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News: EU - 6th June - No Virtual Console Games!

EU - 6th June - No Virtual Console Games!

When we got Paradroid during the week of the WiiWare launch, many thought we narrowly dodged a bullet (As the US and Japan both got no VC games at all with the WiiWare launch). Sadly, it seems Nintendo of Europe has decided to make us suffer through a no-VC-game-week after all, because that is the case today.

It's not as if the Wii Shop is unupdated...

News: US VC Release - 2nd June - Ninja Combat

US VC Release - 2nd June - Ninja Combat

This week isn't very interesting for the US Virtual Console, sadly. It is suggested that this week you take a look at WiiWare instead.

The only VC release this week is Ninja Combat for the Neo Geo. After seeing the success of games like Final Fight and Streets of Rage, Alpha Denshi decided to attempt a beat 'em up themselves. While graphics-wise the game looks ok (Although the actual animation is..

News: EU VC Releases - 30th May - Samurai Shodown

EU VC Releases - 30th May - Samurai Shodown

If you like SNK fighters and N64 puzzlers you're in luck today. There's two news games that fall into the former category, and one that falls in the latter. I think you can guess the N64 game!

The top pick this week is Samurai Shodown. Instead of making yet another generic modern-day fighter with special moves, like fireballs and such, they decided to make Samurai Shodown, which does pretty much..

News: MSX Hits Japanese VC, Includes Special Options

MSX Hits Japanese VC, Includes Special Options

As you might remember, the MSX was set to get its first games on the Japanese Virtual Console this month. Up until yesterday, the two slated games (Aleste and Eggy) still did not have an actual release date though, and it seemed as if they would be delayed again (Making it almost a year after their initial planned release date!). At the very last minute, Nintendo of Japan decided to release Aleste yesterday, together with the rest of the games that were planned for this week.

That's not all - Aleste (And we assume every future MSX game) actually includes some special options on the VC. You can press the "-..

News: US VC Releases - 26th May - Metal Slug

US VC Releases - 26th May - Metal Slug

A rather crowded day for the US today - There's two well-known titles, accompanied by two lesser-known ones. One of each of these two sets is a Virtual Console game.

The well-known VC game is of course Metal Slug for the Neo Geo. As Marco Rossi or Tarma Roving, you have to take on a whole army full of soldiers, tanks, planes, artillery and other machinery. Like in games such as Contra, one hit will..

News: Soul Blazer – The Virtual Console Release That Never Was?

Soul Blazer – The Virtual Console Release That Never Was?

During our trips around the wonderful World Wide Web we noticed that a few sites seem to be listing Enix’s excellent Soul Blazer (also know as Soul Blader in Japan) as a Virtual Console title, even going as far as to state that it saw release in North America on the 12th May alongside Konami’s Tiny Toon Adventures. We’ve also had several emails from concerned readers regarding this, too.

A..

News: EU VC Release - 23rd May - Paradroid

EU VC Release - 23rd May - Paradroid

Seemingly copying the US, Europe's VC only gets one new week. However, because WiiWare launched earlier this week, that makes Europe the only region to get a VC game in the same week as the WiiWare launch (Australia doesn't get C64 games, so we assume they get nothing today!).

Paradroid puts you in control of a robot on board an abandoned starship...

News: US VC Release - May 19th - Sky Kid

US VC Release - May 19th - Sky Kid

After the amount of VC games in the US gradually started going down (Culminating in no VC games at all last week), it now appears to be slowly going up again, as there's just one new game this week.

Sky Kid is a NES port of a moderately popular arcade game. It's a shoot 'em up starring the world-famous World War I air pilots, the Red Baron and the Blue Max, who try to blow up enemy bases and..

News: EU VC Releases - 16th May - Third Hanabi Festival Week

EU VC Releases - 16th May - Third Hanabi Festival Week

If you're a shooter fan you're in real luck this week: There's two import shooters, and both of them are generally considered to be fantastic and some of the best the genre has to offer. There's also an import boxing game.

The first import shooter this week is Star Parodier on the Turbografx. After Konami made a wacky spin-off of Gradius called Parodius, Hudson Soft got the idea to do the same, and..

News: Introducing WiiWare World

Introducing WiiWare World

The smell of change is in the air. On Monday 12th May the WiiWare service is launching in the USA. Will the world ever be the same again?

To coincide with this momentous occasion it is with great pleasure that we can announce we will be launching a new site specifically dedicated to WiiWare (or Wii Software to Euro gamers!). Behold the future,...

News: EU VC Releases - 9th May - Metal Slug and More Imports

EU VC Releases - 9th May - Metal Slug and More Imports

After last week's relatively good batch of games we honestly expected Nintendo would choose the least interesting upcoming imports to release this week. Thankfully we've been proven wrong - They only chose a single bad one, plus two good ones, and on top of that, we get a non-import game!

Metal Slug needs no introduction amongst most hardcore gamers. The series is basically a wackier version of the..

