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News: Nintendo Channel: Ian Livingstone C64 Interview

Nintendo Channel: Ian Livingstone C64 Interview

Some of our readers have informed us that there's another C64 interview available on the Nintendo Channel in select European countries - This one's with Ian Livingstone, the co-creator of Games Workshop, nowadays mostly known for their Warhammer franchise of board and videogames. Ian also created Fighting Fantasy, a popular choose your own adventure book series.

As in the John Rowlands interview,..

News: Nintendo Channel: John Rowlands C64 Interview

Nintendo Channel: John Rowlands C64 Interview

If you live in the UK and you've got the Nintendo Channel installed you can now watch an interview with a popular C64 developer - John Rowlands, the creator of Mayhem in Monsterland, Creatures 1 and 2, and other classics.

Strangely enough the video isn't available in most European countries (And obviously not in the rest of the world either), but not to worry, as a kind soul has already recorded..

News: USA VC Update: MUSHA

USA VC Update: MUSHA

Nintendo's streak of good VC games continues this week with a fantastic Genesis shoot 'em up! It's also a super-rare game, so for people who've been longing to play the game this will be a much cheaper option than hunting down a cartridge.

MUSHA is the US title for Musha Aleste, which is, as you can obviously tell from the title, part of the Aleste...

News: ESRB Cleans Up

ESRB Cleans Up

If you've been following VC news since the Wii was released, you might still remember that the ESRB rated a few titles before the Wii was even on store shelves. Games such as Super Mario RPG, Kirby's Dream Land 3 and more were all rated back in 2006.

About mid-2007 some of these games were mysteriously removed - Super Mario RPG, Kirby's Dream Land...

News: USA VC Update: Castlevania III

USA VC Update: Castlevania III

Nintendo of America continues their one-VC-game-a-week strategy, releasing just one new VC game once again this week. Thankfully it's yet another good one!

You might remember Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse being released in Europe on Halloween, which was quite obviously a perfect date. Strangely enough it just didn't get released in the US for over 2 months, but now it's finally here! Konami..

News: ESRB Update: Super Punch-Out!! and Ogre Battle on Their Way to the US

ESRB Update: Super Punch-Out!! and Ogre Battle on Their Way to the US

There haven't really been too many great games released in the US recently - Aside from StarTropics II, Phantasy Star IV and possibly Kirby's Dream Land 3 it's been quite a bleak affair. Thankfully it seems like Nintendo are stepping up their game a little bit sometime soon, as two awesome games have been given the go-ahead by the ESRB.

Super Punch-Out!! is quite naturally the sequel to the..

News: Ten Games We'd Like To See On The Virtual Console In 2009

Ten Games We'd Like To See On The Virtual Console In 2009

We've already experienced two years worth of Virtual Console goodness since the launch of the Nintendo Wii console back in November of 2006 and despite some reservations about what 2009 will bring as far as Virtual Console support goes, we're trying quite hard to remain optimistic that this year will be another strong year for the service.

We've seen many of the bigger hits for each of the consoles..

News: USA VC Update: Kirby's Dream Land 3

USA VC Update: Kirby's Dream Land 3

Nintendo of America has released one Virtual Console game and two WiiWare games every single week for the past two months - You thought they couldn't sink any lower? Guess again, because this week it's one VC game and one WiiWare game! Much like last week, the VC game is a good one, but that doesn't really make up for anything!

Kirby's Dream Land 3 for the SNES is the final Kirby's Dream Land game..

News: Virtual Console Reviews - Best of 2008

Virtual Console Reviews - Best of 2008

This year brought two new systems to the Virtual Console with the Commodore 64 computer added to the European Virtual Console and the Sega Master System added to both the European and North American Virtual Console services. We also saw a host of new releases on the systems already available on the service including some very high profile titles.

As...

News: USA VC Update: StarTropics II

USA VC Update: StarTropics II

What better way than to close the year with another Nintendo-developed game? Sure, it's just one game yet again, but at least it's another good one.

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II is, naturally, the sequel to StarTropics. As you might have guessed from the title, the villain from the first game, Zoda, is back - He is trying to steal the Tetrads, ancient puzzle blocks (Yes, they're Tetris blocks),..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2009

Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2009

After a somewhat lackluster December, Nintendo of Japan has decided to start the new year with a rather good month. Aside from one of the most wanted N64 games, the general theme seems to be sequels - There's a lot of them planned for January!

The full schedule is as follows: Famicom: Tantei Jinguji Saburo Kikena Faturi (January 6th) Getsu Fuuma Den Zoids: Mokushiroku Nintendo 64: Super Smash..

News: EU VC Update: Secret of Mana and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System)

EU VC Update: Secret of Mana and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System)

Today's update was already revealed a few days ago - No additional games have been added to the two games that were announced, but does it really matter when one of them is Secret of Mana?

Secret of Mana is probably Square's most well-known SNES game aside from the Final Fantasies and Chrono Trigger. Unlike those two, it's an action RPG - There's no...

