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Nintendo Download: 28 April 2009 (Japan)

28 April 2009 (Japan)

Another six releases for our Japanese friends.

I'm sure many in the PAL/NA territories will be green with envy and I've got to say I'm going to have a hard decision to make here. You see amongst the three WiiWare releases coming to Japan next week is Bit.Trip.Beat. Given that there's no projected release date for Europe whatsoever, can I resist temptation, especially when the game is only 500..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2009

Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2009

Only 6 games for Japan in May (Not counting yet to be announced arcade games), but it's quite a good selection.

May seems to be a Famicom month of sorts - 4 of the 6 games planned for release are for Nintendo's original console. And they're not exactly obscure games either - Final Fantasy and Famicom Wars (The first in the "Wars" series, which includes Advance and Battalion Wars) will..

News: Game Center CX Looks at the Virtual Console

Game Center CX Looks at the Virtual Console

Is Arino up to the challenge?

If you don't already know what Game Center CX is well, I'll tell you: a Japanese T.V. show which started out being about Japanese arcades and retro games, with a "challenge" featuring Shinya Arino, a Japanese comedian with meagre gaming skills. The series has had its own DS game (released in the west as Retro Game Challenge) and a sequel has just been..

Nintendo Download: Dr. Mario, Wonder Boy, More Magic Tricks and Crystal Defenders (US)

Dr. Mario, Wonder Boy, More Magic Tricks and Crystal Defenders (US)

Yes, it's yet another update with two DSiWare games!

Art Style: CODE and Paper Plane are still absent - But don't worry too much, because you're now able to download Dr. Mario to your DSi. Dr. Mario Express is a simple portable version of Dr. Mario. But beware - You can only play the classic mode or Vs. CPU, there's no multiplayer mode! Naturally...

Nintendo Download: 21 April 2009 (Japan)

21 April 2009 (Japan)

Green shades anyone?

In Japan you simply cannot have a download release list that's less than four games and next week will be no exception with a mixed total of six. Only two WiiWare releases: World of Goo published by Nintendo themselves for 1500 points -- I think everyone knows what this game is by now! Hajiite Block Rush from Agenda for 500 points -- this one looks very pretty, but I'm not..

Nintendo Download: Alex Kidd, Secret Command and Mixed Messages (EU)

Alex Kidd, Secret Command and Mixed Messages (EU)

Two Sega Master System games and the first DSiWare update for Europe.

Not much to get excited about this time - Other than Secret Command, today's picks are fairly weak. Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars was already released in North America a while ago. It's the second game in the Alex Kidd series and basically the beginning of the end for Sega's original...

Nintendo Download: Mixed Messages, Pitfalls, Magic Tricks and Pirates (US)

Mixed Messages, Pitfalls, Magic Tricks and Pirates (US)

This week brings a new western publisher on board - Activision! And they haven't just released one game, but two!

If you bought a DSi you'll be quite glad to hear that there's already some new games available this week. Of course the Wii Shop gets its usual new WiiWare and VC game as well! Mixed Messages is Activision's first DSiWare game. It's pretty simple - First, you enter a sentence. Then, you..

Nintendo Download: 14 April 2009 (Japan)

14 April 2009 (Japan)

Another week, another 5 releases for Japan.

It's true the Japanese have another week with a mix of VC and WiiWare content, but Wii owners in North America and Europe need not feel the usual pangs of jealousy (well, I guess that depends on how much you've been wanting to see a couple of these...). On the WiiWare front we have a couple of things that will likely stay in Japan and something we already..

News: Konami: VC Arcade Support and WiiWare Life Force

Konami: VC Arcade Support and WiiWare Life Force

Another big developer jumps on the VCA bandwagon!

Before publishers rerelease their old games on VC, they're required to renew the trademarks for them - a bunch of classic Konami trademarks appeared today, which seems to indicate they're going to be releasing arcade games as well! Konami has registered these new VC-related trademarks: Green Beret...

Talking Point: Copyright and Video Games

Copyright and Video Games

What is stopping us from experiencing the entire history of video games?

Last year Taito issued Space Invaders Get Even on the WiiWare download service as well as multiple versions of the original game on the Japanese, PAL and North American Virtual Consoles. This was in celebration of the 30th annivesary of the release of Space Invaders in arcades worldwide. Similarly Namco is due to celebrate..

Nintendo Download: DSiWare, Equilibrio & Uncharted Waters (US)

DSiWare, Equilibrio & Uncharted Waters (US)

A monster DSiWare update to kick off the new North American ‘Nintendo Download’. Worry not, Wiiware and VC fans are not completely forgotten this week either.

As you will see this week’s 'Nintendo Download' update is a bit of a beast as it includes all the DSiWare launch titles (which of course came out on Sunday!). For those thinking about...

Nintendo Download: 7th April 2009 (Japan)

7th April 2009 (Japan)

Another games tsunami hits the Japanese Wii Shop!

