Nintendo offers Virtual Console imports

Mario's Lost Levels and Treasure's Sin & Punishment surface on downloadable game service.

Today, Nintendo updated the Wii's Virtual Console with two games that North American gamers were originally denied.

First up is Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Originally released as Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan, the game was curiously passed over for a North American release. Instead, Nintendo slapped Mario characters into an unrelated game and released that game as the classic platformer's sequel domestically. However, the Lost Levels have appeared in the US before, once as a part of the Super Mario All-Stars collection on the Super Nintendo, and again as a bonus mode in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for the GameCube.

The other new import this week is Sin & Punishment, a Nintendo 64 shooter from the twitch-friendly developers at Treasure (Bangai-O, Gunstar Heroes). Taking its cues from the likes of Space Harrier and the Panzer Dragoon series, Sin & Punishment has players running toward the horizon and moving crosshairs around to target enemies. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's import review.

The two games appear in a new "Import" genre classification on the Wii Shop Channel, and just like tangible imported copies of games, they command a price premium. The Lost Levels sells for 600 Wii points ($6) compared to the standard NES game's 500 Wii points ($5), and Sin & Punishment will carry the same 20 percent markup. Treasure's shooter is available for 1,200 Wii points ($12), whereas its fellow N64 offerings normally sell for 1,000 Wii points ($10).

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VirtualBoyZ
VirtualBoyZ

cool, but lame of nintendo to charge extra $$$ for an 'import' game. i guess they have to pay for those free wii-mote jackets somehow... lol

Shishio817
Shishio817

Cool, but I played Lost Levels on SM All-Stars already.

D-mazing
D-mazing

fire emblem would be sweet

MilesTormani
MilesTormani

Um, terrific that we're getting imports of games that have been remade in the US somehow anyway. Seiken Densetsu 3 please?

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

that's pretty cool.......although i have to say, (from playing lost levels on SM all-stars) i'm glad the U.S. has the mario 2 we got instead of the lost levels!!!!

wiifan001
wiifan001

Yeah... I have the lost levels from Super Mario Bros. on my Super Mario Bros Deluxe game for my Game Boy Color.

Morceman
Morceman

I agree with Skywalker... Those are some good games...

DeathScape666
DeathScape666

Super Mario Deluxe is for the GameBoy Color. It isn't for the GameCube.

Dizinger
Dizinger

The increased cost is probably due in part to the fact that the games need to be translated. They aren't going to use a fan translation, but do it from scratch. The other VC games haven't needed translation. I would pay 20% more to be able to read it in a language I understand.

JAREDJR
JAREDJR

Downloaded both of these games, can't wait to beat them. It sure beats paying +$50 to import them. I just hope that no game costs more than 1200 points in the future, now that they have set the standard.

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

This should read "price drop" instead of price spike! 2 reasons: A) Nintendo is dominating both markets, here and in Japan, so if anyone has the dough to toss around, it's the big N, not the loyal players and B) They ARE indeed imports, but there is no shipping involved, you just download them fron the Wii and thats that. Well, I hope this is not a preview if things to come. C'mon big N! You listening? Oh and where the HELL is my Super Mario RPG?!

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

Good to see Nintendo finally giving in.

metalisticpain
metalisticpain

I agree, bring on the fire emblem (chrono trigger too!)

JustWiicredible
JustWiicredible

Treasure made some quality games. Glad to see them heading to the VC.

just4yoshi
just4yoshi

Okay. Now where's FIRE EMBLEM????

MasterAsh42
MasterAsh42

Excellent. . . I'll gladly plop down 600 Wii Points for Mother in the (hopefully) near future. EDIT: To GrrrrrSpot7: Nintendo's online services are, you know, free. Would you rather pay money each month and nab a few titles, or pay money each month only to get access to it's mostly bare online offerings? That's how I rationalize Virtual Console purchases. . .Buy a few interesting titles here and there as a sort of subscription to support the network to help enable future advancements. Of course, if you firmly believe you should have everything handed to you either free or at cost, thus never compensating anyone for their work or fueling companies to improve themselves, be my guest. . .Several others are more than happy to pick up your slack. Be sure to thank them when Nintendo does something you do like.

videogamr49
videogamr49

"again as a bonus mode in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for the GameCube." ...What? Super Mario Bros. Deluxe was for the Game Boy Color.

BAMX
BAMX

This is awesome news. Now hopefully they bring over some of the older Fire Emblem games (specifically Monsho no Nazo and Seisen no Keifu).

captainfork
captainfork

So, I guess this is the mysterious September Surprise?

