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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..

News: Kaasa Interview - Commodore 64 on Virtual Console

Kaasa Interview - Commodore 64 on Virtual Console

If we had reported back in 2006 that the Virtual Console would ever play host to a series of Commodore 64 games we might have been branded as crazy. Heck, some of our readers are too young to know what this home computer was, some even questioned if the beloved breadbox was a competitor of the Nintendo 64!

Despite the initial surprise of getting the first C64 game on the Wii back in March 2008 and..

News: USA VC Releases: Gradius II and Digital Champ

USA VC Releases: Gradius II and Digital Champ

After a failed earlier attempt, Hudson have finally managed to get their latest games out - They were initially listed to be released multiple weeks ago, but were delayed until now for no apparent reason.

Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou is the sequel to the original Gradius. Strangely enough, neither the arcade version, nor any of its home ports ever made it outside Japan, until a recent collection on..

News: EU VC Releases: Mayhem in Monsterland and More

EU VC Releases: Mayhem in Monsterland and More

A very nice surprise for Commodore 64 fans today - Out of nowhere, Commodore has released one of their most popular games. Accompanying it are two Sega classics.

Mayhem in Monsterland was one of the very last Commodore 64 games, and is seen by many as the last great game released on the system. Aside from very colourful graphics and nice music, the...

News: Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (15th Oct)

Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (15th Oct)

Nintendo's Virtual Console shop has 2 new releases this week, Secret of Mana (SNES), Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (MD).

Secret of ManaSystem: Super NintendoRelease Date: Mon 13th Oct (US) Good and evil battle for a young warrior’s heart. There is one force in the universe that keeps good and evil in perfect balance. It is called the tree of Mana. But a magic sword has tricked a..

News: USA VC Releases: Secret of Mana and Street Fighter II Genesis

USA VC Releases: Secret of Mana and Street Fighter II Genesis

It's another big week for the USA. A timeless Square classic and yet another update to Capcom's fighting series will be available later today.

Aside from Final Fantasy and Chrono Trigger, Secret of Mana is one of Square's most highly regarded games. While it's not readily apparent, the game is actually a sequel to Final Fantasy Adventure on the Game Boy (Which secretly really isn't a Final Fantasy..

News: USK Update: Wizball

USK Update: Wizball

Mega Man 3 isn't all that was today revealed to be coming to the VC - According to the USK, Europeans will also be able to look forward to Wizball for the Commodore 64.

In Wizball, you play as a wizard, who takes the form of a strange green ball. His objective is to "paint" the game - Every level starts off in drab, grayscale colours, but by collecting colour droplets, he will be able to..

News: OFLC Update: Mega Man 3

OFLC Update: Mega Man 3

PAL gamers rejoice - Mega Man 3, the third installment of the original NES Mega Man series is heading our way! We got Mega Man 2 way back in December, so it really was a no-brainer that this would happen sometime soon, but the OFLC has now confirmed our suspicions.

Strangely enough the game was rated on the 2nd of October, but wasn't actually added to the OFLC database until today, meaning newer..

News: Treasure: Buy Dynamite Headdy, You Fools

Treasure: Buy Dynamite Headdy, You Fools

Highly respected Japanese developer Treasure has spoken about the Virtual Console service in a recent interview with 1up.com.

President Masato Maegawa said he was pleased with the commercial performance of titles like Gunstar Heroes and Sin & Punishment, but was sad to see that so few people had downloaded Dynamite Headdy – a game which holds...