You know I just bought 6000 Wii points for the PAL service expecting a ton of new WiiWare and Virtual Console Arcade titles to appear imminently. I may be somewhat impatient, but it's extra disheartening to see two single-release Fridays in a row and then the nearly non-stop flood of content hitting Japan week after week. Next week the Japanese..

Nintendo Download: DSiWare Launch Games and Majora's Mask (EU)

DSiWare Launch Games and Majora's Mask (EU)

DSiWare makes a splash while Link experiences a Groundhog Day

The European launch of the shiny new Nintendo DSi has predictably been accompanied by a smattering of equally shiny new DSiWare games. European gamers can choose from the following downloadable items: Art Style: AQUITE - 500 Nintendo points Art Style: CODE - 500 Nintendo points Birds...

News: The End Of The World Starts In Europe

The End Of The World Starts In Europe

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask graces the Virtual Console

A short while back Japan's Virtual Console forecast list for April revealed that The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask for Nintendo 64 would soon be hitting the service. In a surprise turn of events however, Nintendo is releasing the game first in Europe! Be sure to check your Wii Shop Channel for the next update, and experience one of the..

News: Is Game Design Art? Great Designers Say 'Not Really'

Is Game Design Art?  Great Designers Say 'Not Really'

At a GDC 2009 roundtable with renowned designers, Art seems to be a dirty word

It’s a debate that has raged for centuries: Do video games constitute art? Ok, maybe not centuries, but it seems like a while. Personally, I say ‘yeah, of course it is!’, but I’m not the creator of games that have been hailed as art by so many. At this years GDC conference, ICO creator, Fumito Ueda says of his..

News: USA VC Update: Super Punch-Out!!

USA VC Update: Super Punch-Out!!

It's catchup week again, as today's new VC release is Super Punch-Out!!, which was recently released in Europe.

Super Punch-Out!! once again puts you in the shoes of Little Mac (Which has finally been confirmed in today's press release - Nintendo previously never said who this boxer was!) as he fights through four increasingly difficult boxing circuits, taking on a total of 16 opponents on his..

News: Capcom Mum Regarding Virtual Console Arcade Plans

Capcom Mum Regarding Virtual Console Arcade Plans

While Capcom has now fully admitted that they knew about the Virtual Console Arcade long before the announcement was made, they've decided to remain quiet as far as what their plans are for supporting the service.

Below is a statement made by Capcom Corporate Officer/VP of Strategic Planning & Business Development Christian Svensson regarding Capcom's thoughts on Nintendo's recent announcements..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2009

Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2009

Lots of big surprises for Japan next month - Multiple famous game series are going to get another installment on their VC very soon. Of course this includes some Nintendo offerings as well!

The full list for April (And the last update of March) in Japan is as follows: Famicom: Takeshi no Chousenjou (March 31st) Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse Super Famicom: Der Langrisser Kirby's Dream Land..

News: Namco Announces Upcoming Arcade Games

Namco Announces Upcoming Arcade Games

As you might've been able to tell from the first four arcade games available, Namco's not shy with releasing their back catalogue. That's why they've now revealed about 25 arcade games they're planning on releasing during the coming weeks - That's right, Japan is getting one game every week! No word yet on other regions, but of course we can hope we get the same treatment.

The full list of upcoming..

News: Final Fantasy Finally Coming to VC

Final Fantasy Finally Coming to VC

You might remember that, quite a while ago, Square Enix said that it was unlikely the Final Fantasy games would be coming to VC, due to the remakes they love to make. It seems they've gone back on that statement now though, because, during Satoru Iwata's GDC keynote, it was announced that the first four Final Fantasy games on NES and SNES are all on the way to VC!

Of course, the catch is that only..

News: Nintendo confirms "play from SD" feature

Nintendo confirms "play from SD" feature

Run your Virtual Console games from an SD card!

It's the news all Virtual Console fans have been waiting for - you can now run all your downloaded VC games directly from an SD card instead of clogging up your Wii's limited internal memory! As the library of downloadable WiiWare and Virtual Console™ games continues to grow, Wii owners have asked Nintendo to provide easy, expanded storage space..

News: SD Card Game Launching + Arcade Games Available on VC Now!

SD Card Game Launching + Arcade Games Available on VC Now!

During Satoru Iwata's GDC keynote Nintendo was sneaky enough to release a Wii update for all regions - This features two long-wanted new things for your Wii!

First off, you can now finally do what Nintendo promised months ago. If you update your Wii now you will get a little blue icon of an SD card at the bottom of your Wii Menu - Clicking it lets...

News: Rejoice! The DSi Gets a Virtual Console After All

Rejoice!  The DSi Gets a Virtual Console After All

It finally looks like we have unofficial confirmation of the DSi's virtual console.

Check out Kombo for the whole story, but the highlight --as we can all agree, is the revelation that the DSi will allow you to download Game Boy and Game Boy Advance games. Yes, you read that right. But feel free to go back and read it another few times; this news is that good. Also nice the news that the DSi lets..