Virtual Console brings Mario to Europe

The upcoming slate of Virtual Console downloads for the Wii features games never seen before in Europe.

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This week is Mario Week for European Wii owners, as two Mario titles are now available for download to celebrate the anniversary of the release of Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. first went on sale in Japan on September 13, 1985.

The first game up for grabs is Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, which is the sequel to the first Mario game, and was originally released in 1986 on the Famicom system in Japan. It expands on the original Super Mario Bros. game by adding new level designs, tougher enemies, and secret worlds to explore. The game will only be available to download from Virtual Console until September 30.

Mario's Super Picross, a title previously only available in Japan, is the second Mario game now on the service. Similar to Picross DS, the game is a puzzle with a grid of tiles which reveal a picture when the puzzle is solved.

Also, TurboGrafx action adventure Neutopia II is also being released this week. Neutopia II follows on from the first game after the hero Jazeta destroyed the emperor of darkness, Dirth. In this sequel, Dirth is back, and Jazeta must once again defeat the evil emperor.

Next week will see the release of NES titles Ninja Gaiden, Gradius III, and Ninja JaJaMaru-Kun, and one Nintendo 64 game, Sin and Punishment.

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels costs 600 Wii points (approx £4.20), Mario's Super Picross costs 900 Wii points (£6.30), and Neutopia II costs 600 Wii points (£4.20).

Discussion

60 comments
lamprey263
lamprey263

You know, they could just release Mario All Stars for the Virtual Console, thus saving everyone a lot of Wii points.

jayo4
jayo4

Neither game showed up today on the VC. Darn. No surprise, though. Remember our SMB2 came out in Europe, like, a whole month or so before it came out here! Since Europe got these previously Japan-only games, I'm sure we'll also get them eventually... You haveto pay $35 US for a 20000 points card? Man, I never had to pay more than $20 for 20000 points by any means!

KingSigy
KingSigy

I wonder if Nintendo just now refers to Super Mario 2 as lost levels? Maybe, and if so, why isn't it on the American VC?

stiggymaster
stiggymaster

I have just got SMB: lost levels and it is good and is the orignal and is hard. I agree with EiRoGGe, that the points should be cheaper. They are too expensive

Brother_Boney
Brother_Boney

XGxAxMxExRX "How come lost levels is only up to Sept. 30, does that only happen in the UK?" No. Unfortunately, it concernes all of Europe :(. It's just a cheap marketing trick but still a pretty cool one :D. Remember, this is the original Super Mario Brothers 2 we're talking about! Not some cheap SNES-remake. This has all the original graphics. They are very different from SMB 1. It's something the SNES-version never told us. I own a couple of pirate carts of the original and the graphics are sweet. Welcome to Warp Zone says you have to beat the game 8 times to access secret levels. Man that's just crazy. They could have provided a modified option with the secret levels unlocked. I'd like to meet the person who can actually beat the game 8 times.

EiRoGGe
EiRoGGe

Why can't they make the points cards cheaper? 25 euros (~ 34 US$!) is way too much for 2000 points...

Blaziken257
Blaziken257

I also hope the US gets the Lost Levels. The US only gets 2 versions, both of which are changed (and one of which is missing 20 out of the 52 levels, or 38.46% of the game), Europe gets 3, and Japan gets 5 (more than twice what the US gets). WTF? Oh well, at least I happen to have one of the Japanese versions...

aramitz
aramitz

£4.20 is beyond a rip off (as is all the VC content on the Wii). You could probably pick up a Mario All-stars cart from Ebay or Gamestation for around 50p. That is if you want the lost levels that badly, it really isn't anything special.

tricky_d
tricky_d

If there referring to lost levels being a first release well its slightly wrong it was released on mario all stars for the snes. was pretty good if i remember right.

RKO619FU
RKO619FU

Its well annoying that the uk people r saying good nintendo r 4 doing this and the american people r acting all pissed off. in uk smash bros is not cuming out 2 2008 and super paper mario has only just cum out. nintendo does not care about the europe audience thats y they make them wait. they its because of language because on pal u hav 2 put more languages on to disk well sony microsoft and all other game developers seem 2 do just fine with this witch is a shame because i think nintendo make the best games

RoC1909
RoC1909

"It just proves how genius the virtual console is" Uh. GENIUS is releasing the software to the WHOLE WORLD so that MORE money can be made! Not just releasing a game only in Europe and then, ONLY having it available till Sept 30 (If the article is correct). This is STUPIDITY.....not genius.

jab692
jab692

I want lost levels in the states too...

fabz_95
fabz_95

Nintendos making up for the mistakes they made in the past about giving games to europe or not It just proves how genius the virtual console is

Poison_Me_Rum
Poison_Me_Rum

This is a beautiful thing. It seems as though Nintendo are really trying to patch things up with Europe. Remember when Animal Crossing wasn't going to be released over here? Yeah, gamers kicked up a fuss and Nintendo realised that gaming is big over here. There are a few scars from the SNES era that need healing, such as Chrono Trigger, Super Mario RPG and even Seiken Densetsu 3 (that one's doubtful, but still!). Super Mario Bros. 2 is a lovely addition, as you can now compare both the Japanese and English versions. The English one is different, but not as solid as the Japanese version (or Lost Levels). I remember when they rereleased the Super Mario games for the GBA. I always thought "Shouldn't they just release Super Mario All-Stars?". Same holds true here, but I actually prefer playing the NES versions. They have a certain charm about them. :)

Fisher-Price
Fisher-Price

Mario RPG is one we didn't get in Europe.. Hint hint..

