April2010

  • News Frogger Takes a Trip to DSiWare

    Carry something slimy and green in your pocket

    Despite his precarious position on the food chain, Konami's Frogger refuses to die, as last year's WiiWare release Frogger Returns proves. It seems his return is returning again, as it's been announced for a conversion to DSiWare later this year. Judging from the few details released so far, it looks like being a pretty faithful port of the big-screen..

  • News Konami Sheds More Light on A Shadow's Tale

    New trailer for the platformer previously known as Tower of Shadow

    It's not often that platform games manifest themselves in a unique hue that illuminates them from their surroundings, and this upcoming Wii title from Hudson Soft could well be the latest example of a game that does. In more ways than one, mind. Since it was announced last August, we still don't know too much about it. Other than..

  • News Be the Master of Ceremonies With Def Jam Rapstar

    Mic check, one two, one two

    We might be getting a taste of what the turntable brings to the whole Hip Hop culture with games like DJ Hero, but evidently, that's not enough. Konami has secured co-distribution rights with Autumn Games for the upcoming "rap game" developed by 4mm Games, Terminal Games, and Def Jam Interactive. So clear your throat and pick up the mic if you have the skills..

March2010

  • Nintendo Download 30th & 31st March 2010 (Japan)

    Bit Boy!! grows up and more MSX on Wii; Sims, role-playing and puzzling for DSi

    Marvelous Entertainment continues its World Game Parade this week on WiiWare, and Virtual Console buffs who're into the import scene may want to check out the MSX titles on offer that have come out of nowhere (we do like VC surprises, yes we do). DSiWare is a bit light this week with three titles, only one of which is..

  • Nintendo Download 23rd & 24th March 2010 (Japan)

    Frogs, romantic sagas, galactic brawling, shogi, mahjong, monsters and prison breaks next week in Japan

    WiiWareFrogger Returns (500pts – Konami) – A Japanese catch-up title that's been out for a few months in North America and just last month in Europe. We thought it was good fun and a nice return to form for a franchise that has spent a lot of time trying to become a platforming game. Virtual..

  • Nintendo Download 15th March 2010 (North America)

    Gladiators, vampires, shooting, dinos, zoos and golf this week

    Fans of the classics will be pleased to see the TG-16 CD entry in the Castlevania series as well as a new take on the Punch-Out formula and a surprise target shooter on Wii, whilst the DSi gets a range of sim-style games: zoo, dino and gangster and a golf game for good measure. WiiWare:...

  • News 5th Hanabi Festival Inbound

    Featuring the mighty Castlevania Rondo of Blood!

    While we speculated on the return of the Hanabi Festival recently, Nintendo were busy putting the finishing touches to the fifth instalment of their import spectacular, due to launch this Friday. Kicking off with the fantastic Castlevania: Rondo of Blood and taking in IronClad, Milon's Secret Castle and, er,

  • News Konami Updates Gradius Rebirth

    Konami's retro Gradius title gets an upgrade.

    Konami has just released an update to their Gradius Rebirth WiiWare release that tosses in a few new twists to the package. Among the new additions are some graphical improvements, remixed soundtrack tunes, and a few other goodies worth checking out for those who own the game already. All you have to do...

February2010

January2010

  • Nintendo Download 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..

  • Nintendo Download 12 & 13 January 2010 (Japan)

    WiiWare takes a back seat, more MSX and the usual load of DSiWare.

    Well, the WiiWare releases have been sparse recently and next week there will be none. Wii owners will at least get a Virtual Console update; though with a couple of Konami shooters that frankly looked better in other incarnations elsewhere, it will be small comfort. The DSi, on the other hand seems to be back to true form with six..

  • News Konami Readying Castlevania Collection For Wii?

    Listen to them - the children of the net. What rumours they make

    This is probably one to file under “rumour” for the time being but we’ve gotten wind from an anonymous source that Konami is currently working away on a Castlevania collection, which apparently will be released on the Wii and Sony PSP this year. Details are predictably sketchy...

December2009

November2009

October2009

  • News Konami Announces Tomena Sanner For North America

    Dancing onto WiiWare next year

    Konami is just full of download announcements today, this time with one for North America. Previously released in Japan, Tomena Sanner is bringing its odd dance party to us other NTSC gamers early next year. The game has players take on the role of businessman Hitoshi Susumu who is behind schedule and won't stop running until he gets to his ULTIMATE DANCE PARTY. As..

  • News PES 2010 landing on Wii in November

    Top-flight soccer action this way comes

    Konami has released a new trailer for the latest edition of PES for Wii, PES 2010, currently set for European release on November 20th. Here's the company's official take: The trailer showcases some of the new gameplay features - including the Play Energy element and the "Call for the Ball" play - that will be evident in gaming's most realistic..

  • First Impressions Castlevania: The Adventure ReBirth

    Worth getting your teeth into?

    The Castlevania series of action platformers is widely regarded as containing some of the best games on the Famicom, and indeed home consoles full-stop, with top-notch instalments on Super Famicom, PC Engine, Playstation and handheld platforms to name a few. Needless to say the news that the first GameBoy game was being given the WiiWare ReBirth treatment by Konami..

  • News Frogger Returns Coming To WiiWare

    Twelve times the size of the original game, says Konami

    Frogger, the little amphibian who has been trying to cross roads with varying success since the early 80's, is coming back for another go this fall. Frogger Returns, slated for a fall release, is being developed by Konami for PlayStation Network and WiiWare. New for this time around are time travel, invincibility and time freeze power-ups and..

  • News Feast Your Eyes On This Castlevania: ReBirth Footage

    Video of the first few levels hits the net, looks fang-tastic

    As you may already be aware, Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth came out in Japan recently. The Western release is still up in the air, so while you're waiting you might want to take a look at this footage, which has been posted up on YouTube by user jodecideion. Be warned - this may spoil your enjoyment of the game if you're the kind of..

  • News More Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth Screenshots

    More gorgeous shots of the upcoming WiiWare release in action.

    Well it's not much, but we were able to get our hands on three additional screenshots of the upcoming WiiWare release Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth in action. As you can see in the screenshots below, the game looks absolutely amazing and should prove to be a great addition to the ever-increasing Rebirth series from Konami. As..

  • News Solitary Castlevania Rebirth Screenshot Rises From Its Grave

    But it's a lovely screenshot nonetheless

    Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth comes out in Japan on the 27th of this month, but aside from a few images in Famitsu, we've seen precious little of the game thus far. That's changed somewhat, but not by much. A single screen from the game has been released onto the net, and while we'd rather have a few images to gaze longingly at, it's nice enough. The..

  • News IGA Involved With Castlevania: Rebirth; Next Project Top Secret

    Don't fret - Koji Igarashi is still alive and well, Konami confirms

    When Konami revealed its Castlevania series reboot Lords of Shadow at this year's E3, the absence of Koji "IGA" Igarashi raised some eyebrows. The legendary producer - who has been the Castlevania franchise head man since the days of Symphony of the Night - didn't seem to...