Wii Virtual Console - News

September2008

  • News 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

    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...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Super Dodge Ball

    Not too dodgy

    The characters from River City Ransom (of which the main character is known in Japan as Kunio-kun) are back for a friendly game of dodge ball. Or are they? If you've played the aforementioned game, you'll know that the Kunio series hilariously overdoes everything. You were able to smash enemies around not just with chains, but also...

  • News 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 Hands-on with Datel's Wireless Retro Controller

    Going wireless

    The Classic Controller is a great peripheral, modelled on the humble SNES controller of yesteryear with two analogue sticks and a few extra buttons thrown in for good measure to support N64 games - it is all you need to enjoy most of the retro games on the Virtual Console. The only downside is that it isn’t completely wireless...

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Boulder Dash

    Oh Boulder Dash!

    Boulder Dash is a fondly-remembered classic and was so popular back in the day that it spawned umpteen sequels and numerous ports and remakes which continue to appear even today. It was perhaps inevitable that the game would appear in some capacity on one of the Wii's download services, so how does the old classic stand up today?...

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Jumpman

    Jumpman is a bomb disposal expert. He is called on to save the Jupiter headquarters after the evil Alienators invade it and booby-trap its 30 levels.

    While the video game industry was crashing down around us, personal computers were beginning to invade households around the world. The Commodore 64 was one such computer and went on to become one of the most popular home computers of its time period..

  • News 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

    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

    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

    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)

    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 USA VC Releases: Cho Aniki and Final Soldier

    Something which many thought would never happen is occurring today: Cho Aniki is being released in the US! Accompanying it is another TurboGrafx-16 import shooter: Final Soldier.

    Cho Aniki and its sequels have received both a lot of love and a lot of hate over the years. This is because the series' storyline is based mostly on protein and...

  • News 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 USA VC Releases: Super Mario RPG and Clu Clu Land

    If you're one of those people who, for some reason, didn't care that great games like Ys Book I & II, Samurai Shodown II and Mega Man came out recently, and only care about Nintendo games, maybe you can finally stop complaining this week - There's not one but two Nintendo games available later today.

    Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Clu Clu Land

    Clu Clu a choo

    First, a lesson in linguistics – ‘Kurukuru’ in Japanese means ‘turning around’. Why are we telling you this? Well, it neatly explains Clu Clu Land’s rather unusual title, and also gives some insight into the mechanics of the game. You assume the role of a funny-looking fish called Bubbles, who due to some cruel...

August2008

  • News 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..

  • News TurboGrafx-16 Releases - September

    It's the last Friday of the month, so Hudson has outlined their VC plans for next month. There appears to be a "game swap" of sorts taking place - The US is getting two games that Europe has had for a few months, while Europe is getting two games the US recently got!

    The US can look forward to sampling the delights of two import shooters - Cho Aniki, a wonderfully wacky game and the first..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - September 2008

    Some big things in Japan next month. After taking a multi-month break, the N64 is finally back in action! Square Enix is also finally putting up one of their most wanted RPGs for the SNES (That isn't Super Mario RPG). It's obviously not Chrono Trigger, nor is it Final Fantasy. Look below if you want to know!

    The full list of games to be released in...

  • News EU VC Releases: Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa and Dig Dug

    Finally breaking the annoying pattern which has been going on the past few months, Nintendo of Europe has not only released WiiWare games today. They've released both Virtual Console AND WiiWare games!

    On the Virtual Console you can now pick up two more imports. Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa is a platformer from the brilliant minds at Konami. It stars the baby prince Upa, who must travel through seven..

  • News USA VC Releases: Ys Book I & II and Samurai Shodown II

    American VC gamers hoping for Super Mario RPG today due to its surprise release a few days ago in Europe might feel a little disappointed today as it is not out this week in the USA unfortunately. Worry not, this week is still a stellar update for the Wii Shop as one of our other favourite RPGs is up for grabs, and one of the best 2D brawlers too!

    Y...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Ys Book I & II

    Ys Book I & II chronicles the first adventures of Adol Christin, a young, red-haired swordsman on a quest to unlock the secrets of an ancient kingdom.

    Even the most hardened TG16 fan will admit that the machine wasn’t exactly a massive success when it was released in the States. It struggled against the Genesis and SNES despite having some great...

