Virtual Console dates set for AU

Nintendo to add Virtual Console games every Friday for Australia/New Zealand Wii owners; 28 games to be available before end of year.

Nintendo, still flushed from the Wii's record-breaking debut in Australia, isn't letting up with announcements on the Wii front. The company has unveiled 10 more games slated for release on its Virtual Console service down under, which will bring the total number of available games to 28 before the end of 2006.

Nintendo Australia will add new Virtual Console titles every Friday until the end of the year. Australia's list is being updated every Friday at 10 a.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), and New Zealand's list is being updated at 12 p.m. AEST. In Australia, Nintendo Entertainment System games will cost 500 Wii points, Super NES games will cost 800 Wii points, and Nintendo 64 games will cost 1,000 points. Sega Mega Drive (known as Sega Genesis in the US) titles will cost 800 Wii points. Australian Wii owners can buy 2,000 points for A$30 ($23.40).

The full schedule of Virtual Console titles is as follows.

Virtual Console games being made available on December 22
Donkey Kong Jr., NES
Soccer, NES
Tennis, NES
Space Harrier II, Sega Mega Drive
Toe Jam and Earl, Sega Mega Drive

Virtual Console games being made available on December 29
Sim City, SNES
Super Probotector, SNES
Super Castlevania IV, SNES
Baseball, NES
Ice Hockey, NES

Virtual Console Games already released
Super Mario 64, Nintendo 64
F-Zero, SNES
Donkey Kong Country, SNES
Mario Bros., NES
The Legend of Zelda, NES
Donkey Kong, NES
Wario's Woods, NES
Urban Champion, NES
Solomon's Key, NES
Pinball, NES
Sonic the Hedgehog, Sega Mega Drive
Altered Beast, Sega Mega Drive
Golden Axe, Sega Mega Drive
Ecco the Dolphin, Sega Mega Drive
Columns, Sega Mega Drive
Gunstar Heroes, Sega Mega Drive
Ristar, Sega Mega Drive
Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Sega Mega Drive

Written By

Randolph is the managing editor of GameSpot, and needs more time to play games.

Discussion

39 comments
emitfoundation
emitfoundation

Mario Kart 64 on VC has been scheduled for the US... When is it it coming to Australian Wiis??

zunubi100
zunubi100

when's the wii going to reach Singapore ???

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

"Adam_phoenix We don't get Turbographix games because they were never released in Australia/New Zealand. But, if you set your PAL Wii's region To "Europe" you can get them." This is true, in fact there's a New Zealander on youtube who shows you how to do this very thing. Unfortunately for us it doesn't work from US to JP. "KickinIt_ftw @SpiderFreak: Edit: btw, have there been any compatibility issues with GC games on the Wii? Posted Dec 18, 2006 6:34 pm GMT" The only ones I know of are that the Gameboy Player "works" in the disc drive, but there's no where to connect the cart slot of course. Also, you can't access the Wii's home menu while playing Gamecube games like you can with Wii and Virtual Console games. So you may have to shut off the Wii to stop playing a Gamecube game. Oh yeah, and I imagine that the Phantasy Star Online games (I & II, Plus and III) cannot be taken online with the Wii. I've never tried it, but I'm assuming that the Gamecube components cannot access the Wii's internet system through Gamecube memory cards, even with the USB Ethernet adaptor.

Kcube
Kcube

So will Nintendo gives a good reason other then "We are waiting for a dry month"?.It feels like a slap in the face that Americans are NOT getting the massive list of VC titles every other country is getting and Im not buying the excuse they tossed out. Sure Gunstar Heros owns hard (Very Hard) but still its the principle.

KickinIt_ftw
KickinIt_ftw

@SpiderFreak: "Where's ALttP? And Donkey Kong Country? And Majora's Mask? I have a feeling that the same complaining about the 360's backwards compatibility is going to happen with the Wii's virtual console...Except the fanboys will be much, much more passionate." Backwards compatibility and virtual console games are apples and oranges. 360 buyers were pissed off after learning that their original Xbox games wouldn't run on their new system. "Go Here: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/backwardcompatibilitygameslist.htm" In what way is that related to the selection of games that nintendo decides to make available for DL? A more accurate comparison would be XBL Arcade vs. Wii VC. Edit: btw, have there been any compatibility issues with GC games on the Wii?

