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March2010

February2010

  • Nintendo Download 2nd & 3rd March 2010 (Japan)

    Another light week for the Wii and the usual assortment for DSi to start the month off

    Japan seems to have settled very much into a release schedule like other territories, which will hopefully send some green-eyed monsters off to bed (well, except Virtual Console fans). WiiWareAqualiving: Television de Nagameru Sakana Tachi (800pts - Nintendo) – Nintendo are finally getting in on the virtual..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - March 2010

    Even Japan seems to be getting several VC-less weeks from now on.

    Things are moderately bad for Virtual Console in Europe and North America at the moment, with each month having several weeks without a new release for the service. But now it's really time to worry - Even Japan seems to be getting several of these now. March only sees three new releases, and although two of those are from Nintendo..

  • News WiiWare Market Grows to Nearly $60M USD in 2009

    WiiWare sales are projected to overtake that of Virtual Console in the coming year. Games WiiWant? Apparently so

    It's interesting to see how both the Virtual Console and WiiWare services have been utilised by today's gamers. The act of acquiring a game via download is something that was previously only common-place in a market like the PC. Now, all three current-generation home consoles have their..

  • News Last Ninja 3 Pulled From European Virtual Console

    Bye bye, broken Commodore 64 game

    Bringing an end to a long-standing issue with the download release of the Commodore 64's Last Ninja 3, Nintendo has pulled the game from the European Virtual Console. A bug present since release was never fixed by Commodore Gaming, and those who have purchased the game will be receiving a refund. Nintendo Life had raised the issue with Commodore Gaming when the..

  • Nintendo Download 23rd & 24th February 2010 (Japan)

    Another light release week, but a surprise VCA release takes us higher

    This year Nintendo seems to be taking a more leisurely release pace than its overseas arms. Whilst this can be disappointing for importers, it certainly seems more fair and we have to think that game publishers will be happy to have less competition than in those massive release weeks gone by. WiiWareGyakuten Saiban 3 (1200pts -..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Sonic & Knuckles

    Lock-on, baby

    It's widely known that Sonic and Knuckles (S&K) started out as the latter half of Sonic 3, but development constraints forced SEGA to split the game in two, putting S&K onto an innovative Lock-On cartridge that, when combined with Sonic 3, pieced the game back together into its original state. Now, with the announcement that...

  • News Nintendo Download 15th February 2010 (North America)

    Phoenix Wright, Art of Balance, Spaceball, Sonic and more in another big update!

    Nintendo of America is certainly putting out a lot of original content for the Wii and DSi this year. This week we have four downloads for Wii and five for the DSi, so hopefully you'll be able to find something of interest. WiiWarePhoenix Wright Ace Attorney: JUSTICE FOR ALL (1000pts - Capcom) – Another chapter in..

  • Nintendo Download 16th & 17th February 2010 (Japan)

    Japanese downloads go on a diet

    There's still something being offered in each category next week, but this has to be one of the lightest Japanese download weeks we can remember with only four games on offer across both platforms. WiiWareDiner Dash (1000pts - Hudson) — Hudson is pretty good about doing worldwide releases close together so you should probably expect to see this restaurant game..

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    Virtual Console / NES

    Review Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom

    A Virtual Console vegetable medley

    After making several appearances on various Japanese personal computers and then being ported to the Famicom system, Hudson decided to bring the unique vegetable-themed text adventure Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom over to American NES gamers. The game was obviously quite a change of pace from the majority of...

  • Nintendo Download 12th February 2010 (Europe)

    Increasing the amount of games ever so slowly.

    Nintendo of Europe's planned games for today seemed almost set in stone since last week, but over the past few days we suddenly got a handful of extra games to complement update, bringing the total amount of new things this week up to seven. Still not quite as much as elsewhere, but at least they're inching their way ever closer! By far the biggest..

  • Nintendo Download 8th February 2010 (North America)

    Another big update for North America: blasting, dancing, balloons, rockets and more this week!

    The big North American updates keep on coming. This week there's four new WiiWare releases, five new DSiWare releases and a quirky NES adventure game. WiiWare: Blaster Master: Overdrive (1000pts - Sunsoft) -- The announcement of the original NES classic...

  • Talking Point Nintendo Arcade Games on Virtual Console?

    Should these arcade wonders get a re-release?