  • News Hanabi Festival 3 Kicks Off

    Our expectations have been confirmed - Today marks the start of the third Hanabi Festival. The Hanabi icons in the Wii Shop, next to the names of today's released games, Super Mario RPG and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, should have already tipped this off to you, but Nintendo of Europe has now published a short press release on the matter.

    Thi...

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

    Mario + RPG = WIN!

    What do you get when one of the best RPG creators in the world decides to build an RPG around one of the most recognizable video game characters in history? What you get is a video game that is considered one of the greatest ever made and an RPG that's not only unique, but extremely playable as well. Many were skeptical when the...

  • News EU VC Releases: Super Mario RPG and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels

    Exciting times for Europe today, as it seems to be the start of the third Hanabi Festival - That means that you can once again probably expect a bunch of import games the coming weeks!

    The Festival starts off with a bang, just like the first one from 2007. Finally making its debut in Europe (After 12 years!) is the fantastic Square/Nintendo co-operation for the SNES, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the..

  • News USA VC Releases: Mega Man and Neo Turf Masters

    The time has finally come! The Blue Bomber arrives on the US Virtual Console today after paying Europe a visit over a year ago! Accompanying everybody's favourite blue robot is the rather good Neo Geo golf game, Neo Turf Masters.

    Mega Man really needs no introduction. After Mario and Zelda he was perhaps the biggest NES icon, and the Mega Man series...

  • News Bionic Commando Not Approved For Virtual Console

    Way back in April we reported that Capcom’s Ben Judd stated that the NES version of Bionic Commando would not be coming to the Virtual Console.

    Not content to leave it there, that old chestnut has been raised again as Bionic Commando Rearmed is due on Xbox LIVE Arcade, PlayStation Network and PC soon. Here’s what he had to say on the subject in...

  • News USA VC Releases: Star Parodier and Break In

    If you were hoping for Hudson's TurboGrafx-16 import duo to be released two weeks ago (As Hudson "confirmed"), you were probably disappointed. Today, however, the disappointment will be lifted, as both games are coming out.

    If you're at all familiar with Konami's Gradius series, you should know that it eventually got a...

  • News Goldeneye Locked In Legal Limbo

    WAAAAY back in the mists of time we reported that Nintendo was looking to bring Rare’s N64 classic Goldeneye to the Virtual Console.

    Soon afterwards it became clear that it wasn’t going to happen, and to make matters worse, it looked as if Rare’s new owners might bring the game to their 360 console via the Xbox Live Arcade service, albeit in...

  • News EU VC Update - Samurai Shodown II

    Samurai Shodown II was supposed to be released in the US last Monday, according to SNK. Sadly, this ended up not happening. Europeans, however, are now able to buy SNK's fighter masterpiece on Virtual Console. It is flanked by a cult Commodore 64 game and two Mega Drive games.

    Obviously, Samurai Shodown II is the pick of the bunch. We got International Karate +, a fantastic fighter, only two weeks..

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Pitstop II

    Pitstop II is the first racing game that brings you the thrill of battling an opponent, the excitement of fighting for the lead out on the track and the suspense of struggling to be the first out of the pits.

    Racing games, as a whole, haven't exactly aged as well as games from other genres over the years, but there's still something to be said for the classic arcade racers of old. Sure they were..

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Samurai Shodown II

    First released in 1994, this fighting game follows 15 samurai in their individual quests.

    Let's face it, the majority of SNKs existence is based around their unrelenting quest to come up with a fighting game for their system that could stand toe-to-toe with Capcom's immensely popular Street Fighter II arcade game. Samurai Shodown has the unique distinction of being the fighting game that finally..

  • News Publishers Remain Tight-Lipped On Black Monday Debacle

    Boy, Monday was a real bummer, wasn’t it? There we all were, waiting in feverish expectation for the impending triple-whammy of Mega Man, Ys Book 1 & 2 and Samurai Showdown II, as we had previously been promised by the respective publishers of these games. Then Nintendo pulled the rug from beneath us and released Sonic and Splatterhouse II instead.

    Feeling a sense of duty to the legions of..

