Strider Hiryu finally shows up!

Europe is now getting frightfully close to going five entire months without a Wii Virtual Console game, and North America also hasn't had anything in a while, but that isn't stopping Japan from trucking on. Although most of their previous months only had three or four games, this month has a whopping seven, one of the largest amounts in quite a while. Among them is in fact one of those oh-so infrequent Nintendo 64 titles, but unfortunately, it's one the rest of the world already got quite a while ago.

Japan's full list for next month is as follows:


  • Sugoro Quest: Dice no Senshi Tachi — A Technos game that isn't a beat 'em up?! This is in fact an RPG, though it is quite an unusual one that uses some very odd board game mechanics in conjunction with regular RPG stuff.

Super Famicom:

  • Metal Max Returns — A remake of a NES RPG simply titled Metal Max, set in a post-apocalyptic world. Both the original and the remake were unfortunately Japan-exclusive.

Nintendo 64:

  • Bomberman Hero (November 1st) — One of the first 3D entries in the Bomberman series, though not actually the first to originally be released on N64. Europe and North America already received the game earlier this year.

Mega Drive:

  • Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers — Yet another version of the game on VC, in its original state, it had almost negligible differences when compared to the SNES version released three years ago — however, this Virtual Console release will feature online multiplayer!
  • Strider Hiryu — Perhaps the biggest release this month, this game, known elsewhere as just Strider, was rated by the Australian OFLC years ago, and we suspected it would come to the Virtual Console sometime. Well, that was quite a wait. We can only hope the rest of the world gets to enjoy this title as well.

Neo Geo:

  • Sengoku Denshou (November 1st) — Released in the West as simply Sengoku, this is, for once, not a Neo Geo fighter, but rather another sidescrolling beat 'em up. Its graphics are surprisingly not that great for the system, but it's a fairly enjoyable game nonetheless.
  • World Heroes 2 — Another game rated by the OFLC long ago, this is of course a sequel to the original World Heroes and features some new characters.

A lot of games this month, for once. Let's see if Japan can keep up this pace, and if things will change elsewhere as well.

As you probably know by now, the 3DS Virtual Console list is not completely revealed in advance, but the title Japan will get for the service next week will be Lock 'N Chase.