Wii Virtual Console News

April2007

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review ActRaiser

    Take control of the Master, a dethroned deity whose once-idyllic world has fallen under the control of the Evil One.

    When I saw the review of this game in the Mean Machines gaming magazine as a youth I was quite literally heartbroken. My Megadrive was (technically, at least) no longer the most powerful console in the world. Nintendo's new machine...

  • News Europe VC Releases - 13th April - Actraiser

    No Starfox 64 (sorry, I mean Lylat Wars) but the three games released on the VC this week should more than make up for that. Although it's one of the first SNES games Actraiser remains a true classic with engaging gameplay, fantastic depth and a wonderful soundtrack.

    Bonk's Revenge is the second release and is generally regarded as the best in the Bonk/PC Kid series. The final game is an oldie, but..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Bonk's Revenge

    I love a good bonk!

    Hudson struck gold with Bonk's Adventure, following its success a sequel was inevitable and we couldn't have asked for a much better follow-up than this. Improving on numerous facets of the original, Bonk's Revenge boasts better graphics and sound and more challenging gameplay. This sequel offers gamers a quaint, humorous, and...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Pac-Man

    Gobble gobble

    He may be as old as the hills but Pac-Man still manages to entertain after all these years. We've been relying on one of those Namco 'plug in' TV games for my pill-popping fix, but thanks to the Virtual Console that battery-hungry gadget can be retired. For those not acquainted with the premise of the game — what cave have you been...

  • News Opera Browser Available NOW

    A very short news piece here - the full version of the Opera browser is now available for download! To get it, log onto the Wii Shop Channel and update your system, then you will be able to download the browser and indulge in all sorts of internet-related tomfoolery on your beloved Wii.

    Don't forget to check out what the VCA looks like, too - you could check which games to download and buy them..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

    Not as enchanting as the Master System adventures.

    Before Sonic the Hedgehog our friends Sega had Alex Kidd as their mascot. I grew up with the quirky humour of the original games on the Sega Master System (the 8-bit rival of the NES) - at the time these were some of the best games around. However by the time the Sega Genesis / Megadrive was in full...

  • News US VC Releases - 9th April - Alex Kidd

    Here's today's Easter treats for the US Virtual Console:

    Galaga - NES (1-2 players, 500 Wii Points): Players control their fighters, with their unique ability to combine with other fighters and shoot down the invading aliens. Aliens attack in formations using a variety of attack patterns. Rescue a captured fighter to combine with it, forming a Dual Fighter with twice the firepower. Earn Perfect..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Bravoman

    Bravo, jolly good show - NOT!

    It must first be understood that Bravoman isn't to be taken too seriously. The game was created as a parody whose sole purpose was to make light of the many different "superhero" games created over the years. Most Turbo fans will tell you that the game is a semi-sequel to the Keith Courage in Alpha Zones game that was bundled with the American TurboGrafx-16..

  • News Commodore 64 games on the Virtual Console

    Whilst we did originally report on this way back in December (albeit a little sarcastically!) it appears the time has now drawn closer and this month in April we should see the first Commodore 64 game in the shape of Impossible Mission to join the ever growing Virtual Console catalogue.

    For some this news will fill them with indifference but for retro nuts and open minded gamers this should be a..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Vectorman

    More than a load of old balls?

    OK, so the main character is compromised of green balls, don't let that make you overlook one of the better 'run and gun' games to hit the Megadrive / Genesis. The shallow premise for the game is that humans have ruined the planet Earth and left the subsequent tidy-up job to their robots. You assume the role of the titular Vectorman, who has to contend with the rather..

  • News Europe VC Releases - 5th April - Megadrive Trio

    For some strange reason the games for the EU were put up 8 hours earlier than expected today! Perhaps someone at Nintendo wanted to take off early for the Easter break!?

    It's a trio of Megadrive goodies: The Story of Thor - Megadrive Sonic Spinball - Megadrive Vectorman - Megadrive No doubt most people won't be happy that Lylat Wars / Star Fox 64 isn't out this week. C'mon it isn't that bad, Story..

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    Virtual Console / Nintendo 64

    Review Star Fox 64

    Do a barrel roll.

