Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time was known to be coming to Wii U Virtual Console — however, now we know the Nintendo DS RPG classic will be arriving this Thursday, July 16th in Europe. The price will match other Nintendo DS games that have been released for Wii U Virtual Console, specifically €9.99 / £8.99. Nintendo DS games have, of course, been available on Wii U Virtual Console since the April 1st Nintendo Direct. Partners in Time released in North America on Virtual Console on June 25, 2015.
Harvest Moon fans have reason to celebrate today as Natsume has confirmed that the Game Boy Advance title Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town will be heading to the Wii U Virtual Console later this year. For those not in the know, Harvest Moon: More Friends of Mineral Town is an improved version of the original Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town which arrived on the North American Wii U Virtual Console in June last year. This revised edition allows you to play as a female character. Here’s what the team at Natsume had to say.
Our First Wii U Virtual Console release – Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town! Karen, Popuri, Rick, Kai, and the entire cast are back in this classic title. Originally released in 2003, fans can dive into this classic right now on their Wii U! We’re also pleased to confirm that More Friends of Mineral Town will be appearing on the Wii U Virtual Console later this year.
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Rating boards are wonderful things. First we hear from the German one that LIMBO will be making its way to the Wii U, now we hear that the (arguably best) Mario Tennis from the Nintendo 64 will be showing up on Virtual Console. The rating (seen below) doesn’t confirm when the game will be coming exactly, however prior indications point to a release early next week.
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.