    While we've already seen four of these arcade classics released as NES titles on the Virtual Console, we've yet to see Nintendo bring their own arcade games to the Virtual Console Arcade, despite many third party companies already doing so. So why exactly is Nintendo dragging its feet on these arcade...

  • Nintendo Download 9th & 10th February 2010 (Japan)

    A revamped PC Engine game comes to WiiWare, more Mega Man on the VC and a DSiWare gaming assault next week in Japan!

    The Wii only has two downloads next Tuesday, but they're both hotly anticipated releases for strategy and retro fans. DSiWare is where the real download action is though, with no less than seven releases - all of which appear to be bona fide games this time! WiiWareNectaris (1000pts..

  • Nintendo Download 5th February 2010 (Europe)

    Two anticipated titles finally arrive.

    The Virtual Console seems to be in full swing in Europe again, after a rather lackluster period - We got Street Fighter Alpha 2 last week, and we're getting Sonic & Knuckles the next. The space inbetween isn't empty either, because Capcom has chosen to release two games in a row. Meanwhile, on WiiWare, we've finally gotten a certain racing game from..

  • News Sonic & Knuckles Coming to EU Virtual Console on 12th February

    Sega due to finally complete the Mega Drive series

    It's been a big day for hedgehog fans. Along with the Sonic 4 reveal today, Sega has also let slip that Sonic & Knuckles is now Wii-bound at long last. The 1994 title is a follow-on from Sonic 3 story-wise, continuing the journey of Sonic as he takes down the Death Egg, and Knuckles's path as he reclaims Angel Island after learning of..

  • Nintendo Download 1st February 2010 (North America)

    Cards, golf, adventures and bug puzzles this week

    Looks like the download scene in North America is ramping back up again with a hefty five new titles on DSiWare, and four downloads on Wii including a new Virtual Console release. WiiWareTales of Monkey Island: Chapter 5 (1000pts - Telltale Games) - The saga of Guybrush Threepwood comes to a climactic conclusion! Obviously if you've been following..

January2010

  • Nintendo Download 2nd & 3rd February 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare catch-up, a couple MSX ports and a sprinkling of DSiWare in Japan next week

    The slow start to the year continues to be slow, but at least there's some quality releases to be had. WiiWareExcitebike World Race (1000pts - Nintendo) – Better late than never for this well received update to the Famicom classic. Virtual ConsoleQuarth (800pts MSX - Konami) – Some gamers outside of Japan might..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2010

    Three big-name titles. And one slightly less big.

    Things are pretty bleak on the Virtual Console in Europe at the moment, but that isn't stopping Japan from continuing to bring more awesome downloads to the table. It's pretty easy to guess what game is being released to build up hype for Mega Man 10, and Nintendo will be releasing the Super Famicom in their beloved war series. Meanwhile, Konami..

  • Nintendo Download 29th January 2010 (Europe)

    One single Virtual Console game in three weeks. Again.

    But don't feel let down again, because it's actually quite a solid week this time. With DSiWare still being almost completely taken up by Electroplankton rereleases, there's only one real "new" game for each service, but all of them are (or seem to be) good picks. Possibly to tie in with today's release of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Capcom..

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Ghoul Patrol

    Bustin' makes me feel alright, I suppose

    When it came time to follow Zombies Ate My Neighbors, LucasArts decided to go with a third-party developer. Using basically the same gameplay engine as the one found in Zombies, the developer was able to successfully create a game that looked and played very similarly to the original release called Ghoul Patrol. Unfortunately, the addition of a few sloppy..

  • News Castlevania: Rondo of Blood ESRB Rated

    The wait is almost over.

    We just recently saw the release of Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth in North America and now news has just leaked out that Castlevania: Rondo of Blood has just been ESRB Rated. Honestly, it can't get much better than this for Castlevania fans, and it would seem that Hudson's release of the game can now not be too far...

  • Nintendo Download 25th January 2010 (North America)

    Cards, blocks, numbers and ghouls in this week's update

    Looks like a decent update from Nintendo of America this week with three for WiiWare (including a long-awaited card game), three for DSiWare and another LucasArts title on the Virtual Console for good measure. WiiWareUNO (1000pts - Gameloft) – A bit overdue perhaps, but finally you can play UNO on your Wii as the rest of the world has been..

