Wii Virtual Console - News


  • News Everybody Votes Channel on Nintendo Wii

    A surprise announcement has hit the Wii - it turns out there was a secret channel kept under wraps! The "Everybody Votes" channel gives Nintendo Wii owners the chance to vote on various subjects, and then see how their fellow compatriots voted. From the Wii Message Board:

    What wish would you ask a genie to grant? Health or Wealth? We're...

  • News Europe: Military Madness & Mario Kart 64 Update Patch available!

    The Wii Shop in Europe now has the first patches for Virtual Console games!

    From today there is an update in the Wii shop that finally fixes the scrolling glitch in Military Madness. There's also an update for Mario Kart 64 that fixes a glitch on the character select screen too. Just go to the Wii Shop and find the game you bought then apply the...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Ice Climber

    Ice Ice Baby

    Ice Climber is another classic NES title for the Virtual Console — and thankfully, it's decent enough to be worth considering for download. Ice Climber is a fantastic little game, if somewhat basic. Graphically it's exactly what you'd expect an 8-bit game from 1985 to look like — simple. The premise of the game is pretty bizarre. A...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Kid Icarus

    Is Pit a hit?

    Kid Icarus is one of those games that makes you think 'they sure don't make them like they used to'. Graphically it's very basic - this is from 1986 after all - but the charm simply shines through regardless. This is a game from an era where developers had to really make an effort and use what simple technology they had available to...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Kirby's Adventure

    Kirby's first adventure

    Kirby’s Adventure was released in 1993 when many gamers had packed up their NES in favour of the shiny new Sega Mega Drive / Genesis or a SNES. Those who stayed faithful to the mighty grey toaster and picked up this game at the time would have been in for a real treat. It really pushed the boundaries of the NES hardware,...

  • News NES-tacular US Virtual Console Update

    Nintendo continues their strong support of the Virtual Console by adding three highly popular NES titles (Whilst I continue my support by using poor whit in my article titles).

    As usual, here is the lowdown for those not wanting to read the press release. NES: 500 Points Kirby's Adventure Ice Climber Kid Icarus Full information from the press...

  • News 12th Feb USA VC releases - Kirby, Ice Climber and Kid Icarus

    NES fans will be in their element today as 3 of Nintendo's classic games become available for download on the North American Virtual Console. All 3 are worthy of your attention but Kirby's Adventure steals the thunder easily.

    Normally we'd be disparaging of a release week with just three NES games but Kirby is still so much fun 14 years later that...

  • News Virtual Console Round-Up: Issue 1

    A round-up of the best Virtual Console releases from the months December 2006 and January 2007.

    Ok, so this is a new monthly feature that we are going to be running on NintendoLife.com in the upcoming future. Due to the runaway success of the Virtual Console (and I have always been enthusiastic about it to be honest) we are going to be integrating...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

    The black sheep of the family?

    Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is often referred to as the black sheep of the Zelda family. Unlike the original Zelda games, the top-down perspective is replaced in favour of side-scrolling platform action, similar to that found in Castlevania. Perhaps more significantly than that, it is the only Zelda game to offer...

  • News 9th February - PAL VC games - Mario World & Zelda 2

    PAL gamers catch with what the USA got 4 days ago with the mighty Mario World and Vigilante. As if that wasn't enough they also get Zelda II on the NES, any true Zelda fan owes it to themselves to plod through the black sheep of the Zelda family, just so they can sit back and say to themselves "well at least I've done that one too!"


  • News European/ Austrailain Virtual Console Update

    This week gamers are in for a real treat, with two classic Nintendo titles.

    When you wake up, you can turn on your Wii and download both The Legend of Zelda: The Adventure of Link and Super Mario World. Turbografx fans also get a treat as Vigilante, the side scrolling beat-em-up, has been released too. Here is the breakdown of todays releases: NES:...

  • News Super Mario World For US Wii

    Mondays virtual console additions saw another Mario title grace the ever expanding Virtual Console archive.

    The rest of the update comprised of a couple Sega titles that have been eclipsed by yet another Mario game. For those not wanting to read the press release, here are the basics: SNES: 800 Points Super Mario World Mega Drive/Genesis: 800...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Mario World

    Simply superb

    It was hailed as the greatest videogame of all time when it was released, and even after all these years it still has a pretty solid claim to that title. Super Mario World is without a shadow of a doubt one of our favourite Mario games, and when SNES was released some members of our staff played very little else until they'd discovered...

