Wario Master of Disguise Heading to Virtual Console!

In the last few years or so, the Virtual Console has been pretty good to Wario fans. The whole Wario Land series (including Shake It) is on Virtual Console. Various WarioWare games are available (albeit not the last few year). And heck, even more obscure stuff like Wario’s Woods made it across right in the earliest days of the Wii. Everyone else at Nintendo may have forgotten about the unfortunate anti hero, but at least his back catalogue is perfectly preserved!

And now, another game will join it. From tomorrow (June 9th 2016), Wario Master of Disguise will be available on the Wii U Virtual Console.

So what can I say here?

Well, it’s an interesting one really. Cause at its core, Master of Disguise is not a particularly good game. The graphics are thoroughly unimpressive, the level designs are annoying, the touch screen controls need more than a bit of getting used to… it was critically panned for a reason back in the DS era.

On the other hand, the game does have its positives. The characters and story are fairly interesting, and quite a few more Wario fans like Count Cannoli and Carpaccio than just about anything else in the game. And the music?

That’s really, really good. Seriously, the boss and levels themes may be nothing like traditional Nintendo fare, but they’re really nice songs to listen (albeit perhaps moreso outside of the game they’re meant to be heard in):

And in general, the game does have some interesting ideas. It’s just unfortunately a set of ideas included in a game that doesn’t really make the most of them, or have a design anywhere near as competent as a Wario Land title. There’s some nice humour too, especially in the treasure descriptions.

Either way, it’s likely worth a quick buy if you’re a really, really dedicated Wario series fan (like the folks at Wario Forums), or want something a bit different and can suffer through poor design to experience it. But yeah, it’s on the US eShop from tomorrow, for anyone who actually cares.


Wario Master of Disguise Wii U – Nintendo Official Site

Should Pokemon Stadium be Released on the Virtual Console?

As any Pokemon fan likely already knows, the original Pokemon games are being released on the 3DS Virtual Console this month.  But while seeing Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow reborn on the 3DS is amazing in its own right, it makes me wonder whether there’s something else that make it even better.

Then, it kind of struck me.  What if, as well as the original Pokemon Game Boy games, the Pokemon Stadium games were ALSO released on the Virtual Console?  Perhaps the Wii U or Nintendo NX one?

It’s possible on a technical level, games like Super Smash Bros let you connect the 3DS and Wii U versions together, as a way to transfer data between them.  So imagine if the same was done here, with the 3DS to Wii U connectivity replicating the Nintendo 64’s transfer pack?

Above: We need this on the Virtual Console.

That way, not only would we get to relive the 90s experience of ‘catching them all’, but we’d also get to bring them to the home console and have them fight in 3D like we used to be able to.  We could revisit the Gym Leader Castle in an attempt to try and win an exclusive Pokemon (you got a starter, a fighting dojo Pokemon or a fossil Pokemon every time you beat the Champion).  We could play all those fun little mini games that everyone remembers.  And heck, how about the old Game Boy Tower thing?  I’m sure a lot of Pokemon fans would just love to play through their 3DS Virtual Console games in Doduo (double speed) or Dodrio (triple speed) mode!

Then sometime down the line, perhaps Nintendo could take the whole connectivity thing one step further.  Bring back Pokemon Gold, Silver and Crystal on the Virtual Console, complete with Pokemon Stadium 2 to connect them to.  Or for something really, really cool…

Implement a way that Pokemon can be transferred from gen 1 or 2 to the current generation of Pokemon games.  Would it be challenging?  Oh sure, but it’s already been done by fans.  A company like Nintendo could easily figure out a way to let us bring our gen 1 party to Kalos and Hoenn via the latest Pokemon games, right? Or maybe even a way to bring them BACK, in case people want to be insane enough to transfer the first 150 Pokemon from their Pokemon X/Y game over to Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow.  Like the Time Machine in Pokemon Gold and Silver, except much better.

But small steps first, I think Pokemon Stadium on Virtual Console would be an incredible idea. Bring back these forgotten classics, and give us all a nice way to see our Virtual Console raised monsters on the big screen!

Super Mario Advance 4 Is Coming to the Wii U eShop!

Well, in Japan at least.  And what’s more, the December 29th rerelease of the game will actually include all e-Reader levels by default, removing the worry that the game’s e-Reader content will be somehow lost for good.

Here’s a trailer video for the game (of sorts):

So that’s a thing.  GBA games with e-Reader functionality are apparently now being released on the Virtual Console with said functionality left intact (and included in the game by default).  Hopefully the US and European releases will also include said levels, since Europe never officially got the e-Reader at all and said content was made completely inaccessible as a result. Perhaps the Wii U rerelease will fix this (and also let any US gamers play levels unreleased in their region, since only Japan got all of them).


Super Mario Advance 4 eShop Page – Nintendo of Japan

Super Mario Galaxy Released on Wii U Virtual Console

Say what you like about the retail releases for the system, but it’s been a pretty good year for Virtual Console games, hasn’t it? From the return of the Donkey Kong Country series and Donkey Kong 64, to Earthbound Beginnings and all manner of DS games, 2015 has been the year of amazing rereleases.

And now, it’s just got even better!  Why?  Because as of today, Super Mario Galaxy has been released on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America!  Here are some images showing it running on the console:

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But what if you’re from Europe?  The game’s not being rereleased in PAL regions, is it?

Well… no.  Not yet.  Instead, we get Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.  Which as any die hard Geno fan will probably tell you, is an amazing SNES game that was actually never released in Europe in the olden days.  So everyone gets at least one great Virtual Console game this Christmas Eve, it’s just a matter of whether you’re more into 3D platformers or isometric RPGs.

What do you think about these recent rereleases?  Is Nintendo doing a good job with the Virtual Console this year?  Because it’s looking a whole lot better than it did in the Wii era, that’s for sure…

Earthbound Beginnings Announced for the Virtual Console

Yes, it’s official.  During Nintendo’s pre show in the Nintendo World Championships, Nintendo announced a game that no one ever expected.

Namely, Earthbound Beginnings.

What is it?

Mother 1, translated into English (officially) for the first time ever.  Here’s a trailer of the game from their official channel:

So what can we say?  The first ever Mother game finally get an English translation?  Nintendo is actually translating games that were previously not even released outside of Japan?

That they even remember the Mother series exists?

It’s like a dream come true for Earthbound’s fanbase, isn’t it?  All we need now is Mother 3, and the whole trilogy will be complete and available to buy in English for the first time in history.

What do you think about Earthbound Beginnings’ announcement?