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Yesss, Blaster Master on 3DS VC ⊟

I loved this on NES, though I never finished it to my knowledge. Today on the eShop, you can get Blaster Master, a Metroidvania-esque game about a kid who loses his frog, then finds a tank, then decides to shoot everything he can find with the tank.

You can always keep up with the new eShop releases on our Releases page… as soon as I’ve finished updating it.

Meanwhile, on Wii U, the excellent Ufouria is out. Why two Sunsoft games at once? I don’t really know how the VC release schedule works, and I’m pretty sure Nintendo doesn’t really want to talk to me about it.

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Castlevania 3 on Wii U and 3DS VC ⊟

Yeah, this happened yesterday, but Shovel Knight Shovel Knight SHOVEL KNIGHT might have bumped it from your view. Castlevania 3: Dracula’s Curse is out on both Wii U and 3DS, causing me to mess with the poor social media manager at Nintendo.

Anyway, Castlevania 3 is a really great game, with the classic whipping and awkward jumping of the original Castlevania, along with multiple playable characters (Trevor Belmont, Alucard, Sypha  – Ms. Belnades if you’re Grant DaNasty) and branching paths. 

It’s good stuff! But don’t listen to me; Jeremy Parish has written an exhaustive Anatomy of Games series about it!

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Whoa, Super Dodge Ball on 3DS/Wii U Virtual Console ⊟

The NES version of Super Dodge Ball is on Virtual Console today! Sure, it’s maybe not as amazing as you might remember it being, especially since versions have come out since the NES that aren’t so choppy, but I still like it. And with its world-traveling nation-versus-nation gameplay, it’s a really good way to celebrate the World Cup (an assertion that I think holds up great unless you think about it for more than one second).

Other cool stuff on 3DS today includes a discount on Fractured Soul. For $5.99, it’s a good deal, especially because you won’t ever finish it. Parking Star 3D is half off as well, and I’m thinking about it…

You can find the week’s releases on our Releases page, which Eric is updating again. Thanks, Eric! That’s a lot of work, actually.

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E3 megaton: Mighty Final Fight, Gargoyle’s Quest 2, Street Fighter 2010 coming to 3DS VC ⊟
Capcom just announced a bunch of Virtual Console games on the first day of E3. I cannot believe this happened, and I love it.
So! SD fighter Mighty Final Fight, platformer RPG (and fucking cool game) Gargoyle’s Quest 2, and game I don’t remember all that well Street Fighter 2010 will be released on VC for 3DS in North America and Europe. Europe will also get the Mega Man Game Boy games around August.
Wii U gets Mega Man Battle Network 1, 2, and 3, Mega Man Zero 1 and 2, and Battle Chip Challenge from GBA, and Breath of Fire, Demon’s Crest, Mega Man 7, and Mega Man X3.
This is a whooooole bunch of games – something to consider when you start writing your comment about “ugh, not (game you wanted).”
Thanks, @ShinobiPhoenix! Image via Player’s Pulse.
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E3 megaton: Mighty Final Fight, Gargoyle’s Quest 2, Street Fighter 2010 coming to 3DS VC ⊟

Capcom just announced a bunch of Virtual Console games on the first day of E3. I cannot believe this happened, and I love it.

So! SD fighter Mighty Final Fight, platformer RPG (and fucking cool game) Gargoyle’s Quest 2, and game I don’t remember all that well Street Fighter 2010 will be released on VC for 3DS in North America and Europe. Europe will also get the Mega Man Game Boy games around August.

Wii U gets Mega Man Battle Network 1, 2, and 3, Mega Man Zero 1 and 2, and Battle Chip Challenge from GBA, and Breath of Fire, Demon’s Crest, Mega Man 7, and Mega Man X3.

This is a whooooole bunch of games – something to consider when you start writing your comment about “ugh, not (game you wanted).”

Thanks, @ShinobiPhoenix! Image via Player’s Pulse.

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Brain Age on Wii U eShop for free in Japan ⊟
In a move that almost certainly could have waited for E3, the DS Virtual Console has launched in Japan with the release of the first Brain Training (via Nintendaan). It’s free!
Not sure what else to say other than it toally looks like a DS game running on a Wii U. It’s apparently a pretty barebones Virtual Console, too.
I’m glad Nintendo didn’t wait for E3 for this, so I could write this post casually while my kids sleep instead of pounding on the keyboard in a rush.
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Brain Age on Wii U eShop for free in Japan ⊟

In a move that almost certainly could have waited for E3, the DS Virtual Console has launched in Japan with the release of the first Brain Training (via Nintendaan). It’s free!

Not sure what else to say other than it toally looks like a DS game running on a Wii U. It’s apparently a pretty barebones Virtual Console, too.

I’m glad Nintendo didn’t wait for E3 for this, so I could write this post casually while my kids sleep instead of pounding on the keyboard in a rush.

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Mega May overview ⊟

Here’s a nice intro to all the “Mega May” Game Boy games Capcom has released on 3DS Virtual Console! Lots of music, lots of footage, and some explanation of each one.

