Virtual Console


DOWNLOAD UPDATE: February 14, 2008 Edition
(AKA The “No Love” Edition)

By Michael Pugliese - February 17th, 2008

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Commanders: Attack of the Genos. available on Xbox LIVE Arcade, offers some fun battle simulation.

In the spirit of Valentine’s day it seems Sony loves to tease. And tease they did this week with almost nothing of interest being released though the PlayStation Store besides the new “Create-A-Level” video for Little Big Planet. Fortunately, anticipation for the title is so huge, that this may be enough for PS3 gamers this week. A demo for MLB 08 The Show and the (Arguably) Punk Pack 2 Rock Band song pack ($6.49 CDN) were also made available for download this week. The PC PlayStation store brings Twisted Metal: Head On ($15.99 CDN) to gamers who may have missed it the first time around (you can check out our very own review of the PSP port here), along with some behind the scenes videos and a PSP wallpaper for the title. Don’t forget to checkout the demo for the super-stylized Patapon, which dropped this week as well.

The big N lets Wii owners choose whether they want get their farm on with the release of Harvest Moon (SNES) or rock out to the to the heavy-metal sounds of Lords of Thunder (TurboGrafx-16) for 800 Wii Points each. I’ve never had the opportunity to check out Lords of Thunder before, but with a description like “a side-scrolling shooter that has you take on the role of a legendary warrior, blasting enemies to heavy-metal tunes” I think I’m missing out. Anyone who checks this out, let me know what you think by email at michael@torontothumbs.com.

Finally, after a big week last week with the release of Poker Smash, and Xbox Originals Ninja Gaiden Black, Black, and Sid Meier’s Pirates hitting the marketplace; Microsoft follows up with the release of Discs of Tron (400 MS Points) and Commanders: Attack of the Genos (800 MS Points) for Xbox LIVE Arcade. In addition, a whole lot of add-on content for titles including Kingdom Under Fire: Circle of Doom, Overlord, Need For Speed: ProStreet, PGR4, NBA Live 08, Chessmaster Live, Gripshift, and of course the ever expanding Rock Band was also made available.


DOWNLOAD UPDATE: January 31, 2008 Edition

By Tetris Maximus - January 31st, 2008

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Rez HD has the looks and hooks to keep gamers happy.

There’s not a lot happening online this week from the big three.

Sadly, Nintendo’s brought us only one game this week, but it’s a great one: 1080° Snowboarding is a classic from the Nintendo 64 days (1000 Wii Points). Too many of my controllers were destroyed because of that game. Sony’s also only got the one game available this week: Neopets: Petpet Adventures – The Wand of Wishing ($16.99 CDN). But this is among a tonne of game add-on content for Rock Band and Folklore, two titles that seem to keep getting expansions.

The big story in downloadable content this week? Xbox LIVE Arcade. Rez HD finally makes its debut. It’s an upbeat, trippy, music-intensive game. In addition, the popular Chessmaster series is now available for download. Both titles cost 800 Microsoft Points.


DOWNLOAD UPDATE: January 23, 2008 Edition

By Shaun Hatton - January 23rd, 2008

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Undertow is the deal of the week.

This week is arguably more exciting than last in terms of downloadable content available for our favourite consoles. Wii finally busts out Super Street Fighter II on the Virtual Console while Xbox 360 owners are getting the chance to get the critically-acclaimed Undertow absolutely free.

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Looks like Nintendo has gone from releasing three Virtual Console titles per week to just two. But that’s okay because this week’s releases are all about quality over quantity. Nintendo Entertainment System adventure puzzler Adventures of Lolo 2 makes its debut on the Shop Channel and is available for 500 Wii Points.

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Download Update: January 15, 2008 Edition

By Shaun Hatton & Michael Pugliese - January 15th, 2008

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This Boogie Bunnies screenshot makes us long for a Wii Pikmin title.

With all three major console kings offering downloadable content on a weekly basis, what better way to report on it than include everything in one convenient post? Here we go for this week, starting with yesterday’s Wii Virtual Console updates.

Wii Virtual Console

After last week’s awesome update of Star Tropics (not to mention the week before’s Bubble Bobble), this week’s offering seems a little lacklustre. Hopefully next week brings a few more gems from the golden age of gaming.

Yesterday saw the release of Pac-Attack from the Super Nintendo. Pac-Man spin-offs tend to pale in comparison to the original title (with the exception of Pac-Man VS and Pac-Man Championship Edition, of course) and this is no exception. It’s a puzzle game, but with Pac-Man in it. More fun can be had eating the decades-old Pac-Man cereal from General Mills. Still, if you absolutely must play Pac-Attack, be prepared to drop 800 Wii Points for it. Remember: we love you and we warned you.

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Virtual Console: Pokémon and Gifting

By Shaun Hatton - December 10th, 2007

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Pokémon Snap allows you to send photos to friends.

Today’s Virtual Console update marks the first time a significant gameplay change has been made to a game. Pokémon Snap (N64, 1000 points) allows users to not only snap photos of Pokémon as in the original, but also allows them to post the pictures to their Wii Message Board and send them to Wii friends. Pretty cool addition! Pokémon Snap in itself is a decent game but not recommended unless you really, really love Pokémon. Rounding out today’s releases are Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins (NES, 500 points) and BASEBALL STARS 2 (NEO-GEO, 900 points).

Later today the Wii Shop Channel will be adding the Gifting feature. This will allow you to give Virtual Console games, as gifts, to others on your Wii address book. It’s a neat little feature that avoids you having to see your friends ever again! This might even be considered a bonus, depending on who you keep as friends.