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    Review Vigilante

    Brave the streets of New York City in this side-scrolling beat-'em-up

    Essentially Vigilante is a modernised version of Irem's classic Kung-Fu Master. It's the usual damsel in distress routine. Your gal Madonna is thrown in the back of the baddies truck and whisked away. It is your job to go through various stages to finally rescue her from her...

  • News New USA Virtual Console releases for 5th February - Super Mario World / Vigilante

    February the 5th is a great day for Virtual Console gamers with a North American Wii. Finally the long awaited Super Mario World joins it's prestigious library. Also not to be overlooked is the PC Engine's classic beat em up: Vigilante. It's sort of like the Kung-fu but a lot more fun! Gain Ground isn't really worth the time these days in our opinion. Here's the reviews:

    Super Mario World - Super NES (1-2 players, 800 Wii Points): During a vacation in Dinosaur Land, Princess Toadstool gets kidnapped and a spell is cast on the inhabitants of the island. When they stumble upon Yoshi, a young dinosaur, Mario and Luigi le...

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    Review Gain Ground

    It's the 31st Century, and science and technology have progressed to the point that the human race is approaching perfection.

    Gain Ground started life as a largely unpopular 3 player arcade game. Surprisingly when taking into account the relative lack of commercial success it was ported to the Sega Megadrive/Genesis and Master System pretty swiftly...

  • News 2nd February - PAL VC games - Megadrive goodies

    Some goodies today on the UK Virtual Console - Finally Gradius makes it across (the US have had this for some time!) and 3 Megadrive games also! If you were to download only one game today our tip is Comix Zone, it's the cream of the crop!

    As ever here are the reviews: Gradius - NES Bonanza Bros - Megadrive Gain Ground - Megadrive Comix Zone -...

  • News Europe Says Gracias To Gradius

    This weeks European/Australian Virtual Console releases include the highly popular scrolling space-shooter Gradius.

    The Full list is as follows: NES: 500 Points Gradius Mega Drive: 800 Points Comix Zone Bonanza Bros Gain Ground As you can see, a few Mega Drive (Genesis to the overseas readers) titles have been added, but nothing too spectacular...

  • News Mario Kart 64- Now With Less Ghosts

    Those playing the recently released Mario Kart 64 will notice a distinct lack of ghosts.. and, no, I'm not talking about the ones on banshee boardwalk!

    It seems that we have the first major Virtual Console issue on our hands, no N64 controller pak support. This problem facing Nintendo is quite a large one- they cannot seem to (or don't see the need...


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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Bonanza Bros

    Grab the target items and head for the exit!

    Bonanza Bros. harkens back to the early 80's arcade titles with their simple, yet addictive play control ideas. While there are obvious Keystone Kapers and Elevator Action influences throughout the game, the overall gameplay design is at least original enough to stand on its own two feet. The only problem...

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    Review Comix Zone

    Sketch Turner is an artist in New York City. One day while Sketch is drawing, there is a huge thunderstorm and a bolt of lightning hits Sketch's image, bringing it to life.

    Released fairly late in the life of the Megadrive/Genesis, Comix Zone didn't exactly set the world alight in terms of sales but is now rightly regarded as one of the better games...

  • News New USA Virtual Console releases for 29th January - Contra III and more!

    Some great games on the US Virtual Console today. Contra III being out favourite. If your virtual wallets are still full after downloading that then Mario Kart 64 and Comix Zone also come highly recommended! Bonanza Bros is a bit of a duffer though, don't bother with that!

    Mario Kart 64 - Nintendo 64 (1-4 players, 1,000 Wii Points): Put the pedal to...

  • News Mario Kart Drops Onto Virtual Console

    Europeans can now bag themselves Mario Kart 64 for a mere 1,000 Wii Points.

    Nintendo continue to tease us with a dribble of N64 goodness, can't you release them any faster?! "Racing fans are in for an extra special treat today as Mario Kart 64, one of the greatest games in the hugely popular Mario Kart series, is available to download to...

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    Virtual Console / Nintendo 64

    Review Mario Kart 64

    Mario Kart gets a 64-bit upgrade!

    To say that the original Super Mario Kart was a huge hit for the Super Nintendo console would be a mammoth understatement. The game caught gamers by storm and kicked off a series that's still producing new titles some 17 years later. So when Nintendo released their Nintendo 64 console, gamers knew that it was only a...

