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Retro games will not be returning to Animal Crossing

One of my favourite features of the original GameCube version of Animal Crossing was that players could find and trade playable NES games – and even download them to their Game Boy Advance. This feature was scrapped for the Nintendo DS version Animal Crossing: Wild World, and did not return for the Wii game Animal Crossing: Let’s Go to the City or the recent 3DS game Animal Crossing: New Leaf.

That trend looks to continue, according to a Kotaku interview with series producer Katsuya Eguchi. Eguchi cites Virtual Console as the reason for the change, stating “We thought that playing games inside of a game is kind of funny, and we wanted to do it. But now there’s a Virtual Console where you can play classic games, so we don’t think we will be doing that in future titles.”

That’s pretty much the reason anyone would have expected, but it’s nice to have confirmation (and closure).


Video Game Ad of the Day: Super Punch Out!!

Super Punch Out
Super Punch Out!! is the fourth game in the Punch Out!! series and the second to use that name. It’s a bit more over the top than the other Punch Out!! games – which is saying something – I don’t remember anyone trying to hit you with a wooden cane or a flying kick in the other games.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Super Metroid

Super Metroid SFC JP
In honor of Super Metroid being all of 30 cents on the WiiU Virtual Console (buy it – no excuses!), we present to you the Japanese ad for the game. It’s nice and subtle compared to the US ad, which talks about Super Metroid being difficult enough to turn you into lamb cutlets. You should all totally hunt down a Super Famicom version of Super Metroid for its superior box art. There is also a full English language option.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Game Boy

Game Boy System Ad AU-2
When Australians think of old video game commercials from TV, this Game Boy one is usually among those that are brought up, just due to its sheer absurdity. It’s actually one in a series of similar ads which we’ll post over time.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Donkey Kong Land

Donkey Kong Land-1
Donkey Kong Land is basically what happened when Rare and Nintendo dragged Donkey Kong Country kicking and screaming onto the Game Boy. The first game features an entirely original set of levels, while the second and third games are more closely based on their SNES equivalents.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Yoshi’s Story

Yoshi's Story JP
Yoshi’s Story is a game that is often unfairly criticised – while a good game on its own merits, it had the misfortune of being the sequel to Yoshi’s Island, one of Nintendo’s greatest platforming efforts.


Virtual Console officially launches on Wii U

After a surprisingly long delay and a couple of months of teasing with a trickle of cheap releases, Nintendo has finally launched the Virtual Console service on the Wii U.

Arguably the best thing about the Virtual Console service on the Wii U is the off-screen play ability through the Wii U gamepad. Also, European and Australian versions will be the 60Hz versions except where a game was previously optimised for PAL release.

There are a few downsides, however. One, only eight games are currently available: Balloon Fight (NES), Donkey Kong Jr. (NES), Excitebike (NES), Ice Climber (NES), Kirby’s Adventure (NES), Punch-Out!! (NES), F-Zero (SNES) and Super Mario World (SNES) in the US, while Europe and Australia switch out Kirby for the Japanese version of Super Picross and lose Balloon Fight – far fewer titles than were available on the Wii Virtual Console launch. Two, you’ll have to pay for games you bought on the Wii – you will get a discounted price on the conversion to make up for it. Finally, it looks like Nintendo is still planning to drip feed releases – no plans have been revealed for the previously announced Game Boy Advance support, or the rumoured GameCube support.


Video Game Ad of the Day: Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

Zelda II The Adventure of Link UK
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is the most divisive game in the Legend of Zelda series, largely thanks to its spirit-breaking difficulty spikes. Seriously – if you can finish this without save states, you are my hero.


Nintendo announces ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2’

A Link to the Past 2

During the latest Nintendo Direct, Nintendo announced that they are making a new The Legend of Zelda game for Nintendo 3DS and it is set in the same game world as A Link to the Past. The game currently has no English title, but is generally being referred to as ‘The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past 2’ – which is in line with the games Japanese title The Legend of Zelda: Kamigami no Triforce 2.

Reggie Fils-Aime said, during the presentation, that the new Zelda game features an original storyline, entirely new dungeons, and uses the system’s 3D capabilities to bring height and volume to the flat 2D world of A Link to the Past. ‘A Link to the Past 2’ also gives Link the ability to turn into a drawing to move along walls – enabling exploration of the world from a different perspective and access to new areas to solve puzzles.
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Earthbound announced for Wii U Virtual Console in the West


After many years and many requests from western audiences, Nintendo has finally announced a re-release of the classic RPG Earthbound.

Earthbound, or Mother 2 in Japan, saw a release in North America in 1995 on the Super Nintendo and has since become one of the most sought after video game releases – with a cart only copy of the title currently fetching US$150+ on eBay. When Nintendo announced Mother 2‘s presence in Japan’s Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign line-up, fans cried out even louder for a re-release in the West. Lucky for us, Nintendo heard our pleas and have responded – with Mr Satoru Iwata happily announcing the games release during the latest Nintendo Direct.

Expect to see Earthbound available to download on your Wii U thorough the Virtual Console service sometime this year – in both North America and Europe. Hooray.