Wii Virtual Console - News

November2009

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  • Nintendo Download Art, Beasts, Cars, Paddles and Wars (US)

    Catchup on the Wii, new games on the DSi.

    Yes, it's that time again - time to release a few WiiWare and Virtual Console games Europe has already had for some time! The WiiWare side of things is quite decent, but most people will likely pass on this week's single new VC offering. DSiWare gets a certain anticipated strategy title from Square Enix and a new Art Academy game from Nintendo. Taito has..

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    Virtual Console / Master System

    Review R-Type

    Blast off and attack the evil Bydo Empire once again in 8-bit!

    While we applaud Sega for bringing some of its most fondly remembered Master System games to the Virtual Console, we can’t help feeling that on this occasion it is a little bit pointless. After all, we’ve had a near arcade perfect port of R-Type on the TurboGrafx-16 since 2006, which humbles the Sega Master System version by..

  • News Nintendo Download 29-30 September 2009 (Japan)

    Things are back on track with a 2-4-7 week!

    After another download holiday Japanese downloaders (and their importing compatriots) are having a week that's more VC than WiiWare and more DSiWare than anything else. WiiWareHamekomi Lucky Puzzle Wii Returns (500pts - Tryfirst) -- This is the sequel to the game known as NEVES Plus elsewhere: a puzzle game where you need to use geometric shapes to fill..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - October 2009

    Two Nintendo games which recently got DS remakes are coming to VC.

    Next month's Japanese Virtual Console lineup is quite surprising - Two games which weren't expected to be released on the VC anytime soon, because they just got DS remakes, will be released anyway! Both of them are from Nintendo. Perhaps they're trying to convince other companies to put their recently remade games on VC as well -..

  • Nintendo Download R-Type, Cubes, Monkey Island, Poker and Cookery (EU)

    WiiWare plays catchup to North America while VC and DSiWare both get one new game.

    WiiWare this week is mostly predictable - All three games have been out in North America for some time, and two of them were even specifically announced for release today. VC and DSiWare are a bit more surprising, although neither of them has really gotten something great. You, Me and the Cubes is Nintendo's latest..

  • News Zombies Ate My Neighbors Heading to Virtual Console for Real This Time?

    The OFLC seems to think so.

    In the latest OFLC update, fans of LucasArts will find that one of their most requested games seems to be on its way to the Virtual Console at long last. Zombies Ate My Neighbors is an awesome SNES and Mega Drive game in which you play as one or two teenagers attempting to rescue their neighbors from zombies, mummies, vampires, aliens and other classic movie monsters..

  • Nintendo Download Cubes, Ninjas, Tennis, Strategy Games and Cameras (US)

    Nintendo finally releases their quirky new WiiWare game.

    As it was already announced some time ago that Nintendo's latest WiiWare offering, You, Me and the Cubes would be released in North America during the summer, it was pretty much a given it would come out this week - This week has the last update of the summer, after all. It's accompanied by some relatively uninteresting other WiiWare and..

  • News Rare: Fate Was Against Us With Goldeneye

    UK developer sees little chance of a Virtual Console release

    A while back we got rather excited about the prospect of seeing the N64 classic Goldeneye on the Virtual Console. Such enthusiasm was perfectly understandable - it's still one of the best FPS games you're ever likely to play - but sadly legal wrangles between Nintendo, Microsoft and current Bond license holder Activision seemed to scupper..

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review Golden Axe

    Sega's classic fantasy side-scroller hits the Virtual Console in its original arcade form - but is it any good?

    It would be fair to say that the expansion of the Wii Virtual Console to incorporate arcade releases has been extremely welcome, but it has resulted in one rather unusual side-effect: we’re seeing rampant duplication of titles already available. We’ve already had the likes of..

  • Nintendo Download Super Star Wars, Golden Axe, Magnetis, PooYoos and MySims Camera (EU)

    Something for people of all ages.

    Although WiiWare and DSiWare have a lot of games left to get this year, if everything on Nintendo's list actually comes out, that doesn't mean the Virtual Console is going to suffer from it (At least not yet) - Today sees the release of two new retro games, just like last week. WiiWare gets two games as well, while DSiWare gets a single application. For most..

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge

    It's River City Ransom with a side order of Track & Field.

    What do you get when you combine the River City Ransom theme with Track and Field-style gameplay? You get Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge. The game takes the street gang theme and creates some fitting Olympic-style events to go along with it. Sounds like a mouth-watering proposition, but...