  • News Nintendo Responds To US Release Date Queries

    Following Monday’s US Virtual Console release debacle, Nintendo has responded to enquiries about how three different publishers were issuing statements claiming that their games would be coming out on the 4th, only for Nintendo to release two entirely different games instead.

    Speaking to GoNintendo, the company had this to say: A number of...

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    Virtual Console / Master System

    Review Sonic the Hedgehog

    Sonic's back in 8-bit style.

    Following the undoubted success of Sonic The Hedgehog on the Mega Drive it seems only fitting that a version of the game was created for the Sega’s 8-bit wonder, the Master System which still had strong support in Europe at the time. This game was also something of a swan song to North American gamers who had took a...

  • News USA VC Update: Sonic (Master System) and Splatterhouse 2

    If you've been keeping up with the news and saw our recent articles, you would've known that Capcom, Hudson Soft and SNK Playmore all "confirmed" that one of their games would be released on VC today in the US. These games would have been Mega Man, Ys Book I & II, and Samurai Shodown II, all classics and very well liked among retro gamers. Sadly, it appears that Nintendo of America is having none of that (Just like two weeks ago with Star Parodier and Break In) and has chosen to release completely different games instead.

    ...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Splatterhouse 2

    Rick, once again encounters the Terror Mask and must use its powers to rescue his beloved Jennifer.

    Rick is back! After the Terror Mask from the first Splatterhouse comes back and tells him his girlfriend (Who seemingly meets an unpleasant fate in the first game) can still be saved, Rick puts on the mask again, and goes back to the remains of the mansion to locate another house nearby, which is..

  • News Mega Man Finally Out On Monday In USA

    This Monday August 4th could be one of the best Virtual Console days since the very early days. Not only have we confirmed that the outstanding Neo Geo brawler Samurai Shodown II and the renowned TurboGrafx RPG Ys Book I & II are coming out on Monday, it seems there will also be an appearance from the blue bomber!

    Yes that’s right, Mega Man will finally be released in the USA. In a bizarre..

  • News The Mascott speaks about the Virtual Console!

    What would you get if you took every VC Reviews reader and combined them into one? Perhaps the closest thing we could ever get to such a grotesque amalgamation as this might be summed up in the unlikely guise of the trilby wearing Youtube buffoon known affectionately to his friends as The Mascott!

    Despite his wayward appearance, the Mascott has...

  • News Ys Book I & II Released in US Next Week

    After Hudson updated their VC site with their planned upcoming TurboGrafx-16 releases for America, and all games except Ys Book I & II had specific dates, people were assuming it would be released last. This has turned out to not be true however, as it's being released before the now remaining two games with dates (Star Parodier and Break In), meaning that it's coming out on Monday!

    Ys Book I..

July2008

  • News Samurai Shodown II Coming To North American VC In August

    Widely seen as one of the defining fighting games of all time, Samurai Shodown II was today confirmed by SNK Playmore as coming to the North American Virtual Console in August - the 4th, to be exact.

    That's right - next Monday you could be crossing swords with the best of them! We’ve already seen the sublime Samurai Shodown on Nintendo’s retro download service but the sequel is even better –..

  • News OFLC Update: Wonder Boy in Monster Land

    The OFLC has rated one new game today: Wonder Boy in Monster Land is the second game in the Wonder Boy series and the last game in the series we didn't have on VC yet (Not counting the Japan-only Monster World IV). The game ditched the original Wonder Boy's gameplay entirely, instead going for a more RPG-oriented gameplay style. Alongside simple platforming, you will also have to defeat enemies for money to buy better equipment, and experience.

    Once the game has been released, we will have at least one version of each game in the series on VC. We'll still be missing the "Wonder Boy" versions of two of them, however - Wonder Boy III:..

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Chase H.Q.

    Let's go Mr. Driver!

    Back in 1988 Taito released Chase HQ into arcades around the world. It took the driving aspects from many other racing games of the time period and coupled them together with the intense action of a high-speed police pursuit. While this offered a nice change of pace from the typical and often redundant racing experiences found in arcades at the time, it also proved to be a bit..

  • News USA VC Update: Chase HQ and Art of Fighting 2

    This week’s Virtual Console releases cater nicely for those of you that either enjoy chasing criminals in fast cars or beating the seven shades out of fellow human beings.

