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Virtual Console February Lineup for Japan Posted

by Aaron Kaluszka - January 26, 2007, 8:01 am PST
Total comments: 19 Source: Nintendo Co., Ltd.

Nintendo has updated their VC list with games coming to Japan in February giving a hint of what might be upcoming for the rest of the world.

Sixteen games have been announced for the month of February in Japan. Most of the games have US counterparts and thus are likely to arrive stateside sometime in the future.

Three Famicom (NES) games are set to release in February. First up is Mighty Bomb Jack by Tecmo, which an arcade-style game. Second is the classic Bandai Namco arcade shoot-em-up Galaga. Last but not least is Nintendo's Hoshi no Kirby Yume no Izumi no Monogatari (Kirby's Adventure), the first console Kirby platformer. Each game will cost 500 Wii points.

Four games comprise the Super Famicom (SNES) lineup. The first is Kamaitachi no Yoru, a Japan-only sound novel involving a serial killer and is published by Chunsoft. Next is the Atlus-published Shin Megami Tensei, an RPG with spinoffs that include the Digital Devil Saga series. Capcom brings Chou Makai Mura, a platformer known in the US as Super Ghouls 'N Ghosts. The final February release is San Goku Shi IV from Koei, which is a turn-based wargame known as Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV in the US. Shin Megami Tensei will cost 900 Wii points, while the other three games can be purchased for 800 points.

Probably the biggest release of the month, Zelda no Densetsu: Toki no Ocarina (The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time), is the sole Nintendo 64 release and comes with a record price of 1200 Wii Points.

Four Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) games are scheduled for February. The first game, Bare Knuckle, is a beat-'em-up known as Streets of Rage in the US. Two RPGs are scheduled for release, The Story of Thor, renamed Beyond Oasis for the US, and (Sword of) Vermilion. Finally, Vectorman, the 2D platformer with 3D rendered models, is also coming in February. All four games, each of which have US counterparts, cost 600 Wii Points.

Four games are also scheduled for the PC Engine (TurboGrafx). Most notably, this is the first time third-party software will be available on the platform. Be Ball, a puzzler known as Chew Man Fu in the US, is the only Hudson release. Vigilante, a martial arts beat-em-up, comes from Irem. Two Bandai Namco games, Yokai Dochuki, known as Shadow Land in the US, and Japan-only Wonder Momo, are also both beat-em-ups, which will be released in February. All games are 600 Wii points as usual.

New Virtual Console games are released on Tuesdays in Japan.

Talkback

KDR_11kJanuary 26, 2007

Sword of Vermillion and Vectorman are both part of the Megadrive Collection for the PS2.

...goddamn Japan. 6 games I'd buy off that list.

IceColdJanuary 26, 2007

Namco's on board? Nice!

Also.. Super Mario World, then Donkey Kong Country, then OoT very soon, with Mario Kart and LttP already here! Time to stock up on WiiPoints..

Spak-SpangJanuary 26, 2007

I wish Nintendo would release entire month lineups of virtual console games for the US.

All we know for sure is that Mario Kart 64 is coming out.

When do we get Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, and more?

The Price of OoT is not surprising but saddening still. I don't want to have to pay extra for the must haves...specially when there are other ways to play it.

Ian SaneJanuary 26, 2007

Leave it to Nintendo to charge more money for a game everyone and their dog already owns anyway. Of course it'll still sell because people like rebuying things for some reason. It is one of the best games of all time at least.

I'll remind everyone that there are TWO versions of Ocarina of Time already playable on a Wii due to Cube backwards compatibility. The "I like to hookup only one system" arguement goes out the window unless you really don't want to put a disc in the console. I'd say if you could find either Cube release for the same price go for it because you'll either get extra games OR the Master Quest. Hell it would probably be cheaper to buy the Zelda Collector's Disc than to buy all four of the games featured on it on the VC. If we look into other options we can try to lower the sales of "expensive" VC games and then send Nintendo the message that things should be a little cheaper. If you let Nintendo jerk you around you just screw over everyone else.

