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Super old game Mach Rider on 3DS VC tomorrow ⊟

Mach Rider was one of the launch games for the NES in 1985, and probably one of the lesser-known ones. And now it’s coming out on 3DS Virtual Console tomorrow in North America!

I can’t remember if I’ve played Mach Rider, actually, which means that either it’s the rare early NES game I missed, or it’s totally forgettable. Either way, it’s neat to see such a vintage NES game show up on 3DS.

Mach Rider is pretty weird among Nintendo games: post-apocalyptic motorcycle gun combat isn’t really, like, Nintendo’s usual mood. Even weirder, it’s based on a toy from 1972 that wasn’t a motorcycle.

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M2 behind the Wii U’s GBA Virtual Console ⊟

Well, this can only be good news. While Sega’s 3DS Virtual Console stuff has been the work of emulation masters M2, Nintendo has always done its own development for its own systems.

However, the GBA emulation on the Wii U is the work of M2 (who also made the recent Sega 3D Classics, as well as the Sega Vintage Collection on XBLA/PSN), which can only be good news!

And in true M2 tradition, the emulation sounds pretty excellent, with optional smoothing, multiple resolutions, and full scans of the original manuals.

Do this for 3DS next, M2! If anyone can, it’s you.

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Mega Man Game Boy games coming to VC in May ⊟
Capcom announced plans to put all the unreleased Mega Man Game Boy games on Virtual Console throughout the month of “Mega May.” That means Mega Man 2, 3, 4, 5, Xtreme, and Xtreme 2, which is way more VC games than usually come out in a month.
There’s a poll on Capcom-Unity to determine which of those will come out first. I just voted for 2 because why would you release them out of order? Why would you do that. They have numbers on them. (For real, I’m not complaining – anyone who puts any number of VC games on 3DS is doing all right by me)
The comments on that post are, as comments tend to be, way overreaching, with people requesting new games, Battle Network games, or new Battle Network games instead of the emulated Game Boy games that are actually happening.
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Mega Man Game Boy games coming to VC in May ⊟

Capcom announced plans to put all the unreleased Mega Man Game Boy games on Virtual Console throughout the month of “Mega May.” That means Mega Man 2, 3, 4, 5, Xtreme, and Xtreme 2, which is way more VC games than usually come out in a month.

There’s a poll on Capcom-Unity to determine which of those will come out first. I just voted for 2 because why would you release them out of order? Why would you do that. They have numbers on them. (For real, I’m not complaining – anyone who puts any number of VC games on 3DS is doing all right by me)

The comments on that post are, as comments tend to be, way overreaching, with people requesting new games, Battle Network games, or new Battle Network games instead of the emulated Game Boy games that are actually happening.

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  • Source capcom-unity.com

Adventure Island II is worth noticing ⊟

Konami continues its inexplicable streak of 3DS Virtual Console releases this week with Hudson’s Adventure Island II. Maybe most of the releases this time were most notable for not being Yumi’s Odd Odyssey, but I’m particularly happy to see this one, and hope it doesn’t get ignored.

While the first Adventure Island game was a simplistic (but really hard) left-to-right platformer, and a port of Wonder Boy with a new character, this game is where Adventure Island split off and became its own thing.

It’s also a fun platformer where you ride lil’ dinosaurs! Huh, I guess I never thought about it, but I assumed Takahashi Meijin/Master Higgins was a modern-day dude visiting an island (because of the hat). Is it prehistoric times? Or is Adventure Island one of those “land that time forgot” type places?

Anyway, Konami is supporting the Virtual Console (yay!) with more Hudson games (yay!)

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Was there a Zelda holiday I missed today? ⊟
Because Nintendo of America just unceremoniously dumped A Link to the Past onto the Wii U eShop ($7.99), and Four Swords Anniversary Edition onto the 3DS eShop. The latter is available to download for free until February 2.
Thanks to everyone who sent us this tip, and to Go Get Good for the GIF.
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Was there a Zelda holiday I missed today? ⊟

Because Nintendo of America just unceremoniously dumped A Link to the Past onto the Wii U eShop ($7.99), and Four Swords Anniversary Edition onto the 3DS eShop. The latter is available to download for free until February 2.

Thanks to everyone who sent us this tip, and to Go Get Good for the GIF.

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DS Virtual Console coming to Wii U ⊟
Coming out of tonight’s investor meeting (it was strange — like, Iwatacare strange — here’s a summary), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the company has overcome whatever “technical hurdles” was preventing a DS Virtual Console on Wii U… and it will launch just such a service. The Wii U will literally become a giant DS.
No date for this yet, but whaaaaaaat.
Also, um, maybe this would be good for 3DS too?
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DS Virtual Console coming to Wii U ⊟

Coming out of tonight’s investor meeting (it was strange — like, Iwatacare strange — here’s a summary), Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the company has overcome whatever “technical hurdles” was preventing a DS Virtual Console on Wii U… and it will launch just such a service. The Wii U will literally become a giant DS.

No date for this yet, but whaaaaaaat.

Also, um, maybe this would be good for 3DS too?

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  • Source nintendo.co.jp

Mighty Final Fight on Japanese 3DS VC ⊟

Chibi news now, as Capcom’s NES adaptation of Final Fight will be released on 3DS Virtual Console in Japan today. This game actually came out on NES in North America, so there is a localized version to bring over should Capcom decide to do so.

