Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.04.29

Thank you Namcot for this lone Virtual Console release we are about to partake.

Wii U VC

cosmo_gang_the_puzzle Cosmo Gang the Puzzle (Super Famicom): ¥823 (¥600 cart-only, ¥1100 complete on Suruga-ya) Not to be confused with Cosmo Gang the Video, which is the sequel to the redemption game (Thanks, Wikipedia!) Cosmo Gang, because this is the sequel to the sequel. And instead of a shooter, this is a puzzle game. There are two types of pieces, containers and "Cosmo Gangers". Matching rows of containers scores points and it seems like the gangers bang together and mess up your shit. That is until balls come rolling and knock out the gangers. I am confused.

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.04.22

Well, that's a sharp drop.

Wii U VC

mystery_of_atlantis The Mystery of Atlantis (Famicom): ¥514 (¥700 cart-only, ¥1880 complete on Suruga-ya)

Such a repetitive song in this game. It sticks in the head real good. But it also reminds me of one of the early (was it the first?) Game Center CX challenges. And that was a hell of a watch.

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.04.15

Boom! A big pile of content here. Not entirely exciting content, but content! Sweet, delicious content.

Wii U VC

warioware_touched WarioWare: Touched! (Nintendo DS): ¥950 (¥980 in box on Suruga-ya) I'm super curious to try this one out because I'm not sure if the split screen mode would even work for this game... or am I completely forgetting how this game worked? Oh well, new Rhythm Heaven is coming out, right? At least this reminds me of that.

nemesis_3 Nemesis 3: The Eve of Destruction (MSX): ¥823 A sequel to Salamander! Also known as Gofer's Ambition Episode II, this is another Konami shooter that I have trouble distingushing from Konami shooters.

mr_heli Battle Chopper (PC Engine): ¥617 (¥570 card-only, ¥1880 complete on Suruga-ya) Battle Chopper does not ring the same bells as the Japanese title of Mr. Heli's Great Adventure. This is a colorful looking shooter from Irem and as Irem isn't exactly with us anymore, let's praise that we can still enjoy their glory in some ways.

power_sports World Sports Competition (PC Engine): ¥617 (¥1140 in box on Suruga-ya) Summer Olympics theme featuring stuff like " archery, rowing, shooting, swimming, and track and field." Thanks Wikipedia!

dkjr_math Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Famicom): ¥514 (¥320 cart-only on Suruga-ya) Long before he was hanging out with Diddy and starting the DK Crew, the

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.04.08

New consoles available and new images depicting what you get on TV and on Wii U Pad. And not a gosh-darned thing for the 3DS VC.

Wii U VC

super_mario_64 Super Mario 64 (Nintendo 64): ¥1028 (¥370 cart-only, ¥980 complete on Suruga-ya This feels right. Super Mario 64 is one of those necessary experiences and it is good to see it available on the Wii U.

yoshi_island_ds Yoshi’s Island DS (Nintendo DS): ¥950 (¥910 cart-only, ¥880 complete on Suruga-ya This was released outside Japan first. The thing is that this game is not "Game on top, data on bottom" but rather a split-screen type situation on the DS which means how playable can this actually be on the Wii U? That has to be an uncomfortable viewing angle.

getsufumaden Getsu Fuuma Den (Famicom): ¥514 (¥800 cart-only on Suruga-ya This one feels a bit out compared to the others, but it is a beloved classic that has been on the 3DS VC for some time now.

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.03.25

Ah, sweet and creamy Capcom milk.

Wii U VC

mega_man_exe_4_red Mega Man Battle Network 4: Red Sun (Game Boy Advance): ¥702 (¥1100 cart-only, ¥1300 complete on Suruga-ya)

mega_man_exe_4_blue Mega Man Battle Network 4: Blue Moon (Game Boy Advance): ¥702 (¥390 cart-only, ¥1350 complete on Suruga-ya

The most interesting thing about games like this is the used prices. Why is Red Sun more than Blue Moon on average? Is it just this store? Is it everywhere? Which sold more? Why? Did people really pick up both or just one? Did Pokémon truly ruin the Gameboy generation with the dual-version games?

