Wii Virtual Console News

May2011

  • Nintendo Download 30th May 2011 (North America)

    Leagues, islands, houses, valets and B-teams

    All being well, next week we'll be able to access the 3DS eShop, hopefully creating an upsurge in the number of interesting handheld titles to download. Here's what's on the way this week for all you North American Nintendo Points-lovers. WiiWareFAST — Racing League (Shin'en Multimedia, 1000pts) — The latest downloadable outing from the team behind..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - June 2011

    Two games each for the Super Famicom, Neo Geo and Arcade

    Japan's seeing a bit of a resurgence in Virtual Console releases, as recently it's been receiving five or six games per month. This month is no different, with six games divided equally across three systems. It includes another Square Enix game, but sadly, it's one of Square's lesser known titles, and not another game from the Enix catalogue..

  • Nintendo Download 20th May 2011 (Europe)

    Chrono Trigger finally reaches Europe!

    There's only one headline game this week: the long-awaited European arrival of another legendary Super NES RPG from Square. Virtual ConsoleChrono Trigger (Square, Super NES, 900pts) — Today is an auspicious event: the first time Square's time-travelling epic has landed on the Super NES in Europe. Our Chrono Trigger review explains why this is considered one..

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Chrono Trigger

    One of the truly greatest RPG experiences ever created

    Soon after Chrono Trigger appeared on the Super Nintendo in 1995, it quickly became regarded as one of the most unique and impressive RPG releases to hit the system. Not only was it developed by a who's who of some of the greatest role-playing designers in the industry, the finished product...

  • Nintendo Download 16th May 2011 (North America)

    The long-awaited Chrono Trigger is finally here!

    The wait may have seemed like an eternity for RPG fans, but Square's Chrono Trigger, considered by many gamers to be one of the finest role-playing offerings in video game history, has finally arrived on Nintendo's Virtual Console service. The world can now start spinning again. WiiWareGabrielle's Ghostly Groove: Monster Mix (Natsume, 500pts) — Wii..

  • News Chrono Trigger Hits European Virtual Console on Friday

    Not long to wait now

    Legendary Super NES RPG Chrono Trigger was never released on the system in Europe, so its impending Virtual Console release on Friday is cause for much celebration. As the game was never officially released in Europe its VC appearance carries a small premium, selling for 900 Nintendo Points instead of 800, but what's an extra 100 Points between friends? The game also hits North..

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Adventure Island

    Back to basics

    The Adventure Island series started out with an almost exact clone of Wonder Boy, but as Wonder Boy became more of an action RPG rather than an action platformer, Adventure Island sequels stuck with the same formula as the first game and built upon it slightly with each release. In Adventure Island II and the later Adventure Island III, this meant the inclusion of the dinosaurs and..

  • Nintendo Download 13th May 2011 (Europe)

    Adventure returns to the island

    There's only one game headline-worthy this week: the long-awaited return of Master Higgins on Virtual Console, with two titles for DSiWare and a blank on WiiWare. Here's the line-up: Virtual ConsoleSuper Adventure Island (Super NES, 800pts) — Unofficial Hudson mascot Mr Higgins returns in the first Super NES entry in the Adventure Island series, skateboarding and..

  • News Chrono Trigger Does the Virtual Console Time Warp on Monday

    Ready your Points

    Good things come to those who wait, as Virtual Console fans can attest: Square Enix has just announced that Super NES classic Chrono Trigger will launch on Virtual Console in North America on Monday 16th May. The 16-bit classic will sell for 800 Nintendo Points, a steal whichever way you slice it. Come back next week for our review, an abridged version of which might read..

  • News SEGA Announces More Virtual Console Titles for Wii

    Includes Virtual Console Arcade

    Even after all these years, SEGA's still committed to supporting the Virtual Console, and its European arm has just announced two new titles coming to the service. Alongside the already-revealed Monster World IV for Genesis/Mega Drive comes Virtual Console Arcade title Wonder Boy in Monster Land, set to become the sixth VCA game from SEGA. We already have Wonder Boy..

