Wii Virtual Console News


  • News US VC Releases - 10th September - Sonic 3

    Hot on the heels of Europe's update last friday, North America gets Sonic the Hedgehog 3 today as well. The final game in the trilogy is a bit of a drop in quality from the second, but it still fun. And before you ask - No, it's not the "& Knuckles" version.

    From out of nowhere comes NES Play Action Football. This is Nintendo's own take on American Football (North America already had..

  • News Sin & Punishment heads our way

    A new title has just been rated by the OFLC - Yes, it's Sin & Punishment! This N64 game is not known by too much people, and for good reason - It wasn't released outside Japan originally. However, those that did play it all share the same opinion: It's one of the greatest N64 games ever made. It plays similarly to Star Fox 64, except that you can also run, jump, slash your sword, have one on one duels and more. Highly recommended when it does come out, especially if you didn't play it before!


  • News EU VC Releases - 7th September - Sega week

    guess you were all expecting 3 Mega Drive games this week, huh? Well, Sega surprises us all, because instead they release five of them! And what a bunch of games they are!Leading the bunch is the final game in the Mega Drive Sonic trilogy - Sonic the..

    guess you were all expecting 3 Mega Drive games this week, huh? Well, Sega surprises us all, because instead they release five of them! And what a..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Crack Down

    The situation is critical. The evil Doctor K has created an army of deranged replicants in order to take over the world, and only two can stop him - Andy Attacker and Ben Breaker - the top soldiers of the CIA's special Crackdown force.

    No, this game is not related to the Xbox 360's Crackdown! Hardly anybody seems to know this game, despite it being...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review ESWAT: City Under Siege

    All is not well in Cyber City. Criminals are running amok - looting, pillaging and raping the city of all its worth.

    This was one of the first games I ever loaded into my Megadrive and it still sticks in my memory as one of the best action platformers for the machine. Although it isn't a conversion of the arcade game of the same name (neither was the Master System version, strangely), Megadrive..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Sonic the Hedgehog 3

    Sonic and Tails are back for another adventure as they again battle the evil Dr. Eggman (AKA Dr. Robotnik), who is desperately trying to collect all the Chaos Emeralds in order to rebuild his Death Egg.

    After the sublime Sonic 2 Sega decided to stick with the same tried and tested formula for the sequel – a move that disappointed many fans that...

  • News Join VC Reviews Facebook Group

    Shamelessly jumping on the Facebook bandwagon we wanted to let you know that Virtual Console Reviews now has it's own Facebook Group!

    You'll be able to experience again our interview in GamesTM and watch the website's first outing on German television! If we are lucky then our new VC:A recruit Marcel (AKA Drake) might even add some cool stuff to keep you all coming back! Yup this is the group to be..

  • News US VC Releases - 3rd September - Landstalker

    Yet another great week for Americans. This week you don't get 3 games, but 4! Although it's questionable if one of them can be considered a game...

    The big game of the week is Landstalker. This RPG for the Genesis is one of the finest games on the system, and one of the best isometric RPGs ever made. It's quite a big game and will keep you entertained for hours. This is not one to miss. Second this..

  • News Neo Geo Hits VC Japan

    Neo Geo fans in Japan will finally get the chance to start downloading some classics over the Virtual Console system.

    It's been quite a wait, but after the universal excitement that Neo Geo would be coming to VC, Nintendo have announced that the following three games will be available this month in Japan. World Heroes Magician Lord Fatal Fury We'll have to wait alittle longer in the US and..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Adventure Island

    An island of adventure

    Adventure Island is somewhat of a Mario clone - you guide Master Higgins to the end of every level (8 worlds with 4 levels each, sound familiar?) dodging wildlife, boulders and fire in order to defeat the witch doctor at the end of each world (also familiar?) who has captured your beloved bride-to-be Tina. Things aren't as...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Landstalker

    After hearing of the legendary treasure of King Nole, the elvish treasure hunter Nigel undertakes a quest to gather various pieces of the famed loot.