News: Playtest: The Shaft Virtual Console joystick

Playtest: The Shaft Virtual Console joystick

As old school gamers on Wii the only thing we missed was a joystick peripheral for that authentic arcade feel

. Back in the days anyone who was serious about Street Fighter II on the SNES would have owned a Super Advantage joystick. The NEO GEO was famed for the quality of its joystick – indeed it was almost as big as the console itself. Why hasn’t Nintendo released an official joystick for the..

News: US VC Releases - 5th May - Pokemon Puzzle League

US VC Releases - 5th May - Pokemon Puzzle League

So what wonderful games can you get your grubby mitts on this Monday? Prepared to be amazed as the Virtual Console is getting a new N64 game in the shape of Pokémon Puzzle League.

For those not in the know Pokémon Puzzle League uses the exact same gameplay found in the old SNES and Game Boy title Tetris Attack. You're given a Tetris-like field full of coloured blocks, which you must arrange into..

News: Star Parodier and other imports in the next Hanabi festival

Star Parodier and other imports in the next Hanabi festival

In today's Nintendo Europe news in a rare moment of transparency from Nintendo we now know what to expect from the next Hanabi festival:

Over the coming weeks, you’ll also be able to enjoy other never-before-seen greats such as Gley Lancer (SEGA MEGA DRIVE), Cho Aniki (Muscle Brothers) (Turbografx), Puyo Puyo 2 (SEGA MEGA DRIVE) and Star Parodier (Turbografx), and more. All games will be..

News: ESRB Update: EarthBound Finally Coming To Virtual Console!

ESRB Update: EarthBound Finally Coming To Virtual Console!

If you're familiar at all with the Mother series (Only the second game was released outside Japan, as EarthBound) you should know it's got an enormous cult following. In fact, EarthBound was the number one wanted VC game in the Nintendo Power poll just a few days ago! Fans have pleaded for Nintendo to release the other games in the series, Mother and Mother 3 in the West, or at least give the series some more attention, but to this day, their wishes still haven't been satisfied. That is all changing now - EarthBound has been rated by the ESRB, indicating that it will be released on the VC in the future.

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News: EU VC Releases - 2nd May - The Hanabi Festival Returns!

EU VC Releases - 2nd May - The Hanabi Festival Returns!

Europeans who have had their Wii for a while will no doubt remember last September - Nintendo of Europe introduced a special "Hanabi Festival" dedicated to give us import game goodness. With games such as Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, Mario's Super Picross and Sin and Punishment becoming available to us for the first time ever, who could refuse? Certainly not us!

Well, it looks like..

News: Nintendo Wii hard drive coming soon?

Nintendo Wii hard drive coming soon?

A recent press release from Nintendo makes interesting reading. In addition to news that the company's fortunes continue to soar there was also an interesting bit of information from company president Satoru Iwata in regards to the hot topic of the Wii's limited flash memory:

Q6 I am personally enjoying WiiWare and Virtual Console but feel Wii’s...

News: RPG Titles Dominate Nintendo Power’s Most Wanted List

RPG Titles Dominate Nintendo Power’s Most Wanted List

As we reported a while back, respected US magazine Nintendo Power recently asked Virtual Console fans to submit which games they would like to see on the service in the hope that it would make the Big N sit up and take notice. The results are now in and (unsurprisingly) SNES RPGs dominate.

Here’s the reader’s top 5 most wanted: Earthbound (Super NES) Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars..

News: South Korea gets their own Virtual Console

South Korea gets their own Virtual Console

Interestingly the Wii finally went on sale in South Korea for the first time yesterday on the 26th April. This wouldn’t normally be a news item for us but with the Wii launch comes a whole new Virtual Console region with different prices!

Let’s take a look at the launch games as listed on the Korean Nintendo site: Famicom / NES (400 Wii...

News: Bionic Commando NOT coming to the Virtual Console!

Bionic Commando NOT coming to the Virtual Console!

Our pals at IGN, recently interviewed Capcom's Ben Judd on the upcoming PSN/XBLA remake of the original Bionic Commando Rearmed.

This might not be of great interest if you only own a Wii console, but interestingly the interview managed to open a can of worms regarding the possibility of the NES version of Bionic Commando coming to the Virtual...

News: US VC Releases - 28th April - Double Dragon

US VC Releases - 28th April - Double Dragon

Hot on the tails of River City Ransom from last week the theme of violence continues with the legendary Double Dragon on the NES punching its way to the Virtual Console.

The NES version is a fun adaptation of the original arcade classic however there is no 2 player simultaneous option in the main game which is a crying shame (even the Master System...

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2008

Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2008

Although a number of arguably "big" things are coming to Japan this month, none of them are true shockers. Konami will be bringing out the big guns with Ganbare Goemon 2, the second SNES Goemon game. This one was never released outside Japan, despite arguably being one of the best games in the series, so we hope this becomes an import title!

Shooter fans will be happy that Axelay, Gynoug,..