Wii Virtual Console News

November2006

  • News Super Star Soldier On VC

    More content added to the Virtual Console.

    Nintendo have said that the initial 12 virtual console games would grow and it has again. More Virtual Console games will become available weekly every Monday following launch and by year’s end, gamers will be able to pick from a library of 30 or more classic games The first two additional games released on the VC were Bonk's Adventure and Bomberman '93..

  • News Virtual Console To Get Game Updates?

    Rumours surface that Wii's Virtual Console games might have new updates or mods?

    According to The Wiire, it seems that "Super Mario Kart: Online" could be a possibility? In a recent interview about the Wii Shop Channel, it was revealed that Virtual Console games might sometimes have an "Update" button. "The "Update" button indicates there are enhancements for the game. If you have..

  • News Wii Points? Go Brazillian!

    So you imported an American Wii so Nintendo of Europe wouldn't shaft you with release dates and shoddy PAL conversions.

    All is well, you have your step-down transformer, no need to worry about modded RGB cables this time if you can just get a component cable from somewhere. ARRRGGGGHHHHH how do I buy Virtual Console points!? Well my finely feathered friends, behold a solution to help you avoid..

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    TG-16

    Review Bonk's Adventure

    Prehistoric bonking fun

    The Super NES had Mario, the Genesis had Sonic, so you knew it was only a matter of time before Hudson would be looking to create a mascot game for their Turbografx-16 system as well. Hudson went old school, and I mean really old-school to find their man. Like prehistoric old school. The result was Bonk, a loveable but rather...

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    TG-16

    Review Bomberman '93

    Will there ever come a day when evil villains decide to give it all up in favour of getting an honest job?

    The first thing that most gamers think of when they hear the name Hudson is Bomberman. Having been one of the company's flagship series over the years, it's little wonder why. The Bomberman games have seen releases on just about every console...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Donkey Kong

    It's on like Donkey Kong

    As many will know, the mighty Miyamoto made his mark at Nintendo and indeed the world with this very game in the arcades. Donkey Kong was quite unique for its day; in arcades full of Space Invaders and Pac-Man clones, a platform game like was something new. Playing as Jumpman — who would later become known as Mario —...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review F-Zero

    From zero to Mode 7 hero

    Before WipEout, there was F-Zero. Nintendo's futuristic racer was one of the first SNES releases, but shows very little sign of aging — in fact, it feels just as fresh and fun today as it did all those years ago. Graphically, the Mode 7 effects have obviously lost some of their edge when viewed today but the visuals are...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Mario Bros.

    Will it clean your pipes?

    When Mario Bros. hit arcades in 1983, most Nintendo fans were expecting yet another Donkey Kong release and weren't quite prepared for the spin-off Nintendo served up. Now it was Mario and his brother Luigi who were at war with a constant flow of pests coming though their sewer pipes. The game was yet another hit with...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Pinball

    Pinball wizard

    Back in the '80s, pinball simulations became quite popular on home game consoles of the time period. Pinball for the NES takes a very basic approach with its presentation, but still manages to include just enough variety to keep it interesting. Toss in a Mario mini-game to spice things up and what you have is a fun little pinball romp...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Soccer

    This is most definitely not super soccer

    Soccer is one of the earlier titles in the NES Sports series, it also ranks amongst the worst. Back in 1987 it might have cut the mustard, but in this day and age it is too dated to be worthy of splashing the virtual cash on. Rather than support a full team of eleven players you only get five players, and a...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Solomon's Key

    I've got the key, I've got the secret!

    Solomon’s Key started life as a little known arcade game, but the NES version is probably more well known and remains a faithful rendition of the original. Playing as a little wizard by the name of Dana, you are tasked with escaping from a series of dungeons, using a handy magic wand that can create or...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64

    Review Super Mario 64

    Mario steps into a whole new dimension

    Mario's first foray into the world of 3D is regarded by many as one of the greatest videogames of all time, and with good reason. It ranks as the first really convincing use of a 3D world in a platform game and it introduced the concept of analogue control to a generation of gamers setting the template for...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Wario's Woods

    If you go down to the woods today...

    Toad, the hero of this story (or Mushroom-head to his mates) gets to show off his muscles in this Tetris-style falling block game by lifting and stacking bombs and monsters. Our friend Toad cleverly discovered that if he puts monsters of the same colour in a row along with a bomb of the same colour that they will...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Altered Beast

    In this coin-op conversion, you are a hero raised from the dead by the god Zeus to rescue his daughter Athena.

