To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Famicom, Nintendo has released the original Donkey Kong in the Wii U Virtual Console. The classic game, which was first released in 1981, has players control Jumpman – later renamed Mario – who must scale platforms, climb ladders and jump over obstacles to rescue damsel in distress Pauline from the grasp of the large, stubborn ape Donkey Kong.
The game requires 35MB to download from the Nintendo eShop and you can purchase it for only 30 cents until August 13th, which is when it will be priced at $4.99. Donkey Kong is the seventh and final offer of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign.
As part of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign, Super NES classic Super Metroid is now available for purchase on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The Virtual Console title requires 42MB to download and costs only 30 cents until June 11th, which is when it will return to its regular price of $7.99. A Miiverse community for the game was recently activated, and in it you can post screenshots from the game to share with other players.
It seems as though people are confused about whether they will keep the discounted Virtual Console games they purchase from the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. In Nintendo’s Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campain, each month now through July, one NES or Super NES title will be available for 30 cents on the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. Whoever purchases that title can keep the game – the discounted price is not a rental price; it is an anniversary price, according to Nintendo. For example, if you purchase Balloon Fight, the first NES game to hit the Nintendo eShop on Wii U and costs 30 cents until February 21st, for the new console, it is your game to keep – even when its price is increased to $5, which is its regular price.
After specified promotional period, each game will be made available in the Nintendo eShop at regular price. Wii U owners who have purchased the game(s) during the promotional period will not need to purchase the game(s) again at the regular price. Games purchased during this promotional period are eligible for 2 points in the Deluxe Digital Program. Point value subject to change.