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    SNES

    Review The Ignition Factor

    It burns, but it doesn't crash

    Ask anybody to name some firefighting games and you'll be lucky if they name one. Despite the games about the profession generally being quite good, there's not many of them, and they're not very widely known either. The Ignition Factor is one of only two on the SNES, the other one being the more well-known The...

  • Nintendo Download 2nd May 2011 (North America)

    Rival Turf! Hair cuts! BINGO!

    The Nintendo Download continues its merry path this week with releases on all formats, though only one genuinely new game in the form of DSiWare's pirate puzzler Ikibago. Read on and see what's in store this week. Virtual ConsoleRival Turf! (Jaleco, Super NES, 800pts) — A relic from the days when scrolling beat 'em ups ruled the Earth, read our Rival Turf! review..

  • News Chrono Trigger Rated, North American Release on the Cards

    Square's classic looking to gain some new fans

    Sixteen years after its original release, Chrono Trigger makes the jump from the past to the present, launching on the Virtual Console so that a new generation of gamers can enjoy the acclaimed role-playing game from the Super Nintendo era. With the game already available to download on the Japanese...

April2011

  • Nintendo Download 29th April 2011 (Europe)

    WiiWare MIA

    After several months of finding out the download days in advance, it's back to a wait and see approach this week, so let's see what's available for you to buy right now. Virtual Console: The Ignition Factor (Jaleco, Super NES, 900pts) — A top-down firefighting game, this is one of a kind on Virtual Console, so look out for our full...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2011

    Five games for this year's fifth month

    Normally, Nintendo reveals its Japanese Virtual Console plans for the upcoming month on the last Friday of the month, but this time we have it a day early. Next month sees a bit of a Neo Geo resurrection, with three new games being released for the system. Japan will also get the fifth NES outing of the Blue Bomber, as well as a SNES fighter already released..

  • News The Ignition Factor Lights Up Virtual Console on Friday

    Feeling hot hot hot

    Jaleco is a hotbed of Virtual Console support these days, with Brawl Brothers, Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force and more under the publisher's belt, a belt which just got a little bigger with the upcoming release of The Ignition Factor on Friday. The firefighting game was never released in Europe so it'll carry the appropriate...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Mega Man X

    X-ceptional

    Spinoffs in popular franchises have delivered historically mixed results over the years, but when Capcom spun the X series off of Mega Man, not only did they create a new line every bit as intense and engaging as the originals, but arguably even more polished and fun to a certain degree. And now, after a rather lengthy wait, Capcom have...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Adventure Island II

    Higgins returns

    The first Adventure Island was nothing more than a copy of Wonder Boy with some redone graphics. While Wonder Boy quickly became more of an Action RPG series, Adventure Island stuck to the platformer formula for a while before eventually following the same path. The general mechanics are still the same. Higgins' girlfriend has been...

  • Nintendo Download 18th April 2011 (North America)

    Take on Mega Man X

    After the news that Mega Man 5 is coming to Virtual Console, we have the unexpected arrival of Super NES Blue Bomber outing Mega Man X. Virtual ConsoleMega Man X (Super NES, 800pts) — Run, jump, blast: it's Mega Man in the 16-bit era, and the first Super NES entry in the series to arrive on Virtual Console. Look out for our fully charged review jumping through doorways later..

  • News ESRB Rating Outs Mega Man 5 for Virtual Console

    Charge your Mega Buster

    You can't stop the Blue Bomber's exploits on Virtual Console, as ESRB has rated Mega Man 5 for North America. Interestingly there's no PEGI rating for the game yet, indicating this may be one of the few Virtual Consoles titles to hit North America before Europe. The ESRB makes what was once the pinnacle of intense blasting...

