Trio added to Wii's VC

Latest games for Wii's Virtual Console include Tennis, Space Harrier II, Military Madness; all three now available for download.

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While much of the working public hates Mondays, retro gaming fans who happen to also be Wii owners can't wait for Monday morning. That's because Nintendo uses Mondays to release the latest offerings for its Virtual Console.

Today, three new games spanning three distinct genres were made available for download. Leading the pack is Tennis, which originally appeared on the Nintendo Entertainment System. The game simulates its namesake, can support two players, and costs 500 Wii points ($5).

Space Harrier II lands on the VC for 800 Wii points ($8). Originally appearing on the Sega Genesis, the game features the titular hero doing battle against waves of enemies in a 3D landscape.

Military Madness has been ported to the Wii from the TurboGrafx-16 console and costs 600 Wii points ($6) to download. The turn-based strategy game is set on the moon during a future war and features 16 stages.

One of the titles confirmed for release next week is the Sega Genesis' Toe Jam & Earl. For more on the Virtual Console, check out Nintendo's Virtual Console Web page.

Discussion

113 comments
h4xx0rz
h4xx0rz

I wonder where their priority list is...

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

wonder if they'll bother to make demos or 'time limits' to try out some of these games....

nev70
nev70

ROSE TINTED GLASSES ......................... and thier new IP is ?

Chi-You-Man
Chi-You-Man

I was always a space harrier fan myself, i want outrun! and banonza brothers

Death_Masta187
Death_Masta187

* sigh* still no Super Mario world....maybe thats what Ill get get x-mas

skyvader
skyvader

Military madness is still one of my favorites. I play it on the turboxpress and on my pc. I have yet to get the ps1 sequel neo nectaris.

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

I loved Military Madness for the TurboGrafx. It wasn't a big hit but a fun game.

dwmorrow
dwmorrow

Space Harrier II, yes; Military Madness and Tennis, no. This'll bring my VC purchase count to like 10 games or something, and they haven't even started releasing the really good games yet.

SXR621
SXR621

I believe this brings the TOTAL Virtual Console game count to 29, which is not bad going considering the fact we are less than 2 weeks after the UK launch... Ive got a close eye on the N64 releases, I already have a lot of N64 cartridges in my collection (100+) and im still collecting so im gonna need some srious convincing if im gonna actually buy a Wii and get full use of the Virtual Console... I also have a lot of Sega Megadrive games so unless I managed to sell off my collection and bought them all back on VC a Wii really isnt for me... is it ? ? ?

chaosmunkee
chaosmunkee

Thus far, I haven't bought a game on the VC. I'll probably fork over some money once they include- River City Ransom (NES) Super Mario RPG (SNES) Final Fantasy 2 or 3(4 or 6 in Japan) (SNES) Earthbound (SNES) Earthbound Zero (NES) Any Phantasy Star (GEN) Zombies Ate My Neighbors (SNES, GEN) Sin & Punishment (N64) Super Metroid (SNES) Link to the Past (SNES) Maniac Mansion (NES) Well that's my wishlist. In my eyes, these games have stood the tests of time and are still fun to play now. Adding Tennis and other simple games isn't a bad thing, it probably takes them very little time and effort to port them over. There's no doubt in my mind that we'll see more awesome VC games; you just have to remember that the Wii just came out last month, Nintendo is also working on new games, and if we don't stop complaining, Reggie's going to come to our houses melt our faces off.

John926
John926

Please get Mischief Makers on there Ninty!

jmac777
jmac777

Im happy to have my classic games on my big Screen TV. It brings back so many memories and is alot better than downloading them on a computer

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Ohh joy more game i already have and could play long before the WII came. When are they going to do super rare games like mario excite bike and earthbound zero? I got those too but at least they would be worth the outragious price. and no n64 games nintendo it sucked. Nintendo,sega and hudson is also pulling you peoples chains and could have had just about every game they made on the service on day one if they wished you are only paying for emulation application that is universal to the consoles and a ROM data.

Poison_Me_Rum
Poison_Me_Rum

Some people are never happy! I have no problem waiting for some of the real gems to be released. I mean, they gave us Gunstar Heroes, what more do you need. ;)

tergeoglou
tergeoglou

OK time to be really nerdy here. All those who say military madness is advance wars grandpa you are mistaken. Military Madness is a great game I used to play the hell out of it on my turbo, but the point is advance wars stems from nintendo wars which is older then military madness by a year or two I believe.

exedeath
exedeath

I just bought Military Madness, and it rocks. This game reminds me of advanced wars alot, and it is fun. In fact I enjoyed this alot more than advanced wars. I think They are putting up games for everyone. I am just worried about running out of room on my Wii.

