Today marks the beginning of the Hanabi Festival on Virtual Console. During the four week Hanabi Festival, classic games that were never released in the UK will be coming to Virtual Console. Over the next four weeks you'll be able to enjoy games such as Bomberman 94 (Turbografx), Zoda's Revenge (NES), Musha (Mega Drive), Smash Table Tennis (NES), Detana Twin Bee (NES)and Kirby's Dream Land (SNES).
However, from today you can download Pulseman (NES) and Ogre Battle (SNES). There's also Gradius Rebirth and Bit Boy for WiiWare, plus you can download Brain Challenge, a Mario clock and calculator through DSiWare.
Originally released for Mega Drive in Japan in 1994, Pulseman (800 Points) is an action platformer developed by Game Freak who now make Pokémon games. It was critically acclaimed but never released outside of Japan.
Pulseman, a half-human character, was created by Pokémon designer Ken Sugimori and you have to take him through 7 stages using his ability to harness electricity to stop Doc Waruyama and his villainous Galaxy Gang.
Ogre Battle: The March Of The Black Queen (800 Points) is a strategy game that was released for SNES in Japan in 1995. As the leader of a band of rebels, you have to defeat the Zeteginian Empire by managing the ranks of a full-blown rebel army, complete with a vast array of characters, magic items, weapons, and mystical Tarot cards. Perhaps the most interesting thing about Ogre Battle: The March Of The Black Queen is that the creator Yasumi Matsuno named the game after two tracks on Queen's second album. He also named the game's Rhyan Sea after Seven Seas Of Rhye.
That's all for this week's Hanabi Festival downloads but there's plenty more available in the Wii Shopping Channel. Bit Boy (600 Points) is this week's most exciting WiiWare release for fans of old school gaming as it takes you on a journey through time in the history of videogames. You control Bit Boy Kubi through a pixellated adventure, fighting hordes of nasty monsters in 4-bit dungeons, 8-bit caves, 16-bit strongholds, 32-bit labyrinths, 64-bit arenas and 128-bit worlds.
Having said that, veteran gamers might also enjoy the 2D blasting action of Gradius Rebirth (600 Points). From Konami, this has you taking control of the Vic Viper once more and blasting through levels filled with hundreds of enemies, obstacles and massive bosses. There's also a Score Attack Mode with an online hi-score table.
Gameloft have brought their own brain game to DSi this week. Called Brain Challenge (800 Points), it promises brain exercises to relieve your pain, stress, and boredom.
Finally there are two Mario-related goodies for download. The Mario calculator (200 points) promises to make maths more fun. As you enter your numbers on the Touch Screen, you'll see and hear classic Super Mario Bros. visuals and sounds.
The Mario Clock (200 Points) is an alarm clock that enables you to wake up with classic Mario music. There are three separate alarms with NES-style Mario tunes and the clock also has a Super Mario Bros. background so you can make Mario jump, bash blocks and collect coins.
That's all for this week. Wonder what we'll get next week. Hope it's Kirby...