    The original Star Fox (or ‘Starwing’ if you're a Euro gamer) introduced a whole generation of Nintendo fans to the wonder of 3D visuals. The game was nothing short of a miracle and thanks to the revolutionary Super FX chip it produced graphics that were comparable to the primitive 3D arcade releases of the era. However, when...

  • News US Virtual Console Releases - 2nd April 2007

    Hotness, Star Fox 64 (N64), TMNT (NES) and Dragon's Curse (TG16) all added to the US virtual console today.

    Star Fox 64 - Nintendo 64 (1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points):Players take the controls of their Arwing and complete 15 missions to reach the final objective: a showdown on Venom, the home planet of the interplanetary tyrant, Andross. Throughout the adventure, players have to accomplish..

  • News US VC Releases - 2nd April - Star Fox 64

    A great week for US gamers! Even if you only got Star Fox 64 today you'd have nothing to complain about! Woohoo!

    Star Fox 64 - Nintendo 64 (1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points):Players take the controls of their Arwing and complete 15 missions to reach the final objective: a showdown on Venom, the home planet of the interplanetary tyrant, Andross. Throughout the adventure, players have to accomplish..

March2007

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review The Legend of the Mystical Ninja

    Go go Goemon

    You might be forgiven for dismissing this mysterious game at first glance, but give it a chance and you might find a fantastic game with amazing depth. Kid Ying and Dr. Yang are on an adventure to save Princess Yuki who has been kidnapped by counterfeiters. By traveling through different Warlock Zones in Japan, Kid Ying and Dr. Yang are...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream

    Hey, where's Mike Tyson gone?

    Although boxing is a fairly obvious display of aggression, it’s surprising that so few video game adaptations of the sport have been worth playing. Punch Out!! Featuring Mr Dream is an exception, and to many it still hasn’t been beaten. Assuming the role of Little Mac, you have to punch your way to ultimate victory...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Dragon's Curse

    Wonder Boy by another name...

    Those of you that used to own a Sega Master System may experience an unshakable feeling of deja vu when playing Dragon's Curse (known as Adventure Island in Japan) - because it's pretty much the exact same game as the Master System Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap! The history of the Wonder Boy franchise is complex and hard to explain, but in simple terms Sega own the..

  • News EU Virtual Console Releases - 30th March, 2007

    Nintendo announce that Punch Out (NES), Legend of the Mystical Ninja (SNES) and Dragons Curse (TG16) all join the VC line up.

    "This week’s Wii Virtual Console™ line-up looks set to be a knockout! Nintendo is releasing three epic games from days gone by, starting with the comical boxing game Punch Out!!®. The player assumes the role of a rookie trying to make it in the boxing world by working..

  • News Europe VC Releases - 30th March - Punch out!!

    After the crushing disappointment that was Monday's US VC releases (or 'release', to be more specific), Euro gamers were quite rightly concerned about what they'd be getting this VC Friday. Thankfully things a bit brighter, as Hudson unleash an excellent game in the form of Dragon's Curse (AKA: Adventure Island, Wonderboy: The Dragon's Trap). This version was never published in Europe, although Master System owners will no doubt have enjoyed the 'Sega' version of this game. If you want to explore the convoluted history of the Wonderboy/Adventure Island series then head over to Wikipedia, because we simply don't have the space (or time) to do it here. The PC Engine/Turbo Grafx edition has a different lead character but retains the level design of the original, plus there's no sprite flicker! It's not quite the classic it was over a decade ago but it's still well worth looking into. And hey - at least it's not Romance of the Three Kingdoms, eh?

    As if that wasn't enough Europe gets the NES classic Punch-out! Whilst these days all NES games are showing the..

  • News Opera Browser for Wii - Full version in April

    After enjoying the beta version of the Wii Opera browser for viewing youtube and other such sites from the comfort of our sofas it comes with great joy to hear that in April Nintendo will be giving us the all singing, all dancing version for free. From Nintendo's press release:

    "Since late December, Wii owners have been able to download a trial version of the Opera Internet browser. After..

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV

    Taxing the old grey matter

    First things first - this fourth edition of Koei's long running 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms' series is not going to be for everyone. The franchise, based on actual events in China's history, has evolved and developed considerably over the past few years and it's encouraging that VC users are getting one of the better...