    First up is Taito’s arcade classic Chase HQ, represented here by the TG-16/PC Engine conversion. Sadly, this isn’t a brilliant port of the coin-op original and even hardcore fans of the game are likely to be bitterly..

  • News RPG Action Comes to the US Next Month in Ys Book I & II

    Following Nintendo of Japan's August schedule, Hudson has revealed their plans for the US next month, and they are quite good indeed! Sadly, it appears Europe and Australia will not be getting any new Turbografx games in August.

    The US will start off by getting Chase H.Q. next week. This was the last listed game for July, and with the other two games scheduled for the month suffering a completely..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - August 2008

    It's the last Friday of the month again, and you know what that means - Nintendo of Japan has revealed their plans for August. There are no big surprises this month, but there is one small surprise that everybody expected: Capcom has managed to sneak an extra release into July to milk out its main franchise even further! Aside from Nintendo releasing one of their more obscure classics, there is nothing too interesting to speak of here.

    Japan's last update of July (Next Tuesday) is: Rockman (Mega Man, FC) Street Figh..

  • News EU VC Update - International Karate +

    It seems this week is some sort of "arcade week" in Europe, as there are three new games which all have distinct arcadey gameplay. If you don't like karate, painting roads or golf, then this week is not for you!

    International Karate + is the extremely popular sequel to the original International Karate. Aside from allowing up to 3 fighters in one battle instead of 2 (Although one of them..

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review International Karate +

    Karate fighting has never been so much fun.

    After the original was released as one of the two debut C64 titles on the VC, we didn't have to wait too long for the even better sequel to appear. At heart the same game, the plus in IK+ refers to a key difference - a third fighter. Whilst you could previously compete against a friend or the computer one on one, you can now take on two opponents at once..

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Neo Turf Masters

    Golf in Neo Geo style.

    There are basically two good golf games available for the Neo Geo. Top Player's Golf was released in 1990 and is a solid and playable golf game in and of itself, but Neo Turf Masters, which was released 6 years later, is clearly a much more refined and enjoyable golfing experience. The game features some very playable game...

  • News Top 10 Racing Games We Want To Come To The Virtual Console

    Racing or driving games are sorely underrepresented on the Virtual Console. Why is that we ask? They’ve always been popular with gamers since Pole Position on the Atari 2600. In the vain hope that powers that be at Nintendo ever visit this site for inspiration, here are the driving games which we feel deserve consideration for the Virtual Console.

    10. Outrun – Sega Master SystemHow could a list..

  • News Top 10 Puzzlers We Want To Come To The Virtual Console

    Following the series of Top 10 lists we've already done, we've made a selection of puzzle games we would like to see! It should be noted that there's a bunch of great puzzlers already on VC - The likes of Puyo Puyo, Adventures of Lolo, Wrecking Crew, Solomon's Key and Pokémon Puzzle League are all top-notch and very much worth a purchase. Still, here's 10 that would make great additions as well.

    10. Wrecking Crew '98 (SNES) When 2000 started getting close we were pretty sure we'd never see a Wrecking Crew sequel as it had already been 13 years - Nintendo proved us wron...

  • News Top 10 Shmups We Want To Come To The Virtual Console

    Since I've been fortunate enough to witness all of the shooter love in the comments lately, I thought I'd take a moment to share the love with a new top ten list chock full of shoot 'em ups. Although there have already been quite a few outstanding shooters released on the Virtual Console, there are still a lot of great titles left between the various consoles. Today we'll take a look at ten of the best. No need to thank me, just enjoy the list. :P

    10. Star Soldier: Vanishing Earth (Nintendo 64) - Here's the forgotten member...

  • News ESRB Update: Sonic the Hedgehog on Master System

    If you've been keeping up with the news you might remember that "Sonic the Hedgehog" was recently added to the OFLC listings a second time. We speculated that this could be the Master System version of the game, but now the ESRB has confirmed that that is indeed the case.

    The ESRB has been quite specific, calling the game "Sonic the Hedgehog on Master System" in its rating, so..