  • News Help People Get Their Wii Consoles Online, Get Free Games

    Nintendo of Europe announces their upcoming promotion.

    Not too long ago, Nintendo of Japan announced a new promotion - those who helped enough people connect their Wii consoles to the Internet would receive free Wii Points and the ability to download a multitude of Virtual Console games absolutely free. Nintendo of Europe has now announced that they will be doing exactly the same. Starting next..

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review Solomon's Key

    A near-identical version of a game already available on the Virtual Console

    Way back when the Wii came out in late 2006, one of the initial games available on Virtual Console was the NES version of Solomon's Key. Now that arcade games have been added to the service's catalogue, Tecmo has chosen to release the original arcade version. But is it...

  • Nintendo Download Spaceballs, Shopping Carts, Poker, Street Challenges, Art and Toys (US)

    Another WiiWare boost with three new games.

    For some reason, Nintendo chose not to reveal today's releases in advance - Not only did they not put a press release on their press site, but they didn't even send one to journalists through email! We have no idea why, because this is actually a relatively solid week - Definitely not as bad as some past...

  • Nintendo Download 15-16 September 2009 (Japan)

    The magic numbers next week are 3-3-4 as WiiWare makes a reappearance in Japan.

    After a wee holiday from the Japanese download service, WiiWare has come back with three new titles along with three Virtual Console titles and four DSiWare titles for happy downloaders everywhere. WiiWareMinna de Tobikome Penguin Diving Hooper Looper (500pts -...

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review Rygar

    Lesser-known than its NES counterpart, but is it still worth picking up?

    When you utter the name "Rygar", many people will instantly think of the NES game with the same name. In it, you played as the bare-chested warrior Rygar, making his way through both side-scrolling and overhead stages using his unique weapon, the Diskarmor, to take out hordes of enemies and defeat evil. Like most NES..

  • Nintendo Download Rygar, Solomon's Key, Spaceball and Solitaire (EU)

    The last two weeks had no new Virtual Console games, but this time there's two.

    Finally, some more Virtual Console Arcade support from a publisher other than Sega! It's not Namco, with their gigantic catalogue of arcade games already available in Japan, but rather Tecmo, who has chosen to release two more of their coin-op classics. Rygar is very different from the more well-known NES game of the..

  • News OFLC Ratings Promise Street Fighting Action

    Two of Capcom's vintage brawlers get the classifications board treatment

    Australia's OFLC ratings board has just confirmed that two instalments in Capcom's classics Street Fighter series have been awarded official ratings, which means they're probably coming to the Virtual Console very soon. Fighting Street is the PC Engine/TG16 version of the very first Street Fighter entry. It was one of the..

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Return of the Jedi

    The Emperor has been expecting you

    The third and final game in the Super Star Wars series promises more of the same great experience offered as its two forerunners, but did LucasArts give us a conclusion worthy of the series or just a clichéd third act with some kid-friendly Ewoks thrown in? Like the previous two outings, Super Return of the Jedi is a 2D platformer in which you take on Star..

  • First Impressions Classic Controller Pro

    We go thumbs-on to determine whether it's for pros or schmoes

    Launched in Japan alongside Monster Hunter 3 Tri and the Dark World Wii, the Classic Controller Pro is Nintendo's attempt at righting the wrongs of its original old-school pad. The good news is, it largely does. The bad news? It's got a few quirks of its own. We snagged a shiny black one: so shiny, in fact, that our first thought went..

  • Nintendo Download Rebirths, Colours, Jedi and Clubhouses (US)

    Contra and Star Wars return, and bring along two other games.

    Not many surprises this week - Both WiiWare releases were already announced in advance, and the Virtual Console game was expected to be released this week as well. The only surprise is the sole DSiWare release, but we can't imagine anyone being genuinely excited for it! Contra ReBirth is...

  • News Nintendo Download 08-09 September 2009 (Japan)

    More arcade classics for the Virtual Console and DSiWare gets the spotlight as WiiWare takes another holiday

    For a second week running there's no new WiiWare titles for Japan, but at least there's two VCA titles for the Virtual Console on the way next Tuesday. DSiWare definitely gets the spotlight next week with multiple releases, though the majority are part of a new Nintendo lifestyle series..

August2009

  • Nintendo Download Monkeys, Rattles, Fantasies and Puzzles (US)

    Another catch-up week for North America.

