DSiWare gets a bunch of random stuff

There's plenty to pick from this time. You can either go with one of Kirby's best outings or a new Art Style game on the Wii, or Picross and God of War knock-offs on DSiWare. The choice is yours! WiiWareArt Style: Penta Tentacles (600pts - Nintendo) – Nintendo of Europe decides to mix things up a..

Nintendo Download: 25th & 26th May 2010 (Japan)

25th & 26th May 2010 (Japan)

Virtual Console for Wii; board games, soccer and language practice for DSi, next week in Japan

The lack of any updates for the Wii last Tuesday in the absence of any public holiday was a bit ominous and this week's WiiWare-less update makes us wonder if this means that developers are turning away from Nintendo's service in its home country – or it could simply be that we'll be seeing less..

Nintendo Download: 21st May 2010 (Europe)

21st May 2010 (Europe)

The Virtual Console takes a break, while WiiWare and DSiWare get a total of six games.

It's that dreaded time again - The Virtual Console is skipping another week in Europe. WiiWare and DSiWare don't exactly make up for the lack of retro goodness either, because there seems to be nothing truly special available this time. WiiWare: Phoenix Wright:...

Nintendo Download: 17th May 2010 (North America)

17th May 2010 (North America)

Running, blood and Kirby for the Wii; frogs, rabbits, upside-down blocks and more blood on DSi

Microgame creator WarioWare D.I.Y. and the hosts of the Nintendo Channel show "Nintendo Week" collide in the Big Name Game for this week, as Allison and Gary each unleash whatever crazy microgame their host brains have done thunk up. WiiWareBit.Trip RUNNER (800pts - Aksys Games) – Europe..

Nintendo Download: 19th May 2010 (Japan)

19th May 2010 (Japan)

Earth Saving, Sengoku strategy and Kanji training on DSi next week in Japan

Although we're unaware of any holidays in Japan this week, it appears the Wii is taking a download break. The DSi is still getting a few titles on Wednesday, so importers still have something new to look forward to. DSiWareEarth Saver Plus: Inseki Bakuha Daisakusen (500 Points – Tom Create) – The original Earth Saver..

News: Nintendo "Happy with Virtual Console Pricing"

Nintendo "Happy with Virtual Console Pricing"

No plans to cut costs just yet

There's been countless discussions on the pricing structure for Nintendo's Virtual Console service, but the company itself has confirmed to Eurogamer it's satisfied with the way things are. We're currently pleased with the uptake of WiiWare and DSiWare in the UK (including the Virtual Console service) and believe the content on all these services continues to become..

Nintendo Download: 14th May 2010 (Europe)

14th May 2010 (Europe)

Bit.Trip, Phoenix and Ghouls on the Wii, fire-fighting, platforming action and brain busting on the DSi this week in Europa

WiiWareBit.Trip RUNNER (800pts - Aksys Games) -- Europe gets the first try at the latest entry in the minimalist, retro-rhythm game series from Gaijin Games. We loved the time we spent playing the final release version, so if you want to re-up your hype factor re-read our..

News: OFLC Rating for Shadow of the Ninja Sneaks In

OFLC Rating for Shadow of the Ninja Sneaks In

Classic Natsume title recently rated

Europeans may know it better as the Taito-published Blue Shadow, but North American readers will recognise Shadow of the Ninja from its 1990 NES debut. OFLC, the ratings board for Australia, recently granted the game a PG certificate listing Nintendo as the publisher, all-but guaranteeing the game is on its way to Virtual Console. Veterans of Shinobi and Ninja..

Nintendo Download: 11th and 12th May (Japan)

11th and 12th May (Japan)

Catch-up week for Japan

After the Golden Week break it looks like Nintendo is mostly offering up titles that we've already seen elsewhere around the world. WiiWareSekai no Omoshiro Party Game 2 (500pts - Sims Co., ltd.) – The sequel to last month's Fun World Party Game offering five new games in five new countries: bullfighting in Spain, ziggurat climbing in Mexico, building cleaning in New York,..

Nintendo Download: 7th May 2010 (Europe)

7th May 2010 (Europe)

Darts and Fantasy on the Wii; stories, shooting, bricks and music for DSi this week

Virtual ConsoleFinal Fantasy (600pts NES - Square Enix) --The one that started it all and was never released in Europe has finally arrived on our shores. Of course as a Hanabi Festival release it's 100 Points dearer than what our North American and Japanese cousins have to pay, but if you're itching to play the..

Podcast: Episode 15 - This Nintendo Life

Episode 15 - This Nintendo Life

Brand new segment debuts!

It's been a longer gap than usual between podcasts but May's episode is now available, fresh from the oven and made with only the freshest ingredients. Chop up a delicious arrangement of news and reviews, add a dash of Kim Wild's Wii Fit Plus and mix in Zach Kaplan's new retro feature This Nintendo Life. Bake for thirty minutes and serve with fresh bread and plenty of..

