If you own the Wii edition of NES title Balloon Fight but want to upgrade to its Wii U edition, which would cost $1 and allows you to play the entire game on the Wii U GamePad, you’ll lose all your save data. So far, Balloon Fight is the the only Virtual Console title in the Nintendo eShop on Wii U, but Nintendo confirmed to Kotaku that consumers will not be able transfer their save files when they re-buy any upcoming NES or Super NES title on Wii U’s Virtual Console.
It seems as though people are confused about whether they will keep the discounted Virtual Console games they purchase from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. In Nintendo’s Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campain, each month now through July, one NES or Super NES title will be available for 30 cents on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Whoever purchases that title can keep the game – the discounted price is not a rental price; it is an anniversary price, according to Nintendo. For example, if you purchase Balloon Fight, the first NES game to hit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and costs 30 cents until February 21st, for the new console, it is your game to keep – even when its price is increased to $5, which is its regular price.
After specified promotional period, each game will be made available in the Nintendo eShop at regular price. Wii U owners who have purchased the game(s) during the promotional period will not need to purchase the game(s) again at the regular price. Games purchased during this promotional period are eligible for 2 points in the Deluxe Digital Program. Point value subject to change.
The first Virtual Console title to launch on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U is NES title Balloon Fight, which currently costs 30 cents to download. After one month of being in the Nintendo eShop, the NES game will then cost $5. This is part of a discounted program offered by Nintendo to celebrate the Famicom’s 30th anniversary in Japan. Upon their initial releases on the online marketplace, for 30 days, the NES and Super NES games listed below will cost 30 cents each. Which discounted title(s) do you plan on grabbing?
- January – Balloon Fight
- February – F-Zero
- March – Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
- April – Kirby’s Adventure
- May – Super Metroid
- June – Yoshi
- July – Donkey Kong
Toward the end of last year, for no apparant reason, the Donkey Kong Country trilogy was removed from the Wii Shop channel.
Now, another game seems to be missing from the online shop. SimCity for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System is no longer available for purchase from the Wii Shop Channel – again, for no clear reason.
A modder by the name of robotairz recently uploaded a gallery of a portable Super Nintendo Entertainment System, which can be seen above.
Several photos of the device can be viewed here.
In its very last issue, Nintendo Power has ranked its top 285 video games of all time. Of course, every single game on the list is on a Nintendo Platform, and ranked are numerous titles in the Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda franchises.
Below is a list of the publication’s 10 best video games of all time… To view the complete list, go here.
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
- Super Mario Galaxy (Wii)
- Final Fantasy III (VI) (SNES)
- Super Mario World (SNES)
- Mega Man 2 (NES)
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
- Super Metroid (SNES)
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker (GameCube)
- Resident Evil 4 (GameCube)
Those of you looking for something a little retro-themed for your Wii U may want to take a closer look at this Super Nintendo themed Wii U Pro controller. The peripheral isn’t developed by Nintendo, but is available via a third-party peripheral manufacturer. Australian games retailer EB Games will be stocking the device, which is about $30 less than the estimated price for the official Wii U Pro Controller.
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Square Enix has filed for a new trademark called Circle of Mana. So far, there’s nothing known about this project, but let’s hope it’ll be like the fantastic Secret of Mana for SNES, which can be downloaded for 800 Wii Points via Wii’s Virtual Console. Because the last title in the series, Heroes of Mana, is for Nintendo DS, perhaps Circle of Mana will be for Nintendo 3DS.
While G4 doesn’t always seem excited about Nintendo, they acknowledged many of the publisher’s games by adding them on their list of the “Top 100 Video Games of all Time.” Although the most recent Nintendo title on G4′s list is the 2006 hit Wii Sports at number 84, they mentioned quite a few Nintendo classics. The original Super Mario Bros. is G4′s top game of all time, which is followed by The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past at number two.
G4′s Top 15 (out of 100) Video Games of all Time:
- Super Mario Bros.
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
- The Legend of Zelda
- Super Mario Bros. 3
- Shadow of the Colossus
- World of Warcraft
- The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
- Doom II
- Uncharted 2
- Donkey Kong
During a recent interview, Shigeru Miyamoto confirmed that Nintendo is preparing the next Legend of Zelda title for the Nintendo 3DS. Fans of the franchise will have to wait “just a little while longer” for any specific details regarding the game. Nintendo is still deciding which Zelda game – Majora’s Mask or A Link to the Past – would be a better fit for 3DS users.
Zelda producer Eiji Aonuma has shown interest in developing a remake for The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, while Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that he would like to make a new Zelda game “based on, or starting from” SNES classic A Link to the Past. Which Zelda game would you want most on the 3DS: a remake of A Link to the Past, a sequel to A Link to the Past, or a remake of Nintendo 64′s Majora’s Mask?
“We haven’t quite decided yet, whether we’re going to do A Link to the Past, because there’s also the possibility of doing a remake of Majora’s Mask. This is something we’ve certainly been talking about and doing a little bit of experimenting with, to figure out which way we’re going to go.”