There has been a lot of Fire Emblem love on the eShop as of late. specifically the North American ESRB rating of Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones. However, North America isn’t the only one reaping the benefits — if you live in Europe you will be able to grab Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon this Thursday.
Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon released in 2008 on Nintendo DS, and is the remake of the original Japanese-exclusive Fire Emblem title “Fire Emblem: Shin Ankoku Ryu to Hikari no Ken.” Check out the Virtual Console trailer below:
Two new DS classics are heading their way to Wii U Virtual Console: Star Fox Command and Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. These releases may not come as much of a surprise considering the main crux of Nintendo’s E3 centered around Star Fox: Zero and Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam.
DS games have, of course, been available on Wii U Virtual Console since the April 1st Nintendo Direct — make sure to check out these games!
Fans have been clamouring for Nintendo of America and Nintendo Europe to announce Mother 3 for the Wii U Virtual Console. Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime says he hears fans cries but says that the company is “constantly thinking about the investment and then return for a game like that.” We’ve got Earthbound and Earthbound Beginnings so who knows? Maybe we will get Mother 3 in the future.
Fils-Aime: Look, again, I think this is an example that demonstrates we’re constantly listening. We’re hearing what the fans say. And we thought it was great to bring back the very first Mother, Earthbound Beginnings here in the market. It’s been out for sale and doing quite well in the eShop. Again, we’ll never say never, but there’s nothing to announce right now.”
Totilo: “Of course not. But Earthbound, when that came out about a year ago [Note from Stephen: whoops, make that two years ago!] on Virtual Console, did you guys have an expectation about how that would do? Did that exceed expectations and perhaps influence the decision to release this one?”
Fils-Aime: “The Mother/Earthbound series is quite niche. And so for us it’s constantly thinking about the investment and then return for a game like that. There is quite a bit of localization to be done and we just need to make sure that volumetrically there’s enough volume to offset that investment.”
Totilo: “Is it safe to assume that you guys are pretty happy with how Earthbound was received last year and that helped motivate and get Mother 1 out?”
Fils-Aime: “That’s exactly right. “
As of earlier today, an ESRB listing was revealed for Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones — specifically listing release on Wii U. Sacred Stones has previously been released on Game Boy Advance in 2005, the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console in 2011 (via the ambassador program), and on Wii U Virtual Console in Japan and PAL regions.
Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is the eighth game in the Fire Emblem series (overall), the third (and final) Fire Emblem on Game Boy Advance, and the second Fire Emblem released in the United States. The game, which was positively received by both fans and critics, focuses on an unconnected story from previous Fire Emblem games with two warring nations fighting over the titular Sacred Stones.
No release date for the game is known, but hopefully the listing is an indicator that it is coming soon.
Debuted to cheers from the audience, Nintendo just announced that the FamiCom version of Mother, fully translated, will be released for Virtual Console under a new title: Earthbound Beginnings.
Why the cheers and excitement? Mother has only previous been officially sold in Japan on Nintendo’s Family Computer and Game Boy Advance, with no release in the West (besides ROMS and emulators).
The game will be released exclusively on Wii U, starting tonight at 6 PM PT / 9 PM ET / 2 AM BT.
If you have been sorely craving your Harvest Moon fix, Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town will be heading to Virtual Consoles in North America tomorrow.
The 2003 Game Boy Advance classic was previously rated by the ESRB this week, giving strong hints that the game would be available soon. According to Nintendo’s website, Friends of Mineral Town will be available for $6.99. For a brief overview of the game, check out the description below:
As a child, you spent a memorable summer on a farm in the country and experience a whole new world of excitement. Years have passed, and now the long-neglected farm that holds fond memories is yours! It is up to you to successfully rejuvenate the farm and build a life for yourself. The best part is that you can do it any way you want! Plant and harvest crops, raise farm animals, marry the woman of your dreams, and start a family! Take over the reins of life, and create your own pastoral adventure!
A recent listing by the Entertainment Software Rating Board reveals that Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town will be heading to the Wii U Virtual Console in North America. We don’t know when it’s coming, but it is safe to assume it is coming. Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town is the first Harvest Moon title on the Game Boy Advance and is a remake of Harvest Moon: Back to Nature.