    Landstalker is an action RPG released in 1993. It's got an isometric view, something which is quite rare in games, and sounds a bit dated. So does it still hold up? In the game you are Nigel, a treasure hunter who rescues a fairy called Friday from a..

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Vegas Stakes

    Always bet on black

    Here's an odd offering for the VC - a gambling game! In Vegas Stakes, sequel to Vegas Dream on the NES, you head to Vegas with a group of friends to try to make it rich. There are four casinos to go to, ranging from the-run-down Hideaway, which only allows small bets, to 2020, a futuristic-looking casino that allows high bets...

  • News Rare Confirms Banjo possibility for the Virtual Console

    interesting news for those who fear that some of the jewels in the N64 crown may never get released on the VC. Our friends at RareWare have now stated "it's ultimately Nintendo's decision what gets released" on their own official website.It would appear..

    interesting news for those who fear that some of the jewels in the N64 crown may never get released on the VC. Our friends at RareWare have now..


  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - September 2007

    Japan's VC schedule for September 2007 features some more surprises, including the next Nintendo 64 game - Sin & Punishment! This excellent game was only released in Japan originally, maybe we will finally get a translation for VC?

    Japan's schedule for September: Famicom:-Battle City (September 4th)-Mach Rider (September 4th)-Burn! Professional Baseball (Bases Loaded)-Tower of Druaga Super..

  • News News explosion: Neo Geo and more!

    uite a bit of news today, as Japan gets a reconfirmation that Neo Geo games are headed to their VC. And sooner than you might expect! According to the site of SNK, the company who originally created the system, the first games will be coming to Japan in..

    uite a bit of news today, as Japan gets a reconfirmation that Neo Geo games are headed to their VC. And sooner than you might expect! According..

  • News EU VC Releases - 31st August - Bonk 3

    t's back to two games again this week for Europe, as one of the games is a "big" title, which seems to mean that we are only deserving of one other game. Yes, it's Bonk 3, the final game in the original trilogy! The final headbonking adventure on the..

    t's back to two games again this week for Europe, as one of the games is a "big" title, which seems to mean that we are only deserving of one other..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure

    The hard-headed hero is back for more side-scrolling action in the third installment of the popular Bonk series.

    Bonk 3 was the final game in the original trilogy of Bonk games. As it was the last game, Hudson seemingly decided they had to cram as much into it as they could in order to make it the best game yet - They succeeded. First off, pretty...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Super C

    Super Charged

    After Konami's maddeningly hard Contra/Probotector proved immensely popular, obviously it wasn't going to sit around and not make a sequel. Super C/Probotector II puts you in the role of the same heroes once again as you try to take out alien scum. This time they're possessing humans to attack you. The game's got practically the same...

  • News US VC Releases - 27th August - Ghouls 'n Ghosts

    he second week in a row North American gamers can call themselves spoiled - Three brilliant games this week once again. Highlight of the bunch is Ghouls 'n Ghosts, the second in the incredibly difficult platformer series. This is the version..

    he second week in a row North American gamers can call themselves spoiled - Three brilliant games this week once again. Highlight of the..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Ghouls 'n Ghosts

    Arthur must go forth to save his beloved Princess and destroy the root of all evil!

    When you look at this game today, it's hard to believe that it was one of the very first Megadrive releases. Sega did an amazing job of reprogramming the Capcom arcade original for their 16-bit console - the port isn't quite arcade perfect but you have to look closely to spot the (minor) differences. Graphically..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Wrecking Crew

    Wreck, not dreck

    Wrecking Crew's a bit of an oddball. Despite starring Mario, it flies under many peoples' radars, partly because it launched simultaneous with the legendary Super Mario Bros. and several other titles, thus meaning it was quickly overshadowed. Wrecking Crew's genre is hard to nail down, but is essentially a mix of a platformer and...

