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News: SEGA: "Sonic VC Games Will Stay in Europe"

SEGA: "Sonic VC Games Will Stay in Europe"

Good news, everyone

Last week we reported that SEGA is dropping four Sonic games from the Japanese Virtual Console, and naturally our thoughts turned to if and how this would affect users outside Japan. We've now heard back from SEGA Europe with good news. A SEGA representative confirmed that these removals "will not affect Europe, only...

Nintendo Download: 15th March 2012 (North America)

15th March 2012 (North America)

Time to get into Game Gear

The long wait for Game Gear titles on the eShop is finally over, with three releases arriving as expected. The DSi and Wii aren't entirely forgotten, while there's some anime on Nintendo Video: let's get right to it. 3DS Virtual Console: Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble (Game Gear, SEGA, $4.99) — Before Sonic and Mario...

Nintendo Download: 15th March 2012 (Europe)

15th March 2012 (Europe)

UPDATE: Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure Demo arrives

Last week was a bumper Nintendo Download week in Europe, but this week plays catch-up with North America and has some releases that are sure to please retro fans: check out the details below. 3DS Virtual Console: Metroid (NES, Nintendo, £4.50/€5) — Samus' original NES adventure was...

Nintendo Download: 8th March 2012 (North America)

8th March 2012 (North America)

Minigolf and Mr Dream

Next week sees Game Gear games come to North America, but until then you can engage in some sporting digital delights, with golf and boxing represented in this week's download leaderboard. Here's what's competing for your cash. 3DS Download Software: Fun! Fun! Minigolf TOUCH! (Shin'en, $4.99) — A much-enhanced version of...

News: Two More Games to Leave EU Virtual Console

Two More Games to Leave EU Virtual Console

Get them while you can

After Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was pulled from Virtual Console, two more titles are set to leave the service in Europe this month. Super NES games R-Type III: The Third Lightning and Super R-Type will no longer be available to download after 31st March. It's not the first time this has happened with the venerable shooter...

News: Samurai Shodown IV Europe-Bound Next Week

Samurai Shodown IV Europe-Bound Next Week

Unsheathe your sword

Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge will slice up Wii's Virtual Console next week. The Neo Geo fighter launches on 8th March for the usual 900 Nintendo Points. It's most notable for introducing brothers Kazuki and Sougetsu Kazama, as well as alternative endings based on clearance time and an overhauled combo and Rage system...

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - March 2012

Japanese Virtual Console List - March 2012

Four more

For the first time in a long while, Japan will actually be receiving fewer Wii Virtual Console games than another region. Europe, to be precise, all because of the truckload of Virtual Console games scheduled for March. Japan will still receive four games though, so let's take a look at what they are. Japan's full list for March is as...

News: European Virtual Console Set for Bumper March Crop

European Virtual Console Set for Bumper March Crop

Not forgotten

Nintendo of Europe is preparing to bombard the Wii and 3DS Virtual Console services with games next month. Here's the full line-up of what's expected to reach Europe in March. Wii Virtual Console: Super Street Fighter II (Mega Drive) — The first Virtual Console title in Europe to receive online multiplayer.Strider (Mega Drive) —...

News: Mega Man X the Highlight of Europe's Wii Schedule

Mega Man X the Highlight of Europe's Wii Schedule

Notable absences, though

Capcom will finally release Super Nintendo classic Mega Man X in Europe next month, nearly a whole year after its North American début in April 2011. The 16-bit blaster isn't the only Virtual Console game present in Nintendo's release list for early 2012 — while there's no Strider or Super Street Fighter II with online...

Nintendo Download: 16th February 2012 (North America)

16th February 2012 (North America)

Strider is here!

Update: Looks like this is the full list, dudes and dudettes. 3DS Virtual Console: Super Mario Bros. (NES, $4.99) — Yes, the earlier 3DS Ambassador update was just a prelude to Nintendo releasing Super Mario Bros. on 3DS for non-Ambassadors. Do you really need a review to know if this is worth getting? We'll write one anyway.

