New Virtual Console games – Europe Friday May 25th

Europe got three new games to download from Virtual Console this week.

Super Mario Bros. 2
NES – 1989 by Nintendo – platformer – 1 player – 500 points

“In this sequel to the best-selling video game of all time, take a unique journey to the dream world Subcon to save it’s people from the foul frog tyran, Wart.

Released in 1989, Super Mario Bros. 2 is a huge horizontally- and verticaly-scrolling platformer that offers complete freedom to explore while collecting power-ups, uprooting vegetables to throw at enemies, and seeking out hidden ‘Sub-space’ rooms.

Super Mario Bros. 2 was the first Mario title to give players control of not only heroic brothers but also Princess Toadstool (Peach and Toad, and gave each character their own special skills. It also featured the first appearances of many Mario series regulars, including Shy Guy and Birdo!”

Mach Racer
NES – 1987 by Nintendo – racing/action – 1 player – 500 points

“It is the year 212 and Earth has been taken over by evil forces. As a lone motorcycle warrior, you must battle the invaders while racing from sector to sector in search of survivors. You are Earth’s last hope. You are Mach Rider!

In the main Fight Course mode, race through 10 levels of winding highway and take out the enemies using your machine guns or blocking manoeuvres. In Endurance Mode, pit your survival skills against the clcok, or try Solo Course for an enemy-free ride.

Mach Rider also includes a Design mode, enabling you to design your own cources. In this Virtual Console version you can also save your courser, which was not possible in the original NES version.”

Blazing Lazers
Turbografx – 1992 by Hudson Soft – shooter – 1 player – 600 points

“Blazing Lazers is a vertical-scrolling shooter that was praised for surpassing the limitation of the hardware of it’s time. Players control the extraordinary firepower of their Gunhed Star Fighter to take on the Dark Squadron that has begun its invation of Earth. Collect power-ups to increase your ship’s battle strength to cut through enemies and defeat the bosses in all 9 areas.

Of course, as part of the “Soldiers” series, the game contains a good balance of fast-paced speed with catchy drum-prpelled background music. Couple that with the “Field Thunder” that can be used to destroy enemies in one fell swoop for the ultimate sense of satifaction! With its finely-tuned difficulty level, Blazing Lazers is a shooting game that anyone can enjoy!”

PS3 firmware update – v1.80

Playstation 3 got a firmware update today. The version is now 1.80.
(Source Playstation UK).

Main features

  • Upscale game or DVD output
  • Using remote play (via the Internet)
  • Copying saved data to a memory card
  • Using the DLNA client feature

Other new or revised features in version 1.80

Settings

  • [BD 1080p 24 Hz Output (HDMI)] has been added as an option under [BD/DVD Settings].
  • [RGB Full Range (HDMI)] has been added as an option under [Display Settings].
  • [Y Pb/Cb Pr/Cr Super White (HDMI)] has been added as an option under [Display Settings].
  • [Bit Mapping (Super Audio CD)] has been added as an option under [Music Settings].
  • The [Test Camera] option under [Accessory Settings] has been changed to [Camera Device Settings].
  • [Printer Settings] has been added.
  • [Media Server Connection] has been added as an option under [Network Settings].

Music

  • You can now edit CD information.

Photo

  • A new type of slideshow display pattern has been added.
  • You can now use zoom display for images.
  • You can now trim images.

Video

  • Super-White and x.v.Colour output are now supported.
  • Downscaled output of Blu-ray Discs is now supported. When 720p is selected for the video output setting of the PS3 system, Blu-ray Discs that were recorded with 1080i/1080p resolution can be played with 720p resolution.

Game

  • You can now move copy-prohibited saved data for PlayStation format software or PlayStation 2 format software to a PS3 system.

Network

  • The options menu items for [Download Management] have been changed.

Friends

  • [Display Photo] has been added to the voice / video chat options menu.

Retro Gamer #38

I got Retro Gamer no. 38 in the mail today, it looks like a good issue.

So this is the list:

  • Back to the Eighties – The latest news from June 1983
  • The Making of… Goldeneye
  • Develoope Lookback – SNK (part one)
  • The Making of… Barbarian and Barbarian II
  • The Definitive Frogger
  • The Making og… Sid Meier’s Pirates!
  • Retroinspection – NES
  • The Rise and Fall of Virtuality
  • The Making of… Superfrog
  • The Classic Game – Captain Blood
  • Conversion Capers: Dragon’s Lair

It’s out now, and if you can’t get hold of an issue, go to ImagineShop.

Wii: Virtual Console – PAL (Europe) – Friday May 18th

This is the Virtual Console game we in Europe can download today:

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest
Super Nintendo – 1995 by Nintendo – 1-2 players – platformer – 800 points
“Donkey Kong has been kidnapped by the evil Kaptain K. Rool, who is demanding DK’s hard-earned banana hoard as a ransom! But there’s no way the Kongs are going to give it up that easily!

In this pirate-themed sequel to the hit Donkey Kong Country, guide Diddy or Dixie Kong through eight wild worlds of comical action across the Kremling-infested Crocodile Ilse.”

Nario & Yoshi
NES – 1992 by Nintendo – 1-2 players – puzzle/action – 500 points
“Mario & Yoshi is a fast-paced NES puzzle game in wich you must mix and match falling characters and piece togheter eggshells to free the Yoshi trapped inside.

Simply move Mario back and forth to catch the falling, Goombas, Boos, Bloopers and Piranha Plants. Capture creatures between two eggshell halves and you’ll release a Youshi: the more creatures you capture, the larger the Yoshi and the bigger the bonuse!”

17th of May – Norways National Day

Today, May 17th, is Norways National Day. The Day of constitution. We celebrate it with parades and band music.

Risør was blessed with blue sky and warm weather. The day started with a parade at 7.00 AM with a comemorative speech at the memorial column of the fallen soldiers in the Second World War. Later on the day, it was time for the parade with the children.

We spend the day with family and friends, eating good food and having a great time.






Xbox360: HD DVD Auto Update

Next time you play watch an HD DVD movie with your HD DVD player on your Xbox 360, you will be prompted for an update. According to MajorNelson.com this is whats new:

  • Added option for user to select from the following audio output formats via TOSLINK or HDMI:
    • Digital Stereo (2 channel PCM)
    • Dolby Digital 5.1
    • DTS 5.1
    • WMA Pro
  • Added “Dynamic Range Control” toggle for digital audio output
  • Improved HD DVD networking support
  • Improved HD DVD title compatibility
  • Improved performance with MPEG-4 AVC / H.264
  • 1080p via HDMI is supported on the Xbox 360 Elite with HDCP compliant displays
  • Improved parental controls

DS games I will buy in the comming months

It’s been a while since I bought a DS game, but I’ve found some games that I will buy in the comming months. It’s The Settlers, The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass and Worms Open Warfare 2. Release dates may change, but this was what I found at the time of writing.

Worms Open Warfare 2June 2007 (EUR)
Amazon.co.uk (EUR version)

The SettlersJune 2007 (EUR)
Play-Asia.com

The Legend of Zelda: Phantom HourglassJune 2007 (JAP) – Fall 2007 (EUR/US)
Play-Asia.com (US version)
Play-Asia.com (JAP version)
YesAsia.com (JAP version)
YesAsia.com (US version)
Amazon.co.uk (EUR version)
Amazon.com (US version)