  • Nintendo Download 15th April 2011 (Europe)

    Head back to Adventure Island

    Hudson hero Master Higgins resurfaces on Virtual Console in Adventure Island II, alongside new titles from Ludia and Tivola. Virtual ConsoleAdventure Island II (Hudson, NES, 500pts) — Master Higgins is back with his trusty axe, four dinosaurs and an evil witch to take down. This NES platformer brings back fond memories for many, so we'll bring you a full and honest..

  • News European Virtual Console Gets Chrono Trigger in Quarter 2

    Should be here before July

    We hereby christen today "Good News Tuesday". Not only have we discovered the release dates for countless titles — Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Reverie, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D and plenty more — we've also had confirmation from Nintendo that classic Square RPG Chrono Trigger will see the light of day on Virtual Console in Europe. The game is slated..

  • News Rejoin Master Higgins with Adventure Island II on Friday

    First of three on the way

    We know that there are three Adventure Island games coming to Virtual Console, and the trio of island-bound adventures kicks off this Friday with Adventure Island II for 500 Points. Hudson hero Master Higgins still has his faithful axe as well as the ability to join forces with four dinosaurs, each with unique abilities that come into play as he adventures across land,..

  • News Super NES Classic Controller Visits Australian Club Nintendo

    Welcome back, old friend

    The Classic Controller and its Pro variation are all well and good, but if you're blasting through Super Mario World or Super Metroid you might feel your thumbs itching for some classic Super NES pad action. Well, Club Nintendo members in Australia can now revisit the fan-favourite pad. Costing 3,000 Stars, the controller clicks into the bottom of your Wii Remote just like..

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Brawl Brothers

    A marked improvement

    Jaleco released several beat 'em ups on the SNES, although you may not know that three of them are actually related. Exclusively in Japan, the games Rival Turf!, Brawl Brothers and The Peace Keepers were all part of one series called Rushing Beat, but for their North American releases they were retitled, and the story and...

  • Nintendo Download 4th April 2011 (North America)

    Here's your Bonk

    Banishing the memory of last week's poor showings on the Nintendo Download, this week offers up a bumper crop of games, with Virtual Console, DSiWare and WiiWare all receiving fresh new games to play. Virtual Console: Super Bonk (Super NES, 800pts) — A platformer so classic it's practically prehistoric, Super Bonk takes the...

  • News Monster World IV Coming to Virtual Console in Europe

    PEGI rating seals the deal

    In February we brought you news that Monster World IV was finally coming Westward, according to a rating by the Australian OFLC, and there was much rejoicing. Now the European rating board PEGI has got in on the act, rating the game for Virtual Console in Europe. Naturally there's no specific release date yet, but the fact it's been rated for Virtual Console alone is..

March2011

  • Nintendo Download 1st April 2011 (Europe)

    Will you be an April fool?

    This week's North American Nintendo Download was underwhelming to say the least, and its European counterpart absolutely blows it out of the water. Let's see what treats await. Virtual Console: Brawl Brothers (JALECO, Super NES, 800pts) — We've already got Rival Turf on Virtual Console, and now its successor reaches the...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2011

    Square and Capcom battle for supremacy

    You've already heard that a Chrono Trigger is coming to Virtual Console in Japan next month, but that's not the only thing to get excited over. Capcom is also releasing a big title next month, which happens to be the first of another series many have requested to make an appearance on the service. Here's a...

  • News Chrono Trigger is Coming to Virtual Console in Japan

    Will the Western world follow?

    It's one of the most requested games for Virtual Console: Square's Super NES classic Chrono Trigger, but its chances of coming to the Wii's download services in North America and Europe just got a bit of a boost as the game is coming to Japanese Virtual Console next month. In its native country the game would retail for 900 Nintendo Points, and is due to land in..

  • Nintendo Download 21st March 2011 (North America)

    Playing catch up

    A rare occurrence in this week's Nintendo Download for our North American chums: all the games in the line-up are already available in Europe, so you'll likely already know if you're after any of the new titles or not. Let's delve in and see what's available. Virtual Console: Natsume Championship Wrestling (SNES, 800pts) — Step...

