Star Fox 64 takes off on Wii VC

Nintendo 3D space shooter joined on downloadable game service by two wingmen in NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and TG-16 Dragon's Curse.

Three new games were added to the Nintendo Wii's Virtual Console today, spearheaded by just the fourth Nintendo 64 title to arrive on the downloadable game service. Star Fox 64 is joined on the service's new release list by the original Nintendo Entertainment System Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game and the TurboGrafx-16 action-role-playing-game Dragon's Curse.

When it was released in 1997, Star Fox 64 became the first sequel in the series to see the light of day (Star Fox 2 on the Super Nintendo was canceled). The game boasted support for up to four players and levels that take players out of the standard Arwing fighters and put them behind the controls of tanks and submarines. Star Fox 64 is available for the N64-standard 1,000 Wii Points ($10).

One game that deviates from the Virtual Console's usual pricing scheme is the original NES Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game. Not to be confused with the NES port of the arcade game, Konami's first foray with the license was a single-player side-scrolling action game in which gamers could switch between the four turtles at will. It also carries an asking price of 600 Wii Points ($6), a $1 premium over the usual amount charged for NES games. The only other North American Virtual Console game to receive the premium pricing treatment is R-Type, which sells for 800 Wii Points ($8) instead of the TurboGrafx-16 games' usual 600 Wii Points ($6).

The final game added to the Virtual Console today is HudsonSoft's 1990 TurboGrafx-16 game Dragon's Curse. As a hero transformed into a creature, players must travel the gameworld defeating monsters and acquiring various swords, items, and armor in order to defeat the sinister Mecha Dragon. Dragon's Curse is available for 600 Wii Points ($6).

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_Sam_
_Sam_

good addition! I love star fox

DeathmageMokey
DeathmageMokey

Nice. Now, what they really need is to start putting the old FF games on there...

MrSickVisionz
MrSickVisionz

StarFox 64 rocks, but the real treat is the NES TMNT game. I remember waking up @ like 6:am and playing that game before school. I had to pause it and leave my system on all day and pray that my mother didn't turn it off. haven't played it in years (close to two decades) though, but I do remember it being very fun and very hard.

zsc4
zsc4

More and more games thats always good, well I don't owe a Wii so it doesn't really bother me.

rouguesquadron
rouguesquadron

Star Fox 64 is still the best Star Fox game to this day. I can't wait to download this game.

Scammeleon
Scammeleon

RealXBoxKiller: "yet another n64 game that has aged very very badly." Are you mad? Starfox 64 is one of the best aged N64 titles! It still plays like an absolute dream, and is a fantastic experience. And lets face it, its gameplay hasn't been topped in any of the recent Starfox games. Well, here in Europe I'm excitedly awaiting its "Lylat Wars" release, hopefully this Thursday! Yay!

Lefty2k5
Lefty2k5

StarFox 64!?!?! YES!!!!!!

ct1257860
ct1257860

cool even though i dont gots a WII

NandoSupes
NandoSupes

time to master Starfox 64 the way I did back when it came out years ago lol,it is a great game indeed!!.

X_Box_Killer
X_Box_Killer

Starfox 64? Do not want! Yet another n64 game that has aged very very badly. Six bucks for TMNT 1 on the NES? Do not want! I could probably buy one of the more recent games for the very same price, or even the auctul cart of the game for that, if not cheaper. Dragon's Curse? That was a Turbo version of SMS Wonderboy 3 wasn't it? The SMS had some pretty terrible games, but I do remember that being one of the better games, if not the best of them.

Homeboy609
Homeboy609

Nice, a vc game I'm actually lookin' forwad to downloading..Star fox baby.. this a dkc

surferboy2177
surferboy2177

That game was pretty fun. Should probably check it out.

Metroid_Slasher
Metroid_Slasher

WOOT this game rocks, I busted out SF64 on my N64 like a month ago and was rockin it on hard mode, (that's right get all the medals and u unlock hard mode) But yeah this game is a MUST HAVE for anyone who has never played it or for those who don't have it on the N64 ohh yeah, when is the original StarFox going to come out on the VC, get on it Ninty :)

geebus
geebus

DO A BARREL ROLL!