  • News 26th January - PAL VC games - Mario Kart 64 & Soldier Blade

    From Nintendo's Press room:

    Virtual Console Shifts Up A Gear With One Of Nintendo's Best Racing Games Of All Time 26th January 2007 - Racing fans are in for an extra special treat today as Mario Kart 64, one of the greatest games in the hugely popular Mario Kart series, is available to download to Wii's Virtual Console. Featuring tense racing action...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

    A Link to a Classic

    To put it simply, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the finest RPGs in existence. Everything is perfect - the bold lines and subtle pastel-tones of the graphics, the triumphant rendition of the Zelda theme, the excellent yet simple combat system, the brilliantly conceived logic puzzles. Nintendo left nothing to...

  • News New USA Virtual Console releases for 22nd January - Zelda goodness!

    New today on the US Wii Shop! From Nintendo's press site:

    Today Nintendo adds one of the most popular games in its library of classics to the Wii video game system's Wii Shop Channel: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. Nintendo adds new games to the channel every Monday. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points to...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Contra III: The Alien Wars

    Run 'n gun

    Konami really went all out with this title, the third instalment to the Contra series (or Probotector to gamers in the PAL regions). The development team at the time must have relished the challenge of developing on the Super Nintendo as this is one of the more impressive games on the system; the experience is a good deal bigger and...

  • News 19th January - PAL UK Virtual Console releases

    Today's new releases for the PAL Virtual Console are:

    SNES (800 Wii Points):Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1-2 players)Super Probotector: Alien Rebels (1-2 players) When we have more news about the 50Hz optimisation issues we'll be sure to let you know! These are 2 of the finest titles that ever came out on the SNES. However playing Street...

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    Review R-Type III: The Third Lightning

    The Bydo Empire is back! More powerful and deadlier than ever, the Bydo are en-route to Earth.

    R-Type III is an interesting title in many ways. Firstly, it was a console exclusive, which generated quite a stir when it was first published. Secondly it takes advantage of the Super NES 'Mode 7' graphics to bring rotating backgrounds into play. Thirdly,...

  • News New USA Virtual Console releases for 15th January

    Three news games for those of you with American Wii consoles. Taken from Nintendo's press site:

    Xevious (NES, 1-2 players, 500 Wii Points): Players control their Solvalou ship and destroy the XEVIOUS forces. Fire the zapper missiles against air-based enemies and drop the blaster bombs down upon ground-based targets. Destroy Andor Genesis to earn...

  • News 60Hz for PAL Wii Virtual Console online petition

    Spence a friend of the Virtual Console Archive has taken the time to set up a online petition with the hope of getting Nintendo to change their stance on forcing gamers in the PAL regions to only have the choice of the shoddy 50Hz conversions. We think it is worth spending 2 minutes to sign:

    Sign the petition to get riddy of shoddy 50Hz PAL Virtual...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Xevious

    Golden oldie

    Following its success with Pac-Man and Galaga in the arcades, it seemed that Namco was unstoppable. The release of Xevious only helped to cement this idea: it was first one of the earliest examples of a vertical scrolling shooter and innovative for its time. The action in Xevious takes place on two parallel plains; your spacecraft gets...

  • News 12th January - PAL UK Virtual Console release - Xevious

    Only one Virtual Console release today - and it's the rather average Namco top-down shooter Xevious. People tend to bang on about how great this game is and for a shooter from 1982 it's pretty decent, but by the time it was released on the NES (which is the version available for download - the PC Engine version is actually closer to the arcade original - God knows why they didn't offer that instead) it was dated, and today it's old enough to get a free bus pass.

    Only really worth do...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Gradius

    Konami's classic shooter series takes off

    It's so hard to review a game like Gradius. This is a near-legendary title and has inspired a franchise that has sold millions, not to mention the spin-off series Parodius and countless other clones. But when reviewing classic retro titles, you have to judge if this game is still worth playing today...

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    Review Soldier Blade

    A fun shooter in the Star Soldier tradition

    One thing that can be said for sure is that if you owned a TurboGrafx console you would never be in short supply of shoot-em-up games! For anyone who is a big fan of the genre it is great news that Hudson has brought one of the most respected games of the genre to the Virtual Console. Soldier Blade is a...