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Final Fantasy III

    Still one of the best RPGs to come out of the 16-bit era

    What can you say about the Final Fantasy series that hasn't already been said a thousand times before? The titles have become one of the best-selling video game series in history and have been largely responsible for making the RPG genre so popular with fans across the globe. After having...

  • Nintendo Download 18th March 2011 (Europe)

    Take on Final Fantasy III

    As we revealed recently, SquareEnix is backing Virtual Console with a pair of classic RPGs, kicking off this week with the one and only Final Fantasy III, also known as Final Fantasy VI. Virtual ConsoleFinal Fantasy III (Super NES, 900pts) — This is an excellent chance for Wii owners in Europe to play Square's well-regarded RPG, which was never

  • News Square Enix Brings More SNES Goodies to Virtual Console

    Anyone order some Lufia or Final Fantasy III?

    The Virtual Console news just keeps on coming! This time, two different sources have each revealed one new upcoming Square Enix-published game for Virtual Console. Coming straight from Nintendo of Europe's site is Final Fantasy III, which will be released on VC in Europe next week. Better known as number VI, like the other two numbered Final Fantasy..

  • News Scratch That, There's Three Adventure Island Games Coming to Virtual Console

    Hudson's going all out

    A few days ago we spotted a rating for Super Adventure Island on the OFLC, but now yet another game in the series has been rated for the Virtual Console, although this time it's by the ESRB instead of the OFLC. It might be easy to miss on the ESRB site, as it's not a "new" rating, but if you search for Super Adventure Island II, you will find that the game's old..

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    Virtual Console / Nintendo 64

    Review Bomberman Hero

    Bomberman flies solo

    Apart from the very first game in the series, Bomberman has always been famed for its frantic, fast-paced, and, above all, fun multiplayer modes. Pretty much every single game starring the little guy has featured support for multiple players, with most of the Nintendo outings allowing four or five, and others like Saturn...

  • News Master Higgins Has Not One But Two Upcoming Virtual Console Games

    Another Adventure Island game added to the queue

    Only last month, we reported that the OFLC had rated the second NES outing of everybody's favourite overweight islander based on a real person, Master Higgins, thus very likely meaning it was on its way to Virtual Console. Well, the OFLC has struck again, and has rated yet another Adventure Island game. This time, it's Super Adventure Island, the..

  • Nintendo Download 7th March 2011 (North America)

    Bomberman Hero!

    It's a right royal knees-up on the Nintendo Download front this week, with everything from third-party N64 games to a double helping of Series games — one from G.G and one from GO — and much more. Hold onto your hats! Virtual Console: Bomberman Hero (Hudson Soft, N64, 1000pts) — A single-player Bomberman game, this one splits...

  • Nintendo Download 4th March 2011 (Europe)

    Holding out for a Hero?

    It's an auspicious day in Virtual Console history, as the service receives only its second third-party N64 game in the West, after Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber. It's certainly the highlight of what is otherwise a rather underwhelming download this week. Virtual Console: Bomberman Hero (Hudson Soft, N64, 1000pts)...

February2011

  • News Europe, Blow Up with Bomberman Hero on Friday

    North America, you have to wait

    As we reported last week, Hudson's 64-bit single-player Bomberman Hero was recently rated by the ESRB, but the title will make its first appearance in Europe this week for the price of 1000 Points. The game was originally released in 1998 and is most well-known for being a totally single-player adventure, with not...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - March 2011

    It's that time of the month again

    Japan has a relatively big month coming up for them, with five new Virtual Console games on the release list. On top of that, there's not a bad game in the bunch, with every single one of them being a well-liked classic. Let's hope we get some of them as well! The full list for March in Japan is as follows: Famicom: Hebereke (The first game in the Hebereke series,..