    Considering it's one of the older games for Sega's Megadrive, it would be foolish to expect this to be a 'must have' title on the Virtual Console. However Altered Beast has a charm that few other games have. The speech is priceless, who...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review The Legend of Zelda

    The brave Link begins his hazardous journey in the fantastic world of Hyrule.

    Where it all began - it's amazing how playable and fresh this games feels, even after all these years! Although the visuals and sound are hardly going to turn heads these days, the core Zelda gameplay is all present and correct. The Legend of Zelda is a famous series...

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    SNES

    Review SimCity

    The famous simulation in which one takes the role of a mayor and must help a new city thrive and become a megalopolis.

    Before ‘The Sims’ there was SimCity. This game was on most home computer systems at the time but the SNES port with its exclusive features and additional scenarios ranks as one of the better versions. The SimCity series has never been one to be taken lightly, however the SNES..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Sonic the Hedgehog

    The game that introduced the world to Sega's speedy hedgehog.

    The original Sonic the Hedgehog was quite a groundbreaking title for Sega and their 16-bit Mega Drive console. Not only did it give Sega a true mascot to wrap their video game business around, but it also gave them a platformer that could actually compete with Nintendo's Super Mario...

  • News The Virtual Console

    Not only does Wii bring something new, it brings everything old - here's our guide to the Virtual Console.

    The Virtual Console (VC) is emulation software that allows you to play older games on your Wii system. If you didn't already know, an Emulator is a piece of computer software the “emulates” pieces of computer hardware. Essentially it'll allows you to run games designed for say, the Super..

  • News Virtual Console Updates

    More games have recently been rated by the ESRB in America, signaling for Virtual Console release.

    The Entertainment Software Ratings Board have no doubt been very busy rating Nintendo's back catalog of games, its something that has to be done by law before the games can be made available on the download service. It's stated that the follow games have all been rated, and theoretically Nintendo..

  • News European Virtual Console Update

    The unique new system for Nintendo's Wii hardware aptly titled the "Virtual Console" will allow gamers to download a range of games from the Nintendo and SEGA back catalogue for a small price.

    Today the news broke of exactly what will be available for us European Wii gamers come the launch of the console on December 8th. Here is a rundown of what will be available on the Virtual Console, which is..

October2006

  • News Cube Games Region Locked On Wii

    Eurogamer's recently had the chance to speak to Nintendo UK about some more of the specifics relating to the region locking of the Wii.

    A nintendo spokesperson has told Eurogamer that the Wii will be region locked when playing GCN games. So if you imported your GCN games, you will have to get an imported Wii to play them. Nintendo also confirmed that the Virtual Console will in fact have region..

September2006

  • News Wii 'channels'

    Information about Wii's menus surface from Nintendo's press conference earlier today.

    Here's the info direct from Nintendo: The Wii™ console will revolutionize how people play games. But more importantly, it will entice new players into the world of video games by offering a variety of entertainment, information and communication Channels that add value to the console and make it a device that..

August2006

  • News Super Mario War

    Mutiplayer fan-made Mario game surfaces on Interweb site, 72dpiarmy.com

    The game which seems to be available for PC and Linux has also been published with its entire source code available for download. The creators claim that the game is in tribute to the great giant N in the sky, Nintendo. "Super Mario War is a Super Mario multiplayer game...

  • News Virtual Console Promo Image

    Kotaku folks have managed to get hold of a "Wii Promotional Image" depicting loads of Nintendo classics.

    Obviously we're not entirely sure if this image is actually official, but its certainly really really cool. "A reader, He Who Must Not Be Named, sent us a promotional image he somehow got his grubby hands on. It's a promotional illustration for the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console, presumably..

June2006

  • News When Old Becomes New

    Nintendo explain their strategy behind the Virtual Console and how it'll become a "new" platform for developers.

    Satoru Iwata has been explaining the concept behind the Virtual Console and Nintendo's alternative to the "single-minded approach of the industry at present". Whilst the Virtual Console acts as an instant library for all classic Nintendo titles, it's also a brand new platform for new..

March2006

  • News Revolution To Support External Hard Drive?

    CNNMoney.com report comments made by Iwata indicating the support of external hard drives in additional to SD cards.

    With recent news regarding Revolution's "Virtual Console" people have began to question what storage method the console will support. We're already aware that SD cards will be supported, its a very affordable solution and provides pretty good capacity. In an interview with..

  • News No Classic Rare Games On Revolution?

    IGN.com editor reports that no Rare owned franchises will be available on Revolution's Virtual Console.

    IGN.com editor Matt Casamassina has posted an article on his blog, saying that both Microsoft and Rare employees have confirmed to him that certain Rare-owned franchises will not be appearing on the Virtual Console. "Well, here's something interesting from the Game Developers Conference..