Wii Virtual Console - News

April2010

March2010

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    Virtual Console / Nintendo 64

    Review Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber

    One of the N64's only strategy titles, but also the best

    Last year, the Virtual Console brought us Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, the "fifth" title in the Ogre Battle series (although none of the first four chapters in the story actually exist.) An incredibly rare game, it was also one of the best strategy titles on the SNES, allowing...

  • Nintendo Download 29th March 2010 (North America)

    Wario, cafe table waiting and medieval battles on Wii; fireworks, turtles, fruity puzzles and music tuners for DSi

    Another Monday, another handful of games vying for your hard-earned Nintendo Points! The offerings are all across the board today with new DSiWare apps for musicians and a much-anticipated N64 release on Virtual Console. While not...

  • News Super Mario Kart Races to Europe on Friday

    Virtual Console owners, start your Points cards!

    It's been a long wait for European gamers to race around those classic 16-bit courses in the original Super Mario Kart: out in North America since November last year, and Japan since June, there's been barely a sniff of it outside those territories. The wait is nearly over though, as Nintendo has...

  • News Select Downloadable Games Available for Purchase on Nintendo's Web Site

    Bypass the spacebucks for select titles

    If you've done any game downloading on your Wii or DSi then odds are you've wound up spending more up front than what your game cost thanks to Nintendo's own Point currency. If you're not a fan of having spare points rattling around in your account, or perhaps just prefer having honest-to-goodness real money...

  • 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...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - April 2010

    Great games all around.

    It is once again the final Friday of the month, and that means Nintendo has revealed their plans for Japan's Virtual Console this coming month. It looked like there were no more games remaining for the final update this month (Next week), but Konami has generously provided two more MSX games just for it. Next month sees two...

  • Nintendo Download 26th March 2010 (Europe)

    This Hanabi Festival's final game, with some nice things on WiiWare and DSiWare as well.

    As previously announced by Nintendo, the Hanabi Festival wasn't over just yet. This week brings us one last import game, and it's quite a highly anticipated one, at that. They could've just left it at that and called it a day, but they've also added a second,...

  • News Ogre Battle 64 Hits Europe This Friday

    One last Hanabi surprise.

    Nintendo almost had everybody fooled. They only announced four games for release in this month's Hanabi Festival, and then proceeded to release all of them in two weeks, despite Hanabi Festivals usually lasting three or four weeks. But if you take a look at the Wii Shop Channel right now, you can see that they have one more...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Wonder Momo

    A guilty pleasure for import PC Engine fans

    You cannot be blamed for not having heard of Wonder Momo, a Namco arcade game from the mid-late 80s which was never released outside of Japan. It belongs in the box of "odd" Japanese games, being a beat-em-up with the unusual setting of a Super Sentai (Power Rangers to the gaijin amongst you)...

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

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

    WiiWare: Frogger 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...

  • Nintendo Download 19th March 2010 (Europe)

    More Hanabi Festival, plenty of DSiWare and one lonely WiiWare game

    Several people were disappointed Nintendo of Europe didn't start off the latest Hanabi Festival with a certain vampire-slaying game last week, but there's no need to complain any more - It's out now! It brings with it a rather tedious little NES import, which might also mean this is...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

    The PC Engine classic finally arrives on the Virtual Console

    The Castlevania titles have seen releases on a variety of game consoles over the years, but it's this PC Engine release that's garnered a lot of attention and focus among diehard game fans and collectors over the years. Since the game was only released in Japan, gamers who wanted to play...

  • 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:...

  • Nintendo Download 16 & 17 March 2010 (Japan)

    Racing punch-up, Zombie Wonderland and karate

    The Virtual Console Arcade gets a surprise release (always nice) and there's a couple of interesting WiiWare games to tide over Wii owners; add in some intesting titles on the DSi and you get a pretty good week for Nintendo downloading overall. WiiWare: Pokosuka Racing (500pts - Recom) – At first we...

  • Nintendo Download 12th March 2010 (Europe)

    The Hanabi Festival kicks off, but sadly not with its most anticipated game.

    It seemed quite likely that Nintendo of Europe would be starting the fifth Hanabi Festival with some Castlevania goodness, but as it turns out, this is not the case! At least there's two different import games instead, one of which is another highly recommended title...

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Final Fantasy II

    Still a timeless RPG classic.

