Natsume Say Nintendo Are Moving On From SNES Games For Wii U Virtual Console

You might have noticed it yourself, seeing less and less SNES games being released on the Wii U Virtual Console, and now Natsume have said that “Nintendo’s interests have moved onto other classic systems.” This was revealed in a Q&A on the Natsume Community Manager’s official tumblr, after being asked: “Will the two Pocky & Rocky SNES games ever be re-released on the Virtual Console?”

The Q&A also offered some insight into how the titles are brought to Virtual Console. They told us that Nintendo actually do most of the work, after they discuss with the publisher which title would be best to bring to Virtual Console. What console do you think will be Nintendo’s next focus? I, for one, am sad to see the SNES titles go!

How does the virtual console porting process work? What are all the steps needed to put a game (Like HM2 GBC for example) on VC?

The titles for Virtual Console are handled by Nintendo. The publisher and Nintendo discuss which classic titles would be a good fit and have the best potential to sell. Once a title is agreed upon, Nintendo and the publisher work together to bring that title to the designated system, with Nintendo doing the bulk of the work.

Will the two Pocky & Rocky SNES games ever be re-released on the Virtual Console?

At this point, it’s unlikely we’ll see any other Natsume SNES games coming to the Virtual Console, as Nintendo’s interest has moved onto other classic systems.  

Vote For Which Mega Man Title You Want To See Released First On Wii U Virtual Console

Now here’s a good opportunity for you! You can now vote for which Mega Man title you would like to see first on the Wii U Virtual Console. You’ve got four games to choose from and they are all pretty good. The voting needs to be done by April 29th and the winner will be announced and released on May 7th. Here’s the Mega Man Game Boy Advance games you can choose from:

  • Mega Man & Bass
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue/White
  • Mega Man Zero 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun / Blue Moon

Thanks, Trish

The Verge Reckons Nintendo Could Learn A Lot From Netflix

While The Verge acknowledges that it was great that Nintendo announced that it was bringing its array of Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS to the Wii U, the publication still thinks that Nintendo should adopt a Netflix model for its Virtual Console offerings. The Verge believes that the company should offer Nintendo fans unlimited retro downloads for a flat subscription fee. Whether this is something Nintendo may introduce with its next platform the NX remains to be seen. Would you pay a monthly subscription fee for unlimited Virtual Console games?

But, given that the company has proven itself to be open to new business ideas with its DeNA mobile gaming partnership, I think there’s another way that the company should take a second step into the 2010s: adopt the Netflix model, and offer unlimited retro downloads for a subscription fee.

Nintendo 64 And Nintendo DS Games Coming To Wii U Virtual Console Today

Yup, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 64 titles will be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console today. You will be able to download classics such as Super Mario 64 and Yoshi’s Island DS today. More titles will obviously be added over time.

Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament Coming To North American Wii U Virtual Console Tomorrow

It looks as though the main title for tomorrow’s Nintendo downloads in the United States is Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament. The platformer started life on the Game Boy Advance back in 2002 in Japan and will be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console. If you’re not familiar with the colourful platforming game then check out the video above.

Thanks, feelingblind

US Nintendo Downloads: The Donkey Kong Country Series Arrives On Virtual Console

I know you’ve been waiting for them so I’m pleased to say that the Donkey Kong Country games are heading to North America today on the Wii U Virtual Console and the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Rare’s acclaimed 2D platforming titles join IronFall, the thrilling third-person shooter for the Nintendo 3DS eshop. Here’s all the games you can download this week in the United States.