  • News New Sega Megadrive games for the Virtual Console

    Some great news in a recent press release from Sega regarding the next series of games to be released on the Virtual Console. Yeah we'll have a piece of this action! Keep em coming in Sega!

    Here's the Q1 2007 Line Up: Streets of Rage - This city was once a happy, peaceful, place.... until one day, a powerful secret criminal organization took over...

  • News New USA Virtual Console releases for 8th January

    Nintendo adds three new classic games to the Wii Shop Channel today. The games will be available from 9am US Pacific time (5pm UK time).

    Three high quality titles here. It's good to see Nintendo's commitment to getting Shoot-em-up favourites of old onto the Wii. Dungeon Explorer of course is more than welcome too! This week's new games are: Gradius...

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    Review Moto Roader

    The action in this racing game is viewed from above and features rotational controls.

    Every once in awhile you come across a game that just makes you scratch your head and wonder what someone was thinking when they let a game like this actually get released. After the success of RC Pro-Am and Micro Machines on the NES, overhead racers began to gain...

  • News Mario Kart 64 to join Virtual Console in January

    OK so the title is a little misleading! Mario Kart 64 will be joining the JAPANESE Virtual Console in January along with other classics such as Fire Emblem as confirmed by IGN here.

    I'm not meaning to sound ungrateful Nintendo, I'm really not but don't you think you could announce some dates for when the US and UK regions will be getting some top...

  • News Japan Virtual Console Gets Mario Kart 64

    Nintendo set to release another classic onto the Virtual Console, only in Japan for now though.

    IGN.com have reported on some new releases appearing on the Japanese Virtual Console this month and they are right to be annoyed! "The Japanese Virtual Console lineup has the American and European ones squarely beaten, and it keeps on getting better!...


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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Baseball

    Batter up!

    Nintendo’s Baseball was actually a launch title for the NES way back in 1985. With unknown brands like Ice Climber and Gyromite it made perfect sense for Nintendo to have a representation of a popular sports game to attract sceptics to their new console. Predictably enough, it’s now horribly dated. The gameplay itself just focuses on...

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    Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review R-Type

    This is R type of game!

    R-Type is widely considered one of, if not the greatest shooters every created. But kick off any conversation with a shooter fan about R-Type and you're likely to get a 10 minute rant on how excruciatingly difficult the game is. Over the years, shooters have come and gone. Some have been good and some have been bad, but in...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Street Fighter II: The World Warrior

    Fighting Street

    To say that the original Street Fighter II was a genre-defining game would be the understatement of the century. Not only did the game take the one-on-one fighting game idea and take it to heights never before reached, it also single-handedly kicked off a fighting game craze that's still in full swing to this very day and spawned...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Super Castlevania IV

    Castlevania goes super

    Every now and then you play a game that simply changes your life. To me, Super Castlevania IV is that game. I recall playing it at a friend's house and regardless of the slow pace of the first few levels, it had a real impact on me. The game was quickly purchased and hasn't left my collection since. If your Castlevania...

  • News Nintendo's Christmas Presents

    New Virtual Console titles available on Christmas morning, no freebies though. Sadly.

    Just in case you missed it the first time around, Nintendo will be unleashing Super Mario Bros. onto the Virtual Console from Christmas morning, what a treat! The classic game will make Christmas morning extra special, just as it did more than two decades ago...

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    Review ToeJam & Earl

    Toe Jam and Earl are two fun-loving aliens

    This is a very strange game. It was hugely popular at the time and most Megadrive / Genesis gamers at the time will probably remember the wacky lead characters, but how does it fare today? The action is played from a top-down view. As either Tom Jam or Earl you must search the planet Funkatron for all the...

  • News USA Virtual Console Christmas releases

    Nintendo's Press site has revealed the Virtual Console releases for Christmas day for the North American regions:

    Super Mario Bros - NESStreet Fighter II: The World Warrior - SNESSuper Castlevania IV - SNESToe Jam & Earl - MegadriveR-Type - PC Engine Keeping it short but sweet the VCA can report there is not one duffer in the bunch above. Let's...

  • News Commodore 64 games to join the Virtual Console!

    Home computer nerds will be dancing in the streets at this latest piece of VC news. We have it on the highest authority that Commodore 64 games will soon be coming to the Virtual Console.

    Although no specific titles were named, the indications so far are of titles from now defunct U.S. developer Epyx who are best known for their work on the 8-bit...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Tennis

    Anyone for Tennis?