  • News EU VC Releases - 24th August - Wrecking Crew

    Sorry, European gamers. No Super Metroid just yet. But instead, you get underrated NES game Wrecking Crew. This odd little game went completely under the radar when it was first released (This can be blamed on Super Mario Bros. and others releasing on the same day), even though it's actually a very fun game. This one should be checked out, don't miss out on it again just like 20 years ago!Alongside Wrecking Crew we get another NES title, Lunar Pool. It's below average, but if you're a billiards fan you might want to check it out. Don't say we didn't warn you though! The VC already has better games where you sink balls into holes (Kirby's Dream Course, etc.)!As expected, Europe also gets Neutopia. This game proves that ripoffs don't always have to be bad, as it pretty much improves on The Legend of Zelda in every way. Don't miss this one.All in all, a pretty good week for Europeans, despite no Super Metroid. Check out the reviews:Wrecking Crew - NES - 500 Wii PointsLunar Pool - NES - 500 Wii PointsNeutopia - Turbografx - 600 Wii Points


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    Virtual Console / NES

    Review Lunar Pool

    Lunar Pool reinvents the popular game of pool with a unique and futuristic flair.

    The humble pool simulator has never made for the most exciting game, so a futuristic version of the classic pub game set on the moon is an intriguing proposition. It is worth noting that Lunar Pool is based on American pool, which is very different game from what the British play. This game is more similar to..

  • News Hardware Focus - Super Nintendo

    Though Nintendo's domination of the 8-bit era - attained through a combination of the company's business acumen in entering the market when most other were hesitant at best and the practices employed post-success to ensure the monopolistic domination of said market - had, in terms of units sold, been their most successful, the 16-bit era brought...

  • News US VC Releases - 20th August - Super Metroid

    he moment a lot of you have been waiting for has finally come! Yes, the legendary Super Metroid is now available in North America! Ask any Metroid or Super Nintendo fan and they will gladly admit that it's one of the greatest games ever made for the..

    he moment a lot of you have been waiting for has finally come! Yes, the legendary Super Metroid is now available in North America! Ask any Metroid or..

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Metroid

    A true classic

    Metroid was very popular in the late 80s and early 90s. Despite only two games being released, players loved it for its unique atmosphere and construction: the whole game consisted of one gigantic overworld with many places to explore and items to find. On top of that, there were plenty of secrets: who can forget the fact that you get...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Neutopia

    You play as a young warrior named Jazeta. The princess Aurora was kidnapped by the evil Dirth, and the king send you on a mission to rescue her.

    If you've glanced over the screens and video you might've already seen - This game is extremely similar to the original The Legend of Zelda game. The overworld is similar, the gameplay is similar, what you have to do is similar, and even some enemies and..

  • News Hardware Focus - Nintendo Entertainment System

    Fingerless gloves, in-ear headphones, Michael Jackson, The Cosby Show, Transformers action figures and the Back to the Future movie are just a few of the things people think of when reminiscing about the mid 80s.

    Many things were fads to be forgotten forever, others live on as icons of the generation. The Nintendo Entertainment System (or NES to its friends) is one such iconic figure, living on in..

  • News Europe VC Releases - 17th August - Wave Race 64

    ake to the waves on your own personal watercraft and experience some of the best water effects in video game history. Yes that's right Wave Race 64 has finally made it to Europe's Virtual Console. This is one of the best racers on the system and well..

    ake to the waves on your own personal watercraft and experience some of the best water effects in video game history. Yes that's right Wave Race 64..

  • News The Virtual Console Archive on German TV!

    It seems we are famous at last - we've made it onto TV!

    Well, in Germany, at least. Yes, the country that just can't seem to get enough of The Hoff also loves the VCA. We were featured on a recent episode of GiGa's 'WiiMotion' show, which, if you couldn't have guessed from the title, is devoted to Nintendo's shiny new console. Although they only covered the Wii browser version of the site (which..

  • News US VC Releases - 13th August - Metroid on the NES

    Three games that get 3/5 this week... not exactly an amazing selection, but there's something for everyone here.

    Samus worshippers will be over the moon to discover that Metroid (NES, 500 points) is now available. We gave the game quite a harsh review as we feel it's totally overshadowed by Super Metroid (out in the US next week, fact fans). Hardcore fans will no doubt make a beeline for this game..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Cratermaze

    Cratermaze is a comical action game set in a parallel world.