  • Nintendo Download 26 & 27 January 2010 (Japan)

    More Phoenix Wright, more N64, more DSiWare anime photo frames!

    It's still a small update, but after a mini-break WiiWare has returned along with the first new N64 game in nearly a year on the Virtual Console. Not to be left out there are five new releases for Japanese DSiWare -- though only two are games; one being a new puzzler from Nintendo. WiiWareJanken Party Paradise (500pts - Studio Zan) –..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Ai Chō Aniki

    Possibly the maddest shooter of all time

    Thanks to Nintendo making imports available on the Virtual Console, you've probably come across Chō Aniki: a shooter on the PC Engine in the same mold as Gradius and other side-scrollers, but with some rather unconventional enemies and a lot of muscles. You may be less familiar with this sequel, which was...

  • Nintendo Download 18th January 2010 (North America)

    Brawn, brains, twins, dogs, ninjas and platform games "risen from the dead" -- this week has it all!

    A nice update for North America this week as we see a game many thought would stay in Japan, a new brain teaser and a catch-up title for the Genesis on the Virtual Console. DSiWare is no slouch though with a selection of strategy and platform games...

  • Nintendo Download 19 & 20 January 2010 (Japan)

    Another light week for Japanese downloads.

    Nintendo corporate seems to be imitating the European division when it comes to the Wii in Japan with a second week of VC-only downloads: only one title this week for the little white box. The DSi fares a little better with five new releases, some of which are actually games! Virtual ConsoleSalad no Kuni no Tomato Hime (500pts Famicom - Hudson) - Known..

  • Nintendo Download 11 January 2010 (North America)

    Courtroom drama, temporal shenanigans, shadow play, billiards and board games this week.

    Well, it looks like the release schedule in North America is starting out as slow as everywhere else, although three WiiWare releases and a Virtual Console add is pretty impressive even if it is smaller than the release weeks in December. The DSi offerings are a bit on the light side with a couple of games that..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi

    Shinobi Joe is back, and this time he’s brought his dog

    Shadow Dancer started out life in 1989 in the arcades as the sequel to the ever-popular Shinobi, which was a sizable hit for creator Sega. In the same year the company also released the rather excellent Revenge of Shinobi as an early title for the fledgling Mega Drive/Genesis. It strayed from the classic arcade formula by introducing an..

  • Nintendo Download 12 & 13 January 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare takes a back seat, more MSX and the usual load of DSiWare.

    Well, the WiiWare releases have been sparse recently and next week there will be none. Wii owners will at least get a Virtual Console update; though with a couple of Konami shooters that frankly looked better in other incarnations elsewhere, it will be small comfort. The DSi, on the other hand seems to be back to true form with six..

  • Nintendo Download 8 January 2010 (Europe)

    Virtual Console returns!

    After two weeks of very few interesting downloadable games, today offers us some potentially good titles. The Virtual Console gets one new game (And a good one, at that) while WiiWare gets two and DSiWare gets three. The first Virtual Console game in 3 weeks is Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi on the Mega Drive. Released...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Final Fight 3

    Is the third time the charm?

    Final Fight 3 came along fairly late in the Super Nintendo's lifespan, but that certainly didn't bother fans of the series who were looking for one more heavy dose of beat-'em-up action. Capcom decided it was time to spice up the gameplay some and the end result was something that would appeal to classic fans of the...

  • Nintendo Download 4 January 2010 (North America)

    A quiet start to the new year.

    Nintendo of America seems to have spent the last few weeks compensating for all those two- and three-game release weeks in the rest of the year recently, but for the first update of the New Year we're back to only a handful, some of which have already been released in Europe and Japan -- hopefully not a sign of a return to the old ways! WiiWareHeron: Steam Machine..

December2009

  • Nintendo Download 5th & 6th January 2010 (Japan)

    A quiet start to the new year.

    The Japanese Wii and DSi shops have seen some massive updates this past year much to the envy of 'net-reading Wii owners in other territories, but Nintendo are taking it easy at home with a mere handful of releases to start 2010. WiiWareBoku wa Plarail Untenshi (1000pts - Takara Tomy) -- This is an example of a gaming staple in Japan: the train driving simulator. As..

  • Nintendo Download 28 December 2009 (North America)

    Ten new games to celebrate the advent of 2010!

