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Mario Kart Leads Virtual Console Monday

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Nintendo, Retro, SEGA, Wii,

Mario Kart 64 This Monday’s Virtual Console releases are lead by Nintendo’s classic cart racer, Mario Kart 64 for 1,000 Wii Points, but three other titles have hit was well, including Contra III: The Alien Wars for the Super Nintendo and two Genesis titles, Bonanza Bros. and Comix Zone at 800 points each. Comix Zone has hit a ton of platform in various Sega Genesis collections; Bonanza Bros. has only been in a few. Mario Kart is probably the shining gem in this round of releases, though.

Nintendo’s full press release continues after the jump.

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Zelda: A Link To The Past Hits Virtual Console

Zelda A Link To The PastWii owners in North America should now be able to download the classic Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past via Nintendo’s online store for the virtual console. The title sells for the standard 800 point level set for Super Nintendo games on the service. Link To The Past is one of the high points of the franchise and the gameplay holds up well after all these years; 800 points for this is a bargain.

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New Classic PS1 Titles To Hit Playstation Store

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Internet, PlayStation 3, PSP, Retro,

Wip3outSony has announced plans to drop a bunch of new content into the Playstation Store, according to Gamasutra. The company is making two classic PS1 games available for PSP transfer: Wipeout and Jet Moto, a couple of the more popular titles for the original Playstation. The titles will feature the standard $5.99 price point for all Playstation releases to date. In addition, owners of Genji: Days of the Blade will be able to grab a free alternate armor pack. Sony is also planning on releasing a multi-player upgrade for their downloadable launch title Blast Factor. The upgrade will not be free; gamers will have to pay $2.99 to get access to the new content, giving perhaps some insight into how Sony plans to handle add-on content in the future.

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Virtual Console Monday: 3 New Titles

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Nintendo, Retro, Wii,

MotoRoaderThis “Virtual Console” Monday brings three new classic titles online for the Wii. This week, gamers get two shooters, Xevious for the NES at 500 points, R-Type III: The Third Lightning for the Super NES at 800 points, and a racing game, Moto Roader for the TurboGrafx-16 at 600 points. Gamers will probably be most familiar with Namco’s Xevious and Irem’s R-Type series, but Hudsonsoft’s Moto Roader may be worth a look for the 5 player multiplayer racing.

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Nintendo Europe To Offer 36 Virtual Console Titles In Q1

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Release Dates, Retro, Wii,

Zelda: Ocarina of TimeA press release from Nintendo of Europe has the Virtual Console receiving 36 new titles in the first quarter of 2007. Nintendo plans on offering 20 new Nintendo titles, 7 from the Turbografx-16, and 9 from the Sega Genesis/Mega Drive. Some of the titles have already hit the US, including Street Fighter II, but gamers in the UK will also see the classic Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. No release date for this game has been revealed for the US, but hopefully gamers in the North American territory will see this as well as Mario Kart 64 and Super Mario World around the same time that the games launch in Europe. Of course, gamers that managed to grab either the Zelda: Master Quest or Zelda: Collector’s Edition for the Gamecube could play those titles now, but the Virtual Console version is a lot cheaper than a trip to eBay to get those releases.

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Sony Online Announces Six Downloadable Midway Titles

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Internet, PlayStation 3, Retro,

Championship SprintSony Online Entertainment and Midway Games announced that six Midway titles will be brought to the Playstation Network in 2007. The six titles will be Mortal Kombat II, Gauntlet II, Joust, Rampage World Tour, Rampart, and Championship Sprint. Championship Sprint, Gauntlet II, and Rampart all had addictive gameplay; hopefully Internet play will be implemented with limited lag. The releases should be based around the arcade versions of the games; it would be tragic to get a port on par with the woeful Sega Saturn version.

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Three New Titles Hit Virtual Console

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Nintendo, Retro, Wii,

Dungeon ExplorerNintendo announced three new titles for the Virtual Console today, including the delayed Dungeon Explorer for the TurboGrafx-16. In addition to the five player multiplayer Gauntlet style Dungeon Explorer, Nintendo also offers Star Soldier for the TurboGrafx and the classic shooter Gradius for the NES. Both TurboGrafx titles sell for 600 Wii points and Gradius will sell for 500 Wii points. The TurboGrafx console struggled in the US, despite some strong software titles; it is good to see these getting more exposure on the Virtual Console.

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ESRB Hints At Street Fighter II On Virtual Console

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: CAPCOM, Fighting, Nintendo, Retro, Wii,

Street Fighter II1up.com has done a little trolling through the ESRB database and found some interesting titles. Games like Kirby’s Adventure and Kid Icarus appear in the database for the Wii, but a new entry, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior is listed. While this title could be for something other than the Virtual Console, this seems unlikely. Hopefully, having Capcom on board will mean that gamers will get to see other classic titles like Bionic Commando.

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Four New Titles In US Virtual Console

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Nintendo, Retro, SEGA, Wii,

Alien CrushNintendo today made four new Virtual Console titles available in the US. The titles include Ice Hockey for the NES at 500 points, Gunstar Heroes and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine for the Genesis at 800 points each, and Alien Crush for the TurboGrafx16 at 600 points. The titles are a decent mix; the most interesting is probably Alien Crush, a classic pinball release. Mean Bean Machine, based around the Puyo Puyo play mechanic may also interest puzzle game fans.

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First PS1 Games Show Up On US Playstation Store

Posted by Christopher Sasaki Categories: Internet, PlayStation 3, PSP, Retro,

Playstation OneAccording to a post from the E-mpire forums, the first batch of original Playstation games for the PSP is now available from the Playstation store. Those gamers that have managed to score a Playstation 3 to go with the PSP will be able to download one of five PS1 games for $5.99. The games, and file sizes are:

  • Crash Bandicoot (469MB)
  • Cool Boarders (283MB)
  • Hot Shots Golf 2 (157MB)
  • Syphon Filter (385MB)
  • Tekken 2 (535MB)

The pricing for the games certainly seems aggressive compared to offerings Nintendo, particularly with Genesis and Nintendo 64 games running at $8 and $10 US on the Virtual Console.

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