Cwesty21
Cwesty21

Stop complaining at least you have a wii lol Ive found about 30 PS3s but no wii

mhder
mhder

Hey, I like the multiplayer on tennis and ice hockey and $5 is fine ...Look around, a latte will run you just as much. And no one is forcing you to pay for these. I mean, if tennis or ice hockey was $2-$3, were you gonna buy it anyways? From the sounds of it, you guys don't like those games so it doesn't matter how much it costs, you wouldn't get them. All you people do is come and complain as if the VC was the only reason you bought the Wii.

Gamewako
Gamewako

Where b all the N64 games???

brandontek
brandontek

Tennis. COME ON! You can do better than that. Im not going to buy Tennis.

undox
undox

Space Harrier 2 I can see. Military Madness I can see. However, how many people are going to buy Tennis? Even by NES standards, there are better games for it. I'll pass.

axillia
axillia

Ok, how about giving us some good games now?

Jaeme
Jaeme

I just checked out the VC web page, and it lists Dungeon Explorer(TG16), Toe Jam and Earl(SG) and Urban Champion(NES) which aren`t currently(Dec 19/06) available. I assume that these are the Xmas day titles for VC. I was kinda hoping for Super mario 1 or 2, maybe Duckhunt. One of the big ones anyway. Oh well...

Ryking
Ryking

Games I'm waiting for are Mike Tyson's Punch Out (NES) and Desert Strike(Genesis). Does anyone know why Sega isn't allowing games from the Dreamcast?

szindragon
szindragon

Still no Marble Madness or TecmoBowl. Sigh...

smackalicious
smackalicious

It's clear that some of you may never have heard of Military Madness, but man do you have to give this game a shot. Think of Advance Wars...if you like that game you will LOVE this one. I can't speak highly enough about it. Considering the game goes for $50 on Ebay for the TG-16, I think $6 is CHEAP! Quit reading and go get this game immediately.

wiz4ha
wiz4ha

Chainblast While I agree with what you're saying, who is it to say what is a lower-end spectrum game compared to a higher end? While most of us know that Legend of Zelda is a stellar game worth the price because it is a higher end game, whats not to say that Ice Hockey is a stellar game to someone else? Again, I agree that the prices are too high on VC and there should be a fluctuating price model, it's just a matter of developing one that works and makes sense - and that's the hard part. Doubtful that things would change either - VC seems to be doing very well. And for all of those waiting for RPGs and some of the bigger names... Nintendo will release them... but to prolong the life of the Wii over the next 4 or 5 years, Nintendo will only release a few of these big titles over the course of the next year, for instance. Makes sense over the long run, just a test of patience to the gamers!

feryl06
feryl06

what's with the big hold up Nintendo? Give the people what they want to play---the Supermario games, Metroids, RPGs, Castlevania, etc...

4lic
4lic

I'm still waiting for good games.... RPGs!

Andrew_LL
Andrew_LL

This is the worse day of my life ='( Why can't they port good games?!

shizwill03
shizwill03

Darn It!!! I really need to remember to add Wii points to my account so I can download....

lowenergycycle
lowenergycycle

@josephmadde2005 I do have to say I wish Nintendo would have thrown us a few more choice cut rather then the mess they have put on the VC. I understand spacing and waiting for big sequels but man this is getting old. I agree, but 'getting old'? Hardly, the Wii has only been out a month... And they're releasing games with a frequency that is hither-to unmatched. I admit that most are total duffers though...

Chainblast
Chainblast

It depends on the game. Assuming that Mario 3 will be $5, getting a cart off of ebay for that game will cost you much more than that when you factor in shipping fees. Or you could press a couple buttons and have a perfect version of it on the Wii. I guess it depends on how you look at owning virtual and physical items. But I will agree with you that 95% of the time VC is a rip-off. Games like Legend of Zelda, Mario 64 and the selection of TG16 games I think are priced okay, but it's the Genesis, SNES and the whole load of crap like Ice Hockey and Tennis that are priced too high. The VC needs to have price brackets, and not a standard price per console, which in NA it seems to have. NES games need to run $2-5, SNES $5-8, Genesis $5-8, TG16 $4-6 and N64 $7-10, with games like Tennis being at the low end of the bracket and Zelda being at the high end. Prices need to be determined based on what you're getting.

mhder
mhder

bror_jace Vc is just a big scam.....I got all the genesis and Snes roms Ive ever wanted already,and everybody knows you can download them for free from a million different sites,----- LOL, you do illegal downloads and call VC a scam? YOu are in no position to make that kind of comment.

mjc
mjc moderator moderator

TJ & Earl!

