Three New Virtual Console Games Added To Japan's Wii U eShop

By Steven Santana

July 7, 2015

Nintendo has added three new Virtual Console games to the Wii U eShop for Japan: Championship Lode Runner (NES), Demon’s Blazon (SNES), and Donkey Kong Jungle Climber (DS).

Championship Lode Runner is a tougher remix of the original Lode Runner and was published by Brøderbund in 1985 for the Famicom. The Championship version never made its way West, although the original Lode Runner came to North America in September of 1987. The game had a level editor, though on the NES there was no way to save the levels you created due to limited memory capacity.

Demon’s Blazon (known as Demon’s Crest in NA) for the Super Famicom released in 1994 and quickly localized for North America later that same year. The game is the third game to feature protagonist Firebrand, who originated as an enemy character in Ghosts ‘n Goblins. The North American version has been available on Virtual Console since October 2014.

Donkey Kong Jungle Climber is a Nintendo DS game that released in 2007 worldwide. A sequel to the Game Boy Advance game DK: King of Swing, the game utilizes the L and R shoulder buttons to have Donkey Kong grab and swing from pegs, which makes up a majority of how you progress.

You can view the games in the videos below, but can only purchase them if you own a Japanese Wii U due to Nintendo’s region lock. If you happen to have one though, you can also get Yoshi’s Woolly World and Xenoblade Chronicles X months before their release in North America.

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Steven Santana

Born in Queens, raised in Vegas, living in Vancouver. 25, loves dogs, Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, and long form video critiques.

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