  • News USA VC Update: Super Fantasy Zone and Gley Lancer

    If you're desperately hoping for another TurboGrafx-16 game to be released soon, you might've noticed that Hudson's site listed Star Parodier and Break In to be released today. Sadly this is not the case, as in a strange twist of fate two different games have been released instead. Both of them are shooters, both of them are on the Genesis, both of them are imports, and both of them were already released in Europe quite a while ago.

    Super Fantasy Zone is the last game in the Fantasy Zone series. It is quite...

  • News Datel Release Retro Controllers for Virtual Console

    The Classic Controller is a lovely one-for-all controller for playing Virtual Console games, but if you’re like me you probably long for a small square edged controller to enjoy NES goodness. Seemingly reading my mind, Datel are releasing some retro style controllers for the Wii. We’d assume these will work on any VC games that support the Wiimote as a controller, but would be best suited for NES, Master System and TG-16 gaming.

    You can check out the 4 different c..

  • News Retro Gamer Magazine Interview VC Reviews

    Keeping it retro

    Recently we did an interview with Retro Gamer magazine about the success of VC Reviews and our thoughts on the Virtual Console service so far. If you are interested to read it why not pick up the magazine (issue #53) and take a look for yourself? It is available today in all good newsagents such as WHSmiths in the UK. For our many...

  • E3 2008 Original Banjo Kazooie Xbox LIVE Bound

    Nintendo are shunned, Rare's masterpiece original Banjo Kazooie is to be made available on Xbox LIVE later this year, tying into the new game Nuts & Bolts.

    At its E3 press conference, Microsoft announced that Rare's original Banjo platformer will be released this year for the Xbox Live Arcade. The game will feature slightly upgraded visuals and the long awaited "stop and swap"..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Donkey Kong 3

    Bug off

    Poor old Stanley the Bugman, not only have all the bugs got into his greenhouse, there’s a big ape pestering him too. To add insult to injury, he would never feature as a playable character in another Nintendo game again and be forgotten forever, whilst Mario went on to international stardom. Donkey Kong 3 started out life in the arcades...

  • News US VC Releases - 14th July - Donkey Kong 3

    Some people seemed to think that Nintendo would release a big-name title this week on the Virtual Console because of E3 (We ask: Why?). While you are getting a "big-name" title, it's probably not one of the ones you were hoping for.

    Donkey Kong 3 is the final entry in the Donkey Kong arcade series, and if you ask us, also the weakest. The game no longer features Mario at all, instead you..

  • News EU VC Releases - 11th July - Neo Geo Duo

    If you were expecting five games spanning a variety of systems today you're unfortunately out of luck. Nintendo has decided to instead give us only two games (Basically meaning we waited two weeks to get just two games), and they're both on the Neo Geo. Just like 2 and 4 weeks ago, there's no new WiiWare games.

    Ninja Commando, not to be confused with the also available Ninja Combat, is an overhead..

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Art of Fighting 2

    Art of Fighting 2 sees 12 characters compete for the title in the toughest fighting contest of them all: King of Fighters.

    The original Art of Fighting may not have threatened Street Fighter II in terms of gameplay but it certainly turned a few heads and stole some of the trade away from Capcom’s seminal 2D fighter. This second game takes the core concept of the first title and gently refines..

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Ninja Commando

    Ikari Warriors with ninjas - awesome!

    Ninja Commando is often confused for Ninja Combat or even its sequel, but in fact, it's neither. Ninja Commando is basically an overheard run 'n gun game that feels a lot like the arcade classic Ikari Warriors at times, although it doesn't quite have the same level of playability. While the game is an earlier Neo Geo title, it's actually one of the better ones..

  • News Four More Virtual Console Games for South Korea

    There still seems to be no real pattern to South Korea's Virtual Console releases. Upcoming games are added to Nintendo of South Korea's VC page occassionally but the actual release dates aren't really consistent.

    That said, on the 25th of June, South Korea got F-Zero and Star Fox 64. Next week, on the 15th of July, Koreans can look forward to Super...

  • News US VC Release - 7th July - King of the Monsters

    The pattern which was seemingly established the past weeks has already been broken - The US only gets one new VC game this week again.

    King of the Monsters is a wrestling game for the Neo Geo in which you control giant monsters (Obviously inspired by King Kong and such) as they battle to the death on top of cities. Unlike most fighting games you can move in any direction instead of just left and..