  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • IRONFALL Invasion – IRONFALL Invasion is a thrilling third-person shooter with single-player campaign and multiplayer modes. Equipped with an arsenal of destructive weapons, take cover and repel an invasion of alien robots. Play for free or purchase DLC starting today in the Nintendo eShop on Nintendo 3DS. Click here to view a trailer for the game.
    • Titan Attacks! – The Titans are invading! Single-handedly turn back the invading Titan army, drive back the aliens across the Solar System and finally defeat them on their home world. Click here to view a trailer for this modern remix of classic arcade shoot-’em-ups.
  • Virtual Console on Nintendo3DS
    • Donkey Kong Land – Making a bet with Cranky Kong is never wise. In this Game Boy adventure, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong must set off on another adventure to retrieve their banana hoard from the evil K. Rool’s clutches. Swing, roll, jump and barrel blast through four worlds that are swarming with returning and original enemies.
    • Donkey Kong Land 2 – K. Rool has kidnapped Donkey Kong and he’s demanding the entire banana hoard as ransom! In this Game Boy classic, play as either Diddy Kong or Dixie Kong and take advantage of their unique abilities in more than 40 levels of nonstop platforming action. Keep an eye out for some friendly faces (and some shiny collectibles) to help you out.
    • Donkey Kong Land III – Dixie Kong has been left behind to babysit her younger cousin, Kiddy Kong. But that won’t stop her from seeking adventure in this Game Boy game. Help Dixie Kong and Kiddy Kong through 36 Kremling-infested levels, each containing secret areas, bonus levels and collectibles. Maybe they’ll even find the entrance to the hidden Lost World!
  • Virtual Console on Wii U
    • Donkey Kong Country – Armed with chest-pounding muscle, mighty barrel rolls and awesome vine-swinging skills, Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong set out to face K. Rool and his reptilian crew of Kremlings in this Super NES masterpiece! Play solo, compete with a friend or play cooperatively with a friend in more than 100 levels filled with collectibles and hidden bonus areas. With the help of Donkey Kong’s quirky family, animal friends and your fast reflexes, our dynamic duo will prove to be an unstoppable force.
    • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy’s Kong Quest – Donkey Kong has been kidnapped and taken to Crocodile Isle. Only Diddy Kong and Dixie Kong can save the day. In this Super NES sequel to the Donkey Kong Country game, play solo, compete with a friend or tag team with a friend in eight exciting worlds filled with wacky characters, collectable items and secret bonus areas.
    • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong’s Double Trouble – Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong have gone missing! In this Super NES adventure, play as Dixie Kong or Kiddy Kong solo, against a friend or with a friend. Take advantage of each of their unique abilities as they throw each other into action through more than 40 levels.

Nintendo eShop Sales:

  • NintendoeShop on Wii U and Nintendo3DS
    • Buy one or more participating Donkey Kong games for the Virtual Console service on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U and get 30 percent off your Nintendo eShop purchase of Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U) and Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (Nintendo 3DS). This offer lasts until March 3 at 8:59 a.m. PT. The same Nintendo Network ID must be linked to your Wii U and Nintendo 3DS systems, as well as your Nintendo eShop account prior to purchase in order to be eligible for the discount. Visithttp://www.nintendo.com/eshop/offers for more information.
  • NintendoeShop on Wii U
  • NintendoeShop on Nintendo3DS
    • 3D MahJongg and more games from JoinDot are on sale until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 13.
    • Aqua Moto Racing 3D is 50 percent off (reduced from $7.99 to $3.99) from Feb. 26 until 8:59 a.m. PT on March 5.

Theme Shop on Nintendo 3DS:

  • New themes this week include:
    • NES: Donkey Kong
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Hunter’s Seal – Available Feb. 28
    • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: Palicoes 4 Ever – Available Feb. 28

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Super Nintendo Hit Axelay Coming This Week To US Wii U Virtual Console

Good news for fans of Konami’s Super Nintendo classic Axelay as Nintendo of America has confirmed it’s coming to the Wii U Virtual Console this week. The game was originally released way back in 1992 and is a 2D scrolling shooter. If you’re not familiar with it then be sure to check out the video embedded above and the description listed below. It should be on the US Wii U Virtual Console on Thursday.

Mysterious aliens have invaded the earthlike planet of Corliss, slowly draining the planet’s resources. Take control of the prototype Axelay ship, and utilize its wide range of advanced weaponry to battle the enemy forces. Play through multiple stages of action ranging from other planets to space stations, all on your way to destroying the alien headquarters. Be careful not to be too distracted by the excellent graphics (including great scrolling effects) or rocking music, though; you’re Corliss’s last line of defense!

Thanks, feelingblind