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Nintendo Download: 8-9 December 2009 (Japan)

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..

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

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..

Nintendo Download: Monkey Island, Zoos, 'Copters, Face Stealing and Puzzles! (US)

Monkey Island, Zoos, 'Copters, Face Stealing and Puzzles! (US)

A mix of catch-up and new titles in another big update for Wii and DSi.

There's a mix of new and catch-up titles in the update this week including the penultimate chapter in the new Tales of Monkey Island series: Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 4. Copter Crisis and My Zoo were both recently released in PAL territories. Reviewer Tommy Bowskill thought the former had some potential, but failed to..

Nintendo Download: 1-2 December 2009 (Japan)

1-2 December 2009 (Japan)

A light download selection next week after this week's mega releases.

This week's update was full to bursting, so it's just as well that next week is a little on the light side with only a few downloads for both Wii and DSi. WiiWarePonjan (1000pts - Tomy) -- The Wii counterpart to the DSiWare release of the kiddy version of mahjong (real mahjong -- not the matching game). Virtual ConsoleKing of..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - December 2009

Japanese Virtual Console list - December 2009

Finishing off the year with some more big-name titles.

Nintendo of Japan just never seems to stop being awesome - They've got another eight VC games planned for release in December, with the large likelihood of Namco Bandai also having some yet to be announced titles in store. Part of the lineup are another Japan-exclusive, Nintendo-developed NES game, the SNES's best beat 'em up, and another great..

Nintendo Download: Flip Champs, Missiles, Shanghai II, Copter Crisis, Dragon Master, Rabbids Lab and Solitaire (EU)

Flip Champs, Missiles, Shanghai II, Copter Crisis, Dragon Master, Rabbids Lab and Solitaire (EU)

The Virtual Console does not bring us what most of us wanted.

After a week with no Virtual Console game, and the recent North American releases of Indiana Jones and Super Mario Kart, one would think that one or both of them would've been released in PAL regions this week - After all, either would've been the 300th VC game for Australia. Sadly, neither has been released, but we have finally gotten a..

Nintendo Download: Karts, Blobs, Bits, Shops, Tournaments, PooYoos, Castles, Notebooks and More Plankton (US)

Karts, Blobs, Bits, Shops, Tournaments, PooYoos, Castles, Notebooks and More Plankton (US)

Another mega update for North America.

Multiple games were already announced for release this week, but they don't even make up half of the total releases. Each service gets more than one new game, and almost all of them are (or seem to be) good. The Virtual Console steals the show this time though - Super Mario Kart on the SNES is the long-awaited original game in Nintendo's famous racing series..

News: Nintendo Blocking Third Party Releases On Virtual Console?

Nintendo Blocking Third Party Releases On Virtual Console?

If your title is in direct competition with a Nintendo one, you may be screwed

If you like to moan about the apparent lack of quality titles coming to the Virtual Console then you may wish to direct your anger at Nintendo itself rather than third party publishers, if this recent piece of news is anything to go by. A poster on NTSC-UK forum has replied to a thread about the upcoming release of Super..

News: Super Mario Kart Hits Virtual Console on Monday

Super Mario Kart Hits Virtual Console on Monday

The wait is finally over.

Well Super Mario Kart fans have waited long and hard for the Super Nintendo classic to make an appearance on the North American Virtual Console service, but it seems the wait is finally about to be over. Gamespot has just announced that Nintendo has confirmed to them that Super Mario Kart will be released on the North American Virtual Console service on Monday, November 23..

Nintendo Download: 24-25 November 2009 (Japan)

24-25 November 2009 (Japan)

WiiWare is back and the MSX returns with a vengeance, plus DSiWare and more Namco Arcade games!

Japan gets a lot of downloads ordinarily, but next week must be setting some kind of record - and there's not even a public holiday to account for it! WiiWareOkiraku Kart Wii (500pts - Arc System Works) - You cannot keep the Family down, especially if there's a chance to attempt to ride Mario Kart's..

Nintendo Download: Pokémon, Whips, Fighters, Bowling Balls, Robots, Intersections and Demos (US)

Pokémon, Whips, Fighters, Bowling Balls, Robots, Intersections and Demos (US)

It's like a complete reversal - WiiWare only gets one new game this week, while DSiWare gets three.

Nintendo would like you to think that they're releasing a whopping 6 WiiWare games today, but the truth is there's only one - The remaining five are all demos of other games, allowing those unsure of their purchase to check them out before spending money. The Virtual Console gets another version of..

Nintendo Download: 17-18 November 2009 (Japan)

17-18 November 2009 (Japan)

More Namco arcade games and DSiWare next week.

Another WiiWare holiday and only two Virtual Console releases - both Namco arcade games. Hardly seems possible given the number of announced Virtual Console titles for November yet to be released, unless the 24th is going to break all previous records! Virtual Console Bosconian (800pts Arcade - Namco) - This is one of the first games to feature speech..

Nintendo Download: Ninja Gaiden, My Zoo, Rock N' Roll Climber and Nintendo Touch Golf (EU)

Ninja Gaiden, My Zoo, Rock N' Roll Climber and Nintendo Touch Golf (EU)

Things are a bit underwhelming this week.