News: USA VC Update: Phantasy Star IV

USA VC Update: Phantasy Star IV

You won't believe it - A lot of people were probably expecting multiple games this week because of the holidays, but Nintendo of America has decided to continue the trend once more, releasing just one new game again! This time, it's an amazing classic RPG.

Phantasy Star IV is the final title in the "main" Phantasy Star storyline. After the somewhat subpar Phantasy Star III Sega decided to..

News: Mana From Heaven For RPG Fans On Boxing Day In Europe

Mana From Heaven For RPG Fans On Boxing Day In Europe

Hopefully European readers have asked Santa for lots of Wii points this Christmas as it seems ours pals at Nintendo have been holding back on you for a boxing day surprise this coming Friday.

Obviously the surprise is completely ruined now! Isn’t the Internet good for doing that? All the same we think you will be delighted to hear that one of the best RPGs ever is finally coming out in Europe..

News: SnakeByte Christmas Compo - Win Yourself Some Wii Goodies

SnakeByte Christmas Compo - Win Yourself Some Wii Goodies

Christmas, as we all know, is about giving. And those kind chaps at SnakeByte (we reviewed a couple of their products recently) are clearly in a festive mood as they’ve given us a goodie bag of Wii peripherals to give to one lucky person.

Up for grabs we have: XS Starter Pack (White) Remote XS Controller (Pink) Retro Controller Charging Cradle All you have to do to win this collection of..

News: Club Nintendo Coming To North America

Club Nintendo Coming To North America

Well it's good news for North American Nintendo fans as the company has just announced the North American launch of Club Nintendo. The official Club Nintendo site is now up and you can surf over there to register all of your Nintendo goodies and take part in surveys that will earn you special coins that can be used to purchased various rewards. If you already have a My Nintendo account, you can even transfer all of your previously registered items to your new Club Nintendo account.

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News: USA VC Update: Enduro Racer

USA VC Update: Enduro Racer

Shockingly enough, Nintendo of America has decided to have another week with just 1 VC game! While the previous few weeks were at least somewhat tolerable as the games were ok to good, this week is a real miss.

Enduro Racer is Sega's attempt at porting the arcade game with the same name. Apparently they didn't manage, though, as the Master System...

News: EU VC Update: Last Ninja 3, Impossible Mission II and Boogerman

EU VC Update: Last Ninja 3, Impossible Mission II and Boogerman

After a short hiatus, the Commodore 64 is back with two new games - One is easily one of the most stunning games on the system, while the other is a good platform/action game. They're accompanied by a platformer on the Mega Drive.

Last Ninja 3 is the final part of the Last Ninja series. It's basically more of the same - Explore your isometric surroundings to find key items, kill enemies and solve..

News: Hands on with SnakeByte's XS Starter Pack

Hands on with SnakeByte's XS Starter Pack

It’s always struck us as rather strange that Nintendo held off allowing third party manufacturers to produce controllers for the Wii for such a long time. It’s only recently that we’ve seen ‘unofficial’ Wiimotes and Nunchuks hitting the marketplace, and considering the relatively high price of Nintendo’s own brand of peripherals, it’s a welcome move.

SnakeByte – the company behind the Retro Controllers we reviewed recently – has now pushed its own interpretation of Nintendo’s Wiimote and Nunchuk combo onto shop...

News: USA VC Update: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System)

USA VC Update: Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System)

It's the third week in a row with just one VC game! This time, it's a big-name title, but to be honest, even fans of the franchise might be disappointed.

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 on the Master System is not at all like the Genesis version. Yes, it's a platformer as well, but the levels, bosses and almost everything else is completely different. This game also introduces vehicles, such as hanggliders..

News: USA VC Update: Metal Slug 2

USA VC Update: Metal Slug 2

Sadly, it seems Nintendo of America once again prefers WiiWare this week! You'll only be able to download one new VC game today.

Metal Slug 2 is quite obviously the second game in the Metal Slug series. It improves on everything from the first game - More characters, more weapons, more enemies, more vehicles, better graphics... It's every bit as...

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - December 2008

Japanese Virtual Console list - December 2008

It doesn't look like Japan's going to get much of a holiday treat - There's only one notable game to speak of being released the whole month, and pretty much all of the other games were never released in the west! There's only 10 titles lined up for the month in total, which is also a surprisingly low amount.

The full schedule for December is as follows: Famicom: Atlantis no Nazo (December..

News: EU VC Update: Metal Slug 2, Forgotten Worlds and Space Invaders

EU VC Update: Metal Slug 2, Forgotten Worlds and Space Invaders

Not many surprises for Europe again this week! It's basically the exact same as the US update last week, with the addition of one more game.

Metal Slug 2 basically just builds on the standard set by the original Metal Slug. If you like rock-hard shooting/platforming action this is the game for you! This time, there's four characters to play as, more weapons, more "Slugs" to ride, more..