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Capcom Adding More Titles to Virtual Console Arcade

by Andy Goergen and Neal Ronaghan - October 8, 2010, 9:52 am PDT
Total comments: 28

At the New York Comic Con, Capcom is showing off their latest additions to the platform.

Capcom has unveiled a series of classic arcade games that will bereleasing on the Virtual Console Arcade.  In their booth at New York Comic Con, the following titles were shown:

  • 1942
  • Exed Exes
  • SonSon
  • Commando
  • Ghosts n' Goblins
  • Black Tiger

These games, several of which were very successful as ports on the NES, were shown off today at the convention.  There hasn't been a single release on the Virtual Console Arcade since April 2010, when Zaxxon was released on the service. No release date has been announced for these games.

Thanks to William Brown for the photo.  Note that the sign in the photo uses Japanese game names.

Talkback

BlackNMild2k1October 08, 2010

This is virtually free money for publishers and there hasn't been a single release in 6 months?

It's gonna be a cycle of disappointment if they keep treating the system this way.
People aren't buying enough "old" games, so they stop putting in lots of effort to release them
Because there is nothing that anyone wants to buy, people stop looking for VC games.
publisher releases VC games, but now no one is looking for them so no one is buying VC games.

having said that, I might be interested in 2 of those.
Commando & GnG

broodwarsOctober 08, 2010

There's nothing I'm really interested in here (the only VC Arcade titles I'm interested in purchasing were licensed titles), but it's nice to see the Virtual Console get some new title announcements, especially the VC Arcade.

Retro DeckadesOctober 08, 2010

HOLY F%*$! Virtual Console Arcade releases!?

At the very least, it's a good sign that Capcom is releasing downloadable titles on the Wii.

broodwarsOctober 08, 2010

Quote from: OneTwenty

At the very least, it's a good sign that Capcom is releasing downloadable titles on the Wii.


Sure, though is it wrong to wish that this was an announcement that they were bringing Duck Tales, C&D Rescue Rangers, and Aladdin to the VC instead?  :-\

vuduOctober 08, 2010

Is the arcade version of 1942 any good?  If I remember correctly, the NES port was pretty bad.

I'm definitely picking up Ghosts 'n Goblins.  After the RetroActive some months ago I (almost) finished Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts for SNES and I did manage to beat Ghouls 'n Ghosts for Genesis.  I need MOAR.

UltimatePartyBearOctober 08, 2010

Quote from: vudu

Is the arcade version of 1942 any good?  If I remember correctly, the NES port was pretty bad.

Yes, for what it is.  I'm not familiar with the differences in the NES port, though.  If you don't have nostalgia for it and you're not a connoisseur of classic shmups, then there's probably not much appeal.  I might get it for nostalgia.  I think most people prefer 1943.

I own or used to own most of these games through Capcom's collections on PS2 and PSP, so it's hard to see value in these releases.

Meanwhile, the only collection of console Capcom games that have been released recently are the Mega Man and Mega Man X collections. It would be nice if instead of releasing the same games they have made available countless times, they would dig into their more obscure games that you can't get on anything other than their original console.

You know, like Demon's Crest or Gargoyle's Quest 2.

Retro DeckadesOctober 08, 2010

Quote from: broodwars

Sure, though is it wrong to wish that this was an announcement that they were bringing Duck Tales, C&D Rescue Rangers, and Aladdin to the VC instead?  :-\

Quote from: Pandareus

Meanwhile, the only collection of console Capcom games that have been released recently are the Mega Man and Mega Man X collections. It would be nice if instead of releasing the same games they have made available countless times, they would dig into their more obscure games that you can't get on anything other than their original console.

You know, like Demon's Crest or Gargoyle's Quest 2.

I wouldn't think it wrong to wish for any such games to appear on the VC because they are all excellent games. Foolish to wish for these games, however, would be another story.

I really don't see why it is unfathomable to think that games like Ducktales, Aladdin, or even The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse could appear on the virtual console (besides, of course, pure apathy from the likes of Nintendo and/or Capcom). These games aren't particularly marred in red tape, since I imagine Disney is the only rights-holder that Capcom would need to work with (aside from Nintendo).

