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Japanese VC Releases for June

by Aaron Kaluszka - May 28, 2007, 2:11 pm PDT
Total comments: 14 Source: Nintendo

Highlights include all the major mascots: Paper Mario, Sonic 2, and Bonk 3.

The Japanese Virtual Console lineup for June has been announced on Nintendo's website. As usual, select RPGs command a premium price. Paper Mario's appearance here is no surprise since its US counterpart was announced recently by Nintendo Power. The full list of eighteen games is found below.

Famicom (NES)

  • Adventures of Lolo [Nintendo, 500]

  • Front Line [Taito, 500]

  • Famicom Mukashi Banashi: Shin Onigashima (Zenkouhen) [Nintendo, 600]

  • Field Combat [Jaleco, 500]

  • Pooyan [Hudson, 500]

Super Famicom (SNES)

  • Magical Drop [G-Mode, 800]
  • Breath of Fire 2 [Capcom, 800]

Nintendo 64

  • F-Zero X [Nintendo, 1000]
  • Mario Story (Paper Mario) [Nintendo, 1000]

Megadrive (Genesis)

  • Golden Axe II [Sega, 600]
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2 [Sega, 600]
  • Ecco the Dolphin 2 [Sega, 600]
  • Shining & the Darkness (Shining in the Darkness, delayed from May) [Sega, 700]

PC Engine (TG-16)

  • The Kung Fu (China Warrior) [Hudson, 600]
  • Neutopia 2 [Hudson, 600]
  • Devil Crash (Devil's Crush) [Hudson, 600]
  • Silent Debuggers [G-Mode, 600]
  • PC Genjin 3 (Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure) [Hudson, 600]

Zelda II Will Be 100th VC Game in N. America

Yep, Nintendo will celebrate this milestone by releasing Zelda II: The Adventure of Link on Monday. Also: updated global VC sales and the top five games.

WII HITS YET ANOTHER MAJOR MILESTONE: 100TH CLASSIC GAME ADDED TO VIRTUAL CONSOLE

Gamers Worldwide Already Have Downloaded More Than 4.7 Million Retro Games, at a Rate of 1,000 an Hour

REDMOND, Wash., June 1, 2007 – Nintendo is giving video game fans a way to access their favorite classic games, all without leaving the comfort of their homes. And gamers have responded en masse as the library of downloadable game classics continues to grow. The upcoming addition of Zelda II™ – The Adventure of Link® on June 4 marks the 100th classic game available on the Wii Shop Channel. And since going online Nov. 19, owners of Nintendo's hot Wii™ video game system have downloaded more than 4.7 million classic games from Wii's Virtual Console, a rate of more than 1,000 games every hour since launch. The top five classic game downloads globally to date, and their original system are:

1) Super Mario Bros.® (NES®)

2) Super Mario 64® (N64®)

3) Mario Kart 64™ (N64®)

4) Super Mario World® (SNES®)

5) The Legend of Zelda® (NES®)

Wii lets players visit the Wii Shop Channel to redeem Wii Points™ to download classic video games from the original Nintendo Entertainment System®, the Super NES® and the Nintendo® 64, and the Sega Genesis and TurboGrafx16 consoles. These games are nostalgic totems to veteran gamers, and simultaneously, new, easy-to-play entries for younger players. These games demonstrate Nintendo's staying power across generations by letting veteran gamers relive their glory days while their children play them for the first time. The addition of Zelda II – The Adventure of Link brings a fourth Legend of Zelda® game to the Wii Shop Channel from three classic Nintendo platforms, providing exciting adventures that span the decades. Additional classic games are added to the Wii Shop Channel every Monday.

"With an Internet connection rate reaching 40 percent, Wii owners have more options than ever to find the kinds of games they love to play," says George Harrison, Nintendo of America's senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications. "Beyond the Wii Shop Channel, all types of people are getting connected and checking out the information and entertainment options available on the Wii Menu. Whether voting, creating a Mii or just checking the weather, everyone has a favorite channel."

The Wii Shop Channel is one of the many entertainment and informational channels that are available via the Wii system. Others include the Forecast Channel, the News Channel, the Mii Channel, the Everybody Votes Channel, the Photo Channel and the Internet Channel. Each of these broadens the appeal of Wii to new audiences and draws in consumers who might not otherwise be interested in a video game system.

Talkback

thatguyMay 28, 2007

Are Megadrive games usually the cost of PC Engine games? I thought in the U.S, most Genesis and SNES games cost about the same.

TrueNerdMay 28, 2007

Paper Mario FTW!

Japan gets 'em cheaper as well as earlier.

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Originally posted by: thatguy
Are Megadrive games usually the cost of PC Engine games?

Yes.

Ian SaneMay 28, 2007

For the North American release I wonder why "Shining & the Darkness" was changed to "Shining in the Darkness". I get the feeling that somewhere along the way the name was passed verbally to someone who heard "and" instead of "in" and things spun out of control from there.

TJ SpykeMay 28, 2007

Shining in the Darkness sounds better IMO.

It looks like the deficit with Japan will continue to grow. We only get 3 games a week in North America, which means we will likely get 12 games in June while Japan gets 18 (Japan already has over 30 more games than us, we are at 96 while Japan will be at 133 as of tomorrow).

IceColdMay 28, 2007

F-ZERO X!!!!!!

Now where's my Nintendo World Cup?

KlapauciusMay 29, 2007

Paper Mario's release makes it more likely Super Mario RPG will be on VC... which I'm hoping will be released in Europe!

WuTangTurtleMay 29, 2007

.......man i paid $30 last year trying to find Paper Mario on 64 face-icon-small-frown.gif

KlapauciusMay 29, 2007

Hey, WuTangTurtle... I just realised what your avatar is. I always thought it was a made-up Ganondorf with a strange green head... I just realised it is Link delivering the coup de gras on Ganondorf, at the end of Wind Waker.
I've never completely finished Wind Waker face-icon-small-sad.gif I feel spoiled.

vuduMay 29, 2007

I've heard a lot of good things about Devil's Crush. I'm going to have to download that one. Virtual Pinball FTW.

IceColdMay 29, 2007

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Paper Mario's release makes it more likely Super Mario RPG will be on VC... which I'm hoping will be released in Europe!
How so? Intelligent Systems developed Paper Mario while Square did Super Mario RPG, right?

KlapauciusMay 30, 2007

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Originally posted by: IceCold
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Paper Mario's release makes it more likely Super Mario RPG will be on VC... which I'm hoping will be released in Europe!
How so? Intelligent Systems developed Paper Mario while Square did Super Mario RPG, right?


But Nintendo owns the licenses to both.

KDR_11kMay 30, 2007

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Originally posted by: Klapaucius
Hey, WuTangTurtle... I just realised what your avatar is. I always thought it was a made-up Ganondorf with a strange green head... I just realised it is Link delivering the coup de gras on Ganondorf, at the end of Wind Waker.
I've never completely finished Wind Waker face-icon-small-sad.gif I feel spoiled.


I was always thinking it was LeChuck but you're right.

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