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Natsume Championship Wrestling

    Puts up a fight

    It might seem strange that there has not been a single wrestling game on Virtual Console in the West so far, but when you really think about it, it makes sense. Almost every single wrestling title out there features the likenesses of real people, meaning it would take some serious effort and money to rerelease them. Games with...

  • News Monster World IV Comes Westward, Finally

    If the OFLC is to be believed

    We've got almost every single Wonder Boy game ever made available on Virtual Console, including several double entries with different names. However, one game has been missing all this time. Monster World IV, the final game in the series, is frequently regarded to be the very best of them all and is, without a doubt,...

  • Nintendo Download 21st February 2011 (North America)

    Faxanadu leads the charge

    It's been two weeks since we last saw a Virtual Console game, which means it's time for another one, this time in the shapely side-scrolling form of Faxanadu on NES. There's also a couple of WiiWare demos and some DSiWare puzzle games of course, as well as headline WiiWare download... well, we won't spoil it. Virtual...

  • News Bomberman Hero Gets Rated for Virtual Console

    Good old ESRB

    Remember that old Nintendo 64 romp Bomberman Hero? If you never got to play it, you soon might, as the ESRB has rated the game for Virtual Console. Bomberman Hero is most notable for being a completely single-player Bomberman adventure, forgoing the series' famous multiplayer options in favour of a solo quest based largely on the plot of Star Wars. Naturally the ESRB rating doesn't..

  • Nintendo Download 18th February 2011 (Europe)

    Get bowled over

    It's an unusual occasion in the Nintendo Download this week: this week's games are all brand new for Europe, with not a single catch-up title for North America. Virtual Console receives its first-ever wrestling title and there's cricket, babies, noodles, monsters and celestial bodies too. Let's get to it. WiiWare: Cricket Challenge...

  • News Hudson Continues Its Virtual Console Support with Adventure Island II

    OFLC reveals that Hudson's still got some retro plans

    When it was announced that the North American branch of Hudson Soft would be shutting down just last week in order to focus on more "casual" games for Konami, many people took it as a sign that the company would also drop its remaining Virtual Console support. Thankfully, this is not...

  • Features Games That Should Already Be on Virtual Console

    Four years later, which great titles still aren't available?

    The Wii was released over four years ago, and alongside it came Virtual Console. Over time, some of the greatest titles of the 80's and 90's have been made available for digital download, but we can't help but feel that there are still some significant titles inexplicably missing from the...

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    / NES

    Review S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team

    G.O.O.D.

    Although it's now of course primarily known for its Harvest Moon games, Natsume developed quite a few unique, entertaining little titles in the past. We've already had a few rereleased on Virtual Console, and rest assured, S.C.A.T. can easily stand with the rest of them. If you're a Sega or Capcom fan, taking a glance at the game's...

  • Nintendo Download 7th February 2011 (North America)

    Things that make you go... hmmm

    Another week and another download to entice you to part with your hard-earned Nintendo Points. What wonders await in the world of WiiWare and beyond? Let's find out. WiiWare: Spot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – A pleasingly to-the-point title for this WiiWare release, it does what it says on the tin, and...

  • News Japan Getting Online Multiplayer for a Virtual Console Title

    Sega is the first to add an oft-requested feature to a game

    Nintendo has a stern policy not to change anything in Virtual Console games unless it is absolutely necessary. As such, only a very small number of Virtual Console titles have been different from the original releases - Notable examples have been the advertisements in Wave Race 64,...

  • Nintendo Download 4th February 2011 (Europe)

    DSiWare abound

    It's another clearly DSiWare-oriented week this time, with four new titles released on the service. WiiWare and Virtual Console only get one game each, along with another WiiWare demo. WiiWarePucca's Kisses Game (Bigben Interactive, 1000pts) – What seems to be a platformer game, based on the surprisingly popular franchise which has its own animated series and tons of merchandise,..

January2011

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2011

    Just three games this time

    It doesn't look like Capcom is ready to release more arcade game even in Japan, with next month's releases featuring nothing from their catalogue. The games being released are all part of fairly big franchises, though only one of them is likely to see release elsewhere. The full list is as follows: Famicom: SD Gundam World Gachapon Senshi 2: Capsule Senki (A fairly..

