There seems to be a push inside of Nintendo to really get their downloadble services working well. In our previous post, we mentioned they’ll be providing a download service for the Nintendo DSi. They are also looking at improving Virtual Console and the storage issue that currently plagues the Wii. During a press conference in Tokyo last week, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata outlined how Nintendo will be addressing the Wii’s storage problem. The solution will be available in Spring ‘09. Here’s the rough translation from the press conference:
“When there’s not enough room on the Wii’s internal memory, you’ll be able to buy and download Virtual Console and WiiWare software from the Shopping Channel to an SD memory card. You’ll need to go through only one process in order to transfer Virtual Console or WiiWare software on an SD card to the Wii console and then be able to play it. We’ll deal with this issue using two methods. Since the updates required for these new structures will require significant revisions to the Wii system, and these changes need to be made by considering a variety of different angles, this process will become effective beginning next spring. For some of you, this may be considered late, but please know that we really appreciate your cooperation and understanding. We are working hard so we can begin the service as soon as possible.”
There’s a huge opportunity for Nintendo if they get this right. Downloading countless games with a few simple clicks on the Wiimote for immediate gratification… count us in!
Who can forget that distinct sound of an old-school game? The well-crafted midi music brings the good memories back to all of us. The songs were so catchy that you found yourself humming them all day because you couldn’t get them out of your head, no matter how hard you tried. This is why we play old-school games, not just for the songs, but for that sense of your childhood being rekindled.
ThisÂ is why we must thank Nintendo for bringing us Virtual Console. AndÂ now we must thank Capcom for bringing us Mega ManÂ 9,Â a new game in the series that brings Mega Man back to his roots on the Wii Ware service. Be prepared to be blown away with the trailer below.
That’s not all. Capcom has also confirmed that Mega Man 1 and 2 will be making their way to the Virtual Console. Also, many thought that Mega Man 9 would be a Wii Ware exclusive, but Capcom has announced that Mega Man 9 will be hitting all three consoles.
Are you a die-hard fanboy of Mega Man? Did youÂ wet yourselfÂ whenÂ watching that video? Discuss Mega Man 9, or any other Mega Man in ‘The Retro Gamer’ section of our forums.
Ninja Combat (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E 10+ for Everyone 10 and Older-Mild Suggestive Themes, Fantasy Violence, 900 Wii Points): Released in 1990, Ninja Combat is a side-scrolling combat-action game. Take control of the ninjas Joe (one player) and Hayabusa (two players), and enter into battle against a group of evil ninjas called the Kage Ichizoku. Make your way into their home fortress, Ninja Tower, which dominates a big city of the near future. Fight using normal attacks, jumps, special movements and ninja materials that deliver damaging blows to all enemies on the screen. In addition, you’ll find weapons and items to aid you along the way. Even better, as you progress in the game, reliable allies such as Musashi, Kagerow and Gembu will emerge to fight alongside you, allowing you to choose a new character in each stage. Ninja Combat also supports simultaneous play with two players, so you can grab a friend and defeat the Kage Ichizoku together.
We all knew there would be more classic consoles coming to the Virtual Console at some point. Neo Geo was already added a while ago and now it looks like Sega is stepping up its game by giving Japanese gamers the chance to download Master System, Mark III and Game Gear games soon. Master System titles will begin appearing on the Japanese Virtual Console some time in February with Fist of the North Star (600 Wii points) and Fantasy Zone (500 Wii points). Don’t fear, IGN is also reporting that all three system’s games will become available in the U.S. and Europe too, though no exact dates have been released yet.
If you’re like me, you were a normal kid and didn’t really hear about Sega until the Genesis hit our shores with it’s incredible Blast processing (it’s OK to speak of Sega on a Nintendo site now, right?) so you never really go the chance to play some of the amazing games that came out on the Master System. I’m really looking forward to actually being able to get my hands on games like Alex Kidd, Wonderboy, and Phantasy Star without resorting to hunting down an increasingly rare Master System. Add to this some of the incredible games that came out on Game Gear and you’ve got even more classic games to pile onto the already impressive pile of must buys that the Virtual Console possesses.
BUBBLE BOBBLEÂ® (NESÂ®, 1-2 players, Rated E for Everyone, 500 Wii Points): BUBBLE BOBBLE’s release in 1986 introduced the two bubble dragons, Bub and Bob, and brand new play mechanics, with players defeating enemies by trapping them in bubbles and then popping them. Although the puzzle-action game can be beaten by clearing all 100 rounds, it also contains secret elements such as not being able to get the “true ending” in single-player mode; hidden commands that lead to secret rounds; and a ton of different items. These elements are some of the game’s most memorable and important features. Each round even has different air currents that are not visible, so bubbles rise in unpredictable patterns. Aspects like forcing players to understand and utilize these different patterns while playing help make this a revolutionary game that is fun to play anytime.
Light Crusaderâ„¢ (Genesis, 1 player, Rated E for Everyone-Animated Violence, 800 Wii Points): Each day, more good townspeople of Green Row have been mysteriously disappearing, and beleaguered King Weeden summons the knight Sir David to investigate. Armed with his wits and his sword, Sir David must find the cause of this strange evil and save the citizens of Green Row before things get any worse. Take the role of the brave knight in this action RPG and get to the bottom of the mysteries of Green Row as you fight enemies, solve puzzles and use your best combination of brains and brawn to save the kingdom.
TOP HUNTER (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, Rated E10+ for Everyone 10 and older-Cartoon Violence, 900 Wii Points): Take on the role of either Roddy or Cathy, bounty hunters in this side-scrolling action game set far in the future when humans have colonized space. But all is not well: Space pirates called the Klaptons are making their way through the galaxies, wiping out peaceful settlements along their path. This disgraceful behavior leads to them having a price on their heads, so now Roddy and Cathy must travel through four distinct worlds on a mission to defeat their leader, Captain Klapton. Both characters have retractable arms-used to grab enemies or other objects in the scenery-that can then be thrown at others to destroy them. Also, be on the lookout for rings or levers to pull, as this might reveal special bonuses. Further adding to the mix, the game uses a unique system where the action happens on two planes, with the player switching between them at will. Can you prove yourself worthy of the Top Hunter name and help save the universe?