Europe Grateful for Faster, Less Authentic Version of F-Zero

So, remember that at the end of last month, European (and Australian) Wii U gamers were hopping mad because their Virtual Console re-release of Balloon Fight ran slower—at 50 frames per second—and smaller, reflecting the lower refresh rate of PAL tubes from the 1980s. NTSC TVs had faster refreshes, meaning gamers in… » 2/20/13 10:00am 2/20/13 10:00am

Europe Ungrateful for Slower, More Authentic Version of Balloon Fight

Beginning with Balloon Fight this week, Nintendo is releasing NES and SNES console classics over a new Virtual Console for the Wii U. Eurogamer noticed that the NES version of Balloon Fight in the EU runs slower—50 Hz compared to 60 Hz for the NTSC version of the game we get here in the U.S.. The slower speed… » 1/27/13 2:30pm 1/27/13 2:30pm

The Wii U's Virtual Console Has Customizable Controllers And 'Restore…

Wondering what the Wii U's Virtual Console looks like? We downloaded Balloon Fight, the first Wii U VC game, and dove through the menus to find that the new interface allows for customizable controllers and "restore points"—or temporary save states (like the 3DS has). » 1/23/13 1:30pm 1/23/13 1:30pm

Floating Through Life on 8-Bit Balloons

This is a strangely mesmerizing and legitimately deep video from The Resigned Gamer - whose pessimism about life and games is well known, but always an informed perspective. » 12/06/08 9:00pm 12/06/08 9:00pm