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.
Well, we now know one of the games that will be making an appearance in the Nintendo downloads lineup for the United States tomorrow. That game is none other than the well-received New Super Mario Bros which made its debut on the Nintendo DS back in 2006 and is coming to the Wii U Virtual Console on Thursday, May 14th. Will you be purchasing New Super Mario Bros?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.