SpiderFreak
SpiderFreak

"SF... I seriously doubt it. How many games are backwards compatible with the 360? There are probably more games on the Wii Virtual Console already than that number, and more are being released every week... if anyone complains, they obviously lack the patience to wait. I personally want to see the Castlevania series as well as Streets of Rage and Final Fight... I don't even know IF they're coming out yet." ...Go here: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/games/backwardcompatibilitygameslist.htm Now that you're a little bit more educated on the number of backwards compatible games on the Xbox 360, I would like to again state my hypothesis: Nintendo fanboys who were greatly excited by the ability to play classic Nintendo games on the Wii will probably react similarly to some of the gamers who were disappointed not to see their favorite games on the backwards compatibility list, and were even more disappointed when they learned that it would take a long time to get most of the Xbox games compatible and some might never be. Just think about it. What happens when fans of some obscure (yet probably good) game on the NES are waiting for weeks and weeks for their game to be added, when there's no garuntee that it'll ever be on there? This could get very, very bad for Nintendo. SF

gerardinsito
gerardinsito

We need LZ a Link to the Past... Super Mario RPG, FF VI !!!!!

hector1313
hector1313

SF... I seriously doubt it. How many games are backwards compatible with the 360? There are probably more games on the Wii Virtual Console already than that number, and more are being released every week... if anyone complains, they obviously lack the patience to wait. I personally want to see the Castlevania series as well as Streets of Rage and Final Fight... I don't even know IF they're coming out yet.

SpiderFreak
SpiderFreak

Where's ALttP? And Donkey Kong Country? And Majora's Mask? I have a feeling that the same complaining about the 360's backwards compatibility is going to happen with the Wii's virtual console...Except the fanboys will be much, much more passionate. SF

giz83
giz83

i just bought the wii on saturday!!!!!! i live in el salvador in central america and had a question, has anyone heard when virtual console games will be available for south and central america? when i go to the wii shopping channel,it says service is currently unavailable for my region, would changing my wiis location, lets say i put im in the USA just to get my VC gaming going, would it work?

poodeek
poodeek

Give me Super Mario RPG. Do it up!

Riviera_Phantom
Riviera_Phantom

I don't understand...WHERE ARE THE GODDAMN N64 GAMES!!??? I don't care for NES/SNES i can play them on my friggin PSP.

pearcer
pearcer

Two words chrono and trigger nuf said.....

DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

Willy105: Don't expect Diddy Kong Racing any time soon. There are multiple IP's in DKR and most of them are owned Microsoft.

Willy105
Willy105

Where are the N64 games!?! I want to play Diddy Kong Racing NOW!

DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

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DELTAsnake
DELTAsnake

This is great, but I wont be buying many of them unless Nintendo matchs Microsoft's prices. I love Donkey Kong Country, I bought it from the VC and felt riped off by the $12.50 price tag I had to pay. I'd buy lots of these retro game that are coming out for the VC if they were the $6 I pay for retro games on XBLA.

Thorpe89
Thorpe89

That's good to see Nintendo doing all this.

Bathyj
Bathyj

I know this has nothing to do with Wii, but, GO THE AUSSIES. THE ASHES ARE COMING HOME BABY !!!

meesey01
meesey01

Yea sweet on boxing day I'll be using most of my xmas money on VC games!

TryMe01
TryMe01

id rather have the UK VC line up than the Aussie one, but i still refuse to pay the money needed for points... soo expensive

Guis_Wa
Guis_Wa

Wake me up when they release Terranigma.

Doolum
Doolum

thats awesome news for Wii owners mate.

mjc
mjc moderator moderator

Keep em comin'

Adam_phoenix
Adam_phoenix

We don't get Turbographix games because they were never released in Australia/New Zealand. But, if you set your PAL Wii's region To "Europe" you can get them.

PixyMisao
PixyMisao

Super Probotector lol, you crazy Aussies and crazy Europeans! But at least Konami is giving you Austrailians and Japanese actual VC support, unlike the US!

mk_2
mk_2

Seiken Densetsu 3 please

hmaxpain
hmaxpain

give me mario rpg, chrono trigger, Ocarina of time, and so much more please

Nintendo_Man
Nintendo_Man moderator

Why don't we get the Turbo Grafx games?

Sargus
Sargus

When the heck are WE getting Super Castlevania IV? I want it...

AgostonF
AgostonF

Ooh Castlevania.. yay 3rd comment.

choasgod
choasgod

hmm awsome news i guess for VC users / wii owner ....