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News: Hanabi Festival 5 to Happen Soon?

Hanabi Festival 5 to Happen Soon?

Nintendo of Europe's site seems to suggest so

A handful of new import titles were recently given ratings by the OFLC, leading many to believe that Europe and Australia would be on their way to the fifth Hanabi Festival, and thus another nice batch of import Virtual Console games. Nintendo of Europe has now practically confirmed that this will be happening soon, as they've added four import titles..

Nintendo Download: 8th March 2010 (North America)

8th March 2010 (North America)

Markers, Dracula, Fantasy and Spanish this week

WiiWareMax & the Magic Marker (1000pts – Press Play) – The novel platformer makes its North American debut today. We thought it was a very good addition to the platforming line-up on WiiWare, so if that kind of game floats your boat get your points ready! Dracula: Undead Awakening (1000pts – Chillingo) – Hot on the heels of the Eur

Nintendo Download: 9th & 10th March 2010 (Japan)

9th & 10th March 2010 (Japan)

Capcom and Nichibutsu classics on Wii, Gameloft, G.G. Series and Kanji Training on DSi

DSiWare doesn't hold any surprises, but it's nice to see more VCA releases and of course Capcom fueling the retro-fires. WiiWareRockman 10 (1000pts - Capcom) — By now we hope everyone knows this is what we know as Mega Man 10 outside of Japan. We though it was a worthy successor to the franchise crown; no..

News: Ironclad Gets ESRB Rating, Shoots It

Ironclad Gets ESRB Rating, Shoots It

Shmup'ing its way onto the North American Virtual Console

The North American shoot-em-up crowd may have looked at the Japanese Virtual Console with some envy the past few months for having the Neo Geo CD release Ironclad ready and willing, but the jealous glare will hopefully soon diminish as the Entertainment Software Rating Board has put their stamp on it. The Neo Geo game has been rated Everyone..

Nintendo Download: 5th March 2010 (Europe)

5th March 2010 (Europe)

"Retro" delights from Capcom, along with plenty of other things.

There's quite a lot to downloads to pick from this week. The Virtual Console makes yet another return after being nowhere in sight the past two weeks, while Capcom has released not one, but two new "retro" games at once. Also finally available in Europe is the third installment in the Bit.Trip series, along with several..

News: Nintendo Download 1st March 2010 (North America)

Nintendo Download 1st March 2010 (North America)

March is Mega Month!

This week Mega Man 10 debuts in North America, much to the delight of retro-gaming fans eager to get more 8-bit styled platforming goodness out of their Wiis. Of course let's not ignore the other WiiWare offerings or the fact that the NEO GEO is back on the Virtual Console following a short hiatus. DSi Owners have a couple of sporting games to choose from, some more adventure..

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

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

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 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

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)

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 -..

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

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)

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..

Nintendo Download: 12th February 2010 (Europe)

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)

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?

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)

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)

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

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)

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..

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

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

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)

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..

News: Castlevania: Rondo of Blood ESRB Rated

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 away. While it's a bit strange to see Hudson bringing..

Nintendo Download: 25th January 2010 (North America)

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..