Virtual Console Outlook for Japan in June: Paper Mario and Breath of Fire 2


Nintendo updated the official Virtual Console list for Japan with a list of games that they will be getting next month. Two RPGs are on the list Paper Mario ad Breath of Fire, three if you count Shining in the Darkness which was delayed a month. Paper Mario is coming out at a good time. Two months after Super Paper Mario’s release gamers in Japan are probably done with it, but Nintendo can capitalize on that audience by releasing Paper Mario.


Breath of Fire II is an anomaly since Capcom neglected to release Breath of Fire 1 on the virtual console. Sure the games don’t connect and BoF II is arguably better than Breath of Fire 1. But why did Capcom skip out on releasing Breath of Fire 1 before the sequel? Speaking of sequels, June is Sega Summer sequel month with Ecco the Dolphin 2, Golden Axe 2 and Sonic 2.


May 29 (Tuesday)

Battle Lode Runner

Hybrid Front* (700 Points)

F-Zero X

Magical Drop


Famicom / NES (500 Points)

Adventures of Lolo

Front Line

Field Combat


Famicom Mukashi Densetsu: Shin Onigashima (this was a Famicom Disc System game sold in two parts. Nintendo is selling both episodes together for 600 points instead of the standard 500 points for a Famicom game)


Super Famicom / SNES (800 Points)

Breath of Fire 2


Nintendo 64 (1,000 Points)

Mario Story (known as Paper Mario in the US)


Mega Drive / Sega Genesis (600 Points)

Golden Axe 2

Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Ecco the Dolphin 2

Shining in the Darkness (sold for 700 points, delayed from May)


PC-Engine / TurboGrafix-16 (600 Points)

The Kung Fu

Neutopia 2

Devil Crush

Silent Debuggers

Bonk 3 (also delayed from May)

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