Master System games will go for $4 on US Wii

Earlier this year, Sega announced that it would be bringing Sega Master System games to the Wii Virtual Console in Japan, Europe, and North America. Today the publisher announced the first pair of titles gamers can look forward to seeing on the downloadable game service, as well as a starting price...

Earlier this year, Sega announced that it would be bringing Sega Master System games to the Wii Virtual Console in Japan, Europe, and North America. Today the publisher announced the first pair of titles gamers can look forward to seeing on the downloadable game service, as well as a starting price point.

Action platformer Wonder Boy and side-scrolling shoot-'em-up Fantasy Zone will comprise "the first wave of many" Master System releases for the Virtual Console, and cost-conscious gamers will be able to pick them up for as little as 400 Wii points ($4). That puts Master System games at the lowest price point on the Virtual Console yet, a buck cheaper than the starting prices for NES games and Commodore 64 titles, both of which start at 500 Wii points ($5).

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SalarianChemist
SalarianChemist

If Sega were to put Master System and Genesis games on the Xbox 360, I would buy them there, but not on the Wii. I have a high-definition TV, and I want to see those games in 1080p on Xbox Live. I have my Xbox 360 set to output Enhanced 1080p for a reason! Also, I'm kind of upset that the Xbox 360 got the Arcade version of Golden Axe, while the Wii got the Genesis version...I'm upset because the Genesis version was better; it had better gameplay and extra modes that were fun to play. The Arcade version was missing all of those extra "Dual" and "Vs" modes, and the gameplay in the Arcade version was not consistent like the Genesis version was. Plus, the Genesis version had extra levels at the end. Microsoft needs to make sure that Xbox 360 ends up with games from the Sega Master System, NEC Turbo-Grafx 16, Genesis, Neo Geo, Saturn, Namco Arcade Boards, and other arcade games from Capcom and Konami. Seing an enhanced Final Fight where Guy, Cody, Haggar, and maybe somebody new can all play on-screen at the same time would be cool.

Hitman2500
Hitman2500

this is awesome never had a chance to play the master system.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Bring me CHOPLIFTER and SPY VS SPY !!! Sweet Goodness!!

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

Game Gear was announced at the same time as Master System, (and their games are very similar if not exactly the same sometimes). Sega CD might be okay as long as Digital Pictures is excluded. And trust me, you're not missing out on 32X, the best games on it had better versions on the SNES. Personally I was kind of hoping they'd bring the MSX games to the US (specifically Akumajo Dracula, Contra and Metal Gear). But if they get the compression technology down, Saturn would be a welcome favorite there too.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I wanted this system so bad at one point, a few weeks later, they got discontinued. Here is hoping VC supports 1000's of classic games in the near future. *Fingers Crossed*

jrocksreturn
jrocksreturn

Thats great news! I had a MasterSystem Back in the day, and loved it! It willl be nice to get some saturn games as well......

KoruKinshi
KoruKinshi

*prays that Sega CD/32X/Saturn will be next in line*

benjaminjoel
benjaminjoel

@ Michael234 It'll be a miracle if the Saturn ever makes it to VC. The game files are just so large and complicated, I highly doubt the Wii hardware could accurately emulate them.

ctg867
ctg867

So I pay $2 more, and I can get games from the PSN that are two generations older? Seriously, why do PS1 games cost $6 on the Playstation Store, and these retro games from the 80's cost $4? So overpriced for such a cheap and easy PC emulation. If you want me to buy these things, price them like iTunes songs and make them impulse buys. Otherwise I won't bother. 85% of the crap on the Virtual Console is priced much higher then it's actually worth for an easy port of these games, and nothing else.

videogamr49
videogamr49

What? No Saturn...I want NiGHTS...*sniff*

Andrain14
Andrain14

correct me if i'm wrong but arnt the master system and genesis the same thing?

sieg6529
sieg6529

Great, I've always wanted to try those games.

masterlucas92
masterlucas92

It doesn't look like a good bargain since we can play all the commodore 64 games for free since they are abandonned software... Seems like Nintendo is thinking too much money. :S

dkcamp
dkcamp

this is simply fantastic!! this system was one of the most underrated in history, as it was more powerful than the nes, but simply didn't have the retail support of nintendo... i can't wait for this generation to get a closer look at my favorite gaming system from my past. Alex Kidd!!! Phantasy Star!!! Space Harrier!!! R-Type!!! can't wait!

X-RS
X-RS

SPELLCASTER!!! that is a great game, hopefully its added. but or me personally im STILL trying to get a wii and i have the game and 5 other master systems :P

4quarters
4quarters

Fantasy zone is awesome!!! Like a super colorful r*type with in level buyable upgrades. A must buy, I wish Sony would bring more older games to PSN other than th 4 or 5 midway games.

Conjuration
Conjuration

Commodore 64 downloads? Where? Not here in NA.

