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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..

News: USA VC Update: Bomberman '94 and Detana!! Twinbee

USA VC Update: Bomberman '94 and Detana!! Twinbee

As was pretty much already confirmed by Hudson Entertainment, today's VC update brings a duo of well-loved PC Engine imports.

Naturally, both of these games cost 700 Wii Points because of import costs! Bomberman '94 is, naturally, the sequel to Bomberman '93. Aside from having quite impressive graphics and sound, the game mostly just expands on what was already there - There's a new story mode and..

News: Bomberman '94 & Detana!! Twinbee Coming To US Virtual Console On Monday

Bomberman '94 & Detana!! Twinbee Coming To US Virtual Console On Monday

According to Hudson Entertainment's Virtual Console website, two of Hudson's more popular import PC Engine titles, Bomberman '94 and Detana!! Twinbee, are headed to the North American Virtual Console this coming Monday, March 23.

Both titles were never previously released in North America, which explains their 700 Wii Point price tag, but both are well worth a look. We will have full reviews of..

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

EU VC Update: Super Punch-Out!!

Just as Nintendo of Europe announced yesterday, today only brings one new game, but it's a great one!

Super Punch-Out!! is the fourth game in the Punch-Out!! series. It's got a total of 16 opponents, both old and new, spread out across four circuits of increasing difficulty. The gameplay is pretty much exactly the same as in previous games, but...

News: Super Punch-Out!! Available in Europe Tonight

Super Punch-Out!! Available in Europe Tonight

Good news for boxing fans! You won't have to wait until May to get some more Punch-Out!! in your life - You'll be able to get your fix tonight!

As preparation for the new Wii version of Punch-Out!!, Nintendo of Europe will be releasing Super Punch-Out!! on VC with tonight's bi-weekly VC update. Super Punch-Out!! is more like the original two arcade games in the series - Unlike the NES game, in..

News: USA VC Update: Summer Games II

USA VC Update: Summer Games II

It seems the three Commodore 64 games a few weeks ago were just to celebrate the US launch of the system. This week doesn't bring another three, or even two - Just one!

Summer Games II is part of Epyx's "Games" series, which consists of classics such as Winter Games, California Games and World Games. Just like in Europe, Commodore has...

News: 1000 and 3000 Nintendo Points Cards on Store Shelves Next Month

1000 and 3000 Nintendo Points Cards on Store Shelves Next Month

In a move that wasn't completely unexpected, Nintendo has announced that not only will Wii Points change into Nintendo Points for the release of the DSi (In fact, they claim they already changed - Apparently 2000 Nintendo Points cards are already in stores!), but they will release two new cards with different values.

If you ever find yourself wanting a little bit less or a little bit more than 2000..

News: The OFLC Rates Even More Games

The OFLC Rates Even More Games

Yes, the OFLC has rated yet another batch of VC games today!

The least surprising of the bunch is Fantasy Zone II. It was already released in Japan in January, so a release elsewhere was to be expected any time, really! That's not all for the Master System though - Secret Command (Which Japan has had since June last year!) and the first Shinobi are also on the way. All three of these games are..

News: USA VC Update: Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars

USA VC Update: Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars

It's back to Sega games this week, it seems. Today's new game is the second game in the Alex Kidd series.

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars was the beginning of a steep slope downhill for Sega's original mascot. The first Alex Kidd game was fairly good (We gave it a 7/10), but for the second game Sega made a massive mistake - They basically completely changed the gameplay! Instead of featuring special..

News: EU VC Update: Clu Clu Land and Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

EU VC Update: Clu Clu Land and Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

Let's see how generous Nintendo is for Europe this week - We get a game the US already has and a game which is already available in a superior form!

Clu Clu Land is likely the third-last non-import Nintendo game for the NES (The last remaining likely games being Golf and Pro Wrestling). You play as Bubbles as you float around a maze, grabbing poles...

News: USA VC Update: Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen

USA VC Update: Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen

You're in for a treat today - Another Square Enix classic will be available in the Wii Shop. Some might say it's one of their best games, but what is definitely a fact is that it's one of the rarest SNES games - Only about 25000 copies were released in the US, meaning the VC version will be much cheaper than actually finding the game.

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is the first game in..

News: The TurboGrafx-16 Returns to North America in March

The TurboGrafx-16 Returns to North America in March

Remember when the last TG16 games were released in North America? It was way back in October last year. Since then there hasn't been a single Hudson game on VC - A lot of people even thought that they dropped support entirely.

We can now say for sure however that this is definitely not the case - Hudson Entertainments's North American TG16 VC site has updated with two titles to be released in..