FearNeutron
FearNeutron

Starfox 64... just need Crystalis and I can die happy. Thank you Nintendo!

Acid_Kitsune
Acid_Kitsune

Wikipedia says that TMNT's increase is a licensing issue with Konami... whatever that means. Hopefully that trend ends quickly before Castlevania 1 shows up. At least R-Type's increase made more sense as it cost more because it was two games in one. And I agree with ScionofEntropy about Angry Nintendo Nerd having a following that doesn't play games only because he dislikes them. Why not have a thought of your own people? Besides, the guy was too young to remember when the games first came out, so his "opinions" sound more like bible quotes from text that he doesn't understand. --------------------------------------------------------- I'm guessing that the "licensing issue" has something to do with Ubisoft currently holding the TMNT license. And what's with the "angry video game nerd" bashing just because he said the first TMNT sucked eggs? I love the NES and I love the TMNT, but that game sucked back then, and it still sucks to this day. They should've released the second one. Oh, yeah: "Generic Starfox Quote!"

noblekeltic
noblekeltic

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panteral3
panteral3

Wow! Much better than a NEW starfox with upgraded graphics! Hurray for obsolecence!

Cor-WII
Cor-WII

My first game on N64 will now be the first downloaded game for wii. Mission Completed!

JMizzle
JMizzle

Ah Lylat Wars. If only Nintendo would make another one like that....

waffle79
waffle79

:D starfox this friday then :D hopefully they will release majora's mask that would make my day !

rgjj
rgjj

tell u what all the new games out thier an im spendin a fortune on the old n's but hey who cares keep them a comin !!!!!!!

Maverick19
Maverick19

This is NICE, but where is SUPER METROID, I need to beat Ridleys @55 for the 18th time along with the mother brain.. but i must download Star Fox 64 for now, and maybe TMNT...

shrink45
shrink45

"I'll do my best, Andross won't have his way with me!"

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

Ahh, the last StarFox before they started tinkering with the formula. I wish they'd make a new one sticking just to the basics.

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

Sweet sweet game ! I actually busted out my 64 a few months back and played it again.

NWA_31
NWA_31

FINALLY a good game worth downloading :D

Mikael_S
Mikael_S

Never played Star Fox 64, I was to busy playing ocarina of time and a bunch of other games on the system so I totally missed this game. Almost everyone says it's a classic so I might have to download it as soon as I get my Wii.

Ninjap00
Ninjap00

Downloaded StarFox64. The game is win.

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

Wikipedia says that TMNT's increase is a licensing issue with Konami... whatever that means. Hopefully that trend ends quickly before Castlevania 1 shows up. At least R-Type's increase made more sense as it cost more because it was two games in one. And I agree with ScionofEntropy about Angry Nintendo Nerd having a following that doesn't play games only because he dislikes them. Why not have a thought of your own people? Besides, the guy was too young to remember when the games first came out, so his "opinions" sound more like bible quotes from text that he doesn't understand.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i never did play star fox 64 even though i had a nin64.... might have to try it out.

priestkai
priestkai

Yay, I love Lylat Wars :D So many great-oneliners.

iku94
iku94

sweet, i wonder if lylat wars will use the cool motion sensor, there was something similar to it in warioware where you could contol the snes Arwings and that couple of minutes of flyinf was awesome.

tk1080
tk1080

CMon! i want Lylat Wars on Friday! :P

Poison_Me_Rum
Poison_Me_Rum

Here's hoping StarFox 64 (aka Lylat Wars) comes out in the UK on Friday. That was my all time favourite N64 game.

Brock_UK
Brock_UK

Yes that's all very well but come on, where's Conker? How that will really make my day!

Alucard7321
Alucard7321

Ahh! Finnaly we can all shoot Slippy again! :)

osxgp
osxgp

That'a nice and all, but how about some Wii games Nintendo?

chillydawg5000
chillydawg5000

Americans have to pay more because taxes collected from the sale of Virtual Console games are being used to fund the US government's battle against the evil Shredder.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

They are jilting the Americans. I downloaded TMNT a couple of weeks ago (I live in the UK) for the Wii and it only cost 500 points. Why do the Americans have to pay 600?