    Cratermaze started out life as a Doraemon game but presumably because the franchise wasn't known so well in its native Japan then Hudson thought that changing the sprites might make it make it more attractive to the American audience. So basically you play a little chubby dude who floats...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Shining in the Darkness

    Dark Sol has vowed to reign over the enchanted Kingdom of Thornwood, and only you can stop him.

    Anyone who has played the Atari ST classic Dungeon Master (or one of the many clones that appeared in its wake) will know full well that first person RPGs can be a hell of a lot of fun. Back when Sega first announced Shining in the Darkness (often called...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Breath of Fire II

    A breath of fresh air

    Capcom’s Breath of Fire series isn’t really respected that much these days. The last instalment — the underrated Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter for the PS2 — was a bit too different from previous games and didn’t really make the impact Capcom possibly hoped for. Compare this to the fanfare that followed the release...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Volleyball

    Not volley good

    Volleyball represents yet another of Nintendo’s dated sport simulations. Comparing to its early NES stablemates such as Soccer, Baseball, Ice Hockey and Tennis this game is easily the worst of the bunch. Considering it was originally released in 1986 it is understandable that the graphics and sound aren’t very sophisticated,...

  • News August is the 'Month of Metroid'!

    To coincide with the launch of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption on the Wii this month (if you live in North America that is!) Nintendo have also announced that Metroid on the NES will become available on the 13th of August on the Virtual Console.

    European readers can now laugh as they already have it in their shop. ^_^ The real news here is that Super Metroid, the holy grail of 16-bit action /platform..

  • News Europe VC Releases - 10th August - Breath of Fire II

    So Europe, no Wave Race 64. Still it's not all bad, let's have a look at what goodies are up for grabs this week:

    One of the most popular RPG's of all time continues with the next epic quest in Breath of Fire II. Re-enter the magical life of hero Ryu, a dragon morphing warrior, as he unknowingly embarks on a vast adventure in search of his missing father and little sister. Well worth a look for..

  • News Too Hip to be Square - A look at non-Square RPGs

    Square is well known as a giant of the console role-playing game scene, with hugely popular titles like the Final Fantasy and Mana series, Chrono Trigger, and others just highlights from an impressive back catalogue. The SNES' reputation as the gaming machine of choice for rpg fans was largely down to Square's efforts. But the company's statement of support for the Virtual Console has been rather vague. Will we see these classics on the Wii? Will games unavailable in certain regions (Chrono Trigger again) be made available to all? And, with enhanced remakes on other systems, including Nintendo's own DS, do we want to see the originals on the Wii at all?


  • News Wii Menu and Shopping Channel Updated

    We're a bit late to the party as you may have already seen the blinking blue light from your Wii beckoning you to check your messages by now. There is a nice surprise today as the Wii firmware has an update due which when applied will add some nice few features to the shopping channel to help you buy your Virtual Console games.

    These are the changes to the shopping channel: The main page of the..

  • News Wii Menu Updated

    A few small changes have been made to the menu and the shopping channel.

    There has been a small update to the Wii menu system that Nintendo will have sent you a message about this morning, as long as your Wii is online. The changes are listed below: The time is now displayed on the menu in a big LCD style. The weather channel now shows the current weather conditions on it's channel icon. Today's..

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    Virtual Console / Nintendo 64

    Review Wave Race 64

    Splash wave

    Given that Wave Race 64 was a launch title for the N64, and that it has now been over 10 years since that launch, it is all the more baffling to play it today. Comparison with modern games tends to put the graphical and physics achievements of older titles into stark relief, but Wave Race is the exception to the rule. In the years since,...

  • News US VC Releases - 6th August - Wave Race 64

    repare to get wet as yet another N64 classic hits the Virtual Console! Wave Race 64 was one of the first games for Nintendo's 64-bit console, and it speaks volumes for the quality of the game that it's still considered one of the finest racers available..

    repare to get wet as yet another N64 classic hits the Virtual Console! Wave Race 64 was one of...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Galaga '90

    The gameplay in Galaga '90 is built upon the same premise as that of the original Galaga, but is in many ways more complex and more difficult.