Maxx_the_Slash
Maxx_the_Slash

The USA Mario 2 is cooler. I'd still get Lost Levels, if it comes out here in America, but our Mario 2 is better because it's completely new compared to Lost Levels, because Lost Levels is just the Mario 1 engine with SOME different graphics and harder levels. Even the music is reused. The least they could have done was alter some of the music.

The_Weekend
The_Weekend

Finally! the true part 2 of the mario brothers series!

Darth_DuMas
Darth_DuMas

More importantly Sin and Punishment for the N64 is coming to the VC, which was never released in the UK.

XGxAxMxExRX
XGxAxMxExRX

How come lost levels is only up to Sept. 30, does that only happen in the UK?

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

Lost levels was part of the PAL version of All Stars just like every where else but it's never had a stand alone release. Pretty sure Super Picross has never been released out side of Japan, no idea about Neutopia.

chibi-acer
chibi-acer

Wow, the UK never had the Lost Levels before? It wasn't originally released in the US because it was considered too hard for american gamers. What does this say about UK gamers if it took over 20 years to finally arrive? :)

muffinduck01
muffinduck01

i hope we see rayman 2 on the vc soon i cant find my copy and im dyeing to play it

ZeroWil
ZeroWil

Still waiting for Contra Hard Corps.

WeAreToast
WeAreToast

*Currently sitting in the US waiting for good news about VC here*

vaejas
vaejas

Neutopia II: "Worth two also's."

ShuuMutou
ShuuMutou

Interesting, Australia has just gotten news about this as well. I might get Mario soon once I get Wii points. =]

japanesegoth
japanesegoth

i dunno...i might get the lost levels if they do it for the US. i'd like to play it in its original form. i only have the one on snes with enhanced graphics...

tyzwain
tyzwain

Yes! I got Lost Levels and its great :). Gunna get the Mario picross later,but cant wait for Sins and Punishment :). Well done Nintendo! Now all we need is Mario RPG.

Spektre41
Spektre41

I hope this comes to NA soon. Seriously now, Lost Levels AND Sin & Punishment?

shadwell-
shadwell-

This is really what people hoped for with the Virtual Console: stuff they couldn't get easily by other legitimate means. Guess I'll have to buy them to show my support. Commence swearing at The Lost Levels!

XwarzoneX
XwarzoneX

Oooh, Picross rules. Only game Nintendo released in the last ten years that was worth playing for more than 10 minutes, and only casual game worth spending more than that on. I'll have nothing to play on the DS when I beat Free mode on Picross. :-(

Willy105
Willy105

Cool. Brings hop for many japan only games coming to US!

yyr
yyr

They'd better NOT give us Super Mario All-Stars instead of giving us The Lost Levels individually. The SMB1 engine in All-Stars was broken, and made SMB1 way more difficult and LL virtually impossible. What a waste of time that was. What, you don't believe me? Break out your original SMB and All-Stars carts and see for yourself. Grab a mushroom and then jump into a line of breakable bricks while moving to the right. Original NES version = you bounce off the brick you hit, breaking it, and continue moving to the right as you descend. All-Stars version = you continue to rise after breaking the brick, slam into the left side of the next brick in the line, and then sink like a stone, probably into a bottomless pit. All-Stars = crap.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

I'll be downloading this one. What a rare gem!

smeghead83
smeghead83

OMG YES..i loved lost lvls on Mario all stars...i cant wait to play this :D

Konfusion
Konfusion

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SegaFan_Ssk
SegaFan_Ssk

Man, I want Lost Levels on my VC! Release in North America soon, Nintendo!!

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

You mean the true SMB2? That's cool. @ DonutTrooper You might say the other two are competition of a sort, but I don't think anything would be in the manner you mean. Among other reasons, standard game prices are generally set in stone in this industry are rarely vary. Look at the console market. The only thing that changes them (officially, not through a store's internal decision) is when a hit seller starts slowing down. Then, and only then does it become a "million seller" or something and MSRP is reduced. Our only real hope is if Nintendo's leaders decide to have mercy on us.

DonutTrooper
DonutTrooper

I love the VC, and they games they bring. It's just too bad Nintendo has a monopoly on that market (I'm going to get so flamed for saying that.), because the prices are pretty high for games some people still might have lying around. It would be good for Nintendo to have some sort of competition in the retro gaming field, because then I'm sure prices would be lowered by them and the competition.

GrimBee
GrimBee

Hmm, I think Mario All Stars would be one title to be worth the wii points, the lost levels is really not worth the price - unless you thought that the original game was absolutely awesome...

madmalz
madmalz

I hope this means that they'll release Chrono Trigger at some point.

lucky326
lucky326

NOOOO I thought YES Super Mario Bros 3 its finally here but this is so cruel and evil.

slayerver1
slayerver1

If Sin and Punishment comes out to the States, I want to see what the fuss of this great Japanese game for myself.

pandaramaster
pandaramaster

Hmm, Binarynova has a point. It would make more sense to release individual games than a pack of four games in one.