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It's a full week on WiiWare and the Virtual Console for Wii owners. We've got two new WiiWare games, but, sadly, only one Virtual Console game. Looks like that streak Nintendo's been on for a while now will continue. Oh well, onto this week's releases:WiiWare LONPOS (Nintendo, 1-4 players, Rated E...

February 2nd 2009 at 9:30am 0 Comments
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Oh goody, Nintendo slashed the price of a WiiWare game in PAL regions. Oh, it's ... Lonpos. The only neat, semi-interesting thing we can bring ourselves to write about Lonpos is that it was a launch title for the Japanese WiiWare service (but for 1,000 Wii Points), and that buying the starter pack a...

January 16th 2009 at 8:58am 0 Comments
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That copy of Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen you stashed under the mattress to partly fund your early retirement just got a whole lot less valuable. The ESRB has rated the rare Enix RPG for a Virtual Console release, along with another, more widely known SNES gem: Super Punch-Out!!. Is Ni...

January 9th 2009 at 9:00pm 0 Comments
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While you already know our stance on Lonpos's downloadable content, you probably didn't realize how much wallet maiming would actually be going on. In Japan, nine puzzle packs were released this week. While that might seem like good news at first for the puzzle lovers in us all, it's not. Each puzz...

April 9th 2008 at 7:00pm 0 Comments
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Don't get us wrong -- we're not against downloadable content by any means. Yet, the way in which microtransactions were presented during the WiiWare launch for games like Lonpos and My Life as a King seems really ... cheap. And by cheap, we mean the DLC is a total cheap shot, because it's actually...

April 5th 2008 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Lonpos, that game that has you lining up beads in a tray, might not be the game many made it out to be. In charging 1,000 Wii Points for admission, it turns out that Lonpos is actually only a starter pack. There's a 500 Wii Point bonus pack for download, as well.Within this bonus pack, new puzzles a...

March 26th 2008 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Lining up beads in a tray sounds easy, yeah? Don't be fooled. While we can't read the text that pops up in this video after every instance of failure, we can take a guess at what it says. "Damn," maybe, or perhaps, "Son of a-- stupid beads," or even "SCREW THIS GAME!" Only, y'know, in Japane...

March 25th 2008 at 12:00pm 0 Comments
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While most of us were sleeping -- like a bunch of chumps -- Nintendo launched its WiiWare service in Japan early this morning. As expected, the WiiWare servers are taking a beating from thousands of gamers hoping to try out the new downloadable releases, but Siliconera's Spencer Yip and Wired's Chr...

March 25th 2008 at 9:45am 0 Comments
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Hold on tight to your wallets, purses, and Mario Coin Block Banks, everybody. With the Japanese launch of WiiWare less than a fortnight away, more news of microtransactions has begun to trickle in, with Genki confirming that LONPOS will feature extra DLC. The contents of this add-on pack are still a...

March 14th 2008 at 5:00pm 0 Comments
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And the infernal circle is complete. Microtransactions will finally be making their way to the Nintendo Wii, largely by way of the upcoming WiiWare service. The Wii was the last of the three major consoles to not support microtransactions, and now no consumer is safe from the incessant nickel-and-d...

March 14th 2008 at 12:40pm 0 Comments
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When it comes to Wii Ware in Japan, Nintendo is cutting it fine. Just this morning, the company announced that the service would launch in the region on March 25th, a mere fortnight from now. The U.S. launch of Wii Ware, you may recall, is down for May 12th.As well as a date, Nintendo revealed a la...

March 11th 2008 at 9:45am 0 Comments