If you like it, you should listen to our latest podcast! So much Mega Man talk in there. So much. Too much? A lot.

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Review: Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge

[Guest writer Mohammed Taher, president of Brave Wave Productions, super Mega Man fan, and Club Tiny contributor, offered us this review of the first Game Boy Mega Man game, now available on 3DS Virtual Console. Naturally, his review gives special attention to the music!]

Mega Man: Dr. Wily’s Revenge came out in 1991 and is the first entry in the portable series, out roughly four years after the original Mega Man on the NES. I favor the Japanese title Rockman World, as it draws a clear line between the console and handheld entries, so I’ll be using it throughout this compact review.

For the uninitiated, the gimmick in Rockman World games is to mix up two classic games’ bosses, a theme that reoccurs up until Rockman World 5, which introduces totally new bosses and stage themes (but that’s a story for another time). So, Rockman World 1 brings four bosses from Mega Man 1 (Cut Man, Elec Man, Fire Man, Ice Man) and four others from Mega Man 2 (Quick, Flash, Bubble, Heat). It’s an interesting formula, which Capcom revisited with the Mega Drive game in a different form.

I count myself as a die-hard Classic Mega Man fan, but always focused on the NES entries and somehow forgot that the series has a number of good games on Game Boy. I played Rockman World 1 for the first time when it came out on 3DS eShop a few years ago, and it almost put me off from playing the rest of the portable games.

It’s really not good.

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Here’s the full Mega May schedule ⊟

After today’s release of Mega Man Xtreme on the North American Virtual Console, Capcom will follow with sequential releases throughout May. Next week, Mega Man II and III will be released; Mega Man IV follows on May 15; Mega Man V on May 22; and Xtreme 2 on May 29. 

Capcom picked a good month for this promotion, because there are a lot of Thursdays in it.

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Mega Man Xtreme is the first “Mega May” VC game ⊟

Your votes were tallied, and Capcom’s first Game Boy Mega Man release in May is… Mega Man Xtreme, which isn’t quite as bad as releasing one of the numbered ones out of numerical order, I guess. It’s out on the eShop in North America today.

Mega Man Xtreme is a Game Boy Color game containing stages from the SNES Mega Man X and Mega Man X2. I’ve never played it! I’m struggling to remember if I’ve played any of the GB Mega Mans, so anything that comes out this month in that series is going to elicit a “huh, neat!” from me.

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Super old game Mach Rider on 3DS VC tomorrow ⊟

Mach Rider was one of the launch games for the NES in 1985, and probably one of the lesser-known ones. And now it’s coming out on 3DS Virtual Console tomorrow in North America!

I can’t remember if I’ve played Mach Rider, actually, which means that either it’s the rare early NES game I missed, or it’s totally forgettable. Either way, it’s neat to see such a vintage NES game show up on 3DS.

Mach Rider is pretty weird among Nintendo games: post-apocalyptic motorcycle gun combat isn’t really, like, Nintendo’s usual mood. Even weirder, it’s based on a toy from 1972 that wasn’t a motorcycle.

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M2 behind the Wii U’s GBA Virtual Console ⊟

Well, this can only be good news. While Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console stuff has been the work of emulation masters M2, Nintendo has always done its own development for its own systems.

However, the GBA emulation on the Wii U is the work of M2 (who also made the recent Sega 3D Classics, as well as the Sega Vintage Collection on XBLA/PSN), which can only be good news!

And in true M2 tradition, the emulation sounds pretty excellent, with optional smoothing, multiple resolutions, and full scans of the original manuals.

Do this for 3DS next, M2! If anyone can, it’s you.

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Mega Man Game Boy games coming to VC in May ⊟
Capcom announced plans to put all the unreleased Mega Man Game Boy games on Virtual Console throughout the month of “Mega May.” That means Mega Man 2, 3, 4, 5, Xtreme, and Xtreme 2, which is way more VC games than usually come out in a month.
There’s a poll on Capcom-Unity to determine which of those will come out first. I just voted for 2 because why would you release them out of order? Why would you do that. They have numbers on them. (For real, I’m not complaining – anyone who puts any number of VC games on 3DS is doing all right by me)
The comments on that post are, as comments tend to be, way overreaching, with people requesting new games, Battle Network games, or new Battle Network games instead of the emulated Game Boy games that are actually happening.
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Mega Man Game Boy games coming to VC in May ⊟

Capcom announced plans to put all the unreleased Mega Man Game Boy games on Virtual Console throughout the month of “Mega May.” That means Mega Man 2, 3, 4, 5, Xtreme, and Xtreme 2, which is way more VC games than usually come out in a month.

There’s a poll on Capcom-Unity to determine which of those will come out first. I just voted for 2 because why would you release them out of order? Why would you do that. They have numbers on them. (For real, I’m not complaining – anyone who puts any number of VC games on 3DS is doing all right by me)

The comments on that post are, as comments tend to be, way overreaching, with people requesting new games, Battle Network games, or new Battle Network games instead of the emulated Game Boy games that are actually happening.

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