  • News US VC Releases - 26th March - RoTK IV

    If you don't have a healthy interest in the history of China then it's probably not worth even logging on to the VC shop this week. Nintendo have only one new title for download, and it's the Koei-developed Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire.

    Now, we're not knocking the long-running series. It's been going for longer than most Wii owners...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Castlevania

    Introducing Belmont

    The first NES Castlevania was like a breath of fresh air when it was first released. Capcom's spooky, but cartoon-like Ghost 'n' Goblins was the closest thing on the market, but Konami's game was a little more mature and serious. The gothic feel for which the series has become famous for is all present and correct, and the...

  • News US Virtual Console Releases - 23rd March 2007

    Sega throw some mega classics (get it?) onto the Virtual Console, the infamous Alex Kidd!

    "The Wii Shop Channel continues to be a great avenue for gamers who want instant access to classic SEGA Genesis titles,” said Scott A. Steinberg, Vice President of Marketing, SEGA of America. “Virtua Fighter 2, Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle, and Wonder Boy in Monster World, are all great titles..

  • News EU Virtual Console Releases - 23rd March 2007

    Nintendo finally throws The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past into the Virtual Console.

    "This week, the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™ for Super Nintendo is making its way to the Virtual Console for you to download. In this medieval fantasy adventure, players assume the role of Link, a young boy who receives a telepathic cry for help from Princess Zelda..

  • News Europe VC Releases - 23rd March - Zelda Link to the Past (Finally!)

    The good people of Europe and Australasia can rejoice today as finally The Legend of Zelda - A Link to the Past is finally available to download. This is TWO MONTHS after North America region got it! Very strange indeed!

    Zelda is the game we were all waiting for! Hopefully the weeks of moaning can now stop. Only one other title is available today, and it's the gothic classic Castlevania on the NES..

  • News US Virtual Console Releases - 19th March 2007

    Three more classics heading your way this weekend, Excite Bike (Nes), Beyond Oasis (Genesis) and Splatterhouse (TG16)

    Excitebike(NES®, 1 player, 500 Wii Points): Face crazy curves, hairpin turns, and daredevil jumps as you race toward the checkered flag and the Excitebike championship. Race against the clock or challenge an opponent. You must keep your bearings as you fly through the air and avoid..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Beyond Oasis

    You are the young Prince Ali in a desperate fight to defeat the evil that is threatening your island empire, Oasis.

    This was another late Megadrive/Genesis release but thankfully it avoided the fate of games like Comix Zone and sold pretty well at the time. It's easy to see why - graphically it's one of the best looking games on Sega's 16-bit console. It looks even better in motion, with some..

  • News US VC Releases - 19th March - Beyond Oasis

    Sega fans will be jumping up and down in a rather excited fashion today as the Virtual Console is blessed with one of the finest games to grace the Megadrive/Genesis. Beyond Oasis (Story of Thor to PAL and Japanese gamers) ranks as one of the finest action RPGs of the 16-bit era and should be earmarked for download as soon as possible.

    The second game is the also-quite-legendary gorefest..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Splatterhouse

    The forces of evil are abroad - ghastly, slimy creatures from the depths of your very worst nightmares.

    Heavily inspired by the Jason Voorhees character from the Friday the 13th films so popular in the 80's this game is a hockey mask wearing, butcher knife wielding gorefest! For those who aren't familiar with the game it is basically a 2D scrolling fighter. Unlike it's contemporaries like Double..

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    Virtual Console / NES

    Review Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    T-U-R-T-L-E POWER!

    Turtle mania was sweeping the world when this came out in 1989. That's probably why this game was so popular despite it being an unfair bag of dog's droppings! So popular was the franchise that Nintendo even bundled the NES with this game in Europe replacing the mighty Super Mario Bros cart. It's easy to see why so many persevered...

  • News EU Virtual Console Releases - 16th March, 2007

    Ice Climber (NES), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (NES) and Splatter House (Turbografx) all added to the catalog.

    Nintendo release info on this weeks VC games. Some cult classics return this week with all the games coming from over 10 years ago! Here's what Nintendo have to say about them: Nintendo fans will remember the charms of Ice Climber™ from the Nintendo Entertainment System. Players take..