    This game started out life as Galaga ’88 in the arcades and saw a conversion to the Japanese PC Engine under the same name. Understandably in the two years it took to get released in North America the name...

  • News Visit the new and exciting Virtual Console Forums!

    Our associated forum, The Virtual Console Forums has undergone a bit of a transformation recently. If you have never visited why don't you check it out? We have a community of almost 400 members and there is always something going on of interest for fans of Nintendo and the Virtual Console.

    For those who have already signed up, please update your avatar! It was the only thing lost in the upgrade..

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    Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive

    Review Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master

    The ninja master returns

    Nasty Neo Zeed is back causing trouble again, and it’s up to our hero Joe Musashi to teach them a lesson they won’t forget with his supreme ninja skills. Unlike the original arcade classic, however, there are no hostages to be rescued and you now have an energy bar to spare you from one-hit kills. You have a limited...

  • News Europe VC Releases - 3rd August - Sega Week - Shinobi III

    Its Sega week again folks! This time the big S has gone all out and given its fans some of the greats from its back catalogue. A good variety too so there's probably something for everyone here no matter what you taste is.

    First in my list this week is the excellent Shinobi III. It is strange that the original Megadrive Revenge of Shinobi wasn't released first but when both of the games are so..


  • News US VC Releases - 30th July - Dynamite Headdy

    he Virtual Console is like a box of chocolates: You never know which games have the tasty caramel filling and which ones are going to make you want to vomit. Of course that's why you have the Virtual Console Archive as your guide to which chocolates are..

    he Virtual Console is like a box of chocolates: You never know which games have the tasty caramel filling and which ones are going to make you..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Star Soldier

    Not quite a super star

    We’ve already been blessed with the sublime Super Star Soldier and Soldier Blade but now it’s the turn of the game that started it all as the NES classic Star Soldier hits the Virtual Console. Released on the NES way back in 1986, Hudson’s shooter went down a storm in Japan but failed to replicate this success in the...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Drop Off

    Brave five rounds of haunting, nightmarish dreams in this take on the classic arcade puzzler.

    Drop Off is a paddle and ball game like Atari’s classic, Breakout. There is nothing bad about making a game like Breakout, games like Arkanoid did an excellent job of just that. The innovations in that game made for an addictive game experience. It’s a shame that the same cannot be said of Drop Off..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Dynamite Headdy

    Headdy, the central protagonist of the game, is the star of the Treasure Theatre production of Dynamite Headdy.

    Treasure has already secured its place in history as a purveyor of "gamers' games", encouragingly flying in the face of the accepted practice of style over content to provide such stone-cold classics as Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga and Gunstar Heroes. Among the batch of early..

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Kirby's Avalanche

    The call has gone out throughout Dream Land – the First Annual Ghost Trap Competition has begun!

    This is basically Puyo Puyo given a lick of paint, but... wait a minute, isn't that exactly what Damo typed for Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine? Well, it holds true for this game as well. Only this time, instead of Dr. Robotnik and various robots from the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon,..

  • News Europe VC Releases - 27th July - Devil's Crush

    Just two games to choose from in Europe this Friday so you are hardly spoilt for choice. Still when the game is as good as Devil's Crush it is hard to complain, this devilish game sure plays a mean pinball!

    A first to Europe is Kirby's Ghost Trap (Kirby's Avalanche in the USA) - it's yet another falling block puzzler in the mould of Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine which is already on the VC..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - August 2007

    Nintendo of Japan have updated their list of upcoming games for the Japanese Virtual Console for August 2007. There's nothing really new or exciting about this list, however we did find it interesting that Gradius is being released again on the PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 format when the NES version is already available on the VC!

    Next Week N64: Wave Race 64MD: Ghouls 'n GhostsTG: Power League IV..

  • News US VC Releases - 23rd July - Shining Force

    It's turned-based tomfoolery ahoy in this month's selection of US Virtual Console games - Sega's amazing Shining Force is here and whatever your viewpoint on this genre it simply begs to be downloaded. This is the original and best version of the game - ok, so the recent GBA port looked nice, but the gameplay was tinkered with in the most shameful fashion.

