Happy birthday VC Reviews!

Since last year’s birthday celebrations quite a lot has happened to the site. The name-change is the most obvious thing - 12 months ago we were known as The Virtual Console Archive, but that has obviously now changed to Virtual Console Reviews - a snappier moniker, we're sure you'll agree.

In terms of our enduring fame, we found ourselves being interviewed by the UK’s Retro Gamer magazine – which was quite an honour as it’s one of our favourite publications.

Last year we welcomed Marcel Van Duyn as a staff member and this year we added the amazingly talented Corbie Dillard to our ranks. Both chaps have come to be invaluable to the running of the site, contributing time and effort (as well as their considerable gaming knowledge) to ensure that Virtual Console Reviews remains the leading portal of its kind.

We also need to thank Kelvin, Dion and Mat for the occasional C64 review. It's good to have hardcore C64 geeks on the case when it comes to these reviews!

The world of the Virtual Console has also seen some radical changes over the last 12 months. We’ve seen the introduction of Commodore 64 and Master System games, as well as being gifted with some true classics such as Super Mario RPG, Ys Book 1 & 2 and Secret of Mana (well at least for the US!).

Virtual Console Reviews was also lucky enough to receive a sibling in May 2008. To coincide with the launch of Nintendo’s WiiWare service we went live with WiiWare World – so if you haven’t checked it out already, get over there!

Of course, it goes without saying that the immense success that this site has enjoyed wouldn’t be possible without the support of you, the readers. Virtual Console Reviews is the undisputed number one resource on the internet for all things VC-related, and it’s because of your continued involvement that this has come to pass. We probably don’t say this enough, but all of the staff here would like to say a massive ‘thanks’!

We’d also like to extend our thanks to Ant Dickens. This talented fellow (who also runs the excellent NintendoLife – be sure to check it out) has totally redeveloped the site over the last year with a brilliant new content management system, as well as tweaking our layout to make things look even more attractive. He was also instrumental in the development and launch of WiiWare World. Without Ant’s involvement we wouldn’t be able to offer you the fantastically streamlined experience you all currently enjoy – so a pat on the back goes to Mr Dickens!

Thanks again for being with us for these past two years. With the Wii conquering the world console market and the tantalising promise of the new DSi offering some kind of portable Virtual Console, the future is looking brighter than ever!