Doolum
Doolum

Guess Nintendo is really going for it.

smbius
smbius

Aside from the illegal means (i.e. emulation), I think the VC is a rip off compared to what you can get from actually owning the cartridge (see ebay).

josephmadde2005
josephmadde2005

I do have to say I wish Nintendo would have thrown us a few more choice cut rather then the mess they have put on the VC. I understand spacing and waiting for big sequels but man this is getting old.

2TrickedOut
2TrickedOut

The TurboGrafx-16 was an awesome system at the time its great to see those titles on the wii. I still have my panasonic 3DO. It had some great titles crash&burn and roadrash,total eclipse were great at the time. I like the virtual console games,but I wish they would try to give us at least one popular title each week. also you can't just pay 6.00 for a game when you pay 10.00 for 1000 points. if you buy a 800 or 600 point game you still don't have enough for another title.

spokomptonjdub
spokomptonjdub

Military Madness is an absolute gem. I actually had a TG16 back in the day, and it was one of the best games for it. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good strategy game. It's good that the TG16 library can get some exposure on the Wii, there is a lot of good games for the system that many people never even heard of, much less got a chance to play.

bror_jace
bror_jace

Vc is just a big scam.....I got all the genesis and Snes roms Ive ever wanted already,and everybody knows you can download them for free from a million different sites,including Nintendo,i cant get why they charge you for them.A Nes rom for 5 bucks?cmon The only Roms i want for the vc are N64 games,and a lot of em are not from nintendo,i want turok 3 and armorines,but since acclaim is dead,will i ever play them again? I sold my N64 and all my games when i was very very stupid......

Apocolypse_Cow
Apocolypse_Cow

Boooooo. Release the Zelda and Metroid games, already.

Apocolypse_Cow
Apocolypse_Cow

Booo. Release the Zelda games. Metroid and Kirby, too.

DefianceNJ
DefianceNJ

" toe jam and earl should be nice..." The original Toe Jam and Earl is complete crap. What you want is the sequal, Toe Jam and Earl: Panic On Funkotron.

Wolf26pack
Wolf26pack

Now I Just got a Wii and I don't think any as of yet VC Games interest me but I'm sure that will change eventually. What I can't really understand is why anyone would buy a Tennis game for the VC when the System comes with a Tennis Game in the Box on Wii Sports. Maybe it's for the real Hardcore fans but not me.

jastzu
jastzu

I've already purchased half a dozen VC games but I'm now holding the line until I can get my Kid Icarus on.

Extra_Life
Extra_Life

The Wii has only been out a month and already loads of people are moaning about a lack of good VC releases. Do you really want every game right now and then have nothing to look forward to over the next 3 years or so? Thought not. Its not so bad right now anyway in my opinion, but don't you think some of the bigger releases might be kept aside for the next gen counterparts? Metroid Prime 3 could see any game from the Metroid series released alongside it in the VC, same with Super Mario Galaxy, Fire Emblem, Final Fantasy. Personally I'm hoping for a whole deluge of SNES RPGs sooner or later, but I'm happy to wait.

PowerSwitchOff
PowerSwitchOff

All games I care little for, though Military Madness is of mild interest. However, I will not be truly satisfied until Ufouria, Seiken Densetsu 3, Alien Soldier, Sin & Punishment, and the entire Sega Master System line-up are added to the VC line-up...IN North America. It is doubtful this will ever happen though, seeing how Nintendo and Sega are perfectly content with tossing us their leftovers and expecting us to pay for them. After all, Nintendo's the same company that refuses to bring Mother 3 to North America purely out of spite, so why should they do anything that might be even remotely pleasing to the fans? And Sega, you can take your infatuation with Columns, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Flicky, and Sonic the Hedgehog and shove it. Gunstar Heroes is nice though. REALLY nice. Please try staying on that track.

OfficialBed
OfficialBed

lol...these games are nothing to be proud of.....if you are a wii owner, i feel sorry for you