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review 1942

    A relic best left forgotten

    Capcom's 19XX series is quite fondly remembered, for offering some unique and very solid gameplay over the five installments it has had so far. At least, that mostly counts for the later four, but not so much for the first. Although not as bland as Exed Exes, 1942 does not really offer too many novelties other than its...

  • Nintendo Download 24th January 2011 (North America)

    Action on land, sea and air

    There's a definite airborne theme to this week's downloads, with rockets, meteors, fighter planes and passenger aircraft all featured across the three download channels. Let's take a look at what's available. WiiWare: Jam City Rollergirls (Frozen Codebase, 1000pts) – An arcade action take on the growing sport of roller...

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review Black Tiger

    Ghosts 'n Goblins 'n Gimmicks

    In 1985, Capcom released the infamous Ghosts 'n Goblins upon the world. Still regarded as one of the most challenging games ever made, it was a smash hit and cost many players many, many quarters as they died again and again. Although it would get a sequel eventually, after two years, Capcom decided to make a similar game with a few added gameplay elements. In Black..

  • Nintendo Download 21st January 2011 (Europe)

    More Capcom classics

    Virtual Console is the clear winner this week with two new Capcom arcade games, but that's not to say the rest should be ignored outright. Although WiiWare only gets one new download, DSiWare gets four of them, so hopefully there's something for everyone. WiiWareSpot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – Another difference-spotting game, this one is strangely one letter..

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review Exed Exes

    Extremely excruciating

    We've seen a metric tonne of shoot 'em ups made available on Virtual Console already. With well-known classic games like the Gradius and Star Soldier series as well as lesser-known greats like Cho Aniki and MUSHA among them, there's more than enough good stuff available to satiate the desires of any fan of the genre. Because...

  • Nintendo Download 14th January 2011 (Europe)

    3 new DSiWare titles, but the other services aren't completely ignored

    Europe mostly plays catch-up again this week, with three of the five new downloads already being available in North America. DSiWare makes up the bulk of this week's releases, with the other two services only getting one game each, and it's also the only one of the services to get some completely new stuff. We're not exactly..

  • Nintendo Download 10th January 2011 (North America)

    A scoop of fun with a dash of soul-crushing

    WiiWare: JellyCar 2 (Disney Interactive Studios, 500 Points) - The sequel to the popular iOS game hits WiiWare, promising even more driving platforming fun(ing). We'll give this one a proper whirl and let you know if it's a joyride or if it melts in the sun. Soccer Bashi (Icon Games, 500 Points) - A...

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review Ghosts 'n Goblins

    The original quarter-eating monster returns

    Over two years ago, before Nintendo introduced the Virtual Console Arcade, Capcom released the NES port of Ghosts 'n Goblins on Virtual Console. Arguably the most well-known version of the game out there, it's infamous for being an incredibly challenging and, frequently, totally unfair game. While it would...

  • Nintendo Download 7th January 2011 (Europe)

    More Capcom arcade classics, plus a bunch of catch-up titles

    Capcom is continuing their Virtual Console Arcade support with another two games, both of which were of course announced some time ago. At this rate they'll run out of games before we hit February! They're accompanied by a mixture of completely new games and games North America already got, most of which are fairly low-key. WiiWareGhost..

December2010

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Magical Drop III

    The pinnacle of the series

    With the recent release of Magical Drop II on the Virtual Console, Wii owners got the chance to experience one of the more enjoyable puzzlers available for the Neo Geo system and a game that's become quite popular among fans of the console over the years. Now SNK-Playmore has decided to up the ante and release the game's...

  • Nintendo Download 27th December 2010 (North America)

    Catch-up titles and more

    There are plenty of ways to ring in the new year in this Nintendo Download update, including a quality WiiWare demo, a couple of NeoGeo titles for virtual console, a portable slot machine and the newest entry in the G.G Series. Will you spend your holiday cash on any of these titles? Virtual Console: Fighter's History...