There's no doubt that a lot of people are waiting for the European release of Excitebike: World Rally, but it looks like Nintendo is letting us down for now - This week offers us only four new games, and none of them are particularly interesting. WiiWare's the only service with more than one game this time - My Zoo is Hudson Soft's "sequel" to My..

Nintendo Download: Bikes, Frogs, Dragons, Bombs, Plankton and Cybernoids (US)

Bikes, Frogs, Dragons, Bombs, Plankton and Cybernoids (US)

DSiWare gets another big batch of budget titles, WiiWare gets Excitebike.

There's eleven new games this week, but don't get excited right away - five of them are budget DSiWare versions of commercial disaster Electroplankton. WiiWare gets the previously announced Excitebike and two more games, while Virtual Console gets two rather unremarkable games. Excitebike: World Rally is obviously the biggest..

News: Michael Jackson's Moonwalker Coming to Virtual Console?

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker Coming to Virtual Console?

Could the King of Pop make his Wii debut soon?

The PEGI has been a bit quiet for a while, as they tend not to add ratings to their site until the games in question have actually been released. Today, however, one game slipped through the cracks, and it's not an insignificant one either. A Virtual Console listing for Michael Jackson's Moonwalker has appeared, making it seem like one of the games..

Nintendo Download: 10-11 November 2009 (Japan)

10-11 November 2009 (Japan)

WiiWare takes a holiday, but that's okay because we've got Arcade action and DSiWare!

Well, after this week's Japanese holiday, it looks like we're back to Wii downloads on Tuesdays and DSiWare on Wednesdays for next week. No WiiWare is coming, but that's probably okay after the bumper crop of titles released in October! Virtual ConsoleStreet Fighter II: Champion Edition (600pts, PC Engine -..

Nintendo Download: Fighting Street, Bomberman, Sudoku, All Time Classics, UNO and a Double Dose of Monkeys (EU)

Fighting Street, Bomberman, Sudoku, All Time Classics, UNO and a Double Dose of Monkeys (EU)

A lot of choices this week!

A whole bunch of games were already confirmed for release today - But of course, they weren't the only games scheduled, and one of the confirmed games even got delayed at the last moment. WiiWare and DSiWare both get three new games, while the Virtual Console only gets one lonely new one. That loner is Fighting Street, the Turbografx-CD port of the original Street..

Nintendo Download: Fights, Shooters, Sparkles, Vikings, Dragons, Carnivals, Escapes and Card Games (US)

Fights, Shooters, Sparkles, Vikings, Dragons, Carnivals, Escapes and Card Games (US)

A whopping 8 new downloads this week.

There's nothing really big on DSiWare and WiiWare this week, so instead, Nintendo has chosen to release not 2, but 3 games for both services. The Virtual Console gets two well-known games, but both of them are of debatable quality. Let's start with WiiWare - "Aha! I Got It!" Escape Game is a lot like certain flash games you can find on the internet -..

Nintendo Download: 04 November 2009 (Japan)

04 November 2009 (Japan)

Japan converges the dates and a long lost Virtual Console system returns from the dead!

Owing to a holiday on Tuesday Nintendo are releasing downloads for both Wii and DSi on Wednesday. Only one WiiWare release and two VC releases appear for the Wii, though Virtual Console fans will be excited to see the first NEO GEO game in ages. 4 DSiWare releases join them including a catch-up Art Style game..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - November 2009

Japanese Virtual Console list - November 2009

The Neo Geo and MSX make their triumphant return to Virtual Console!

Nintendo, Hudson and even Namco all seem to be taking a bit of a step back this month - Not too surprising when there's 2 new Neo Geo and 5 new MSX games after over a year of nothing! And it's not just small titles either - Nintendo's releasing another Fire Emblem, D4 Enterprise is releasing another Fatal Fury while Konami is..

Nintendo Download: Zombies, LIT, Ghost Mansion Party, Little Red Riding Hood and Card Classics (EU)

Zombies, LIT, Ghost Mansion Party, Little Red Riding Hood and Card Classics (EU)

Get ready for Halloween with today's new download games.

Nintendo of Europe's gone all out with Halloween-themed releases - 4 of this week's 5 new downloads feature zombies, ghosts and other typical Halloween monsters. Funnily enough, the only game that doesn't fit the bill is published by Nintendo. Zombies is probably much better known under its North American title of Zombies Ate My Neighbors,..

Nintendo Download: Zombies, Ghosts, Monkeys, Axes, Royal Bluffs and Even More Sudoku (US)

Zombies, Ghosts, Monkeys, Axes, Royal Bluffs and Even More Sudoku (US)

One of the most requested Virtual Console titles of all time arrives in time for Halloween.

Halloween's coming up, and as is tradition for Nintendo, that means at least some of this week's downloads are related - It's only two this year, but who honestly cares when one of them is a Virtual Console game which has been on thousands of "most...

News: Be a PAL - Become a Connection Ambassador

Be a PAL - Become a Connection Ambassador

Promotion now available in PAL territories

On October 21st, Nintendo's Connection Ambassador Promotion launched in Europe and Australia. The idea behind it is to reward those loyal fans who can get their friends to connect their Wii to the Internet. The ambassador and the person they help will both receive 500 free Wii Points when someone connects their Wii to the Internet, a nice little incentive..