ESRB Rates Upcoming Virtual Console and WiiWare Titles

by Nick DiMola - January 10, 2009, 8:40 am PST
Total comments: 8 Source: ESRB

The ratings group has just given ratings for two WiiWare games and two Virtual Console titles from the Super Nintendo library.

A number of new ratings appeared on the ESRB web site today for both WiiWare and the Virtual Console.

Of the four rated titles, two are for the Virtual Console, and both hail from the Super Nintendo. Square Enix's Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen, the first game in the five episode series, and Nintendo's Super Punch Out!! will make their way to the service sometime in the future. With the upcoming release of Punch-Out!! Wii it is possible Super Punch Out!! will grace the service alongside the latest installment.

The other two titles revealed are both for WiiWare, one of which has already seen release in Japan. Lonpos, a Japanese WiiWare launch title published by Nintendo, will have players fitting pentomino pieces into open spaces on a rectangular board in order to complete puzzles. The final WiiWare title revealed, Equilibrio, is a physics-based ball-rolling puzzle game from DK Games.

However, just because a game has received an ESRB rating is not a guarantee it's going to be released in the near future. For example, the Super Nintendo title Zombies Ate My Neighbors received an ESRB rating in February 2007, yet it has not yet become available for download.


ShyGuyJanuary 10, 2009

I think I will have to get Super Punch Out. Never played it.

BeautifulShyJanuary 10, 2009

I played it before.I got to the guy after Dragon Chan.I think his name was Masked Muscle.

Ogre Battle 64?  And on the podcast James claimed that it being put on the Virtual Console would be darn near impossible due to the licensing involved.  Somebody look up that podcast and find out whether or not he said something like, "If Ogre Battle 64 is released on VC, I will be the designated reviewer of Pokemon Mystery Dungeon titles for the rest of my life."

In my mind, he did.

BeautifulShyJanuary 10, 2009

Lindy this Ogre Battle game is the one on the SNES.So it seems that James is safe for a while.

Ah, sorry, I misread that.  I thought that all of those games listed had been OK'd for VC.  James is safe...for now.

BeautifulShyJanuary 10, 2009

Well games rated by the ESRB get released soon however like Mr.Jack pointed out Zombies Ate my Neighbors has yet to be released.

DjunknownJanuary 10, 2009

IIRC, weren't the developers of Ogre Battle picked up by then Squaresoft? What licensing issues are involved?

Also, how are they going to get Ogre Battle for the PS1 on VC, technically, and legally? This idiot inquiring mind would like to know!

Super Punch-Out is amazing.
I'm guessing if it is going to hit Virtual Console, it'll come out closer to the Wii Punch-Out!!

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