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    Virtual Console / Nintendo 64

    Review Mario Party 2

    It's party time!

    The Mario Party series has become quite successful for Nintendo and has brought many gamers and their families together over the years. Nintendo, obviously still concerned over the taxing controls of the original Mario Party which caused more than a few blisters and hand cramps among players, have decided to skip straight to Mario...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2011

    Square Enix delivers another RPG epic

    There's still another Friday left this month, but Nintendo of Japan has already added the next month's upcoming Virtual Console games to their site. Maybe they're taking a well-deserved break next week! Only three games are on the list, but as one of them is a highly requested title, it alone could probably keep people happy for an entire month. The full list..

  • Nintendo Download 24th December 2010 (Europe)

    A mix of old and new

    This week offers yet more catchup titles, consisting of games released in North America within the past few weeks, as well as the last few months. There's also two new games, however, both of which are for DSiWare and both of which are new instalments in two series which have been going for a while now. WiiWare: Hydroventure...

  • Nintendo Download 20th December 2010 (North America)

    Mario gets the party started!

    It's the week before Christmas and plenty is stirring in the Wii Shop Channel, with everything from Virtual Console party games to WiiWare games about killer robots with afros. DSiWare doesn't do without though, with more Christmas carols, dragon's lairs and more. Virtual Console: Mario Party 2 (Nintendo 64, 1000pts)...

  • News Put Your Mario Party Hats On This Monday, North America

    Get in the festive spirit

    Europe is set to receive Mario Party 2 on Christmas Eve but North American Wii owners can sneak in there just a little quicker, as the game is released in the Wii Shop Channel on Monday December 20th. The official Nintendo America Twitter spread the good news today, making the decision of whether to grab a new Wii Points...

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Darius Twin

    Double the monotony

    The Darius series has long taken a backseat to some of the more prominent shoot 'em up series, despite featuring some absolutely amazing releases on the various 32-bit game consoles. Darius Twin still features much of the aquatic-themed shooter action of its brethren, but for some reason the game comes off feeling very...

  • Nintendo Download 17th December 2010 (Europe)

    Lots and lots of catchup titles

    This week is almost exclusively made up of catchup titles, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it means that there's so many releases. Maybe there's something you'd like in the bunch. WiiWare: My Fireplace (Korner, 500pts) – Secretly the recently released in North America Fireplacing, for some...

  • Nintendo Download 13th December 2010 (North America)

    lilting, shooting, Riding and more

    There's a definite musical theme to this week's downloads, with a dubstep racer/puzzler, DSiWare singing, another portable music studio and a violin game (yes, really), as well as plenty of other non-melodic goodies. WiiWare: lilt line (Gaijin Games, 500pts) – It's that rarest of occurrences: an iPhone-to-WiiWare...

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Bonk

    Bonk moonlights on the Super Nintendo

    After becoming a staple and mascot of sorts after 3 platformer releases on NEC's TurboGrafx-16 console, Bonk was given new life on the Super Nintendo system with the release of Super Bonk. The game went unnoticed for the most part, but it's gone on to become a bit of a cult favourite among Super Nintendo fans...

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review SonSon

    A chimp off the old block

    Looking for an arcade game that resembles a side-scrolling Ice Climber in which you control a monkey that hurls fireballs at angry dinner plates? Then look no further! Capcom has seen it fit to release 1984's SonSon from its trove of arcade treasures, and while this isn't likely to be the game anybody was particularly waiting for, it offers a pleasant enough diversion as..

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando

    Commandon't

    General William T. Sherman is popularly credited with coining the phrase "War is Hell", but we don't think he ever got the chance to play Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando. If he had, he surely would have said, "War is kind of dull, and a little crappy." Originally released to arcades in 1985, Wolf of the Battlefield:...