    Nintendo have updated their weekly North American downloads for the last time in 2009, and the year is going out with a corker of an update! Not only is Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth out today but also PilotWings to boot for Virtual Console fans. This is in addition to eight other ones released today, which seem to be a bit of a grab bag..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2010

    More strong support in the new year.

    Japan received a few high-profile Virtual Console games this month, but Nintendo's continuing their strong support in the east straight into next year - The first month will already bring them more great titles. Hudson finally shows some more NES support, while Quest is releasing the N64 sequel to their fantastic SNES strategy game Ogre Battle. Nintendo releases..

  • News Celebrate The Holidays With Cheaper Sega Virtual Console Titles

    Select games marked down to 500 points

    Sales are rare on the Virtual Console, so chalk this one up to a Christmas miracle. Starting Dec. 24 and running through Jan. 6 in both Europe and North America, Sega is knocking 40% off the price for its best-selling Genesis/Mega Drive Virtual Console releases. In space-buck terms, that means the usual 800...

  • News Castlevania: Rondo of Blood Getting Long Overdue Western Release

    The OFLC delivers the goods once again.

    It is because of today's daily OFLC update that we know two more import titles making their way to a Virtual Console near you sometime in the future. And one of them is none other than one of the best Castlevania titles ever crafted. Castlevania: Rondo of Blood was released on Virtual Console way back in April 2008. That is, in Japan - When asked about a..

  • Nintendo Download 21 December 2009 (North America)

    Eco-shooting, arcade ninjas, Super Smash Bros., Dragon's Lair and more in this week's download offering.

    Nintendo are putting out a decent number of titles in North America with the end of the year rapidly approaching, with a nice mix of new and catch-up titles on offer. Todays VC and WiiWare offerings mean that there's now 500 titles to choose...

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    Virtual Console / MSX

    Review Space Manbow

    Old school shooting fun on the PC standard that wasn't.

    Don't feel bad if you've never heard of the MSX. It was an early-80s Microsoft-driven initiative to create a hardware standard for home computers to transform software development in the same way that the VHS standard transformed home video: by removing the need to develop for multiple hardware...

  • Nintendo Download 22, 24 December 2009 (Japan)

    WiiWare catch-up and more MSX games for the Virtual Console.

    The Wii gets the lion's share of Japanese downloads next week with four new WiiWare and three new VC titles. DSiWare gets a couple of games and two more Rurubu travel guides to round things out. Note that the DSiWare releases will be on Thursday the 24th rather than Wednesday due to the...

  • Nintendo Download Blobs, Fighters, Sumo, Magic, Pets, Starships and One Last Notebook (EU)

    Finally more than one game for Virtual Console again.

    This week's releases aren't too surprising, with many games that have been out in North America for some time. One game, however, that might be noteworthy, can be found on DSiWare. For Virtual Console, there's A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia, the game that inspired a recent, rather good franchise revival. Unfortunately, time has not..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Blaster Master

    It's a blast!

    We saw a lot of legendary titles come out of the 8-bit era of gaming, but probably none quite as ahead of its time as Blaster Master. The game combined so many different gameplay ideas into one amazing adventure that offered up more playability than probably any other title of its kind at that time. There was platforming, exploration,...

  • Nintendo Download 14 December 2009 (North America)

    A Sunsoft classic and wormy sequel on Virtual Console; cooking, sims, little pet shops, magic and Bejeweled on DSiWare; and puzzling, racing and retro arcade action on WiiWare this week!

    Virtual ConsoleBlaster Master (500pts NES - Sunsoft) -- Regarded by many as amongst the best shooters on the NES, this is apparently the first of many Sunsoft titles to get re-release on the Virtual Console.

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Ironclad

    A rare Neo Geo CD gem comes to the Japanese Virtual Console

    You can be forgiven for not having heard of Chotetsu Brikin'ger (often referred to as Ironclad Brikin'ger on the web) as it's one of a handful of Neo Geo CD titles that was never released in MVS cartridge form for arcades or outside of Japan (though according to message boards this VC release is based upon the unreleased MVS ROM). Assuming..

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    Virtual Console / Master System

    Review Alex Kidd in Shinobi World

    Does Sega's original mascot go out with a bang or a whimper?