    There's a fairly diverse offer of new games this week - An adventure game, a party game, an RPG and a puzzler. All of them are also catch-up games - Europe has already had 3 of them on VC/WiiWare/DSiWare for a few weeks, while the final game was already released on PC two weeks ago. At least they're finally...

  • News Nintendo Download 01-02 September 2009 (Japan)

    Another WiiWare holiday, but a few VC games and some DSiWare makes up for it.

    After last month's WiiWare windfall it shouldn't be a surprise that Japan is taking a little break from the service. Don't feel too bad for them, because there's three VC titles to tide over Wii downloaders and a few DSiWare titles from Nintendo as well. Virtual ConsoleTaikoo Risshinden (Super Famicom 800pts - Koei) -- A..

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - September 2009

    Konami and Square Enix offer more support.

    It's already the last Friday of the month again, so you know what that means - Nintendo of Japan has revealed next month's Virtual Console plans. As in the last few months, there's not exactly many games (For Japan's standards, at least) but those that are there are all quite nice to see. Too bad we'll probably not get many of them! As usual, Namco Bandai..

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Empire Strikes Back

    Do or do not: there is no try.

    Following up on the success of Super Star Wars, LucasArts released Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back (a.k.a. Super Empire Strikes Back) to an audience already hyped and waiting. As we discussed in our previous review, the story barely paid lip service to the movies, and this release is little better. Even so, the game was a success before it even hit store..

  • Nintendo Download Jedi, Drills and Bubbles (US)

    NoA takes a step back with only one game for each service.

    It seems Nintendo of America has finally decided to take it easy for a week - There's only three new games this time. That's not to say they're bad though! For the Virtual Console there's Super Empire Strikes Back, the second game in the Super Star Wars series, which is based on the movie of the same name. Like the first game, it's..

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Pilotwings

    Soar like an eagle

    Sometimes games deserve second chances. Let us tell you a story... A long time ago in a television studio far, far away, a member of our team took part in an episode of Games World, Hewland's Gamesmaster clone shown on Sky 1 in the UK. Everything was going great until the semi-final, when the skydiving stage from Pilotwings came...

  • News Nintendo Download 25-26 August 2009 (Japan)

    The WiiWare party is back on with a load of new downloads for both Wii and DSi!

    After taking a couple of week's holiday the Japanese WiiWare service is back in action with five new WiiWare releases (two of them aimed at small children), two Virtual Console titles and five new DSiWare downloads. Yes it does seem terribly unfair, but that's life. If you're fortunate enough to be able to partake of..

  • News Japan Gets 20 More Namco Arcade Games

    As if the lack of Namco arcade game support in the west wasn't bad enough already.

    There's still no sign of more Namco games for Virtual Console Arcade outside Japan - We're still stuck with their initial three releases. Meanwhile, Japan has gotten over 20 arcade releases from Namco alone (That's about 2/3 of all the arcade games available in...

  • Nintendo Download Pilotwings, Mario vs. Donkey Kong, Pop Plus, Arkanoid and Bit.Trip (EU)

    An all-star lineup for Europe this week!

    There's a total of 5 new releases this week - And all of them are highly regarded games! Among them are two new Nintendo games, which, as Nintendo claims, are both being released because of this week's German Gamescom event. The Virtual Console finally gets a certain SNES launch title which strangely hasn't been made available yet - Pilotwings, a flight sim..

  • News Mario vs. Donkey Kong and Pilotwings Out in Europe This Friday

    DSiWare and Virtual Console both get a Nintendo game.

    The hotly anticipated Flipnote Studio only just came out, but Nintendo seems to have decided to continue supporting their download services with their own games - They're releasing another two of them later this week. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again is the third game in the Mario vs...

  • Nintendo Download Ninjas, Picture Books, Slot Cars, Sudoku and Guitars (US)

    Nintendo of America does a bit of catching up.

    There's nothing really unexpected this week - Except for the fact that it seems LucasArts won't be releasing their Super Star Wars games in consecutive weeks, as there's no new one this time. Four of today's five new games have already been released in Europe, so we've already got reviews ready. The Virtual Console has the best new game this week,..

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    Virtual Console / Master System

    Review Phantasy Star

    The starting point for a venerable roleplaying legend

    Pity the poor Master System. South America and Europe aside, it just could not compete with the unstoppable NES despite superior technology and some cracking games. Among those titles is what could be considered the machine's killer app - a huge game with a matching price tag, which not only...