  • News Top 10 Neo Geo Games We Want To Come To The Virtual Console

    The Neo Geo console was a lot like a Rolls-Royce.

    It wasn't necessarily that much better than the other consoles on the market at the time, it was just a hell of a lot more expensive. Not only that, but if you managed to somehow survive the $650 price tag the console hit you with, you'd still have to shell out another $200-$300 per game if you...

  • News Mega Man 1 & 2 Coming To North America Soon?

    Some of our American readers have felt a bit miffed that their European cousins have been enjoying Mega Man 1 & 2 on the Virtual Console for quite some time now.

    For a long while we have heard such comments as “No fair” and “this sucks ass” in relation to this Mega Man delay. Well guys, it’s not just you who have been waiting, even the...

  • News Sonic on the Master System coming to Virtual Console?

    If you don't know much about Sega and checked out the OFLC earlier today, you might have scratched your head wondering why Sonic the Hedgehog was rated again, after all, the Mega Drive version is already out on Virtual Console.

    The interesting thing you might not know, however, is that there are three other games which are all also called Sonic the Hedgehog, meaning that most likely, one of them is..

June2008

  • News US VC Release - 30th June - Fatal Fury 2

    While Europe seems to be alternating five and zero Virtual Console game weeks, the US seems to have a pattern as well now. That pattern seems to be two VC games one week, then one the next, two after that, etc.

    As last week the US got two games, that means this week there's just one. It's Fatal Fury 2 for the Neo Geo. The Fatal Fury series is rather...

  • News Drake's Ratings Roundup - June 2008

    As we don't usually create a news article for each new game that gets a rating, we thought it would be a good idea to do a monthly roundup listing each game rated by every ratings board to keep you up to date.

    Here is a quick explanation of the different rating boards which we track: ESRB rated: The ESRB stands for Entertainment Software Rating Board and is North America's rating board. Anything..

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Summer Games II

    The pinnacle of athletic achievement. The Summer Games.

    The second Epyx sports title (and third Virtual Console release) provides eight entertaining events, of which half can be enjoyed split-screen with another player. As usual, you have a choice of which events to compete in (or practice) and how many players there are – each represented by their name and country. With the (debatable)..

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Super Fantasy Zone

    Take on the role of Opa-Opa, who is on a mission to avenge the death of his father.

    Given that the original Fantasy Zone achieved quite a cult status in arcades and on the various 8-bit consoles of the time period, it's certainly no surprise that the game spawned a few sequels and spin-offs. Super Fantasy Zone represents what many fans of the series consider to be the best overall Fantasy Zone..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - July 2008

    As it's the last Friday of the month once again, Nintendo of Japan has revealed their Virtual Console plans for the next month. There are some notable games here, including (finally) Donkey Kong 3, the first Space Harrier, another Fire Emblem, and Shining Force II.

    The full list is as follows: Famicom: Dig Dug (July 1st) Chack'n Pop Donkey Kong 3 Super Famicom: Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 Nintendo..

  • News EU VC Releases - 27th June - Super Fantasy Zone

    After this week, it is rather safe to assume that Nintendo of Europe is indeed following a pattern. There's 5 new VC games to pick from, and like two weeks ago, no WiiWare games.

    The top pick might be argued about, but if you ask us, it's Super Fantasy Zone for the Mega Drive. The game plays pretty much exactly the same as the original Fantasy Zone...

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine

    Federation storage depots have been raided by pirates, taking valuable minerals, jewels, ammunition and the latest battle weaponry.

    Part shooter, part maze game, you are tasked to track down and retrieve stolen cargo from pirates, returning it to a storage depot at the end of each level (of which there are 3) before time runs out. Not that the...

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review King of the Monsters

    King of the Monsters is an action/fighting game that features city-destroying battles between huge monsters.

    King of the Monsters is one of those titles that, despite being a very mediocre game overall, enjoys a fairly strong following around the gaming community. The game takes the classic "giant monster stomping through cities" made famous in the King Kong and Godzilla movies, and..

  • News Super Mario RPG Released in Japan Today

    It's a big day for Japanese Wii owners - Earlier today, Super Mario RPG was made available for download in the Wii Shop. The game costs 900 Wii Points (For some reason, a bunch of games in Japan, mostly RPGs, cost more than normal).