    Poor Alex Kidd. The pint-sized, big-eared wonder never really caught on as a mascot, although it was not through lack of trying on Sega's part. Alex appeared in a number of games featuring vastly different forms of gameplay and, with this last throw of the dice, Sega tried to pair the ailing character with one of their more successful..

  • Nintendo Download 15-16 December 2009 (Japan)

    The focus is on DSiWare this week

    After bumper crops of WiiWare and Virtual Console titles on the Wii in Japan recently, this week will only see one for each service. The DSiWare service, however, will have a fairly typical seven releases to choose from. WiiWarePhoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (900pts - Capcom) - Everyone's favourite trial lawyer debuts on the Wii! This appears to be the first four..

  • News Sunsoft To Release Telenet Titles On Virtual Console

    Resurgent publisher confirms acquisition of defunct company's catalogue

    If the recent news of Sunsoft's glorious return to the west has whipped you into a frenzy then you might want to take a deep breath before reading the press release below. The company has confirmed that it has bought up the rights to Nihon Telenet's software library. While younger gamers might not recognise the name, veterans..

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Street Fighter Alpha 2

    Stunning achievement or a conversion too far?

    No company in the storied history of video gaming has tried harder to not create a true sequel to one of their hit games quite like Capcom did with the myriad releases that followed their hit fighting game Street Fighter 2. Not only did they create a number of tweaked releases of game itself, but they...

  • Nintendo Download Alex Kidd, Rubik, Pallurikio, Monkey Island, Hell's Kitchen and PictureBook Games (EU)

    Exactly as promised.

    The observant ones probably already noticed, but in a change of pace, Nintendo of Europe already updated their website with all of this week's releases over the past few days. The games in question make up the entire update, as there's no surprises this time. Alex Kidd in Shinobi World on the Master System was the last Alex Kidd game ever made. As you can guess, it's an attempt..

  • News Virtual Console Blaster Master To Spearhead Sunsoft Revival

    Famed Japanese developer confirms impending release of 8-bit classic

    It would seem that Japanese developer Sunsoft is about to support the Virtual Console in a big way. Former Working Designs big wig Victor Ireland is currently making big noises over at NeoGAF about some interesting projects he's involved with, and Sunsoft's resurgence would appear...

  • Nintendo Download Rayman, Notebooks, Stress Busting and Ninjas! (US)

    Another bumper crop of downloads for North America

    Nintendo continues to flood the North American market with new titles; amongst them a few catch-up releases. WiiWareFlowerworks® and MAGNETIS™ comprise the puzzle contingent on WiiWare this week. We'll be reviewing the former in due course; the latter was reviewed some time ago, so be sure to...

  • Nintendo Download 8-9 December 2009 (Japan)

    Virtual Console and DSiWare hog the spotlight

    A second week in a row with a solo WiiWare entry, but a bumper crop of Virtual Console goodness and a hefty helping of DSiWare downloads help make up for it. WiiWareChokkan! Balance Labyrinth (500pts - Gameloft) - Not a new title from Gameloft, but just them publishing Digital Leisure's The Incredible Maze. We weren't terribly impressed with this when..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Earthworm Jim 2

    Groovy!

    After creating the excellent Earthworm Jim videogame and subsequently making an awesome cartoon based on it, it was quite logical that Interplay would not give up on the franchise just yet. Not too long after the cartoon, they released Earthworm Jim 2, which was intended to be even better than the original game. As Queen Slug-for-a-Butt was...

  • Nintendo Download Earthworm Jim 2, Mahjong, Happy Holidays, Foto Face, Karaoke, Magic and Another Notebook (EU)

    We are spared of another no VC week!

    Nintendo of Europe already had all DSiWare and WiiWare releases for today listed on their site or a while, but curiously enough, there was no Virtual Console game. Thankfully, they've chosen to release one anyway! Earthworm Jim 2 offers more crazy platforming action with everybody's favourite worm in a suit, and it does so pretty well. However, the developers..

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review The Combatribes

    A beat 'em up that packs very little punch

    There was a time when Technos ruled the beat-'em-up genre of fighting games during the 8-bit era with their Double Dragon and River City Ransom titles, but sadly the 16-bit generation wasn't as kind to the company. Once Capcom's Final Fight hit the scene, there was little room left for any other beat-'em-up, not even a port of their popular The Combatribes..

November2009