Nintendo Download: 3rd May 2010 (North America)

3rd May 2010 (North America)

Zombies, funk, but sadly no funk zombies for WiiWare; and five more for DSiWare. Virtual Console, where art thou?

WiiWare brings the funk and sees some long-awaited zombie killing action, and DSiWare has a bumper week with five titles full of crazy, balloons, mazes and other stuff we're not entirely sure of. Virtual Console fans can resume the weekly tradition of crying in the corner as the service..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2010

Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2010

A mere three games for Japan next month

Things can be quite odd sometimes. A while back, when North America and Europe were getting several weeks without any Virtual Console games at all, Japan was still getting one or more per week. Now it seems like the roles have been reversed, because while North America and Europe are now getting one each week (For now, at least), Japan seems to have to make..

Nintendo Download: 30th April 2010 (Europe)

30th April 2010 (Europe)

Catching up with North America

It seems pretty much all the releases featured this week have already been seen in North America, though there is something new in the form of some additional DLC for Mega Man 10 and Simply Solitaire for the DSi. Since some of these releases only came out Monday in North America we don't have reviews up for them all just yet, but bear with us, they're coming..

Nintendo Download: 26 April 2010 (North America)

26 April 2010 (North America)

Arcade minis, puzzling and fighting on Wii; driving, tower defence, shooting and more on DSi

Whilst the Wii has the usual 3-release week (two WiiWare and one Virtual Console) the DSi has six new releases this week in North America – whew! Also of note is the next entry in the WarioWare D.I.Y. Big Name Game series, this time from Edmund McMillen of Team Meat, who is behind the upcoming Super Meat..

News: Dedicated Castlevania Fan Beats NES Version With Dance Mat

Dedicated Castlevania Fan Beats NES Version With Dance Mat

Virtual Console port is bested using some smooth moves

Those of you brave enough to have downloaded the Virtual Console port of the original NES Castlevania will be aware that the game is hard. As in tough-as-old-boots hard. Here at Nintendo Life Towers we've lost count of the number of NES pads we've broken over the years attempting to put Drac...

Nintendo Download: 27 & 28 April (Japan)

27 & 28 April (Japan)

World Game Parade comes to a close, bountiful VC and lots of DSiWare, next week in Japan

WiiWareKatamuki Spirits (500pts - Marvelous) – Whilst it may have a fancier sounding name, this is of course DK Games' Equilibrio re-badged as the final entry in Marvelous Entertainment's World Game Parade. We certainly thought it was a fun marble rolling game as seen in our Equilibrio review

Nintendo Download: 23rd April 2010 (EU)

23rd April 2010 (EU)

Doctors for the Wii, worms, fish, notebooks and watches for the DSi this week in Europe

There's only a couple of brand new games for Europe this coming Friday, with most of the DSiWare offerings and the Virtual Console release being catch-up titles with North America - though we welcome them to the European DSi and Wii Shops all the same. DSiWareEarthworm Jim (500pts - Gameloft) -- In the absence..

Nintendo Download: 19th April 2010 (North America)

19th April 2010 (North America)

The Blue Bomber returns to North America, and he's bringing some high school drama, postcards, puzzles and more Game & Watch titles with him

It's another big retro week for North America, with four titles that are either older than you or will make you remember just how old you are. WarioWare D.I.Y. players also have a new Big Name Game coming their way this week as WayForward's Matt Bozon..

Nintendo Download: 20th & 21st April (Japan)

20th & 21st April (Japan)

Ivy the Kiwi makes a multi-platform assault, a new free app for DSi and more all-new games next week in Japan

After last week's slim pickings this week actually provides some choice on both Wii and DSi on the download front, including the first free app from Nintendo on the DSi since the Wii no Ma media viewer was released last May. Better still all...

Talking Point: The Virtual Console's PAL Problem

The Virtual Console's PAL Problem

60Hz and the confusing state of Virtual Console emulation

“Many people don’t know what the difference between 50Hz and 60Hz is, but since most modern TV models support 60Hz it’s definitely worth finding out.” This interesting and illuminative statement, plucked readily from any number of Nintendo Wii game manuals, is fascinating in its...

Nintendo Download: 16th April 2010 (Europe)

16th April 2010 (Europe)

Mega Man, Mr. Driller, gladiators and more

There's a little bit for everyone this week, as all three services get at least one good to great title. DSiWare obviously steals the show again with the usual four releases, while WiiWare gets two and the Virtual Console gets its usual one. Keep in mind these games won't be available until midnight (Central European Time), Nintendo has just revealed the..

Nintendo Download: 13th & 14th April 2010 (Japan)

13th & 14th April 2010 (Japan)

Scribbling and monster fish for Wii, with a bit of zookeeping for the DSi next week in Japan

Japan's release schedule this year has calmed quite a bit from the dozen-plus release weeks seen last year, but even so next week is more akin to some of the droughts seen in Europe and North America in the past with only three downloads across both Wii and DSi next week; two of which are catch-up titles..