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.03.18

Decent mix of stuff here. One of my short-lived obsessions comes in with a handful of obscure titles to round out collections. Twin_Bee_MSX

Wii U VC

Twin Bee (MSX): ¥823 Mmm, more MSX versions of Konami games. With the way Konami has been falling down in the past few years there is just something... disturbing about it. Thinking too much, I am sure. Nonetheless. Twin Bee! I'm sure there will never be a new one.

legend_of_hero_tonma Legend of Hero Tonma (PC Engine): ¥617 This arcade actually got a TG-16 release in 1993 and looks pretty beefy for an arcade scroller but has that weird color thing going on that you see in games like Monster World where everything just looks a little too colorful.

devil_crash Devil's Crush (PC Engine): ¥617 Although I never had access to a TG-16, this was one of the games that I knew about. "Pinball, but really, really good! No, seriously! Fun pinball!" But yeah. Pinball.

mojipittan_advance Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan (Game Boy Advance): ¥702 (¥450 in box on Suruga-ya) I was completely obsessed with this puzzle series for one summer. I had the PSP version but it never felt like the version particularly mattered. It was just a lot of fun playing solo Japanese Scrabble.

smash_ping_pong Smash Ping Pong (Famicom): ¥514 (¥440 disk-only, ¥1580 complete on Suruga-ya) Originally out in 1985 in the arcade and for MSX, Konami's Ping Pong eventually got put on the FDS and then hit the PAL Virtual Console under the title Smash Table Tennis. Donkey Kong is actually featured in the crowd in the FDS version, whereas prior it was Konami's "mascot" Pentarou. You know that penguin from all those Konami games. Maybe he will be the next one to leave the company.

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.03.11

It's Namcot Week... again... here on the Virtual Console. This week one of them is quite the savings and the other is a sequel to Ganbare Goemon.

Wii U VC

mr_driller_aMr. Driller A (Game Boy): ¥702 A as in Ace. Be sure to remember it. Of the two GBA Mr. Driller games, this is the newer (2002) one but did not get a release outside of Japan. The Wii U is quickly becoming a nice place for GBA games. Which is weird, but considering I could only find this game on Yahoo Auctions and for about ¥2000 or more, hey, savings.

ganbare_goemon_2 Ganbare Goemon 2 (Famicom): ¥514 (¥790 cart-only on Suruga-ya) Sequel! This one has a non-cannon ending. Gasp! Dare you play it to find out what it is?

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.03.04

It's Namcot Week here on the Virtual Console. We've got two titles coming at you that are guaranteed to make you spend your money on something else. militia Metal Marines (Super Famicom): ¥823 (¥130 cart-only, ¥600 complete on Suruga-ya) I always love finding out games actually were released in North America and I either just forgot about them or didn't care about them. The Super Nintendo era was the height of my read every Nintendo Power ten times over so Metal Marines was either covered very lightly or the name made me think of Micro Machines enough that I said "No thank you, Namco(t)". It's a real time strategy game, which has never been my cup of anything.

sky_kid Suruga-ya) Speaking of cups of things, Sky Kid looks like it has that mid-eighties art style that you could easily find on a mug in a retro game shop these days. Sky Kid is an 1986 side-scrolling shooter. I think that sums everything up well enough.

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.02.25

Interesting bits of history this week, but not much else.

Wii U VC

goemon_msx Ganbare Goemon (MSX): ¥823 (¥670 cart-only on Suruga-ya) Hooray, the MSX version of a game already available on Virtual Console. This one has addition content, however. Six more areas open up after completing the game once.

axelay Suruga-ya) From Wikipedia:

Axelay was originally intended to be a Japanese exclusive, but was given a U.S. release in response to numerous letters from consumers and critics.

Wow. Back in nineteen hundred and ninety two. Outstanding.

shadow_land Shadow Land (Famicom): ¥514 (¥350 cart-only, ¥1250 complete on Suruga-ya) Hm. Go read up on this game. A platforming game where your actions determine if the Tarosuke goes to heaven, hell, or somewhere in between. To get the best ending nothing must be collected or killed in the last stage. Wow.

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.02.18

More Game Boy Advance games... on the Wii U! Nintendo, Nintendo, Nintendo...

Wii U VC

rockman_forte Rockman and Forte (Game Boy Advance): ¥702 (¥1250 cart-only, ¥3800 complete on Suruga-ya) The original Rockman and Forte is not available on Virtual Console, which makes this version here weird. Portable version of an expensive game is good. That becomes expensive. So now you can get a portable version of a console game complete with the flaws of it being on a portable system and yet have it on a console. Game is real good, though.

sonic_advance Sonic Advance (Game Boy Advance): ¥702 (¥260 cart-only on Suruga-ya) Or: Sonic & Tails & Knuckles & Amy. Four characters to control in this Sonic game that feels like a Sonic game. Oh, sweet history lost.

3DS VC

Nintendo. Please.

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.02.10

Whoops! I totally misread the date on this. Since I'm late and have zero interest in any of these games, I'm just going to do little more than a fact dump this week. Will write more about games next week. Basically, some good deals on picking up some weird games.

Wii U VC

Vigilante Vigilante (PC Engine): ¥617 (¥1330 in box on Suruga-ya

double_dungeon Double Dungeon (PC Engine): ¥617 (¥340 cart-only, ¥590 complete on Suruga-ya)

legend_of_heracles_4 Glory of Heracles IV: Gift from the Gods (Super Famicom): ¥823 (¥990 in box on Suruga-ya)

mighty_final_fight Mighty Final Fight (Famicom): ¥514 It was only a little more than a year ago when Nintendo threw this up on to the 3DS VC. Now taxe are higher and I don't see any copies in stock on Suruga-ya anymore. The only thing that hasn't changed? It's still adorable.