It’s not all good news out of Japan, however: King’s Knight is next week.

…okay, I like King’s Knight. I’m not ashamed.

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  • Source nintendo.co.jp

Castlevania 2: Simon’s Quest coming to 3DS VC ⊟

Yessss! This is the perfect example of the kind of game I try to replay every couple of years but never find the actual time to follow through with. Having it living on my 3DS is the perfect way for me to actually get through a game I haven’t finished since I was like 10.

Also, hey Nintendo! If you want, you can send us this stuff and we’ll totally handle announcing it for you! I mean if you’re just going to drop these trailers on the eShop like it’s not a big deal, we can absolutely help get the word out. Just saying. Images from this collection!

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PC Engine on 3DS looks pretty great ⊟

Okay, the Virtual Console menu for Gradius may not be the most exciting thing, but it shows that Konami’s VC emulation for PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 games has nice options. Like Gradius, I guess!

You can remap any button, resize the screen into 4:3, 5:4 or 1:1 aspect ratios, and turn on rapid fire just like the PC Engine controller. I also like the PCE red/white/black color scheme! 

Excellent work, Konami. Now let me play them in the U.S.!

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NES Remix is a really weird Virtual Console ad ⊟
Though I have yet to play it, I sure have been thinking about NES Remix. The Retro Game Challenge-like Wii U game came out of nowhere, and was fairly unusual for Nintendo – not because it recontextualizes old NES games, though there’s not nearly enough of that. No, it’s weird because it seems designed to promote the Virtual Console!
A screen in the game (image above snapped by Kotaku) actually points you out to the eShop, where you can buy the games featured in Remix. And in what cannot possibly be a coincidence, every game featured in NES Remix is part of the Wii U Virtual Console’s tiny selection of NES games.
I’m going to take this as a good sign for the future of the Virtual Console. Not only is Nintendo actually stepping up promotion of the service, it’s advertising it with a custom game (Does that mean it’s the development side of Nintendo doing the promotion?). Sure, it’s a $15 ad, but for an ad that is also its own neat game, that’s totally cool. If anything, it’s Nintendo at its Nintendo-est: responding to criticism in a way that nobody expected, and maybe nobody knew they wanted.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t call out the other great things Nintendo’s been doing with Virtual Console lately, like the themed sales and bundle discounts. It all points to a bright future for the past!
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NES Remix is a really weird Virtual Console ad ⊟

Though I have yet to play it, I sure have been thinking about NES Remix. The Retro Game Challenge-like Wii U game came out of nowhere, and was fairly unusual for Nintendo – not because it recontextualizes old NES games, though there’s not nearly enough of that. No, it’s weird because it seems designed to promote the Virtual Console!

A screen in the game (image above snapped by Kotaku) actually points you out to the eShop, where you can buy the games featured in Remix. And in what cannot possibly be a coincidence, every game featured in NES Remix is part of the Wii U Virtual Console’s tiny selection of NES games.

I’m going to take this as a good sign for the future of the Virtual Console. Not only is Nintendo actually stepping up promotion of the service, it’s advertising it with a custom game (Does that mean it’s the development side of Nintendo doing the promotion?). Sure, it’s a $15 ad, but for an ad that is also its own neat game, that’s totally cool. If anything, it’s Nintendo at its Nintendo-est: responding to criticism in a way that nobody expected, and maybe nobody knew they wanted.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t call out the other great things Nintendo’s been doing with Virtual Console lately, like the themed sales and bundle discounts. It all points to a bright future for the past!

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PC Engine games on Japanese 3DS VC! ⊟
Yeah, they’ve been on Wii forever, but this is a big deal because of portability (welcome to Tiny Cartridge). On Christmas Day, the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console will see its first PC Engine (Turbografx-16) games!
Gradius and The Kung Fu (China Warrior, a pretty bad game that I love) will cost 600 yen each. Meanwhile, Wii U gets a different PC Engine game, Bonk’s Adventure, and the MSX version of Gradius! What?
Just last month I was telling people to support Konami’s Hudson releases on 3DS VC, specifically so they’d think about PCE/TG16 games. Yay!
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PC Engine games on Japanese 3DS VC! ⊟

Yeah, they’ve been on Wii forever, but this is a big deal because of portability (welcome to Tiny Cartridge). On Christmas Day, the Japanese 3DS Virtual Console will see its first PC Engine (Turbografx-16) games!

Gradius and The Kung Fu (China Warrior, a pretty bad game that I love) will cost 600 yen each. Meanwhile, Wii U gets a different PC Engine game, Bonk’s Adventure, and the MSX version of Gradius! What?

Just last month I was telling people to support Konami’s Hudson releases on 3DS VC, specifically so they’d think about PCE/TG16 games. Yay!

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  • Source search1.nintendo.co.jp

City Connection on 3DS VC ⊟

What a weird choice for the 3DS’s Virtual Console, but it’s one I approve of! Jaleco’s sorta platformer, sorta driving game City Connection is out today for $5, courtesy of Hamster somehow.

I love City Connection mostly for its music, but also because it’s the only game about a Honda Fit!

As usual, you can follow all this week’s downloads on our releases page!

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  • Source nintendo.com