  • News Europe VC Releases - 16th March - Splatterhouse

    Europe gets treated to one of the PC Engine's most gruesome brawlers today. Yes that's right it's the excellent Splatterhouse! Watch out for those slimey buggers Rick!

    A less grisly way to spend your time would be to check out the fun Ice Climber for the NES - North America has had this for a while now. Europe has finally caught up! Last but not least is Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles on the NES. Many..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Tecmo Bowl

    Will you be bowled over by this one?

    Before video game football became just as complex as real-life football, there was Tecmo Bowl. There weren't hundreds of plays with varying formations or special spin moves to worry about, in fact you didn't actually have to know much about the game of football to enjoy and play it. It was this simplicity that...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Sonic Spinball

    You spin me round, round baby right round

    When Sega knew they had hit on their hands with the Sonic series they decided to take the same route Nintendo had done with Mario - basically to place their lead mascot in as many different games as possible. Mario crossed over to puzzle (Dr Mario), sports (Mario Golf) and racing (Mario Kart) games, and...

  • News US VC Releases - 12th March

    A trio of games this week for you lucky American Wii owners - although it's something of a mixed bag, it has to be said. On one hand we have the excellent (if a little crusty looking) Tecmo Bowl. Back in the days of the NES this was one of the finest representations of American Football money could buy, and thankfully the years have been very kind - the game is as much fun in multiplayer as it ever was! Until EA decide to bless us with the Megadrive/Genesis version of John Madden Football, this ranks as one of the best sporting options on the Virtual Console.

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Galaga

    Classic blasting action

    The NES version of Galaga is a almost perfect port of the timeless arcade classic. Like space invaders you control a ship at the bottom of the screen and blast away at oncoming enemies. The enemies in Galaga first fly in and line up in formation and then dive-bomb at you while firing sometimes in predictable patterns and...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Double Dungeons

    Double the dungeons, but half of the fun!

    Dungeon crawlers became quite popular back in the early 80's on many of the personal computers like the Commodore 64 and Apple II series of computers. I actually owned an Apple IIc computer and played many of the popular titles like the Wizardry and Bard's Tale series myself. It's probably the main reason that I'm such a huge RPG fan to this very day. So..

  • News Europe VC Releases - 9th March

    After double-jumping on the US Virtual Console store on Monday, Sir Arthur has made his way to the Euro VC too. It's unlikely that the other two titles offered will distract you from what ranks as one of the finest 2D platformers in existence. Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts is a game that deserves to be spoken of in hushed, revered tones. Some might argue that the same should be said of Galaga, but let's be perfectly honest here - the game is older than most Wii owners and it shows. Sure, it's a classic. It's influential. Hell, it's even fun for a few minutes. But Galaga is the kind of game that Namco should be giving away as a freebie with other titles. It's not really worth 500 of your valuable Wii points, especially when you only need to add 300 more to that figure to download the sublime Super G'n'G.

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  • News Hardware Focus - Sega Mega Drive / Genesis

    Mega tech

    Sega may be a name that many people readily associate with videogame brilliance, but when you seriously think about it, they've only really had one universally successful machine - the Mega Drive (Genesis to our American readers). The Saturn and Dreamcast may have garnered critical support but they died a sad, painful death at retail and...

  • News Banjo Kazooie A Virtual Console Possibility?

    Virtual Console Archive have quoted Rare saying that "its possible".

    One of the most exciting parts of the Virtual Console is the ability to play Nintendo 64 games, when this was first announced we all drooled over the idea of playing all the classics, even the Rare titles. Sadly this dream was short lived as we all started to remember that Rare is now Microsoft owned and therefore unlikely to..

  • News Virtual Console Updates From Sega

    Sega announce six new virtual console titles in the US & Europe including the legendary Streets of Rage.

    All six titles are available in the US and Europe from today for 800 Wii Points. This weeks releases sees something Megadrive fans have been waiting for: Streets of Rage! One of thee classic titles, this comes highly recommend! Streets of RageA top secret crime organization has taken over what..

  • News Will we ever see Banjo Kazooie on the Virtual Console?