    Tennis was one of the launch titles for the NES way back in 1985, and it succeeded in winning new gamers to the system in much the same way as Wii Sports. That begs the question, of course, why bother with this if you already have Wii Sports Tennis, which you got as a freebie with your Wii? Well for a start you control the...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Military Madness

    Strategic lunacy!

    Also known as Nectaris in Japan, this game was a cult hit when it was released in the US many years ago. It wasn't a massive seller but positive reviews made sure it got a decent reception from gamers 'in the know'. For anyone who has played Advance Wars on the GBA you will know exactly what you are getting here. It’s a...

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    Review Space Harrier II

    Fantasyland has been taken over by destructive forces, and a call for help comes from deep in the universe.

    I'm sure most 80's gamers can recall their first brush with the arcade Space Harrier - it was like looking into the future. The silky-smooth sprite scaling coupled with the excellent sound and futuristic feel made this an instant coin-op...

  • News New USA Virtual Console releases for 18th December

    The following games will be in the US Wii Shop by 5pm (GMT) today:

    Military Madness - PC EngineSpace Harrier II - MegadriveTennis - NES As confirmed by the Nintendo press release. A bit underwhelming this week especially as we were expecting 4 games to be released each week! The old one we could recommend is Military Madness which is a little like...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Urban Champion

    More like Urban chump!

    It's impossible to overlook the fact that many of the earlier NES releases were extremely simple in design and took very few chances when it came to gameplay design and visual substance. While many of the games were classic arcade titles from Nintendo, there were a handful of original releases that tried to up the ante. Urban...

  • News ESRB List Updated - More VC Games!

    Nintendo have applied for more ESRB ratings, which can mean only one thing - more Virtual Console games are on the way (in the US, at least).

    The new games are: Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior - SNESHagane: The Final Conflict - SNESUniracers / Unirally - SNESTin Star - SNESAerofighters Assault - Nintendo 64 Obviously Street Fighter 2 is the big...

  • News New UK Virtual Console releases for 15th December

    Right kids, here's whats on today's Virtual Console menu for the UK Wii Shop:

    Gunstar Heroes - MegadriveRistar - MegadriveDr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine - MegadrivePinball - NESSoloman's Key - NESUrban Champion - NESColumns - MegadriveAlien Crush - PC Engine Gunstar Heroes and Ristar are our top picks today but be warned PAL users it's crappy PAL...

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    Review Gunstar Heroes

    Gunstar, more like Funstar!

    Gunstar Heroes ranks as one of the finest Megadrive/Genesis titles ever, so it's no surprise that people are getting excited about the Virtual Console release! If you've ever played Contra or Metal Slug you will have a good idea of what to expect here. One or two players battle it out against a seemingly endless array of...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Ice Hockey

    Ice to see you again

    The earlier titles in the NES sports series are probably not remembered by many for being great games, but Nintendo’s Ice Hockey — a latecomer to the series in 1988 — certainly bucks that trend. It is fondly remembered as a semi-faithful translation of the sport which was fiendishly addictive to play and hard to put down...

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    Review Alien Crush

    Alien Crush is a fan-favorite pinball game that features a sinister sci-fi theme.

    It's easy to dismiss Alien Crush as "just another video pinball game," but those who do so will be missing out on an outstanding Turbografx-16 game. While it is a pinball game at heart, Alien Crush somehow takes a great Alien theme and manages to craft a...

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    Review Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

    Dr. Robotnik has hatched a plan to ensure that no music or fun remains on Mobius.

    This is basically Puyo Puyo given a lick of paint, but that's no bad thing as Puyo Puyo is an excellent Tetris-style game which is amazingly addictive in two-player mode. A series of beans of the mean variety fall into a pit. Your job is to rotate and arrange the...

  • News Just Another Virtual Monday

    Monday has come round again and that means new VC games.

    Today four new games are to be released on the Virtual Console, in the US anyway. Nothing for Europe has been confirmed yet. Here are the four straight from the horses mouth: Ice Hockey (NES®, 1-2 players, 500 Wii Points): Ice Hockey is hard-hitting, fast-action competition that re-creates...

  • News New USA Virtual Console releases for 11th December

    Here's what's out later today for the Virtual Console in North America:

    Ice Hockey - NESGunstar Hereos - Sega MegadriveDr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine - Sega MegadriveAlien Crush - PC Engine / TurboGrafx-16 A pretty smart line up I think you will agree. Alien Crush came out of nowhere but is a most welcome addition to the VC library. Gunstar Hereos...