News: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Pulled from Virtual Console

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles NES Pulled from Virtual Console

Time's up

The NES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has been removed from Virtual Console in all regions. As always when games are pulled from the VC library there's no official explanation why Konami's 8-bit brawler has been taken off sale, but we'd expect it's something to do with the licence. But, as our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles review...

News: King of Fighters '97 Strikes Wii VC in Europe Next Week

King of Fighters '97 Strikes Wii VC in Europe Next Week

Feel the power of flames

Well-respected fighter King of Fighters '97 is the next game to join the Wii's Virtual Console, landing next Thursday. Despite the fact the Western VC hasn't got King of Fighters '96 yet, the next instalment is down for Europe on Thursday 9th February for 900 Nintendo Points. Will you be dropping your points to pick up this snazzy scrapper?

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - February 2012

Japanese Virtual Console List - February 2012

Neo Geo support continues

Japan is getting three more Wii Virtual Console games this month. The scale is clearly tipped in the favour of the Neo Geo once more, as it will see yet another two games. If only we'd see some more Neo Geo games in the West. Japan's full list for this month is as follows: Super Famicom Kunio-Kun no Dodge Ball Dayo Zenin Shuugo! — Essentially the SNES version of Super..

News: Mario Party 2 Joins the Club Nintendo Rewards Gang

Mario Party 2 Joins the Club Nintendo Rewards Gang

It'll cry if it wants to

North America, your Club Nintendo rewards have been updated today, with two download games available to buy with your hard-earned coins. Art Academy: First Semester (3DS, DSiWare) — 150 Coins Mario Party 2 (N64, Wii Virtual Console) — 150 Coins These rewards are available until 29th February. Remember if you want to get...

News: Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge Rated for VC

Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge Rated for VC

Slice of the action

The Australian classifications board has rated Neo Geo scrapper Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge for Wii's Virtual Console service. Amakusa's Revenge introduced brothers Sogetsu and Kazuki Kazama, an "honorable death" move and even featured fatalities under certain conditions. We've already got Samurai Shodown, Samurai Shodown II and Samurai Shodown III on Virtual..

Nintendo Download: 19th January 2012 (Europe)

19th January 2012 (Europe)

Wii Virtual Console is back!

It seems like forever since we last got a Virtual Console game on Wii, but the service is back from the dead with a new Super Nintendo title from Ubisoft. Not only that, there's a Game Boy Color game too. Let's get to it. Wii Virtual Console: Prince of Persia (Super NES, Ubisoft, 800pts) — The rather good Super...

News: Mega Man 5 Rated for Virtual Console Down Under

Mega Man 5 Rated for Virtual Console Down Under

Shoot to thrill

While we're still in the middle of a Virtual Console drought, there's no shortage of Virtual Console games ratings, at least. The latest title to join the likes of Super Street Fighter II and Strider on the waiting list is fellow Capcom title Mega Man 5. The NES outing for the Blue Bomber is already available in North America and Japan but has skipped out on PAL regions so far..

News: Japanese Virtual Console List - January 2012

Japanese Virtual Console List - January 2012

Ringing in the new year

Nintendo of Japan continues to deliver the goods, with three more games slated for release on the Wii Virtual Console this month. Will we see any release in the west at all? The full list for Japan this month is as follows: Famicom Ganbare Goemon 2 — The second game in the classic series (not counting its arcade origins), this was still before any of the titles made it out..

News: Australian Board Rates Ubisoft's First Ever Virtual Console Titles

Australian Board Rates Ubisoft's First Ever Virtual Console Titles

Bringing out the big guns

It's hard to believe, but Ubisoft hasn't released a single game on either the Wii or 3DS Virtual Console, surprising considering the publisher's enormous 25-year back catalogue. That could all be about to change though, as the Australian Classifications Board has rated three titles for the services. Ratings for Prince of...

News: Australia Rates Mega Man X2 for Virtual Console

Australia Rates Mega Man X2 for Virtual Console

Things are looking up

Mega Man X2 is set to hit the Japanese Virtual Console next month, and while we can only speculate on when or if the game will see release outside of Japan, the Australian Classifications Board has given gamers a glimmer of hope. The site has rated the game for release in Australia, giving it a PG certificate and hopefully sending it on its way towards the Wii's download..