Super Mario RPG hits Europe VC

Updated Wii retro lineup to celebrate Hanabi Festival; Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars now available on Virtual Console.

Named after the Japanese fireworks season, the Hanabi festival makes another return to Nintendo Wii this week. The Mario factory has announced a number of classic titles for Virtual Console over the coming weeks, including a couple that star the famous plumber himself.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is the first of the new releases and is available on the European Virtual Console now. The game was originally released on the SNES in 1996, and was originally codeveloped between Nintendo and RPG stalwarts Square.

The second Mario offering is Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, which was available for a limited time during Nintendo's first Hanabi Festival last September. While The Lost Levels was originally released in Japan on Famicon Disk in 1986 as Super Mario Bros. 2, Western gamers got a completely different game instead, based on the unrelated Famicon Disk game Yume Kojo: Doki Doki Panic.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels are available now for 900 and 600 Wii Points respectively. In addition to the new Mario titles, other games in the coming weeks include Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa, Dig Dug, and Spelunker on the NES, and Doremi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure from the SNES.

According to Nintendo Europe's Web site, "some Hanabi Festival games include a small amount of Japanese text but can be enjoyed without knowledge of the language."

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Beastcake
Beastcake

One of the greatest RPGs of all time

lionheart234
lionheart234

i still got this game on me snes and it works, now i can play it on me wii too ..... xD

Hyper_Sonic_987
Hyper_Sonic_987

Lucky Euros. I've been waiting for this and Mega Man 2 for VC since November 19, 2006, and guess what?... YOU GET BOTH BEFORE WE GET ANY NEWS OF EITHER!!! I'm thinking of buying a ticket to Copenhagen. Any hints on good trans-Atlantic airlines?

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

I've been waiting for this one for a long time! Its been awhile since I've downloaded a VC game. Last one was Paper Mario I think. It seems that the stellar titles get released overseas before NA? Why is this? The same thing happened with Punch-Out. For the last several months we've been getting nothing but junk. XBox Live on the other hand has released some real gems lately such as Geometry Wars 2 and Braid which none of the current supposed Wii-Ware games can match in quality.

Darth_DuMas
Darth_DuMas

Finally, i've been waiting a long time for Super Mario RPG. It's the first time the game has ever been officially available to us since its initial 1996 release. Happy days.

Whellock
Whellock

Thats the first title so far but I'm rather annoyed that Earthbound is not on the list so I still condem Nintendo for not putting it on the Hanabi Festival list. Ness and Lucas are the only 2 Nintendo characters never known in Europe or Australia but they only appeared in the Super Smash Bros. games instead. I think it's about time Nintendo of Europe should start get their arses off the sofa and get this title released because nearly 100% of gamers in Europe want to see this title arrive. Come on NOE please bring on Earthbound.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

This a MAJOR development. It should be taken with total seriousness. Europe has waited ages for the game. Chrono Trigger is finally coming there too. Although for DS instead. Still no sign at all of Earthbound. That'd complete the "big three".

BelmontMaster
BelmontMaster

I want to see EarthBound come on the VC before this game, but I know that'll never happen

Kryptnyt
Kryptnyt

Its comin to america so long as well pay for it. which we definetly will.

1357900
1357900

Super Mario RPG. NA wants this badly. Enough Said.

Blace_07
Blace_07

If you like RPG's and haven't played SMRPG before then go do it right now.

gnbfd
gnbfd

............. DAMN YOU NOA! Why can't America have this game???????

sprinter6
sprinter6

I may be buying a Wii after all, if they bring this crap to America.