    While the game was the second numbered Final Fantasy when it was released in North America back in 1991, it's actually the fourth entry in the series due to the second and third 8-bit releases remaining in Japan at the time. It marked the series debut on Nintendo's 16-bit console and added quite a few new gameplay...

  • News Last Ninja 3 Refunds Going Out Now

    Keep an eye on your inbox

    If you were among the unlucky people who purchased Last Ninja 3 on Virtual Console, you were no doubt quite annoyed that the game would, without fail, freeze after the first level, making any further progress impossible. Nintendo recently announced they would be removing the game from the Wii Shop, and have since done so...

  • 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 Ca

  • News Hanabi Festival 5 to Happen Soon?

    Nintendo of Europe's site seems to suggest so

    A handful of new import titles were recently given ratings by the OFLC, leading many to believe that Europe and Australia would be on their way to the fifth Hanabi Festival, and thus another nice batch of import Virtual Console games. Nintendo of Europe has now practically confirmed that this will be...

  • Nintendo Download 8th March 2010 (North America)

    Markers, Dracula, Fantasy and Spanish this week

    WiiWare: Max & the Magic Marker (1000pts – Press Play) – The novel platformer makes its North American debut today. We thought it was a very good addition to the platforming line-up on WiiWare, so if that kind of game floats your boat get your points ready! Dracula: Undead Awakening (1000

  • Nintendo Download 9th & 10th March 2010 (Japan)

    Capcom and Nichibutsu classics on Wii, Gameloft, G.G. Series and Kanji Training on DSi

    DSiWare doesn't hold any surprises, but it's nice to see more VCA releases and of course Capcom fueling the retro-fires. WiiWare: Rockman 10 (1000pts - Capcom) — By now we hope everyone knows this is what we know as Mega Man 10 outside of Japan. We though it was...

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    Virtual Console / Neo Geo

    Review Fatal Fury Special

    Is it really all that special?

    There's no question that Fatal Fury 2 was quite a step up in quality from the original, but it seems SNK still wasn't completely satisfied with the game and decided to release an upgrade in the form of Fatal Fury Special. Rather than start from scratch, they basically took Fatal Fury 2, added in the ability to play as...

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    Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade

    Review Zaxxon

    One for the history books, but not for everyone

    In 1982 Sega made a little gaming history with Zaxxon: the first 3D arcade game to use an isometric perspective – even more shockingly, it used sprite-based graphics at a time when 3D games were pretty much all being done with vectors. Whilst Zaxxon got a lot of attention due to its flashy graphics...

  • News Ironclad Gets ESRB Rating, Shoots It

    Shmup'ing its way onto the North American Virtual Console

    The North American shoot-em-up crowd may have looked at the Japanese Virtual Console with some envy the past few months for having the Neo Geo CD release Ironclad ready and willing, but the jealous glare will hopefully soon diminish as the Entertainment Software Rating Board has put their...

  • Nintendo Download 5th March 2010 (Europe)

    "Retro" delights from Capcom, along with plenty of other things.

    There's quite a lot to downloads to pick from this week. The Virtual Console makes yet another return after being nowhere in sight the past two weeks, while Capcom has released not one, but two new "retro" games at once. Also finally available in Europe is the third...

  • News Nintendo Download 1st March 2010 (North America)

    March is Mega Month!

    This week Mega Man 10 debuts in North America, much to the delight of retro-gaming fans eager to get more 8-bit styled platforming goodness out of their Wiis. Of course let's not ignore the other WiiWare offerings or the fact that the NEO GEO is back on the Virtual Console following a short hiatus. DSi Owners have a couple of...

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. WiiWare: Excitebike World Race (1000pts - Nintendo) – Better late than never for this well received update to the Famicom classic. Virtual Console: Quarth (800pts...

  • News Japanese Virtual Console list - February 2010

    Three big-name titles. And one slightly less big.

    Things are pretty bleak on the Virtual Console in Europe at the moment, but that isn't stopping Japan from continuing to bring more awesome downloads to the table. It's pretty easy to guess what game is being released to build up hype for Mega Man 10, and Nintendo will be releasing the Super Famicom...

  • Nintendo Download 29th January 2010 (Europe)

    One single Virtual Console game in three weeks. Again.

    But don't feel let down again, because it's actually quite a solid week this time. With DSiWare still being almost completely taken up by Electroplankton rereleases, there's only one real "new" game for each service, but all of them are (or seem to be) good picks. Possibly to tie in...

