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News: Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2009

Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2009

It's that time of the month again! Time to see what VC games Japan will be getting next month. Not much surprises this time really - Square Enix continues its support with a Japan-exclusive game, while Sega releases another game in their original mascot's franchise. Nothing really too stunning this time though! Two new games which could potentially be released elsewhere are on the list too.

The..

News: Mercs Coming Soon, With a Different Name!

Mercs Coming Soon, With a Different Name!

Capcom occassionally makes a blog post about their upcoming VC games - They've done it again today for Mercs. The game was already rated by various rating boards ages ago (And released in Japan not so long ago), so it's nice to finally see it released on VC in the US and Europe.

What's interesting is that the blog post also says they have renamed the game. As you might be aware, Mercs is actually..

News: OFLC Update: Two More Imports

OFLC Update: Two More Imports

It's been quite a while since the last OFLC update, but today they've finally revealed some new VC games again! Both of them are imports, which might mean that another Hanabi Festival for Europe is not too far away.

Bomberman '94 is the sequel to Bomberman '93. If you're familiar with Mega Bomberman for the Mega Drive, this is the same game, although this version is actually usually considered..

News: USA VC Update: Wonder Boy in Monster Land

USA VC Update: Wonder Boy in Monster Land

Today's US VC update isn't very surprising. This week's new game was released in Europe last Friday.

Wonder Boy in Monster Land is the second game in the Wonder Boy series and the first to introduce more RPG elements. Unlike later games however, it still clearly has some features from the original game, such as the fact it's rock-hard! If you don't count imports and different versions of games..

News: Wonder Boy in Monster Land Includes Special Options

Wonder Boy in Monster Land Includes Special Options

Here's some interesting news - According to those who have already downloaded Wonder Boy in Monster Land, it is possible to press the "-" button during gameplay to open up a special menu containing two options.

The first option is fairly simple. It allows you to swap the functions of the 1 and 2 buttons on the Wii remote. The second feature is rather interesting though, as it allows you..

News: EU VC Update: Mario Golf and Wonder Boy in Monster Land

EU VC Update: Mario Golf and Wonder Boy in Monster Land

This week, Europe finally gets another N64 game! Can you believe it's been almost 8 months since the last one? Accompanying it is what is likely to be the last Wonder Boy game on VC.

Mario Golf was strangely already released in the US and Japan months ago before finally appearing in Europe this week. This is the first Mario Golf game, and although...

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...