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Nintendo Download: Masks, Crystals, Chess and Art (US)

Masks, Crystals, Chess and Art (US)

The 300th VC game joins two WiiWare games and a single DSiWare release.

Many people saw it coming - The amount of Virtual Console games available in North America was nearing 300, so it was logical to assume that Nintendo of America was saving Majora's Mask in order to make it game number 300. That turns out to be true - The Legend of Zelda:...

Nintendo Download: 19 May 2009 (Japan)

19 May 2009 (Japan)

It's VC week!

Next week is a VC-heavy week for Japan with only one WiiWare title and four Virtual Console titles. The Japanese DSiWare front has been quiet since the 1st of the month which saw the release of the viewer for downloading videos from the latest Nintendo Wii channel: Wii no Ma. Shika Gari (sic) or Deer Hunt is a simple deer-hunting title and the sole WiiWare release for 500 points..

News: Don't Toss Those Old Controllers Yet

Don't Toss Those Old Controllers Yet

Adapter announced that will allow you to use your old Nintendo pads on Wii

Sometimes, you come across a Virtual Console game that you just don't think fits snugly onto a Classic controller or a GameCube pad. I've had this problem with Sin and Punishment myself; I hate the Cube controller for it, and the Classic feels weird to me with it's too-close nubs. Peripheral company Innex thinks it may have..

Nintendo Download: Swords & Soldiers, Pitfall and Even More Magic Tricks (EU)

Swords & Soldiers, Pitfall and Even More Magic Tricks (EU)

Fight some wars, whip some snakes or learn some more magic this week.

As announced last week, today sees the release of a certain anticipated WiiWare title. Joining it is a Mega Drive game and yet another set of magic tricks for your DSi! Swords & Soldiers is WiiWare's first RTS game. With its cartoony 2D graphics, fairly deep gameplay and multiple game modes it's certainly one of the more..

News: GoldenEye Designer Backs Virtual Console Release

GoldenEye Designer Backs Virtual Console Release

Martin Hollis would love to see 007 on the Wii...but also admits it's a legal minefield

The man behind GoldenEye - one of the most beloved N64 games of all time - has admitted that he'd love to see the game make it to the Virtual Console download service. Martin Hollis, formerly of Rare and now plying his trade at his own company Zoonami (Bonsai...

Nintendo Download: Soccer, Pirates and Galaxies (US)

Soccer, Pirates and Galaxies (US)

One new game for every downloadable service.

Last week's update wasn't exactly that hot. Unfortunately, the same can probably be said again this week. DSiWare's gone down from two games a week to one this time. At least it's a decent one! Real Soccer 2009 is pretty much a port of the DS game with the same name, which is really quite an achievement...

Nintendo Download: 12 May 2009 (Japan)

12 May 2009 (Japan)

This week sees some catching up and another Rebirth!

After last week's focus on the new streaming media channel from Nintendo with no new Japanese WiiWare or VC content, this week we're back to the standard 7 releases. Most of these are catching up with the NA/EU territories, but there's a couple of new titles in there as well including one that...

Nintendo Download: Fantasy Zone II, Rainbow Islands and More Magic (EU)

Fantasy Zone II, Rainbow Islands and More Magic (EU)

Two hits and one miss this week!

All the signs were pointing to a new Hanabi Festival starting today - Nintendo of Europe did not reveal today's new games in advance (Unlike the past two weeks) which lead us to believe there'd be something big. On top of that, it's "Golden Week" in Japan at the moment, a national holiday! How much longer are we gonna have to wait? It's not all that bad..

News: OFLC Update: Super Mario Kart Finally Coming!

OFLC Update: Super Mario Kart Finally Coming!

The OFLC has recently been updated with a few new game listings, including a certain kart racing title Virtual Console fans have been clamoring for.

It seems the wait for the Super Nintendo hit Super Mario Kart is almost over. The OFLC ratings board has been updated and includes four new titles we're likely to see made available on Nintendo's download services soon. Super Mario Kart is easily the..

Nintendo Download: Clocks, Calculators, Penguins and Towers (US)

Clocks, Calculators, Penguins and Towers (US)

If you want to pay for something the DSi already has it's your lucky day!

As in the last few weeks there's two new games available on DSiWare today - But "games" isn't really the right word for them this time. The DSi already has a clock on its menu - The Animal Crossing Clock is really just a slightly more interesting variation. It's...

Nintendo Download: Bit.Trip Beat, Dr. Mario, Magic and Galaxy Force II (EU)

Bit.Trip Beat, Dr. Mario, Magic and Galaxy Force II (EU)

Alternating Virtual Console and WiiWare weeks come to an end!

WiiWare's almost been out for a year in Europe, and it seems that because of that, Nintendo of Europe has decided to start using the same schedule North America does - Releasing both VC and WiiWare games every week. Of course there's another DSiWare game as well. None of the games are actually available until tonight, NoE's simply chosen..

Nintendo Download: Clubhouse Games, Paper Planes, Platforms and Warring States (US)

Clubhouse Games, Paper Planes, Platforms and Warring States (US)

Nintendo of America's DSiWare push continues.

The pattern continues this week - Two new DSiWare games and one new game each for WiiWare and VC are available once again. Both DSiWare games are cut down versions of already existing games. Clubhouse Games Express: Card Classics includes five card games from Nintendo's DS game Clubhouse Games, but be...

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..