    We also have that cute little nutsack..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Devil's Crush

    Shoot the ball onto the board with the Devil Shooter, then use flippers and nudging to keep it in play and rack up a high score.

    After the wonderfully wacky Alien Crush you would have thought developers Naxat would have struggled to create an even more unhinged pinball simulation - but you’d be wrong! Devil’s Crush improves on its spiritual...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Shining Force

    In ages long forgotten, Light fought Darkness for control of the world.

    Although Shining Force takes place in the same universe as fellow Megadrive/Genesis epic Shining in the Darkness, the games themselves couldn’t really be more different. Whereas SitD is a first person dungeon crawler, Shining Force is a turn-based strategy title more akin to Nintendo’s excellent Fire Emblem series, or the..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Metroid

    Where it all started

    More than 20 years have past since Metroid first blew away NES owners with its clever mixture of platforming, exploration and character upgrades. It went on to become spawn many sequels over the years, becoming a much-loved franchise for Nintendo fans – but nostalgia aside, is Metroid still high-quality by today’s standards?...

  • News Europe VC Releases - 20th July - Street Fighter II Turbo

    Here's what Euro gamers get today...

    Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting will satisfy the needs of most retro gamers. This is the perfect choice for gamers in Europe (PAL) region as the game features a speed select system so you don't have to play in slow-mo like the original SNES SF2. It's an excellent game that most people will be familiar with, well worth a look if you can't wait for Super..

  • News US VC Releases - 16th July - Paper Mario

    The latest batch of Virtual Console releases will no doubt be greeted with whoops of joy up and down the American continent - Paper Mario is here! You moaned, you whined and you begged - well Reggie has heard you and decreed that it will be so - the N64 classic is now available for download! Let the wine flow and the fine meat be consumed! Hurrah!

    On a rather less positive note, the other two..

  • News Game Explosion - OFLC Update

    he Australian Office of Film and Classification has recently updated its site with a flood of new games, which means only one thing - they're all Virtual Console-bound! Although this is Aussie-related, the rest of the world is bound to get these titles as..

    he Australian Office of Film and Classification has recently updated its site with a flood of new games, which means only one thing - they're..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Silent Debuggers

    Make your way through a dungeon-like space station and defeat the prowling monsters in this real-time first-person shooter.

    'Silent Debuggers' has to rank as one of the greatest names ever for a videogame. The first few minutes might convince you that this is a great game too. The funky intro music really sets the scene with style along with some nicely drawn anime style scenes. Welcome to the..

  • News Papier Mazza And Zonk Hit Virtual Console

    Nintendo 64 and Turbo-Grafx favourites Paper Mario and Zonk hit the European Virtual Console yesterday.

    Here's the essential information you're dying to know: Launched on the Nintendo 64 in 2001, Paper Mario™ brilliantly blends the world famous plumber’s platform exploits with a hilarious quest and interesting characters. On a mission to free the Star Spirits from Bowser, Mario finds himself..

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    / Nintendo 64

    Review Paper Mario

    A two-dimensional adventure which is anything but thin!

    Remember Super Mario RPG? It was basically the swansong of the SNES, and though sales for it were fairly poor (Since people had moved on to new consoles and all), the games managed to build up quite a fanbase, and is, nowadays, one of the most popular Mario games ever made, despite not being...

  • News Europe VC Releases - 13th July - Paper Mario

    Another first for Europe! From today our Euro friends can download the wonderful Paper Mario for the N64. As one of the later games out on the N64 it is possible that many people missed this at the time, well now is your chance! This is basically an RPG set in the Mario universe - the twist is all the characters in this odyssey are made from paper! This comes highly recommended.

    As if all that..

  • News Hardware Focus - TurboGrafx-16

    It's Turbo time!

    The history of the TurboGrafx-16 system is basically a tale of two countries. Electronics giant NEC and game developer Hudson joined forces in 1987 to design and release the PC Engine game console to compete head to head with Nintendo and Sega's 8-bit systems. Offering a nice step up in terms of visuals and audio capabilities, the...