    The fact that Rare are now owned by Microsoft has caused some headaches in the world of the Virtual Console. Some of the N64's most requested titles are Rareware products, and this has resulted in something of a stalemate. Light appears to be at the end of the tunnel though - a few months ago Nintendo were quoted as saying that they were looking into the possibility of releasing games like Goldeneye on the VC, and now Rare themselves have responded to the pleas of fans worldwide:

    ...the only Rare-developed title on Virtual Console right now is the original Donkey Kong Country' but the Donkey Kong series of..

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts

    Grabbed by the ghoulies

    Ghouls ‘N Ghosts was an arcade classic, and Sega Mega Drive / Genesis owners were undoubtedly over the moon to be treated to an almost arcade perfect conversion in 1989. When the Super Nintendo came out, it needed some games to compete with its rival; quite soon after its launch Capcom was kind enough to treat Nintendo fans...

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    Virtual Console / NES

    Review Elevator Action

    Who would have thought that elevators got any action?

    Originally released in the (very) early 80's, this spy action title was a real eye-opener for gamers of that generation. The premise is simple, yet instantly appealing; the player is dropped onto a series of buildings and has to make their way to the bottom, taking on evil agents and entering certain rooms along the way. As the title suggests,..

  • News US VC Releases 5th March

    Three new titles for the Virtual Console today - Super Ghouls 'n' Ghosts is obviously the pick of the bunch here! The superb SNES platformer is worth every single Wii point Nintendo are asking for and should be downloaded as soon as possible. Shame the same can't be said about Elevator Action and Sword of Vermillion, but both games are at least half decent and go some way to padding out the already impressive VC roster.

    Our money is on Sir Arthur taking the lion's share of your attention though! Even if you have the GBA version, the PSX/Saturn Generations port or the SNES original, this is a game that deserves to be rediscovered. Just make sure you have nothing break..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Sword of Vermilion

    Get your revenge and defeat Tsarkon to free the world of Vermilion from evil.

    Famously developed by Virtua Fighter creator Yu Suzuki, this was one of the first RPGs for Sega's 16-bit system and to be brutally honest, it shows. The graphics are basic and the sound is average so be prepared for a technically underwhelming experience. Thankfully the actual game is very enjoyable, if a little on the..

  • News Europe VC releases - 2nd March

    Today Europe gets the following Virtual Console games:

    Streets of Rage - Megadrive Bio-Hazard Battle - Megadrive Sword of Vermillion - Megadrive Chew Man Fu - TurboGrafx-16 A average week for releases but not a bad one by any means. Top picks are Steets of Rage and Chew Man Fu!

February2007

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Bio-Hazard Battle

    An army of biogenetic mutants has gone haywire, terrorizing the world and putting the future of the planet in jeopardy.

    Released as Crying in Japan, this horizontally scrolling shooter was largely ignored by western Megadrive owners due to the sheer volume of shoot-em-ups available on the console at the time. The unusual organic graphics probably didn't help either, but if you give it the time of..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Chew Man Fu

    Chew Man Fu has set a curse to rob the world of fried rice, egg rolls and all its other favourite foods.

    This is no doubt a game that not many will be familiar with. I think an award should go for best named game 'Chew Man Fu'. The Japanese release was called 'Be Ball' so for once the western name is much more fun! Basically this is a puzzle game...

  • News US VC releases - 26th February - Ocarina of Time

    Only one release this week for the US Virtual Console - but it's a biggie. We all thought that it might be Zelda: Ocarina of Time as it was made available for Euro Wii owners last week and we were not dissapointed:

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time inspired millions of players around the world with its in-depth game play, rich 3-D visuals and memorable adventures. It set the standard by which..

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    N64

    Review The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

    Just in time

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time did for the Zelda series what Super Mario 64 did for the Super Mario Bros. series. It successfully brought one of the most beloved game series in video game history into the magical new world of 3-D gaming. And not only that, but it added tons of amazing new game play ideas to a game that was already...

  • News Neo Geo coming to the Virtual Console

    Here's a massive piece of news for fans of the Virtual Console - Nintendo of Japan have confirmed that Neo Geo games will soon be available for download via the service!

    The Neo Geo console was released in the days of the NES and Megadrive, and became famous for expensive but high quality arcade games such as King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Metal Slug, Samuari Shodown and Last Blade. Creators SNK..

