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News: Japanese Virtual Console list - March 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - March 2011

It's that time of the month again

Japan has a relatively big month coming up for them, with five new Virtual Console games on the release list. On top of that, there's not a bad game in the bunch, with every single one of them being a well-liked classic. Let's hope we get some of them as well! The full list for March in Japan is as follows: Famicom: Hebereke (The first game in the Hebereke series,..

News: Monster World IV Comes Westward, Finally

Monster World IV Comes Westward, Finally

If the OFLC is to be believed

We've got almost every single Wonder Boy game ever made available on Virtual Console, including several double entries with different names. However, one game has been missing all this time. Monster World IV, the final game in the series, is frequently regarded to be the very best of them all and is, without a doubt,...

Nintendo Download: 21st February 2011 (North America)

21st February 2011 (North America)

Faxanadu leads the charge

It's been two weeks since we last saw a Virtual Console game, which means it's time for another one, this time in the shapely side-scrolling form of Faxanadu on NES. There's also a couple of WiiWare demos and some DSiWare puzzle games of course, as well as headline WiiWare download... well, we won't spoil it. Virtual ConsoleFaxanadu (NES, Hudson) – A classic..

News: Bomberman Hero Gets Rated for Virtual Console

Bomberman Hero Gets Rated for Virtual Console

Good old ESRB

Remember that old Nintendo 64 romp Bomberman Hero? If you never got to play it, you soon might, as the ESRB has rated the game for Virtual Console. Bomberman Hero is most notable for being a completely single-player Bomberman adventure, forgoing the series' famous multiplayer options in favour of a solo quest based largely on the plot of Star Wars. Naturally the ESRB rating doesn't..

Nintendo Download: 18th February 2011 (Europe)

18th February 2011 (Europe)

Get bowled over

It's an unusual occasion in the Nintendo Download this week: this week's games are all brand new for Europe, with not a single catch-up title for North America. Virtual Console receives its first-ever wrestling title and there's cricket, babies, noodles, monsters and celestial bodies too. Let's get to it. WiiWareCricket Challenge (GameShastra, 500pts) – Only the second incarnation..

News: Hudson Continues Its Virtual Console Support with Adventure Island II

Hudson Continues Its Virtual Console Support with Adventure Island II

OFLC reveals that Hudson's still got some retro plans

When it was announced that the North American branch of Hudson Soft would be shutting down just last week in order to focus on more "casual" games for Konami, many people took it as a sign that the company would also drop its remaining Virtual Console support. Thankfully, this is not the case, as the latest OFLC ratings update has..

Features: Games That Should Already Be on Virtual Console

Games That Should Already Be on Virtual Console

Four years later, which great titles still aren't available?

The Wii was released over four years ago, and alongside it came Virtual Console. Over time, some of the greatest titles of the 80's and 90's have been made available for digital download, but we can't help but feel that there are still some significant titles inexplicably missing from the...

Nintendo Download: 7th February 2011 (North America)

7th February 2011 (North America)

Things that make you go... hmmm

Another week and another download to entice you to part with your hard-earned Nintendo Points. What wonders await in the world of WiiWare and beyond? Let's find out. WiiWareSpot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – A pleasingly to-the-point title for this WiiWare release, it does what it says on the tin, and is a passable way to spend 500 Points. Our Spot the..

Nintendo Download: 4th February 2011 (Europe)

4th February 2011 (Europe)

DSiWare abound

It's another clearly DSiWare-oriented week this time, with four new titles released on the service. WiiWare and Virtual Console only get one game each, along with another WiiWare demo. WiiWarePucca's Kisses Game (Bigben Interactive, 1000pts) – What seems to be a platformer game, based on the surprisingly popular franchise which has its own animated series and tons of merchandise,..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2011

Just three games this time

It doesn't look like Capcom is ready to release more arcade game even in Japan, with next month's releases featuring nothing from their catalogue. The games being released are all part of fairly big franchises, though only one of them is likely to see release elsewhere. The full list is as follows: Famicom: SD Gundam World Gachapon Senshi 2: Capsule Senki (A fairly..

Nintendo Download: 24th January 2011 (North America)

24th January 2011 (North America)

Action on land, sea and air

There's a definite airborne theme to this week's downloads, with rockets, meteors, fighter planes and passenger aircraft all featured across the three download channels. Let's take a look at what's available. WiiWare: Jam City Rollergirls (Frozen Codebase, 1000pts) – An arcade action take on the growing sport of roller...

Nintendo Download: 21st January 2011 (Europe)

21st January 2011 (Europe)

More Capcom classics

Virtual Console is the clear winner this week with two new Capcom arcade games, but that's not to say the rest should be ignored outright. Although WiiWare only gets one new download, DSiWare gets four of them, so hopefully there's something for everyone. WiiWareSpot the Differences! (Sanuk Games, 500pts) – Another difference-spotting game, this one is strangely one letter..

