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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...

News: Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (8th Oct)

Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (8th Oct)

Nintendo's Virtual Console shop has 3 new releases this week, Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing (MD), Earthworm Jim (MD), Mario Golf (N64).

Shining Force II: Ancient SealingSystem: Sega Mega DriveRelease Date: Mon 6th Oct (US), Fri 3rd Oct (EU) It’s a dark and stormy night in the kingdom of Granseal when a thief steals two jewels from the Tower of the Ancients. He sets in motion strange events..

News: Virtual Console games to be directly downloadable to SD cards

Virtual Console games to be directly downloadable to SD cards

At a press conference in Japan today, not only did Nintendo announce a barrage of new DS/Wii games and a new DS, they also announced something Wii fans have been wanting for a long time - A storage solution!

Sadly, it's not a hard drive like many people assumed. Instead, you'll be able to directly download games to SD cards. At the moment, the only...

News: The DSi – One Step Closer to a Portable Virtual Console?

The DSi – One Step Closer to a Portable Virtual Console?

Nintendo has just unveiled details of a new handheld console called the DSi.

But before you get too excited and spill your Sunny D all over the keyboard, it’s worth noting that it’s essentially a DS with slight modifications rather an all-new machine. Improvements include larger screens (3.25 inches, up from 3 inches), two cameras (both 0.3...

News: Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (1st Oct)

Weekly Virtual Console Round Up (1st Oct)

Nintendo's Virtual Console shop has 1 new release this week, Super Turrican 2 (SNES).

Super Turrican 2System: Super NintendoRelease Date: Mon 29th Sep (US) As the last survivor of the United Freedom Forces, it is your duty to destroy the Machine’s forces that have devastated the galaxy. Fight through countless hordes of enemies using everything at your disposal. Use weapons and power-ups to fight..

News: USA VC Release: Super Turrican 2

USA VC Release: Super Turrican 2

Just one Virtual Console release this week, and it’s the second coming of everyone’s favourite death-dealing cyborg, Turrican. Based on the home computer original, Super Turrican 2 is a radically retooled sequel that takes advantage of the console’s unique capabilities. It retails for the usual 800 Wii points, so be sure to check it out should you be a fan of the first game.

Super Turrican 2..

News: Hardware Focus - NEC SuperGrafx

Hardware Focus - NEC SuperGrafx

In 1989 the PC Engine was still selling quite well in Japan, but Sega's 16-bit Mega Drive system was beginning to pick up steam and Nintendo's Super Famicom console was looming just around the corner. Sensing this, NEC decided that they needed a true 16-bit console if they were to have any hope of continuing their success in the Japanese console wars.

The successor to the PC Engine was originally..

News: TurboGrafx-16 Releases - October

TurboGrafx-16 Releases - October

It's another case of catchup next month for the TurboGrafx-16. The US will be getting two games which Europe, Australia and Japan have already had for some time. Europe and Australia get nothing while they wait for the US to get up to date!

The two import TurboGrafx-16 games the US will be getting next month are: Digital Champ: Battle Boxing Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou Digital Champ isn't really..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - October 2008

Japanese Virtual Console list - October 2008

Next month's Japanese VC list isn't a pretty sight - You can easily see that even in Japan, the amount of released games is quickly decreasing. Only 9 games will be released in the entire month! There are some gems in the lot, but it's still pretty disappointing to see.

Their full list of upcoming games for October is as follows: Famicom: Kanshakudama Nage Kantarou no Toukaidou Gojuusan..

News: Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie "Exclusively" on XBLA

Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie "Exclusively" on XBLA

If you were one of those hopeful types who thought that Banjo-Kazooie's Xbox Live Arcade announcement meant that it could still come to Virtual Console, it might be time to give up hope.

Earlier today, Microsoft published a press release containing Banjo-Kazooie's release date, saying that it would be coming to XBLA "exclusively". It's set...

News: USA VC Releases: Super Dodge Ball and Vectorman

USA VC Releases: Super Dodge Ball and Vectorman

Don't just buy Mega Man 9 on WiiWare this week and ignore the Virtual Console - There's two great games up for grabs there as well!

If you've played the excellent River City Ransom, you'll probably think Super Dodge Ball looks strangely familiar. If you do, you're right, because it's another game in the Kunio series, which all share a similar art style. Strangely, outside Japan, the link between..

News: PEGI and ESRB Update: Last Ninja 3, Enduro Racer and More

PEGI and ESRB Update: Last Ninja 3, Enduro Racer and More

A double whammy today, as both the PEGI and the ESRB have rated some new VC games! And not only do they reconfirm already confirmed games, they also reveal two new games.

While there was absolutely no doubt Last Ninja 3 would be hitting VC (As the first and second game are both out in Europe) the PEGI has now confirmed our suspicions by rating it...

News: Nyko Set To Release Wireless Classic Controller

Nyko Set To Release Wireless Classic Controller

Ooh fancy!

For those of you out there who have been searching for an alternative to Nintendo's Wii Classic Controller, you're search is over. Nyko is getting set to release their new Wing wireless classic controller this fall for the Nintendo Wii console. Not only does the Wing feature an ergonomic grip, it also features full wireless support for...

News: EU VC Releases: Master System Sonic & Two C64 Classics

EU VC Releases: Master System Sonic & Two C64 Classics

Today's releases include Europe's 250th Virtual Console game! We're not quite sure which of the games Nintendo considers to be the one, but all three of them are absolute classics.

Sonic the Hedgehog on the Master System is a remake of the Mega Drive game with the same name. While the basic gameplay remains the same (Collect rings, defeat Dr. Robotnik/Eggman, rescue animals), the layout for every..

News: USA VC Release: Mega Man 2

USA VC Release: Mega Man 2

It's time for another catchup update: Today US Wii owners will be able to download what is almost certainly the most loved Mega Man game ever made: Mega Man 2. European Wii owners already got to rediscover its delights last December, meaning it's been a 9 month wait.

Mega Man 2 expands on the concepts of the first Mega Man - Aside from upping the initial stage count from 6 to 8, there's 8 entirely..

News: OFLC Update: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (NES)

OFLC Update: Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse (NES)

While many of us would probably prefer to see Dracula X: Rondo of Blood appear on the US and European Virtual Console services it’s looking likely that we’ll be treated to one of the game’s prequels first, because the Australian OFLC has recently rated the NES title Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse.

The final installment in the popular NES trilogy, Dracula’s Curse is regarded by many fans..

News: EU VC Releases: DoReMi Fantasy and Ys Book I & II

EU VC Releases: DoReMi Fantasy and Ys Book I & II

Can you believe it? It's already time to say goodbye to the Hanabi Festival, as this is presumably the last week with imports. But it goes out with a bang - Not only are there two more imports available, they're accompanied by two Turbografx games, one of which is spectacular.

First, the new imports: DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure was released in the US almost half a year ago. What an..

News: Drake's Ratings Roundup - August 2008

Drake's Ratings Roundup - August 2008

You might remember back in June we posted a decently sized list of all games that got rated recently which had not yet been released. We also promised this feature would return every month - Sadly not too many games got rated in July, so for now we've decided to just keep it as a bi-monthly feature instead, meaning that it is now time to make another!

We already explained the various ratings board..