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Two versions of Super Turrican exist. The now-defunct Factor 5 hoped to have the game on a 6Mbit cartridge way back in the day, but the game’s publisher only allowed for 4Mbit. According to Julian Eggebrecht from Factor 5, that meant the whole final level was removed, including an extra boss.

During the Wii days, Factor 5 actually wanted to restore the original version on the Virtual Console. The 6Mbit cartridge version would have been released as a bonus for those who purchased Super Turrican and Mega Turrican back in 2008. Unfortunately, Nintendo had a policy in which anything that wasn’t commercially available previously couldn’t be published. That meant the dream of having the true version of Super Turrican never materialized.

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All of Nintendo’s digital shops will be down for a bit of maintenance later today. The Wii U and 3DS eShops, Wii Shopping Channel, and DSi Shop will be impacted for an hour.

Maintenance is set for the following times:

– 1 PM PT – 2 PM PT
– 4 PM ET – 5 PM ET
– 9 AM in the UK – 10 AM in the UK
– 10 AM in Europe – 11 AM in Europe

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Next week, all of Nintendo’s digital shops will be down for several hours of maintenance. This will affect the Wii U and 3DS eShops, Wii Shopping Channel, and DSi Shop.

The maintenance is scheduled for:

– 9 AM PT (June 27) – 5 PM PT (June 27)
– 12 PM ET (June 27) – 8 PM ET (June 27)
– 5 PM in the UK (June 27) – 1 AM in the UK (June 28)
– 6 PM in Europe (June 27) – 2 AM in Europe (June 28)

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SEGA was a strong proponent of the Wii Virtual Console back in the day. The company also has quite a number of titles up on the eShop. It sounds like SEGA wanted to work with other companies like Capcom and Bandai Namco on VC titles, but things sadly never came together.

SEGA told Yosuke Okunari in a recent interview:

“During the Wii Virtual Console days, we worked with other developers and were able to port games that were on Megadrive and other Sega systems. Those were all made on our side. However, negotiations with some publishers, like Capcom and Bandai-Namco, didn’t go through. We did consider negotiating again when the 3DS came along, but business-wise, nothing really came together.”

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A couple of weeks ago, YouTube user PtoPOnline shared a report on the cancelled WiiWare game Bonk: Brink of Extinction. He has since uploaded a ton of pure gameplay. In the video below, you’ll find 35 minutes of footage.

Bonk: Brink of Extinction was in development for WiiWare and other platforms many years ago. Even though it was very far along into production, Hudson cancelled the project.

We’ve seen bits and pieces of Bonk: Brink of Extinction over the years, but YouTube user PtoPOnline has another look at the game – including direct-feed footage. Watch the video below for his report on the development and more.

Update (3/24): In addition to the maintenance below, Wii U and 3DS maintenance is also taking place tonight for 90 minutes. Here are the times:

– 10 PM PT (Thursday) – 11:30 PM PT (Thursday)
– 1 AM ET (Friday) – 2:30 AM ET (Friday)
– 5 AM in the UK (Friday) – 6:30 AM in the UK (Friday)
– 6 AM in Europe (Friday) – 7:30 AM in Europe (Friday)


Original (3/23): Nintendo maintenance will be picking back up early next week. Shop maintenance is scheduled for Monday, as well as downtime for Wii U and 3DS which impacts online elements.

Here’s the complete maintenance roundup:

Wii U / 3DS eShops / Wii Shopping Channel / DSi Shop

– 1 PM PT (March 28) – 3 PM PT (March 28)
– 4 PM ET (March 28) – 6 PM ET (March 28)
– 9 PM in the UK (March 28) – 11 PM in the UK (March 28)
– 10 PM in Europe (March 28) – 12 PM in Europe (March 29)

Wii U / 3DS (online play, rankings, etc.)

– 4 PM PT (March 28) – 7 PM PT (March 28)
– 7 PM ET (March 28) – 10 PM ET (March 28)
– 12 PM in the UK (March 29) – 3 AM in the UK (March 29)
– 1 AM in Europe (March 29) – 4 AM in Europe (March 29)

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Update (11/22): Bumped to the top. Along with the shop maintenance below, there will also be Splatoon maintenance on Monday at the following times:

– 5 PM PT – 6 PM PT
– 8 PM ET – 9 PM ET
– 1 AM in the UK (Tuesday) – 2 AM in the UK (Tuesday)
– 2 AM in Europe (Tuesday) – 3 AM in Europe (Tuesday)


Original (11/19): Nintendo is planning another round of shop maintenance for Monday. The Wii U and 3DS eShops, Wii Shopping Channel, and DSi Shop will be down per usual.

All shops will be unavailable at the following times:

– 12 PM PT – 4 PM PT
– 3 PM ET – 7 PM ET
– 8 PM in the UK – 12 AM in the UK (Tuesday)
– 9 PM in Europe – 1 AM in Europe (Tuesday)

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A couple of Nintendo’s online services will undergo a scheduled maintenance later today. Here are the details:

Services affected
Wii: Wii Shop Channel
Nintendo DS: DSi Shop

Maintenance times
– Europe: November 16th (9PM) to November 17th (1AM)
– UK: November 16th (8PM) to November 17th (12AM)
– North America (EDT): November 16th (3PM to 7PM)
– North America (PDT): November 16th (12PM to 4PM)
– Japan: November 17th (5AM to 9AM)

Services affected
Wii U: certain titles (online play, leaderboards)
Nintendo 3DS: certain titles (online play, leaderboards)

Maintenance times
– Europe: November 16th (11PM) to November 17th (3AM)
– UK: November 16th (10PM) to November 17th (2AM)
– North America (EDT): November 16th (5PM to 9PM)
– North America (PDT): November 16th (2PM to 6PM)
– Japan: November 17th (7AM to 11AM)

The Wii U and 3DS eShops, Wii Shopping Channel, and DSi Shop have been undergoing maintenance since 10 PM / 7 PM PT yesterday. Nintendo said that the downtime could last up to 24 hours, though it looks like everything has wrapped up early than expected.

Nintendo just tweeted out a message indicating that its latest round of maintenance has completed. It reads:



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