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.02.04

Wii U VC

suttehakkun Sutte Hakkun (Super Famicom): ¥823 Now this is what the Virtual Console is for. Releases of weird little titles that otherwise might not easily be found. Copies of Suttehakkun are going on Yahoo Auctions for ¥7000 to over ¥20,000 and I had never heard of the game. It was made by indieszero and their first game. Yup. This is the first game by the makers of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy and NES Remix 1&2. It's an action-puzzle game and the high scores for the point attack mode are still available on Nintendo's site.

adventure_of_valkyrie The Adventure of Valkyrie: The Legend of the Time Key (Famicom): ¥514 (¥400 cart-only on Suruga-ya) Dang Namco and their making of Zelda clones. In truth, the release dates are fairly close and hey, it's Namco. What should one expect?

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.01.28

Ooh, two solid titles today.

Wii U VC

last_bible_3 Last Bible III (Super Famicom): ¥823 (¥950 in box on Suruga-ya) Actually, I don't know how solid this one is. But it looks nice! And my curiosity for the Shin Megami Tensei series never dies. As the Super Famicom sequel to two Game Boy games, it is a curiosity to be sure.

hebereke Ufouria (Famicom): ¥514 (¥4670 cart-only on Suruga-ya) I played this game last year and it is a great little Metroidvania. The attacking controls are a little weird as you must charge your shot and let go with some weird timing, but the platforming and puzzle solving are both top notch.

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.01.21

Wii U VC

break_in BREAK IN (PC Engine): ¥617 (¥150 card-only on Suruga-ya) Pool! Billiards! Whatever you call it, it's not that fun in video game form.

castlevania_harmony Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance (Game Boy Advance): ¥702 (¥4300 cart-only, ¥7720 complete on Suruga-ya) One of my first new imports! What a memory. The game is a buggy mess and the least fun of the GBA Castlevania trilogy, but I still love the game.

dragon_buster Dragon Buster (Famicom): ¥514 (¥400 cart-only, ¥820 complete on Suruga-ya) Damnit, Nintendo! This game just had its anniversary. I can't go linking to the first Let's Playing video ever, can I? Shouldn't I have something else to say about this boring arcade port? Hm.

Final Fantasy 3D hitting Japanese eShop 1/21

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¥1080 for Final Fantasy in 3D seems fair considering the iOS port runs $9 before tax and playing it on the 3DS is a better experience. Getting it along with Explorers was a sweet deal, but it's nice to see it available for purchase.

I just finished it last week and am writing up my thoughts at the moment. Spoilers: I liked it.

Nintendo Japanese VC Releases for 2015.01.14

And thus, the 3DS Virtual Console was confirmed to be dead. OR: A week where Eric looked at Wikipedia a lot to find anything to write about.

Wii U VC

yie_ar_kung_fu Yie Ar KUNG-FU (MSX): ¥823 I'm still proud that I figured out all by myself that the game's title means "One, Two, Kung-Fu". Totally without looking at Wikipedia. And right now "kung" looks super weird to me.

ninja_spirit Ninja Spirit (PC Engine): ¥617 (¥3100 card-only on Suruga-ya) This one has been on a lot of platforms. Also: The first game EGM ever gave a 10/10 to.

chou_makaimura_r Super Ghouls ’n Ghosts (Game Boy Advance): ¥702 (¥2150 cart-only on Suruga-ya) The North American box art for the SNES release of this game frustrates me. That this port features the exact same title as the original is also confusing and frustrating. It is not just the game, however, but has an arrange mode which lets players pick redesigned levels and bosses.

assault_suits_valken Assault Suits Valken (Super Famicom): ¥823 (¥1980 cart-only on Suruga-ya) Cybernator! I've got nothing.

The Legend of Legacy Japanese Commercials

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"A new RPG for all of you fans."

Less than two weeks until GotY January 2015. Damn, that Tomomi Kobayashi art just does things to the soul. Soothing, soulful things. The lineup behind this game is pretty damn impressive, even though Furyu doesn't exactly have a "stellar lineup" of releases.

I mean, just look at this quote from Wikipedia

It was also revealed that the game's staff, in addition to Furyu employees, would contain many staff who had previously worked on Square Enix video games, including illustrator Tomomi Kobayashi and designer Kyoji Koizumi of the Saga series, Masato Kato, writer of the Chrono Trigger and Chrono Cross games, and Masashi Hamauzu, composer of the Final Fantasy XIII games.

Like I said, GotY January 2015.