Nintendo Download: 14th January 2011 (Europe)

14th January 2011 (Europe)

3 new DSiWare titles, but the other services aren't completely ignored

Europe mostly plays catch-up again this week, with three of the five new downloads already being available in North America. DSiWare makes up the bulk of this week's releases, with the other two services only getting one game each, and it's also the only one of the services to get some completely new stuff. We're not exactly..

Nintendo Download: 10th January 2011 (North America)

10th January 2011 (North America)

A scoop of fun with a dash of soul-crushing

WiiWare: JellyCar 2 (Disney Interactive Studios, 500 Points) - The sequel to the popular iOS game hits WiiWare, promising even more driving platforming fun(ing). We'll give this one a proper whirl and let you know if it's a joyride or if it melts in the sun. Soccer Bashi (Icon Games, 500 Points) - A...

Nintendo Download: 7th January 2011 (Europe)

7th January 2011 (Europe)

More Capcom arcade classics, plus a bunch of catch-up titles

Capcom is continuing their Virtual Console Arcade support with another two games, both of which were of course announced some time ago. At this rate they'll run out of games before we hit February! They're accompanied by a mixture of completely new games and games North America already got, most of which are fairly low-key. WiiWareGhost..

Nintendo Download: 27th December 2010 (North America)

27th December 2010 (North America)

Catch-up titles and more

There are plenty of ways to ring in the new year in this Nintendo Download update, including a quality WiiWare demo, a couple of NeoGeo titles for virtual console, a portable slot machine and the newest entry in the G.G Series. Will you spend your holiday cash on any of these titles? Virtual ConsoleFighter's History Dynamite (NeoGeo, 900pts) – Also known as Karnov's..

News: Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2011

Japanese Virtual Console list - January 2011

Square Enix delivers another RPG epic

There's still another Friday left this month, but Nintendo of Japan has already added the next month's upcoming Virtual Console games to their site. Maybe they're taking a well-deserved break next week! Only three games are on the list, but as one of them is a highly requested title, it alone could probably keep people happy for an entire month. The full list..

Nintendo Download: 24th December 2010 (Europe)

24th December 2010 (Europe)

A mix of old and new

This week offers yet more catchup titles, consisting of games released in North America within the past few weeks, as well as the last few months. There's also two new games, however, both of which are for DSiWare and both of which are new instalments in two series which have been going for a while now. WiiWare: Hydroventure...

Nintendo Download: 20th December 2010 (North America)

20th December 2010 (North America)

Mario gets the party started!

It's the week before Christmas and plenty is stirring in the Wii Shop Channel, with everything from Virtual Console party games to WiiWare games about killer robots with afros. DSiWare doesn't do without though, with more Christmas carols, dragon's lairs and more. Virtual ConsoleMario Party 2 (Nintendo 64, 1000pts) – A classic multiplayer outing from the plumber's..

News: Put Your Mario Party Hats On This Monday, North America

Put Your Mario Party Hats On This Monday, North America

Get in the festive spirit

Europe is set to receive Mario Party 2 on Christmas Eve but North American Wii owners can sneak in there just a little quicker, as the game is released in the Wii Shop Channel on Monday December 20th. The official Nintendo America Twitter spread the good news today, making the decision of whether to grab a new Wii Points...

Nintendo Download: 17th December 2010 (Europe)

17th December 2010 (Europe)

Lots and lots of catchup titles

This week is almost exclusively made up of catchup titles, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, especially when it means that there's so many releases. Maybe there's something you'd like in the bunch. WiiWareMy Fireplace (Korner, 500pts) – Secretly the recently released in North America Fireplacing, for some reason, Korner has picked up the title and renamed it..

Nintendo Download: 13th December 2010 (North America)

13th December 2010 (North America)

lilting, shooting, Riding and more

There's a definite musical theme to this week's downloads, with a dubstep racer/puzzler, DSiWare singing, another portable music studio and a violin game (yes, really), as well as plenty of other non-melodic goodies. WiiWare: lilt line (Gaijin Games, 500pts) – It's that rarest of occurrences: an iPhone-to-WiiWare...

News: Nintendo Download - 10th December 2010 (Europe)

Nintendo Download - 10th December 2010 (Europe)

The wait is over, Cave Story is here!

It's been way too long of a wait, but one of WiiWare's greatest games has finally managed to cross over to Europe this week. It's accompanied by a handful of titles for the other services, including yet another VC game. WiiWareCave Story (Nicalis, 1000pts) – Does anything really still need to be said about this game? Regarded as one of the greatest indie..

News: Ready Yourself for a Super Bonk Attack this Friday

Ready Yourself for a Super Bonk Attack this Friday

Back in time for Christmas

If you're up for some Super Bonk action – and you live in Europe – you're in luck, as the game headbashes its way to Virtual Console this Friday. The Super NES classic isn't the only Virtual Console title heading to Europe before Christmas: Mario Party 2 is Nintendo's festive gift to you, launching on Christmas Eve. Will you be grabbing Bonk this Friday?