Listen all you deal hunters out there. Nintendo is releasing three Super Nintendo Kirby games onto the Wii U Virtual Console today. Those games are Kirby Super Star, Kirby’s Dream Course, and Kirby’s Dream Land 3. What’s even better is that they’re running a promotion on those games for this week. If you buy any two of those games from the eShop before 11:00 am on May 30th then you can get the third one for free. They’ll each set you back $7.99 unless you previously bought them on the Wii. If you own the Wii Virtual Console releases you can upgrade them to the Wii U versions for $1.50 each. That means if you own those you could get all three for as little as $3. Even still $16 for three solid games is still a pretty good price.
Last week Nintendo announced the Wii U Virtual Console service would be launching this week after the system update takes place. Nintendo of America’s Facebook page has been promoting the release of the Virtual Console which will take place on Tuesday April 22nd. I guess that also means the system update will happen by then if it hasn’t already. The image above was posted on Sunday and many of the online features of the Wii U and the 3DS are down today in preparation for the update.
Update: Hopes could be dashed as it appears that the Virtual Console will not be launching on Tuesday as had been thought. Much of the evidence pointing to this has been removed from their sources and it now appears that we may just be getting an official announcement of the games that will be available with the launch of the VC.
After years of hounding, Nintendo has finally listened. During today’s Nintendo Direct presentation they announced that Earthbound will be making it’s way to North America and Europe. It will be heading to the Wii U Virtual Console sometime before the end of the year. That’s all we know.
Just understand that it’s coming and, if you’re like me and you’ve never played it, download it immediately to show Nintendo that we’ll put our money where our mouths are.
A new Zelda game wasn’t the only news for the franchise today. Nintendo also announced the Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons games will be available on the 3DS Virtual Console on May 30th. These two games were originally developed by Capcom and released on the Game Boy Color in 2001. They are two separate stories set in two different, but similar worlds and if you play them both you can link them together to get the true ending.
That makes four Zelda games in one year. I’m currently playing through Oracle of Ages on my GBA right now, but I’ll be picking these up and just might play through it again.
The long awaited system update for the Wii U will be avaliable next week and it comes with some much needed and nice features.
For those of you wanting to play Wii games on your Wii U, you can now bypass the Wii U menu altogether by holding down the B button during start up. This will take you straight to the Wii menu.
The load times have been much improved. The system will now allow for auto updates that will also allow you to download and install updates while the system is turned off; no more needing to wait to update while loading the game.The Virtual Console service will begin the day after the update is available and a small selection of titles has been announced to be available soon:
Donkey Kong, Excitebike, Super Mario World, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Ice Climber, and Kirby will be the first games available on the service. Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 games will also be made available soon.
Maybe not exactly like this, but something very similar. It’s about as close to having the physical copies in your hands as you can possibly get. I really like the fact that all of the original box arts are scanned in with not just the cover art, but the full box art. Also, the slick way that the games come out of the packaging onto a virtual TV. It’s a pretty neat interface that with a little bit of “Nintendo” could really make the Virtual Console something different.
Consider this post as money I’ve already spent as Legend of Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma confirmed today, through the official Zelda Miiverse, that both of the GBC Capcom developed Zelda games would be coming to the 3DS Virtual Console before summer. Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons are two stellar examples of what can happen when Nintendo lets someone else have the reigns of one of their most popular franchises. Like the other handheld Zelda games (especially on the Game Boy) they are excellent, high quality games.
The two games are also unique in that they were developed and released at the same time. They actually can be linked through the use of a password to get the “true ending” that would only occur if you had played both games. I think Oracle of Seasons is the superior of the two, but Oracle of Ages is also very good.
Nintendo will have my money the day those two games are released.
Nintendo of Japan hosted a third party focused Nintendo Direct today for the 3DS and one of the biggest announcements was of a Zelda game. Well, two Zelda games actually. Capcom has announced that both The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons will be released on the Virtual Console in Japan next week. The games will be available for ¥600 or as a bundle for ¥1,000
The games were originally part of a trilogy that was changed to include only the two titles and were released at the same time for the Game Boy Color back in 2001. The games also featured a special ending that could only be completed by entering a password from one game into the other. Releasing them as a bundle is a smart move and hopefully Nintendo of America and Capcom will be announcing the release of those games on the North American Virtual Console very soon. If you’re a Zelda fan and you haven’t played those games yet then you owe it to yourself to do so. They’re pretty dang good.
The Virtual Console is coming to Wii U and one game is available today. Nintendo announced that beginning in the Spring, along with a new system update, the Virtual Console will be available to all Wii U owners. Not all of the games from the Wii version of the service will be available at launch as only NES and SNES titles were confirmed. Pricing for the games will be similar to the Wii with NES games running $5-6 and SNES games costing between $8-9.
If you already own these games on the Wii I have some good news and some bad news for you. The bad news is that you’ll have to repurchase the games on Wii U. The good news is that you’ll get them at a significantly reduced cost; $1 for NES and $1.50 for SNES games. This new Virtual Console service will feature save states, save file backup, off-screen game play and completely customizable controls.
In addition to that Nintendo is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Famicom by releasing one title every month, for the next six months at a cost of 30 cents each. The first game, Balloon Fight, is available now.
The rest of the schedule is as follows:
January: Balloon Fight
March: Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
April: Kirby’s Adventure
May: Super Metroid
July: Donkey Kong
That price will only be applicable for the first 30 days the game is available.
Castlevania is one of the longest running video game franchises in history. To date it’s seen about 83 jillion releases across eleventy-billion platforms (okay, It’s more like 38 unique titles). The game has a huge following and has stayed mostly true to its origins, with some exceptions. It’s been the basis of a whole genre, along with another NES classic Metroid, and numerous games that come out today are compared to it. Castlevania: The Adventure was the first game to appear on Nintendo’s handheld, the Game Boy. While the structure was similar to that of its NES predecessors it does make some changes to the formula. How will the game hold up more than 20 years after it’s original release?
What You Need to Know
Castlevania: The Adventure takes place 100 years before the original game and follows the story of Simon Belmont’s ancestor, Christopher Belmont. There are four stages that can be quite lengthy. Unlike its NES counterpart there are no sub-weapons that can be used and the hearts you will find restore Christopher’s health. You’ve also got a time limit on each level to contend with, so keep moving.