  • News Struth mate, Aussies can download TG-16 games too!

    Tie me kangaroo down, sport

    Here’s a short but sweet tip from one of our readers known only by the name of George. It seems that Aussie gamers who were originally thought to be blocked from downloading lovely TurboGrafx-16 games from the Wii Shop can in fact take advantage of a sneaky workround. Those flamin’ galahs at Nintendo can’t fool our...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Donkey Kong Country

    Worth going bananas over still?

    Much fuss was made about Donkey Kong Country when it was first released, and with good reason - the CGI visuals were a cut above what SNES owners were used to at the time and the game seemed to give the Super Nintendo a much needed second wind. Donkey Kong Country is a side-scrolling platformer. Using DK and Diddy,...

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    Review Dungeon Explorer

    Dungeon Explorer is a multiplayer action/role-playing game where up to five players can play at the same time.

    When the PC Engine was first released, NEC and Hudson knew that they would have a hard time tempting third party companies to produce games for the machine - Nintendo's NES was still the number one machine and Nintendo themselves had made...

  • News Upcoming games for UK PAL Virtual Console

    A little birdie has told us what games you UK Virtual Console users can expect to be getting for the rest of December. The list is likely to be very similar across the whole of the EU depending on licensing issues. Sorry Australia and New Zealand you will miss out on the sublime Devil Crush, life is a bitch huh?

    Here's the release schedule as it...

  • News Mystery Virtual Console Game?

    UK Magazine GamesTM has hinted that a new Virtual Console release is coming soon. Several staffers have been posting on Rllmukforum saying they know what the game is, but cannot reveal it as Nintendo have forbidden them from doing so.

    What we do know so far is that it's not a Nintendo game, it's not from Japan, it's over 10 years old, it's not an...

  • News PAL Virtual Console to have games in 50Hz only!

    Whilst we applaud Nintendo of Europe for pulling their finger out and launching the European Wii this week just a few weeks after North America had their launch (haha take that Sony!) it is confirmed NOE still want us to live in the dark ages by giving us 50Hz limited Virtual Console games.

    Back in the days of old most European TVs could only handle...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Donkey Kong Jr.

    Donkey Kong has finally been captured by Mario!

    Donkey Kong is one of Nintendo's quintessential characters; pre-dating even the illustrious Mario as a video game lead, the goofy simian was enthralling arcade-goers the world over during the early '80s. However, once the Italian plumber decided to star in his own game, Donkey Kong's appeal started to...

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    Review Columns

    Columns is loosely derived from Tetris, as it involves arranging falling blocks in such a way as to clear them.

    Much fuss was made over Columns back when it was first released. Nintendo had just launched its version of Tetris alongside the portable Game Boy, and puzzle games had therefore become a vital element in a console creator's arsenal. Sega...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Ristar

    Ristar proves that being unique and different can sometimes be a good thing.

    Sonic the Hedgehog and Ristar actually began life as basically the same game. When Sonic Team began developing the game that would become Sonic the Hedgehog, they initially envisioned the character having the ability to reach out and grab things as part of the game's core...

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    Review Victory Run

    The TurboGrafx's answer to Rad Racer and Out Run.

    Victory Run may look like just another bland 16-bit racer. But once you dive into the game you begin to see that it's actually got a lot of depth and playability to it. Not only do you have to watch out for other racers, but you also have to spend a lot of time dealing with parts of your car going...

  • News Current Virtual Console titles for PAL Nintendo Wii launch

    From a bit of snooping on the Wii Shop for the UK (details of how to do this below!) we have discovered the following titles are already there waiting for download by the lucky people in the UK to pick up a Wii this coming Friday:

    Donkey Kong - NESMario Bros - NESThe Legend of Zelda - NESWario's Woods - NESBomberman '93 - PC EngineBonk's Adventure -...

  • News New Virtual Console releases for 4th December

    The NintendoWorldReport has revealed this coming Monday's list of Virtual Console releases.

    Quite a mixed bag: Donkey Kong Jr - NESVictory Run - TurboGrafx / PC EngineColumns - Sega Megadrive / GenesisRistar - Sega Megadrive / Genesis The Virtual Console Archive recommends Ristar as a essential purchase. The other games are all OK if you have Wii...