NoKuA
NoKuA

Hmmm price looks ok, for people who lives in a country where it's currency it's not as bad as mine... :o)

thegame1980
thegame1980

WOW! The Master System! I only had Alex Kidd and Double Dragon for it. Ugly red and black carts.

buckybuckster
buckybuckster

It would be funny if the rare Alex Kidd in Shinobi Land makes an appearance. It was a SMS game that put Alex into a Shinobi like world where he fought against ninjas and the like. One of the bosses was a guy who looked like a certain plumber on a then rival's system who's name was spelled Mari-oh. It's a little known fact that while NES conquered the U.S. and the world, it was trounced pretty soundly by the SMS in Europe.

KittenToes
KittenToes

great, i used to love my master system. i do still get it out to play sometimes aswell!!

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

A very underrated system. I'm really glad that they had the smarts to put some of the good ones up. . . nice.

mr_squibble
mr_squibble

This is awesomeness. The Sega Master System is one of the few retro consoles that I have never owned. Had a few friends with one back in the day and always kind of wanted one. I'm looking forward to the release of more SMS games. Although I already have the original Phantasy Star on The Phantasy Star Collection GBA cart, I'll probably still download it on the VC, especially if it's only $4.

bbrstanggt
bbrstanggt

wow.. first thing that came to mind for me was Altered Beast

abfackeln
abfackeln

I wish Sega would put their Arcade games on VC. I would like to play the original Shinobi again. It is cool that they are bringing SMS games to the Wii. I have around 6 SMS games in my collection. They are only okay. Not that great.

g_norori
g_norori

SWEET!!! loved the system.......please give us RAMBO: first blood pt2 (2 player top down shooter) I remember having a blast with that.

mysterylobster
mysterylobster

Some Master System games I'd play again are: Phantasy Star, Monster World, Aleste (Power Strike) and Zillion. All are dated, but still fun. The same can't be said for 90% of the others.

delusional696
delusional696

I like retro games but I swear I just read (on gamespot?) about nintendo dissing xbox live for crowding arcade with retro games. Found it. Nintendo said: "the service won't be clogged up with the retro titles that have blighted the chances of many independent studios on Xbox Live Arcade," That's specifically about "wiiware" so don't know if it's relevant to this as I'm not sure what that is or how it's different from virtual console. But still quit talking sh*t when you do the same thing nintendo. :)

neogeo_1999
neogeo_1999

Maybe nintendo will go back to releasing 3 games a week again instead of the sad flow of games we have been getting the past few weeks.

johnmetcalf
johnmetcalf

I hope the bring ghostbusters out for it. SMS version was far superior than the NES. Also I hope they will bring out Shinobi.

jawshoeuh
jawshoeuh

some of the light gun games on master system were the s@#$. i loved my master system.

HStakes7
HStakes7

C'mon Monkey Island! C'mon Panzer Dragoon for Saturn!

enoslives7
enoslives7

Zillion was the best game for Master System.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

wii tops the 360 in pricing fairness. The games are much cheaper

KevComesRipping
KevComesRipping

Wonder Boy III please, and thank you, Reggie Jackson Baseball would be nice too if you would

Dualmask
Dualmask

I had a SMS for a very brief time when I was much younger, but I remember playing some neat games for it like Hang On, Safari Hunt, Lord of the Sword and Zillion 2 (I think that's what it was called). It'll be cool to revisit some of those titles.

smokeyf
smokeyf

Sweet. I have been waiting for the Wonder Boy series to resurface for years. Best trilogy on the old systems. Hopefully Alex kidd is on the way.

Rej72380
Rej72380

It looks like Wii owners finally have an excuse to wait for Phantasy Star to show up on the VC.

heroofwinds1
heroofwinds1

master system has a lot of great games and it is always awesome to see new consoles to the virtual console.the price is very good too.i am still hoping that some day we will see dreamcast games on virtual console even if they come when the next nintendo console arrives..

JakeJohnson
JakeJohnson

Makes sense. (Now waiting for Zillion and Wonder Boy in Monster Land.)

Derrick718
Derrick718

Cool. I don't have a Wii but I still have my Master System. I fired it up the other day and it still works like a charm.

Hitman2500
Hitman2500

I guess more systems the better.

NBA_Jammer
NBA_Jammer

Remember when Sega and Nintendo were at odds with each other? "Sega does what Nintendon't." Shows people how times can change as time passes. Maybe I'll be able to play Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo games on each others' systems in years to come. Nice to hear about playing classics on systems...if only I could play Phantasy Star and Shinobi on the XBox.

easpley
easpley

I wonder where the extra memory is going to come from to install the downloads.

steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

Yeah, Saturn games would be nice. I'd buy Shinobi Legions...

Antilune
Antilune

That was my favorite console. Zillion 1, Wonderboy 1,2 and 3, Fantasy Zone, Phantasy Star, Space Harrier, Rastan, SPELLCASTER (anybody remembers that AWESOME game ? ), Kenseiden (very good platformer), Alex Kidd... Haha my childhood friend was so into Alex Kidd he even made pages and pages of comics with the characters... Aww the memories :) Being born in the early 80s was a blessing !

dmish82
dmish82

Never had the master system. I started with NES and went to the Genesis & SNES.

devilmaycry2020
devilmaycry2020

OH MY GOD ! ! THE NIGHTMARES OF ALEX KID BIG EARS ARE COMING BACK ! ! ! ! !