    The game was recently rated by the OFLC, so it should be coming to Europe/Australia as well. As it was never released...

  • News US VC Releases - 23rd June - Alex Kidd in Miracle World

    Not too bad of a week for the US today, especially if you couple it up with what was released on WiiWare.

    The pick of the bunch is of course Alex Kidd in Miracle World, the first in the Alex Kidd series and arguably the best. The game is rather simple and fun to play, unlike its many sequels which mostly introduced new, not so good elements which downgraded the experience by quite a margin. The..

  • News USK Rated: International Karate+ and Cybernoid for C64

    Some good news for Commodore 64 fans today. Two aging classics have been rated by the German ratings organisation, the USK, so we expect them to be on the Virtual Console in due course.

    International Karate+, or IK+ to its friends is rather obviously the sequel to International Karate which is also on the VC. It was released almost a year and a half after the original in 1987. IK+ also features a..

  • News Secret of Evermore - Brian Fehdrau Interview

    Our resident reviewer Corbie Dillard has been busy securing some fresh content for his SNES fansite. He really struck gold with a recent interview which he did with Brian Fehdrau, the lead programmer on the Squaresoft USA team that developed the Super Nintendo rpg hit Secret of Evermore.

    At the present moment, Square seem to be reluctant to throw up...

  • News ESRB To Crack Down On Early Leaks Of Games

    Since the very beginning of VC Reviews we have rounded up the latest games which should be headed to the Virtual Console on our coming soon list so you have the inside scoop on what games are coming up.

    One of the primary ways we do this is by checking game content ratings on the ESRB website. Basically if a game doesn’t get rated there then it won’t be coming out in North America. It has been..

  • News EU VC Releases - 20th June - Epic Fail

    Things are dire in Europe again this week. Those 5 releases last week must've been to throw us off-guard and then give us this: Absolutely nothing!

    Yes, it's the same situation as two weeks ago: While there are (two) WiiWare games, there is not a single new Virtual Console game. One has to wonder what Nintendo of Europe is thinking with a strategy...

  • News Nintendo Channel Gets An Update

    If you live in North America or Japan you can now view some more information on the Nintendo Channel. If you've looked around the channel in the time it's been out you can probably guess what this is - The results of all the data people have entered so far concerning their Wii, VC and WiiWare games can now be viewed.

    This means you can see if the games are generally considered to be for the..

  • News US VC Release - 16th June - Samurai Shodown

    The WiiWare push in North America continues, as Nintendo of America is releasing two WiiWare games this week while only giving minimal attention to Virtual Console, by releasing just one game. At least it's a good one!

    Samurai Shodown (That's not Showdown, a mistake a lot of people make) was one of the first fighting games where characters used...

  • News N64 Controller Mod For Virtual Console

    Although the Classic Controller is enough for most retro-loving Wii owners, there are some that crave a rather more authentic experience. There’s nothing like experiencing Virtual Console games on the controllers they were intended to be played on, and while Nintendo’s limited production of the Club Nintendo SNES pad will have satisfied a few, it’s going to leave a certain demographic out in the cold – namely those who love the N64 controller.

    But fear not. A talented hacker called Raphaël Assénat and been tinkering away in his dimly-lit workshop and has produced a converter that permits the use of the..

  • News South Korea: Two More VC Updates

    South Korea is slowly but surely catching up on the enormous back catalogue of Virtual Console games released elsewhere, as they didn't get the Wii (And thus VC) until last April.

    On May the 26th, they got Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari (River City Ransom), Super Mario Bros. 3 (Oddly enough skipping 2) and Donkey Kong Country. Last week, on the 10th...

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Fatal Fury 2

    In addition to Terry, Andy and Joe, who appeared in the original game, another five distinctive fighters gather from around the world to compete for the championship title.

    Although the original Fatal Fury was undoubtedly one of the best challengers to square up to Capcom’s Street Fighter 2, many would argue that SNK’s franchise didn’t really get into its stride until the sequel was released..

  • News OFLC Update - Super Mario RPG On Its Way To Europe

    It's time to rejoice, as Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars has been rated by the OFLC today!

