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News: Looks Like There's No Sale on Sonic Games This Week

Looks Like There's No Sale on Sonic Games This Week

Hardly the birthday gift he wanted

Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, but it looks like Virtual Console owners won't be able to grab a cheaper piece of gaming history. SEGA's announced that it will be reducing prices on the hedgehog's games on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network to celebrate his birthday, but there's no...

News: Remember, the Nintendo Download is On Thursdays Now

Remember, the Nintendo Download is On Thursdays Now

Nothing out today

Those of you tuning into Nintendo Life expecting to find out what's available to download in North America today may be confused, but not to worry, we haven't given up — as of last week, the Nintendo Download has moved to Thursdays. While it was initially believed that press releases would be available on Monday to prepare for the digital store update on Thursday, we've had..

Nintendo Download: 10th June 2011 (Europe)

10th June 2011 (Europe)

Master Higgins is all alone

There's just one single new game on the trilogy of Wii Virtual Console, WiiWare and DSiWare this week, but that's no reason to be upset - It's an oft overlooked classic from the SNES. Virtual ConsoleSuper Adventure Island II (Super NES, Hudson, 800pts) — The last Adventure Island game created before the franchise went into dormancy for a long time, this one no longer..

Nintendo Download: 30th May 2011 (North America)

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

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)

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..

Nintendo Download: 16th May 2011 (North America)

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

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..

Nintendo Download: 13th May 2011 (Europe)

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

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

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..

Nintendo Download: 2nd May 2011 (North America)

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

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...

Nintendo Download: 29th April 2011 (Europe)

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 ConsoleThe 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 review coming soon to let you know if this is too hot..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - May 2011

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

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...

Nintendo Download: 18th April 2011 (North America)

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

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 action sound as exciting as a trip to the cracker..

Nintendo Download: 15th April 2011 (Europe)

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

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

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

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..

Nintendo Download: 4th April 2011 (North America)

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 ConsoleSuper Bonk (Super NES, 800pts) — A platformer so classic it's practically prehistoric, Super Bonk takes the bone-headed hero through another adventure full of..

News: Monster World IV Coming to Virtual Console in Europe

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..

Nintendo Download: 1st April 2011 (Europe)

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 ConsoleBrawl Brothers (JALECO, Super NES, 800pts) — We've already got Rival Turf on Virtual Console, and now its successor reaches the download service, with all the head-punching and..