I absolutely love Viewtiful Joe. The stylish cel-shaded look, the fun gameplay, the absurd humor, everything about it just hits all the right notes for me. To this day, I still can’t believe that Capcom hasn’t made a Viewtiful Joe 3 yet, even though they’ve made a sequel to Okami in the form of Okamiden for the DS. So when the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) went to find some Viewtiful Joe commercials in English for this week’s Retro Wrap-Up…there weren’t any. The only commercials that could be found were in Japanese. So I guess this will be a Foreign Wrap-Up instead.

Here are the highlights of this week.
What is the difference between “core” and “casual”? We give our thoughts on the matter.

Steve Baltimore reviews Vanguard Bandits in this week’s Game of the Past review.

Capcom announces DarkStalkers Resurrection for the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Store.

Steven Boaz reviews Code of Princess for the 3DS and Ben Clarke reviews The Lost Town: The Jungle for DSiWare.

Justin Graham gives his impressions on Kuon for the PS2.

Phantasy Star Online 2 hits the 1 million subscriber milestone.

Speaking of Code of Princess, a PAL release for the game has been confirmed!

Those spiffy new Grannie levels for Mutant Mudds for the 3DS finally have release dates.

Finally, Operation Zero outlines its plans for contacting Tecmo-Koei America about the Fatal Frame series.

Kyle Emch
Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.