    Fans have longed for this game's release on VC for an eternity - It was listed on the ESRB around the Wii's launch but mysteriously disappeared along with some other games later. After not hearing anything about the game for about a year, it was announced that Japan would be getting the game this..

  • News EU VC Releases - 13th June - The Last Ninja 2, Alex Kidd and more!

    After last week's VC disaster, we assume everybody was hoping Nintendo would release an extra large amount of new games this week as some sort of apology. Well, they have chosen to do exactly that, as there's five new games now available!

    Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance is quite similar to the first game (also on VC), featuring the same isometric gameplay with fighting and puzzles to solve..

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    Virtual Console / Master System

    Review Alex Kidd in Miracle World

    In Miracle World you'll have to contend with the evil Janken the Great, who will send his henchmen and monsters at you to thwart your progress.

    Following the incredible success of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros series, Sega decided that it too needed a platform game with an identifiable mascot. The result was Alex Kidd in Miracle World, which...

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance

    The Ninja, known as the Mystic Shadow Warriors, were the elite fighting force of Ninth Century Feudal Japan.

    The second instalment of the Last Ninja trilogy transports Armakuni to New York, where he must confront the evil Shogun Kunitoki once more. Your travels are once again displayed in a flip screen isometric format, as you explore the unfamiliar surroundings of Central Park and downtown..

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    Virtual Console / Commodore 64

    Review Nebulus

    Weird things are happening on Planet Nebulus.

    Nebulus (known as Tower Toppler in the US and Castelian in its NES and Game Boy incarnations) is another title from Hewson that is memorable largely due to its idiosyncratic presentation. The game is particularly noted for its striking visual design, and justifiably so, as it takes the basic structure of a platform game, and with a simple twist (pun not..

  • News SNK Virtual Console Releases In Jeopardy?

    It’s been on the cards for some time now but Ignition Entertainment has officially announced the Euro release of SNK’s Arcade Classics Collection, Volume One.

    This retro anthology is already available on the Sony PS2 and PSP and contains 16 choice cuts from the back catalogue of this illustrious company. All of the games are taken from the library of the near-legendary Neo-Geo console, which..

  • News Only Geeks And Otaku Want Extra Storage On The Wii

    In a recent interview with Edge Magazine, Laurent Fischer, managing director of marketing at Nintendo Europe had the nerve to call Nintendo fans wishing for more storage space to download VC and WiiWare games “geeks and otaku”!

    Here is a section of the interview directly from this month’s Edge: First Nintendo will not be concentrating any...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Dig Dug

    Do we dig it?

    Pac-Man wasn't the only popular arcade game Namco made. Aside from Galaga, Mappy, and others, there was also Dig Dug. In Dig Dug, your objective is to dig through the earth's soil and eliminate the monsters lurking within it. You can move through the soil (Thus creating tunnels) by simply moving around, but defeating the monsters is...

  • News US VC Releases - 9th June - NES Import Duo

    If you've been pining for some more imports in the US, you're in luck today - There's two of them. You might think one of them was in fact released outside Japan, but the contrary is true - It, surprisingly, never was.

    That game is Dig Dug, the arcade game from Namco where you control "Dig Dug" (Later officially named Taizo Hori), a digger tunneling his way through the earth in order to..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa

    Oh baby!

    Let's be honest, a platformer built around a tiny baby and his rattle doesn't exactly beam with potential from the start, so it's no small wonder that this game was originally rejected by Nintendo of America at the time it was submitted for release in the US. But if you look at screenshots of Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa and prematurely dismiss...

  • News 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...

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Ninja Combat

    Ninja Combat is a scrolling beat 'em up featuring, as the title suggests, ninjas.

    One of the first releases for SNK’s Neo Geo console, Ninja Combat is unsurprisingly a little rough around the edges. Graphically it’s not really a massive leap up from the likes of the SNES or Megadrive/Genesis (bear in mind that when this game was first published...

  • News 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..

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Burning Fight

    Burning Fight is a side-scrolling hand-to-hand-combat action game.

    In the early days of the Neo-Geo SNK tried its hardest to cover all of the potential money-making bases of arcade and home console gaming. Fatal Fury catered to the one-on-one fighting crowd, NAM 1975 was an Operation Wolf clone with a difference, and Burning Fight clearly looked...

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