  • News Next Monday's Virtual Console Games

    The new set of Virtual console games will be released on Monday but we have found out ahead of time what these will be.

    If you go in to the Wii Shop at the start of the week (4th December) you will be able to buy four new games if you have the points needed. With these new additions the total will be at 21 games available on the Virtual Console,...

  • News Connect NES And SNES Controllers To Your Wii

    Retrozone, an American company, have developed an adapter for the Wii which plugs straight into the USB port of your Wii that will allow you to connect up your NES and SNES controllers.

    While the adapter will add nothing but nostalgia to playing your Virtual Console games some purists may find this expansion to be an essential purchase. Each adapter...

  • News N64 GoldenEye on Virtual Console

    Whilst it's great that the Virtual Console will probably get most of the outstanding 1st party Nintendo back catalogue available for download in the Wii Shop it is apparent that due to licensing issues not every game will make it.

    N64 GoldenEye being one of those games. For most gamers aside from Mario 64 this game is their fondest memory the...


  • News Japanese Virtual Console List

    Nintendo has released the launch list for the Japanese virtual console.

    Today Nintendo has announced the final Japanese launch list, boasting an impressive 39 titles! Of course I doubt this list will be of much use to anyone. Most people will be importing from America. This can be used as a good reference to compare the different areas. Hopefully...

  • News Goldeneye On The Virtual Console

    Things are looking up for fans of Goldeneye on the Nintendo 64, this might actually see a release on the Wii's Virtual Console

    MTV has recently had the chance to interview Nintendo of Americas president Reggie and they grilled up on a few facts about the console. One of the questions asked was whether Goldeneye will see the light of day on the Wii's...

  • News UK Wii Importers Can Use Credit Cards Afterall

    All you have to do it set your country to "Brazil" and it'll accept your credit card details, excellent!

    As a UK-er who imported a Wii console, the only thing that didn't work straight out of the box was buying Wii Points via a credit card from within the Wii Shop channel, the solution was to simply buy the pre-paid ones and enter the number - which...

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    Review Super Star Soldier

    Super Star Soldier is a classic vertical-scrolling shooting game.

    The TurboGrafx-16 has more than its fair share of excellent shoot-em-ups. Super Star Soldier is a follow-up to Hudson’s NES classic Star Soldier. It was one of the earlier games on the TurboGrafx and spawned two quality sequels including the rather spiffy Soldier Blade. The...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console List - December

    Here is the final Virtual Console List Nintendo of Japan have released for their Japanese Wii launch. Makes me jealous!

    Famicom (aka, the NES)12/2: Donkey Kong (Nintendo, 500pts)12/2: Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo, 500pts)12/2: Gomoku Narabe (Nintendo, 500pts)12/2: Baseball (Nintendo, 500pts)12/2: Tennis (Nintendo, 500pts)12/2: Urban Champion (Nintendo,...

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    Review Ecco The Dolphin

    Travel through the time along with Ecco the dolphin, in the only game that could call itself a 'dolphin simulator'.

    When Ecco was first released, there really wasn't anything like it. A game that featured a peace-loving dolphin as the lead character might sound like the most ill-advised release of all time, but Ecco had an undeniable beauty to it...

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    Review Golden Axe

    Golden Axe puts in the shoes of one of three heroes, each with his own reason for trying to overthrow the evil rule of Death-Adder.

    Double Dragon meets Conan is the best way to sum up Golden Axe. Easily one of the better side-scrolling fighers to be found on the Megadrive (regardless of the basic nature of the fighting system compared to the likes...

  • News Super Star Soldier On VC

    More content added to the Virtual Console.

    Nintendo have said that the initial 12 virtual console games would grow and it has again. More Virtual Console games will become available weekly every Monday following launch and by year’s end, gamers will be able to pick from a library of 30 or more classic games The first two additional games released...

  • News Virtual Console To Get Game Updates?

    Rumours surface that Wii's Virtual Console games might have new updates or mods?

    According to The Wiire, it seems that "Super Mario Kart: Online" could be a possibility? In a recent interview about the Wii Shop Channel, it was revealed that Virtual Console games might sometimes have an "Update" button. "The "Update" button indicates...

  • News Wii Points? Go Brazillian!

    So you imported an American Wii so Nintendo of Europe wouldn't shaft you with release dates and shoddy PAL conversions.

