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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..

News: USA VC Update: Boogerman

USA VC Update: Boogerman

It's just one game again this week, and unfortunately it's neither of the big-name titles (Castlevania III and Phantasy Star IV) which Europe recently got. What you get instead is Interplay's next title.

Boogerman is a rather average game in terms of gameplay - Just run and jump your way through the stages. What really sets it apart from other...

News: Hori Announces New Classic Controller For Japan

Hori Announces New Classic Controller For Japan

We've already seen a wealth of third-party classic controller offerings, but for those who love auto-fire capabilities on their controllers, Hori has just what you're looking for in their creatively titled new classic controller called the Classic Controller. There's really no telling how much marketing money was thrown at coming up with just the right name for this unique controller, but those funds were obviously well spent.

Not only does the controller mimic the original Gamecube controller in form and function, but it also offers up three different autofire settings for each of the controller's six action buttons. So no matter what Virtual Console game you..

News: Wii Firmware Update That Makes Transferring to SD Faster

Wii Firmware Update That Makes Transferring to SD Faster

If you haven’t already seen an inviting blue flashing light emitting from your Wii then you might like to know that Wii firmware version 3.4 is now available.

This update vastly improves the time taken to transfer WiiWare or Virtual Console games to a SD card. Some have said it is now around 5x faster with a 320 block game such as World of Goo taking around 20 – 30 seconds to transfer..

News: Virtual Console Reviews is Two Today!

Virtual Console Reviews is Two Today!

Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. Two years ago today Virtual Console Reviews was brought kicking and screaming into the world. That’s 731 days (or 17,544 hours) of Virtual Console-related news, reviews and features – quite a feat, we’re sure you’ll agree.

Since last year’s birthday celebrations quite a lot has happened to the site. The name-change is the most obvious thing -..

News: EU VC Update: Phantasy Star IV and Mega Man 3

EU VC Update: Phantasy Star IV and Mega Man 3

Fear not, European Mega Man fans. You don't have to wait long for Mega Man 3 - It's available now! And while it alone would make for a great update, Sega has decided to give us a special treat as well - One of the best Mega Drive games ever made!

Phantasy Star IV is often considered one of the greatest games ever made for the Mega Drive. It pushes the system to its limit, with great graphics and..

News: USA VC Update: Mega Man 3

USA VC Update: Mega Man 3

It’s another one game week for the Virtual Console this week, but who can complain when the game is as good as Mega Man 3? Fans of the series often cite the third instalment of the series as being the greatest despite arguments from others who claim the second or even fifth Mega Man game is the best!

Whatever your view you it is hard to deny that...

News: OFLC Update: M.U.S.H.A and More

OFLC Update: M.U.S.H.A and More

Exciting news for shooter fans today, because Australia's OFLC has rated three new VC games, including one of the most popular Mega Drive shooters ever made.

M.U.S.H.A is the western name for Musha Aleste, one of the installments in the Aleste series. Japanese Wii owners have already been able to get Musha Aleste for a while, but we suspected it would show up here eventually - The only real change..

News: USA VC Update: Space Harrier

USA VC Update: Space Harrier

Welcome to the Fantasy Zone! Today’s solo Virtual Console game is none other than Space Harrier from the Sega Master System. A console which many North Americans simply won’t even remember. As such we can’t help feeling that today’s update is a bit of a kick in the teeth, sure it’s not a bad game, but releasing it with no other games is hard to stomach. This is already out in Europe so you can check out our review for more info.

On a more exciting note WiiWare gets Hudson’s Alien Crush Returns today after what seems like a long, long wait. Tha..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - November 2008

Japanese Virtual Console list - November 2008

November actually has quite a few surprises in store for Japan. Although there are no new Nintendo 64, Neo Geo or MSX games, Japanese Wii owners will soon be able to download Mega Man 3, Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Master System), and the next Square Enix game, among others.

The full list is as follows: Famicom: Mega Man 3 (November 4th) Smash Ping Pong Dragon Buster Super Famicom: Ogre Battle: The..

News: Corbie's Top 20 Virtual Console Releases - Part 2

Corbie's Top 20 Virtual Console Releases - Part 2

We've already done quite a few Top 10 lists of games we'd like to see hit the Virtual Console, but now that we're quickly approaching 300 Virtual Console releases, we thought it might be a good time to come up with a list of our favorite Virtual Console releases already available for the service.

I'm going to kick things off with my own personal Top 20 Virtual Console releases list. Now before the..

News: Corbie's Top 20 Virtual Console Releases - Part 1

Corbie's Top 20 Virtual Console Releases - Part 1

We've already done quite a few Top 10 lists of games we'd like to see hit the Virtual Console, but now that we're quickly approaching 300 Virtual Console releases, we thought it might be a good time to come up with a list of our favorite Virtual Console releases already available for the service.

I'm going to kick things off with my own personal Top 20 Virtual Console releases list. Now before the..

News: EU VC Update: NES Halloween Trio

EU VC Update: NES Halloween Trio

This week's update falls right on Halloween - Nintendo of Europe would be fools not to take advantage of this! Thankfully they are aware of it - All three games released today have a horror theme.

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse is the final NES installment of the Castlevania series. After the rather mediocre Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Konami...

News: Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (29th Oct)

Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (29th Oct)

Nintendo's Virtual Console shop has 1 new release this week, Earthworm Jim (MD).

Earthworm JimSystem: Sega Mega DriveRelease Date: Mon 27th Oct (US) A crow is chasing a worm named Jim, while in outer space, Psy-Crow is chasing a renegade ship. The ship's captain has stolen an ultra-high-tech-indestructible-super-space-cyber-suit and Queen Slug-for-a-Butt has ordered Psy-Crow to get it, since it can..

News: USA VC Release - Earthworm Jim

USA VC Release - Earthworm Jim

Just the one game for the US today, but it's a classic - It's everybody's favourite earthworm, Earthworm Jim!

Earthworm Jim for the Genesis might not be the most graphically advanced version of the game, but that doesn't really matter when you consider the fact that it has an extra level which only also appeared in a later enhanced PC edition of the game. The game itself is pretty much the..

News: Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (22nd Oct)

Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (22nd Oct)

Nintendo's Virtual Console shop has 5 new releases this week, Mayhem in Monsterland (C64), Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou (TG-16), Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (MD), Space Harrier (SMS), Digital Champ: Battle Boxing (TG-16).

Mayhem in MonsterlandSystem: Commodore 64Release Date: Fri 17th Oct (EU) Mayhem is an unhappy dinosaur, as Monsterland is an unhappy place, due to an apprentice..