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    Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Ghoul Patrol

    Bustin' makes me feel alright, I suppose

    When it came time to follow Zombies Ate My Neighbors, LucasArts decided to go with a third-party developer. Using basically the same gameplay engine as the one found in Zombies, the developer was able to successfully create a game that looked and played very similarly to the original release called Ghoul...

  • News Castlevania: Rondo of Blood ESRB Rated

    The wait is almost over.

    We just recently saw the release of Castlevania: The Adventure Rebirth in North America and now news has just leaked out that Castlevania: Rondo of Blood has just been ESRB Rated. Honestly, it can't get much better than this for Castlevania fans, and it would seem that Hudson's release of the game can now not be too far...

  • Nintendo Download 25th January 2010 (North America)

    Cards, blocks, numbers and ghouls in this week's update

    Looks like a decent update from Nintendo of America this week with three for WiiWare (including a long-awaited card game), three for DSiWare and another LucasArts title on the Virtual Console for good measure. WiiWare: UNO (1000pts - Gameloft) – A bit overdue perhaps, but finally you can play...

  • Nintendo Download 26 & 27 January 2010 (Japan)

    More Phoenix Wright, more N64, more DSiWare anime photo frames!

    It's still a small update, but after a mini-break WiiWare has returned along with the first new N64 game in nearly a year on the Virtual Console. Not to be left out there are five new releases for Japanese DSiWare -- though only two are games; one being a new puzzler from Nintendo...

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    Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16

    Review Ai Chō Aniki

    Possibly the maddest shooter of all time

    Thanks to Nintendo making imports available on the Virtual Console, you've probably come across Chō Aniki: a shooter on the PC Engine in the same mold as Gradius and other side-scrollers, but with some rather unconventional enemies and a lot of muscles. You may be less familiar with this sequel, which was...

  • Nintendo Download 18th January 2010 (North America)

    Brawn, brains, twins, dogs, ninjas and platform games "risen from the dead" -- this week has it all!

    A nice update for North America this week as we see a game many thought would stay in Japan, a new brain teaser and a catch-up title for the Genesis on the Virtual Console. DSiWare is no slouch though with a selection of strategy and platform games...

  • Nintendo Download 19 & 20 January 2010 (Japan)

    Another light week for Japanese downloads.

    Nintendo corporate seems to be imitating the European division when it comes to the Wii in Japan with a second week of VC-only downloads: only one title this week for the little white box. The DSi fares a little better with five new releases, some of which are actually games! Virtual Console: Salad no Kuni...

  • Nintendo Download 11 January 2010 (North America)

    Courtroom drama, temporal shenanigans, shadow play, billiards and board games this week.

    Well, it looks like the release schedule in North America is starting out as slow as everywhere else, although three WiiWare releases and a Virtual Console add is pretty impressive even if it is smaller than the release weeks in December. The DSi offerings are a...

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    Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive

    Review Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi

    Shinobi Joe is back, and this time he’s brought his dog

    Shadow Dancer started out life in 1989 in the arcades as the sequel to the ever-popular Shinobi, which was a sizable hit for creator Sega. In the same year the company also released the rather excellent Revenge of Shinobi as an early title for the fledgling Mega Drive/Genesis. It strayed from...

  • 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...

  • Nintendo Download 8 January 2010 (Europe)

    Virtual Console returns!

    After two weeks of very few interesting downloadable games, today offers us some potentially good titles. The Virtual Console gets one new game (And a good one, at that) while WiiWare gets two and DSiWare gets three. The first Virtual Console game in 3 weeks is Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi on the Mega Drive. Released...

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    Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo

    Review Final Fight 3

    Is the third time the charm?

    Final Fight 3 came along fairly late in the Super Nintendo's lifespan, but that certainly didn't bother fans of the series who were looking for one more heavy dose of beat-'em-up action. Capcom decided it was time to spice up the gameplay some and the end result was something that would appeal to classic fans of the...

  • Nintendo Download 4 January 2010 (North America)

    A quiet start to the new year.

    Nintendo of America seems to have spent the last few weeks compensating for all those two- and three-game release weeks in the rest of the year recently, but for the first update of the New Year we're back to only a handful, some of which have already been released in Europe and Japan -- hopefully not a sign of a...

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