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.
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