  • News Welcome to the Warp Zone!

    A cheeky little surprise awaits UK visitors to the Virtual Console. Next time you load up the Wii Shop if you look carefully you'll see a not very discreet smiley face which when clicked will take you to a hidden area with the text as follows:

    "Welcome to the Warp Zone! ... Congratulations, you've discovered the Virtual Console's hidden area. This is your secret doorway into another dimension;..

  • News Europe VC releases - 23rd February - Ocarina of Time

    The dark Lords of Nintendo Tower look favourably at the minions within the EU today as they grace them with one of the greatest games ever! (I don't mean Altered Beast you got that some time ago!) Yes that's right lowly peasants today you are invited to the realm of Sir Link of Zeldashire and play OCARINA OF TIME!

    Here's the review: The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64) OK so some of you will..

  • News GamesTM interview VC Reviews (Issue 54)

    VC Reviews get their 15 minutes of fame this month as our favourite UK multi-format videogame magazine GamesTM publish a recent interview we did with them!

    Issue 54 of GamesTM will hit the shelves of all good newsagents in the UK on the 22nd of February. We get a 2 page spread in the retro section (pages 150/151) We say our piece about the PAL 50Hz issue, comment on our favourite VC games and our..

  • News Wii Classic Controller - Hands On

    So you've downloaded a few retro titles on the Virtual Console and thanks to the VCA you've made some good choices, but one thing is getting in the way of your enjoyment. Control. The Wii Remote is ok so long as you stick to NES, PCE and Megadrive/Genesis titles, and if you're lucky enough to have a GameCube pad knocking around you can use that for the SNES and N64 stuff, but it's far from perfect. Sounds like you need the Classic Controller!

    Ok, so it's a bit of a con that you've got to shell out even more cash for this device but believe me, it really does make all the difference when it comes to playing VC games. The pad is basically a SNES..

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    Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive

    Review Streets of Rage

    Sega's answer to Final Fight

    It's tricky to review Streets of Rage and be fair to it in light of the high quality of its sequel. Nevertheless it laid the foundations for even more future greatness, so it is only fair to give the original game the respect it deserves. Basically, Streets of Rage is Sega's answer to Final Fight; the Axel character is a...

  • News Top Five Most Wanted Virtual Console Games

    Now that the Virtual Console Archive has a commenting facility we thought what better time to ask what are the games you would most like to see on the Virtual Console. The catch is you can only pick ONE game per format and you have to give a brief reason why this should be released before any other games.

    Here's my wish list to kick things off: NES...

  • News Yesterdays US Virtual Console Releases

    In some slightly delayed news, we bring you the information on yesterdays VC release (with no puns in the title this time!).

    Many will be glad to see that Donkey Kong Country has finally made it to the NTSC systems, after being availible to PAL gamers for quite some time. Streets of Rage has at last hit the system as well, along with the Legend of Kage and New Adventure Island. For those unaware,..

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    NES

    Review The Legend of Kage

    This classic ninja-action game first appeared in arcades in 1985 and became instantly popular.

    After the recent release of the sublime Kid Icarus you might have expected the quality of NES Virtual Console games to rise, but unfortunately The Legend of Kage is an almost catastrophic true drop in standards. No need for rose tinted specs here, retro fans - this game was a stinker back in 1986 and is..

  • News US VC releases - 19th February - Finally DK Country!

    After what seems like an age Donkey Kong Country has been released in North America! We can all breath a sigh of relief! It was originally thought to have been held up by licensing issues with RARE (now owned by Microsoft) but that all looked to have been sorted out - phew!

    Sega have released the mighty Streets of Rage too which is great news. Hardened fans of the series always prefer the sequel..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Excitebike

    This bike still excites

    Excitebike will no doubt be remembered fondly by older gamers. After all, it was one of the original launch titles for the NES way back in 1985. Some might be dubious and question if a game this old is worth purchasing for the Virtual Console, but worry not — this classic game has somehow managed to retain its appeal...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review New Adventure Island

    Move over Wonder Boy

    The Wonder Boy and Adventure Island games have seen releases on just about every 8 and 16-bit console you can think of, not to mention a few remakes on some of the more recent systems. Having said that, if you want to play the best the series has to offer, you need only download New Adventure Island on the Wii Virtual Console to...