  • News Games we hope never get released on the Virtual Console

    Only the churlish will argue with the assertion that the Wii's Virtual Console has been a great feature. Veteran gamers have been able to revisit their gaming pasts, while those newer to the scene can discover whole new worlds of electronic entertainment that they might otherwise have missed out on. On the Virtual Console Archive forums, I've seen delighted youngsters expressing their excitement at playing the mighty Streets of Rage 2, and even as a crusty old veteran, I've been surprised now and then, most notably by the excellent releases available for the PC Engine/Turbografx, which I never got to play the first time around.


  • News US VC Releases - 9th July - Air Zonk

    Today saw the release of three more Virtual Console games for the North American region, but only one of them is really worth downloading. No prizes for guessing which!

    Air Zonk features the futuristic relative of our prehistoric hero Bonk and is a pretty zany side-scrolling 2D shooter. The visuals are bold and impressive - the TG-16 really could...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Air Zonk

    The powered-up Zonk gathers his friends to form Team Cool, and they set out to stop King Drool’s plan to conquer the world.

    Air Zonk is a horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up with the cuteness factor cranked up to 10 in much the same way as Konami's Parodius. Hudson essentially took the Bonk character and renamed him Zonk for this one which makes the game even stranger. Perhaps they felt it wasn't..

  • News Europe VC Releases - 6th July - Sega Megadrive day!

    A bumper week for the Sega Megadrive. 3 sequels as well, very funny!

    It's great to see Sonic 2 finally, a game well worth downloading, now Sonic has a spin he can charge on the spot and his buddy Tails. Ecco: The Tides of Time manages to improve on the excellent original game with 3D style levels and many cool new gameplay features.

  • News Hardware Focus - Nintendo 64

    Since the 80's Nintendo's name has been synonymous with gaming, the company's current market dominance highlighting how attuned they have become to the requirements of the market, and providing the buyers with the very things they need.

    However, given the current success of the DS and Wii, it is perhaps too easy to forget that it was achieved...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Ecco: The Tides of Time

    In this sequel to Ecco the Dolphin, everyone's favorite underwater hero must battle the Vortex Queen and her hive of drones.

    Good old Ecco the Dolphin, after saving his dolphin chums from an invading alien race you would have thought he could have just spent the rest of his life in peace spinning a ball on his nose! These plans were shattered when the queen of the Vortex took it upon herself to..

  • News US VC Releases - 2nd July - Super Mario Bros 2

    It's one of the better weeks for a while for North American retro gamers. Super Mario Bros. 2 is a welcome addition to the Virtual Console library. Some call it the black sheep of the early Mario series but we think it's a refreshing change to the basic Mario formula. There is something satisfying about lobbing a turnip at a shy-guy!

    If that's not good enough for you perhaps Sega's premier Dolphin..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Dragon Spirit

    A fantastic world of adventure unfolds in this vertical-scrolling shooter.

    Throughout the history of shooting games we've faced a hell of a lot of alien rebels and futuristic baddies. The 2D shooter seems to lend itself to these situations - but it's always nice to see a company try something fresh and new. The PC Engine/TG-16 blast-a-thon Dragon Spirit is one such example. Namco had clearly had..

  • News TurboGrafx-16 in Australia from 7th July

    As we reported back in early June Hudson have finally sorted out the legalities of selling TurboGrafx games in the Australian region on the Virtual Console. The first batch of 11 games is indicated to be ready for download on the 7th July as follows:

    Alien CrushBomberman '93 Bonk's AdventureDungeon ExplorerMilitary Madness


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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Kirby's Dream Course

    A new spin on crazy golf

    Kirby, much like our friend Mario, has never been afraid to offer his own take on different genres — and in Kirby's Dream Course, the puff ball takes on the world-renowned sport of mini golf. Unlike other pitch and putt games, such as EA’s Zany Golf on Mega Drive / Genesis, Kirby has a few tricks up his sleeve. To...