ShyGuyOctober 08, 2010

I want Strider arcade

Mop it upOctober 08, 2010

One awesome CapCom NES game that should come to the Virtual Console is Snow Brothers. This game is relatively obscure and is hard to find, so few people have played it. It's a shame, because it's a really fun game, especially the co-op, even though it's incredibly short.

Ian SaneOctober 08, 2010

If Magical Quest could be released on the GBA surely it can be released on the VC.  We have an example of Disney being cool with an old licenced game being re-released.

Snow Bros. was only ported to the NES by Capcom.  The original arcade game was by Toaplan who no longer exists.  So who knows who even owns the rights to Snow Bros.  Unfortunately it might be one of these titles that's stuck in limbo forever and ever.

Mop it upOctober 08, 2010

Snow Brothers was an arcade game? I never knew that, but it makes sense, the game has a very arcade feel. I guess we will never be seeing from it again, so I had better take care of my NES cartridge.

ControlerFleXOctober 08, 2010

*sigh* Virtual Console, WiiWare, Arcade.....

Until Nintendo learns to slash/fluctuate their digital media, even for a short amount of time, I can't ever get excited about these announcements.

Whats it to spend $5? Nothing. But $3 is a aut-o-ma-tic "nostalgic impulse" BUY!

xcwarriorOctober 08, 2010

Any VC release is a good thing at this point. Good to hear.

GKOctober 09, 2010

Me, I'd want a VC of Muscle Bomber/Saturday Night Slammasters 2 which never came out in the states. Grant it I prefer the first one which I still own the SNES cart of but still, I'd buy it.

LittleIrvesOctober 09, 2010

Gun.Smoke!!!  Please???

yoshi1001October 09, 2010

What? No SFII variant?  ;)

SundoulosOctober 09, 2010

Still would like Mega Man X, X2, or X3.  Take your pick!

Bman87301October 10, 2010

whhops nevermind

StratosOctober 11, 2010

Quote from: Ian

If Magical Quest could be released on the GBA surely it can be released on the VC.  We have an example of Disney being cool with an old licenced game being re-released.

If this is true then I demand that the NES Ducktales game gets a release in any form immediately.

GKOctober 11, 2010

Heck re-release  Ducktales 1 & 2. A lot of us were too busy with the SNES & missed the sequel.

SundoulosOctober 11, 2010

What?!  I wasn't even aware there was a sequel!

Mop it upOctober 11, 2010

Apparently it was released in 1993 so it's a rare game, but here's a deal on it:

http://cgi.ebay.com/DUCK-TALES-2-NINTENDO-NES-DUCKTALES-II-VGA-85-/260669804088?pt=US_Vintage_Video_Games&hash=item3cb1218e38

StratosOctober 11, 2010

Quote from: Mop

Apparently it was released in 1993 so it's a rare game, but here's a deal on it:

http://cgi.ebay.com/DUCK-TALES-2-NINTENDO-NES-DUCKTALES-II-VGA-85-/260669804088?pt=US_Vintage_Video_Games&hash=item3cb1218e38

LOL, this one is cheaper because it is open but still pricey. Does come with entire box, manual, etc.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NES-Nintendo-Game-DUCK-TALES-2-DUCKTALES-II-COMPLETE-/250628885810?pt=Video_Games_Games&hash=item3a5aa54d32

Mop it upOctober 12, 2010

There were two loose cartridges in a Completed Auctions search, which sold for $41 and $47, not including shipping. That's a little more reasonable, but still, if you're going to pay $40+ for an NES game, you must REALLY want it so BADLY that it HURTS.

GKOctober 12, 2010

Maybe if it were Ikari Warriors or something...Then again if you have a Farmer's Market or whatever in your area you may want to browse down there. Those vendors typically have no idea of the value of the stuff they're selling for $5 a piece.

StratosOctober 12, 2010

My farmer's markets sell vegetables and flowers...

GKOctober 12, 2010

Well yeah, mine does too but outside people can reserve spots to sell stuff they want to get rid of. I remember grabbing a slightly used NES(original model, not that SNES style one) with several games for under $30 one time. Can't remember all the games I bought but I remember my brother specifically wanting Vice: Project Doom & Bayou Billy & I was lucky enough to grab both off the same guy.

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