  • Nintendo Download Phantasy Star, Flipnote Studio, Sujin Taisen, Rattle Battle and Slot Car Racing (EU)

    2 DSiWare and WiiWare games, and one Virtual Console game.

    For the first time in quite a while, this week brings us two new DSiWare games. Today's other new releases aren't exactly surprising! For DSiWare, there's the previously announced Flipnote Studio, a nifty application which lets you draw your very own animations, which you can then fine-tune in various ways before uploading them to a special..

  • Nintendo Download 18-19 August (Japan)

    VC and DSiWare on offer next week whilst the WiiWare holiday continues.

    After the mega update preceding the Oban Festival holiday this week it looks like things are returning to normal with 4 VC releases and 7 DSi releases for next week, though nothing new in the WiiWare pipeline. Virtual ConsoleIke lke! Nekketsu Hockey-bu (500pts - Technos) -- A...

  • News Buy Metroid Prime Trilogy, Get the Original Metroid Free

    Nintendo of Europe offers a free VC game to those quick to the punch.

    Two years ago, the original Metroid was made available on the Virtual Console in order to generate some hype for the release of Metroid Prime 3: Corruption a few months later. It seems only fitting that there is now yet another promotion featuring the original NES game, as Metroid Prime Trilogy will be released in Europe early..

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Star Wars

    Is the force strong with this one?

    When Super Star Wars was released in 1992, it was an instant success. Offering old-school platforming but set in the Star Wars universe and culminating in the destruction of the Death Star, the video game format fit the movies like Harrison Ford fits the role of a roguish scoundrel. At the time, video game critics...

  • News What LucasArts games do you want to see on Virtual Console?

    Let the talented folks at LucasArts know what you want.

    It's great to finally see another western publisher supporting the Virtual Console - LucasArts has just released Super Star Wars, and has already promised that both of its sequels, plus other games, will follow in the future. Being the official game development team for a famous movie...

  • News LucasArts Bringing Classic Games to Virtual Console

    The ESRB has rated one of LucasArts' classic SNES games. Update: And more are on the way too!

    If you've been keeping up with LucasArts lately, you might've noticed that recently, they've begun to rerelease many of their classic games, after years of seemingly not listening to the cries of fans asking them to do so. Online download service Steam...

  • Nintendo Download Kindred Spirits, Rock N' Roll, Star Wars and Different Art (US)

    Well, that didn't take long - Super Star Wars is available today, among other games!

    We only just reported on the ESRB rating a classic Star Wars SNES game less than an hour ago, but it turns out the rating isn't going to be sitting there without the game actually being out for multiple months - Super Star Wars is available today! It's accompanied...

  • News Spidey goes pink in The Revenge of Shinobi

    Peter Parker might have something to say about this.

    Hardcore SEGA fans will no doubt be aware that The Revenge of Shinobi on the Mega Drive / Genesis had a few incarnations during its lifetime due to copyright issues. It’s a proud person who still owns the original Mega Drive cart which features boss characters such as The Hulk, The Terminator,...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review The Revenge of Shinobi

    Joe Musashi returns in what is arguably the best ninja game ever

    There’s a common assumption that a console’s best titles come towards the end of its lifespan. This is mainly because developers take time to get to grips with a new machine’s power and as a result you have to wait a couple of years before you see what each console is truly...

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review Tecmo Bowl

    Older. Prettier. Just not wiser.

    In every genre there is one game that stands as a pinnacle to which other games in that genre aspire. Final Fantasy VII, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Sexy Poker. In their respective genres, these games are the standard by which other games are judged. Tecmo Bowl for the NES is often cited as that standard for classic American rules football games. But..

  • Nintendo Download Bonsai Barber, The Revenge of Shinobi and City Transport Maps (EU)

    Zoonami's hairdressing game is finally out, and it's accompanied by Sega's awesome ninja game. Oh, and some city maps.

    After skipping a week, the Official Nintendo Magazine has once again revealed the Wii/DSi updates in advance. As promised a while ago, today finally sees the European release of Bonsai Barber. Accompanying it is a single Virtual Console game and two DSiWare applications which might..

  • Nintendo Download Mechas, Sexy Poker, Football and Art (US)

    The Virtual Console shows signs of life.

    The past two North American Wii/DSi updates had no new Virtual Console games, but thankfully, there is one this week. It's accompanied by two WiiWare games and the final DSiWare Art Style game (For now). On WiiWare, today brings us the previously announced Overturn. Perhaps taking a bit of inspiration from...

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