  • News Reggie hints at magazine downloads on Wii

    In a recent interview with MTV Reggie Fils-Aime the president of Nintendo of America made a interesting statement:

    An innovative company can't just worry about what fans want but also anticipate what fans don't even know they want. So when the discussion turned to the Wii's 24/7 online service, Fils-Aime threw a curve. Yes, the system will continue to receive new channels and downloadable games..

  • News Exciting PAL Virtual Console Releases

    It's Virtual Console time again! This week Nintendo have given us twice the excitement....

    As we all know, today is the official PAL release day for Excite Truck (which is actually a pretty decent game). But what most did not know was that it would also be the release date for Excitebike as well. How... exciting! There are a couple other familiar titles in this weeks release, including that fat..

  • News Europe VC releases - 16th February

    It's going to be another great week for European Wii gamers. OK so none of these games are going to completely blow you away, but then again none of them are turkeys either! 2 of the best NES games are up for grabs, a classic PC Engine platformer and one of the best horizontal shoot-em-ups to grace the Super Nintendo.

    Here's the reviews for the new European VC games released tomorrow: Excitebike -..

  • News Everybody Votes Channel on Nintendo Wii

    A surprise announcement has hit the Wii - it turns out there was a secret channel kept under wraps! The "Everybody Votes" channel gives Nintendo Wii owners the chance to vote on various subjects, and then see how their fellow compatriots voted. From the Wii Message Board:

    What wish would you ask a genie to grant? Health or Wealth? We're happy to announce the surprise launch of the..

  • News Europe: Military Madness & Mario Kart 64 Update Patch available!

    The Wii Shop in Europe now has the first patches for Virtual Console games!

    From today there is an update in the Wii shop that finally fixes the scrolling glitch in Military Madness. There's also an update for Mario Kart 64 that fixes a glitch on the character select screen too. Just go to the Wii Shop and find the game you bought then apply the update. It's all very well that bugs are being fixed,..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Ice Climber

    Ice Ice Baby

    Ice Climber is another classic NES title for the Virtual Console — and thankfully, it's decent enough to be worth considering for download. Ice Climber is a fantastic little game, if somewhat basic. Graphically it's exactly what you'd expect an 8-bit game from 1985 to look like — simple. The premise of the game is pretty bizarre. A...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Kid Icarus

    Is Pit a hit?

    Kid Icarus is one of those games that makes you think 'they sure don't make them like they used to'. Graphically it's very basic - this is from 1986 after all - but the charm simply shines through regardless. This is a game from an era where developers had to really make an effort and use what simple technology they had available to...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Kirby's Adventure

    Kirby's first adventure

    Kirby’s Adventure was released in 1993 when many gamers had packed up their NES in favour of the shiny new Sega Mega Drive / Genesis or a SNES. Those who stayed faithful to the mighty grey toaster and picked up this game at the time would have been in for a real treat. It really pushed the boundaries of the NES hardware,...

  • News NES-tacular US Virtual Console Update

    Nintendo continues their strong support of the Virtual Console by adding three highly popular NES titles (Whilst I continue my support by using poor whit in my article titles).

    As usual, here is the lowdown for those not wanting to read the press release. NES: 500 Points Kirby's Adventure Ice Climber Kid Icarus Full information from the press releaseKirby's Adventure™ (NES®, 1 player, 500 Wii..

  • News 12th Feb USA VC releases - Kirby, Ice Climber and Kid Icarus

    NES fans will be in their element today as 3 of Nintendo's classic games become available for download on the North American Virtual Console. All 3 are worthy of your attention but Kirby's Adventure steals the thunder easily.

    Normally we'd be disparaging of a release week with just three NES games but Kirby is still so much fun 14 years later that we will forgive Nintendo! (so long as we see more..

  • News Virtual Console Round-Up: Issue 1

    A round-up of the best Virtual Console releases from the months December 2006 and January 2007.

    Ok, so this is a new monthly feature that we are going to be running on NintendoLife.com in the upcoming future. Due to the runaway success of the Virtual Console (and I have always been enthusiastic about it to be honest) we are going to be integrating some new features into the site that revolves..