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!
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition (600pts, PC Engine - Hudson) — Yet another Street Fighter II port, this one being for the PC Engine. It might seem redundant, but the PC Engine was as, if not more, popular than the Nintendo Famicom back in the day and has a Virtual Console presence in Japan that is often the largest on the service. In case you're wondering how you play a six-button fighting game on a system with a two-button controller, well the answer is that they made a special 6-button pad for the PC Engine just to play this game. If you didn't happen to have one then you use the "Run" button as one of your three attack buttons and press select to toggle between punches and kicks. One wonders that there wasn't a port for the Famicom!
Grobda (800pts, Arcade - Namco) — This is a classic Namco arcade game that might not be widely recognised outside of Japan though it did feature on Namco Museum Volume 2 on the Sony Playstation. It's a fast-paced arena tank game similar to the tank game found in Wii Play. A note of trivia: the titular player-controlled tank is actually one of the ground-based enemies in Xevious!
Tank Force (800pts, Arcade - Namco) — This is another arcade tank game from Namco, but rather than the open arena last-man-standing style of Grobda you're defending your base against invading enemy tanks that come in from the top and sides of the screen. The graphics are great and you're able to destroy the buildings that make up the maze-like playfield. It's the 3rd in a series that started with one of Namco's earliest arcade games, Tank Battalion, and greatly improves upon it not only via better graphics and a larger playfield but through the addition of power-ups, different enemy types and boss battles.
Space Invaders Extreme Z (500pts - Taito) — This game actually came out this past Wednesday; we missed it last week because the Friday Nintendo Web site update didn't have it at press time. We did make up for it though!
Panel Connection: 3 Minute Rocket (500pts - Nintendo) — A puzzle game that seems to be Pipe-Dream meets Journey to the Moon. You place panels to link up the rocket exhaust ports to help it launch and then keep on doing that to move it on its journey through space. More on this one here.
ACT Series Tango Choo Nichi Jyuu Hen (500pts - Digital Media Lab) — Translation software from Japanese to Chinese. You can hand-write hiragana and the program will show you the Chinese characters; apparently vice-versa for cross-cultural purposes (cross-cultural exchange between Japan and neighbours China and Korea has recently increased, so can a similar program for Korean be far behind?).
Grodba's a great game to play in short bursts.
Namco should support the States again soon..
More like THEY'VE got arcade action!
I really wish Namco would release more of their arcade games in the states.
Space Invaders Extreme Z also looks awesome.
I wish I was Japanese.
I remember Tank Force for FamiCom (when I played on the PowerJoy in Italy), though it was called Battle Tank. Decent game.
Can't quite remember Grobda though (did it receive a FamiCom/PowerJoy port?), but it seems nice.
Aside from the fact that Namco have yet to show us some love since the launch of the VCA, I can't say I'm jealous of Japan this week.
SF2 for PCE was the first release of champion edition, the states didn't get SF2 Special Champ Ed for genesis until late '93, same with Turbo for SNES
I had the version called Battle City on one of those X in 1 pirate carts for the Gameboy.
yay more street fighter 2 vc games really all they needed to release was the new fighters edition and call it done
You just know they'll start releasing the arcade Street Fighter games next year.
The Famicom game Battle City was a port of Vs. Battle City, the 2nd in the "Tank" series from Namco. Tank Force has much better visuals -- it's ace!
There was an illegal port of Street Fighter 2 on the Famicom I believe, but don't expect to ever see that...
It may be a little off-topic, but a full game based off the wii play tank game would be awesome!
Nothing much I would want. I would like that Jappanese to Chineese if it was English to Jappanese words.
Is Grobda a fun title?
Sounds like Japan had a good day, today.
Actually, Capcom at one point did consider making a legal NES port of SFII. Or at least according to EGM, after they did a story on the first of a billion illegal ports.
Actually, there were a number of other games that used the 6-button pad. Although I don't think the TG16 was popular enough in the US for the 6b pad to be released, or the Arcade Card upgrade (from 2 megabit to a then-shocking 2 megabyte RAM).
I played one of these illegal NES ports of SF2 at the time. It was surprisingly good!
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