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Why Commodore 64 is only on the European Wii Virtual Console. No plans for Amiga yet

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The Commodore 64 Computer System

To the dismay of American Wii owners everywhere, the Commodore 64 is one game system that is lacking from the Virtual Console’s repertoire in North America. The system and it’s games are simply absent.

So why is that? How come Europe has been getting Commodore 64 games, but it hasn’t even been announced for North America? And are there any plans for release Amiga games for the Virtual Console?

vc-reviews got some answers in their interview with one of people who was instrumental in bringing the computer system to the Wii Virtual Console.

VC Reviews: How did the decision to re-release Commodore 64 games on the Virtual Console come about?

Nico Kaartinen: At the beginning it was all a crazy idea which came up with Commodore Gaming and some other friends from the gaming industry. We have all our interest in retro gaming as it all brings back the memories of how it all started and how much we time we spent playing or coding in front of the C64. At some point we involved Eidos and Alten8 into the idea and we had all pieces together to get this project started.

We decided to move forward and talk with Nintendo and present them our thoughts. The great thing was that Nintendo of Europe (NOE) was open to our idea from the beginning even though a C64 has never played a big role in Japan. It was not necessarily easy all the time but at the end we established a great relationship with the guys at NOE and are happy that we have so many titles on the Wii C64 VC.

VCR
: Do you intend to make C64 games available to the Virtual Console service in Australia and North America soon? What have been the difficulties in doing this so far?

NK: I do understand that this is one of “THE” questions in regards to the Wii C64 VC as I am reading the feedback from your users and other web pages. I can not say if it comes to the regions you refer to.

VCR: Have you got any plans to bring out games from the C64’s big brother, the Amiga eventually?

NK
: Did the C64 have a big brother? Seriously speaking, we are currently concentrating our efforts on the C64 releases.

Published on November 6th, 2008 under , , , , , , , , , , ,

On the PAL Wii Virtual Console today: Mayhem in Monsterland, Space Harrier, Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition

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Get a Wii Points Card at Amazon UKToday Nintendo of Europe and Australia added new classic games to the popular Wii Shop Channel. The games went live at midnight CET. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at stores like Amazon UK (Card).

We’ve included videos of the games so you can see if it’s for you. This week’s new games are:

Mayhem in Monsterland (Commodore 64, Platformer, 1 player, 500 Wii Points = €5 / £3.75): As the triceratops Mayhem, it’s your job to save Monsterland from endless sadness! Originally released towards the end of the C64’s lifetime in 1993, Mayhem in Monsterland marked a great milestone in both technical and gameplay elements.

Space Harrier (Sega Master System, Shooter, 1 player, 500 Wii Points = €5 / £3.75 / AU$7.50): Experience one of the most popular home conversions of SEGA’s classic coin-op from 1986. Fly or run through thrilling ‘into the screen’ 3D levels of non-stop blasting action; your trusty cannon by your side.

Street Fighter II’: Special Champion Edition (Sega Mega Drive, Fighting, 1-2 players, 800 Wii Points = €8 / £6 / AU$12): The 1993 Sega Mega Drive version of the all-time classic 2D fighter includes all 12 characters - including bosses - available from the start, a revamped game engine, plus Champion, Hyper and Group Battle modes.

On the PAL Wii Virtual Console today: Ecco Jr., Pitstop 2, Samurai Shodown 2, Splatterhouse 2

Source: videogamesblogger.com

Get a Wii Points Card at Amazon UKToday Nintendo of Europe and Australia added new classic games to the popular Wii Shop Channel. The games went live at midnight CET. Wii owners with a high-speed Internet connection can redeem Wii Points to download the games. Wii Points can be purchased in the Wii Shop Channel or at stores like Amazon UK (Card).

We’ve included videos of the games so you can see if it’s for you. This week’s new games are:

Ecco Jr. (Sega Mega Drive, 1 player, 800 Wii Points = €8 / £6 / AU$12): Join young Ecco Jr. the dolphin on an aquatic adventure for younger players, as he teams up with his marine pals Tara and Kitnee to seek out the legendary Big Blue.

Pitstop II (Commodore 64, 1-2 players, 500 Wii Points = €5): Steely nerves and steady hands are essential in this classic C64 racer. Play solo or against a friend as you race across world famous tracks in your quest to become the best.

Samurai Shodown 2 (NEOGEO, 1-2 players, 900 Wii Points = €9 / £6.75 / AU$13.50): Regarded as one of the best 2D fighters of all time, Samurai Shodown 2 features new characters, an improved rage system and even more moves to master.

Splatterhouse 2 (Sega Mega Drive, 1 player, 800 Wii Points = €8 / £6 / AU$12): In this Sega Mega Drive-exclusive sequel to the gruesome arcade classic, Rick dons the Terror Mask once again to defeat nightmarish beasts in a new quest to rescue his girlfriend.

Published on August 8th, 2008 under , , , , ,