    All is well, you have your step-down transformer, no need to worry about modded RGB cables this time if you can just get a component cable from somewhere. ARRRGGGGHHHHH how do I buy Virtual Console points!? Well my finely feathered...

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    Review Bonk's Adventure

    Prehistoric bonking fun

    The Super NES had Mario, the Genesis had Sonic, so you knew it was only a matter of time before Hudson would be looking to create a mascot game for their Turbografx-16 system as well. Hudson went old school, and I mean really old-school to find their man. Like prehistoric old school. The result was Bonk, a loveable but rather...

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    Review Bomberman '93

    Will there ever come a day when evil villains decide to give it all up in favour of getting an honest job?

    The first thing that most gamers think of when they hear the name Hudson is Bomberman. Having been one of the company's flagship series over the years, it's little wonder why. The Bomberman games have seen releases on just about every console...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Donkey Kong

    It's on like Donkey Kong

    As many will know, the mighty Miyamoto made his mark at Nintendo and indeed the world with this very game in the arcades. Donkey Kong was quite unique for its day; in arcades full of Space Invaders and Pac-Man clones, a platform game like was something new. Playing as Jumpman — who would later become known as Mario —...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review F-Zero

    From zero to Mode 7 hero

    Before WipEout, there was F-Zero. Nintendo's futuristic racer was one of the first SNES releases, but shows very little sign of aging — in fact, it feels just as fresh and fun today as it did all those years ago. Graphically, the Mode 7 effects have obviously lost some of their edge when viewed today but the visuals are...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Mario Bros.

    Will it clean your pipes?

    When Mario Bros. hit arcades in 1983, most Nintendo fans were expecting yet another Donkey Kong release and weren't quite prepared for the spin-off Nintendo served up. Now it was Mario and his brother Luigi who were at war with a constant flow of pests coming though their sewer pipes. The game was yet another hit with...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Pinball

    Pinball wizard

    Back in the '80s, pinball simulations became quite popular on home game consoles of the time period. Pinball for the NES takes a very basic approach with its presentation, but still manages to include just enough variety to keep it interesting. Toss in a Mario mini-game to spice things up and what you have is a fun little pinball romp...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Soccer

    This is most definitely not super soccer

    Soccer is one of the earlier titles in the NES Sports series, it also ranks amongst the worst. Back in 1987 it might have cut the mustard, but in this day and age it is too dated to be worthy of splashing the virtual cash on. Rather than support a full team of eleven players you only get five players, and a...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Solomon's Key

    I've got the key, I've got the secret!

    Solomon’s Key started life as a little known arcade game, but the NES version is probably more well known and remains a faithful rendition of the original. Playing as a little wizard by the name of Dana, you are tasked with escaping from a series of dungeons, using a handy magic wand that can create or...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review Wario's Woods

    If you go down to the woods today...

    Toad, the hero of this story (or Mushroom-head to his mates) gets to show off his muscles in this Tetris-style falling block game by lifting and stacking bombs and monsters. Our friend Toad cleverly discovered that if he puts monsters of the same colour in a row along with a bomb of the same colour that they will...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Altered Beast

    In this coin-op conversion, you are a hero raised from the dead by the god Zeus to rescue his daughter Athena.

    Considering it's one of the older games for Sega's Megadrive, it would be foolish to expect this to be a 'must have' title on the Virtual Console. However Altered Beast has a charm that few other games have. The speech is priceless, who...

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    Wii Virtual Console / NES

    Review The Legend of Zelda

    The brave Link begins his hazardous journey in the fantastic world of Hyrule.

    Where it all began - it's amazing how playable and fresh this games feels, even after all these years! Although the visuals and sound are hardly going to turn heads these days, the core Zelda gameplay is all present and correct. The Legend of Zelda is a famous series...

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    Review SimCity

    The famous simulation in which one takes the role of a mayor and must help a new city thrive and become a megalopolis.

    Before ‘The Sims’ there was SimCity. This game was on most home computer systems at the time but the SNES port with its exclusive features and additional scenarios ranks as one of the better versions. The SimCity series has...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Sonic the Hedgehog

    The game that introduced the world to Sega's speedy hedgehog.

    The original Sonic the Hedgehog was quite a groundbreaking title for Sega and their 16-bit Mega Drive console. Not only did it give Sega a true mascot to wrap their video game business around, but it also gave them a platformer that could actually compete with Nintendo's Super Mario...