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

Freakn Awesome!! Sin & Punishment is one beautiful game, now bring us Mother 3!

jasonr
jasonr

Two wrods: Bahamut Lagoon

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

That's cool. Now if Nintendo would release the original Mother...or Earthbound Zero as we would call it. Also Dragon Quest(warrior) V and VI would be awesome as well.

Chainblast
Chainblast

I'm very happy about this. Hopefully we'll see more import games released in the future.

Vulpis
Vulpis

Interesting thought on the price increase on the import titles. On the one hand, people have pointed out the extra $$$ covers doing *new* localization work on the import games. Funny thing is, though--keep in mind that many, many games are ported imports as well, and have the cost of localization included in their prices *anyway*.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

the vc would also have to be capable of playing gba titles, which i don't see why it can't...why can't it?

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

sure yeah, we could get mother 3...but it would be in japanese...not sure what the point of that would be unless you know japanese. but yeah, sure, why not.

DS_Lightning21
DS_Lightning21

We could get Mother 3 and find out who this Lucas is (who was just announced as a SSBB playable character).

ibanezdropd
ibanezdropd

i don't really think that import games should cost any more since the means of distribution is the exact same as domestic titles on Wii VC.

sacatash
sacatash

Hey Nintendo! I hope you release Killer Instinct 2 and Tactics Ogre 64......please!!!

zombey1333
zombey1333

FREAKIN SWEET!!! Maybe we'll get to see the ORIGINAL FFII AND FFIII AND FFV :O~ Along with the many MANY other games that we silly Americans haven't had the chance to sink our teeth into XD!!!

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Very glad to see Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels. Sin & Punishment isn't that great of a game and really isn't worth $2 more. To tell you the truth, I don't think I'd pay additional money for either one of these titles.

GrrrrrSpot7
GrrrrrSpot7

Nice to see everyone complaining about the price spike for these great import games. They could easily charge more, but they don't, so be happy. Yeah. Be happy they're ripping you off, because they could rip you off even more strongly. Not. The price is unjustifiable from any perspective other than "We like money." While that is quite a noble goal, it's laughable to think it's a good thing for us customers. Don't be dense.

Santas_Hitman
Santas_Hitman

Super Mario Deluxe was for the Gameboy Color, not the Gamecube.

OldKai
OldKai

Nice to see everyone complaining about the price spike for these great import games. They could easily charge more, but they don't, so be happy.

buzzoinks
buzzoinks

I imported the Sin & Punishment cart back in the day and loved it... Treasure knows their stuff. If you like on-rails shooters, then you'll love this game... I will definately download it.

getoconnection
getoconnection

Are you kidding me? Nintendo actually did it. I don't believe my freakin eyes. Being a long time Nintendo fanboy I honestly had zero faith that they would release this game (S&P). I stand corrected. Nintendo will blow the doors off the VC if they continue to do imports. Amazing.

Drkr_Zen
Drkr_Zen

Definitely not a bad start to October's releases.. with five mondays this month, I hope we see a lot more titles this good. But anyway, it's nice to see Nintendo's mark up not be something like $5 bucks to even out at $15 for these types of VC titles. That might be some indication as to what Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and the like will be.

tman978
tman978

Meh, cool but I'll never buy em.

Supersonic2000
Supersonic2000

Mario Lost Levels AND Sin and Punishment?! AWESOME! :D

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

This should read "price drop" instead of price spike! 2 reasons: A) Nintendo is dominating both markets, here and in Japan, so if anyone has the dough to toss around, it's the big N, not the loyal players and B) They ARE indeed imports, but there is no shipping involved, you just download them fron the Wii and thats that. Well, I hope this is not a preview if things to come. C'mon big N! You listening?

chrisda
chrisda

lol, they made a mistake, its game boy color, not gamecube.

comelstr
comelstr

finally after weeks of disapoment finally good games have come im gunna get these after i go to the store and get more Wii Points man if they keep releseing good games my memory is gunna overflow i always wanted to play the REAL version of SMB2 now next week they need to have Castlevania III and SMB3

richlockard
richlockard

"Super Mario Bros. Deluxe for the GameCube." They meant "Game Boy Color".... Lot of typos in the news recently :P

christhepenguin
christhepenguin

S***. 12 dollars? Maybe I'll go rob a liquor store first. I don't have 12 dollars to throw around! However, I've heard nothing bad about SIn and Punishment and I love Treasure's other works. What to do?!?!