There's some good stuff in this press release but sadly there are a fair bit of Japan-only titles. We don't really get American games to make for that. I don't think we have yet anyway. Have any VC games from American publishers been released, yet?

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Originally posted by: Ian Sane
There's some good stuff in this press release but sadly there are a fair bit of Japan-only titles.


Hey, not everything we post is a press release. I wrote this article myself! :-p

Ian SaneJanuary 26, 2007

"Hey, not everything we post is a press release. I wrote this article myself!"

Sorry about that. face-icon-small-smile.gif

vuduJanuary 26, 2007

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Originally posted by: Ian Sane
I'll remind everyone that there are TWO versions of Ocarina of Time already playable on a Wii due to Cube backwards compatibility. The "I like to hookup only one system" arguement goes out the window unless you really don't want to put a disc in the console.
What about the I want to use the classic controller argument?

NinGurl69 *hugglesJanuary 26, 2007

The classic controller isn't classic enough to provide the N64 feel.

phail.

KDR_11kJanuary 26, 2007

I don't think the higher prices will carry over to the US, in Japan it's normal to make popular games cost (sometimes significantly) more whereas in the west popular and niche games all carry the same pricetag.

GoldenPhoenixJanuary 26, 2007

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Originally posted by: KDR_11k
I don't think the higher prices will carry over to the US, in Japan it's normal to make popular games cost (sometimes significantly) more whereas in the west popular and niche games all carry the same pricetag.


Yeah, isn't LTTP more expensive in Japan than most SNES titles?

For whatever reason RPG and adventure games on SNES/N64 seem to carry a higher price there.

DjunknownJanuary 26, 2007

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I'd say if you could find either Cube release for the same price go for it because you'll either get extra games OR the Master Quest. Hell it would probably be cheaper to buy the Zelda Collector's Disc than to buy all four of the games featured on it on the VC.


They can be found at EB/GS's without much trouble, though the Collector's Disc says specifically 'Not for Resale'. But I guess that's more like guideline anyway...However, this is going price for them. I'd call a brick and mortar store just in case, because that's not right...

Hopefully we'll get some decent titles to fill the Japan-Only ones. There's two more Bonk titles, and one more Bomberman game on the TG-16 that's still sittin' somewhere. DCK as mentioned before shouldn't be far behind.

But where's Contra? They released Contra III in Europe, they're @(%#_ the rotation man!

Infernal MonkeyJanuary 26, 2007

Ew, Zelda. WHERE'S PILOTWINGS 64, ANGRY.

KDR_11kJanuary 27, 2007

They released Contra III in Europe, they're ?@(%#_ the rotation man!

You get LttP and Gradius, we get DKC and Contra 3.

18 DaysJanuary 27, 2007

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Originally posted by: Professional 666
The classic controller isn't classic enough to provide the N64 feel.

phail.


Still hoping for a 3rd party to step up to the plate here. But for their sake, a bunch of games will have to be released so they can work out what the general defaults are and map their controller accordingly.

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Originally posted by: Djunknown
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I'd say if you could find either Cube release for the same price go for it because you'll either get extra games OR the Master Quest. Hell it would probably be cheaper to buy the Zelda Collector's Disc than to buy all four of the games featured on it on the VC.


However, this is going price for them.


WELL SCREW THAT!

~Carmine "Cai" M. Red
Kairon@aol.com

BloodworthDaniel Bloodworth, Staff AlumnusJanuary 27, 2007

I will probably pick up Mario Kart, but I have four versions of OoT if you count the Master Quest.

GalfordJanuary 29, 2007

Not a bad list but...

Most of those games can be gotten on the Genesis Collections 2 disc for the PS2.
Those that can't be gotten, are Japan only releases for the most part.

Shin Megami Tensei, that is a game for ultra hardcore RPGers. Most likely Japan is getting
the SNES version and not the remakes.

Oh well...

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