Virtual Console folds over for Mario

Europe's Wii owners have two more games available to them via the Virtual Console; Paper Mario and Air Zonk.

The gaming world's main action may be taking place at E3 in Santa Monica this week, but back in Europe, Nintendo has released two new games to join the previous 109 already available on the territory's Wii Virtual Console.

First up is Paper Mario, which made its debut on the Nintendo 64 in 2001. The mustached plumber becomes as thin as a piece of paper during one mission to free the Star Spirits from Bowser, in a move that Nintendo says makes "the link between 2D and 3D like never before."

This week's second release is Air Zonk, a shoot-'em-up that was released in 1994 on the TurboGrafx-16. The titular hero forms Team Cool with his friends to take on King Drool, who is intent on conquering the world.

Paper Mario is available now for 1,000 Wii Points (approx. £7.50) and Air Zonk comes in at 600 Wii Points (approx £4).

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ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Paper Mario is a fun game, even if you;re not a Mario fan. Air Zonk looks sweet.

mrsouporman
mrsouporman

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Miracle_Air
Miracle_Air

@chisoxrule: Not to mention, when they do post the news articles, it's typically a few hours after they're up. Every monday we get new games at exactly 12pm PST and THAT is how I found out about Paper Mario. It really can't be that hard to just turn on their Wii and check the store, can it?

JAREDJR
JAREDJR

They haven't put up a news story for NA virtual consoles yet. I'm disappointed that they haven't. For once I found out first on Nintendo.com. Who would have guessed!

BadMunky
BadMunky

you guys forgot to put up balloon fight

chisoxrule
chisoxrule

Finally an N64 game worth downloading since I already have Mario 64(DS) and Zelda OoT(GC disc). The others are "meh...". Yes as Miracle_Air said, whats the deal lately with GS updates on VC? They've been getting very lackadaisical lately even before E3 started.

Miracle_Air
Miracle_Air

Paper Mario is stateside on the VC today for those people who don't know. And god damn gamespot, get your **** together and just make a quick news post about it... Did E3 really tire you out or are you guys just lazy?

SephirothSyZtem
SephirothSyZtem

Same game with no updates, awesome? Get with the program wii and put some updates on your classics!

gohantech00
gohantech00

YES!!! PAPER MARIO:D!!!!! Wait, for Europe only? NOOOOOOOO:cry: !!!

res0i39c
res0i39c

Paper mario is up for download in the USA.

Narroo
Narroo

Could've sworn that was on the game cube....

res0i39c
res0i39c

JasonQ87: Yes thats what i ment to say. super mario rpg. The one from square soft.

padouke
padouke

wow, i cant believe paper mario has recieved such a high score after so many years. in fact, its the highest rated game on the wii to date, but hopefully metroid prime 3 or SSBB will change that...

IKKF
IKKF

Paper Mario definately needs to come to the US! As for Air Zonk, I could care less.

ArfenZard15
ArfenZard15

Woah woah woah...now i dont need to pay an outrageous price for Paper Mario! SCORE!

ReeceBrown
ReeceBrown

i already own the game and beat it at least 5 times why would i want it.....cuz now i dont have to hual my N64 outa storgae to play it:)BEST GAME EVER!!!!!

xboxlover175
xboxlover175

thats $15 for a 100000 year old game. gay

Shishio817
Shishio817

Please come out in the US soon! I must play Paper Mario again!

SephirothEX
SephirothEX

@AlphonseElric23: Actually, regardless of what content owners tell you (because they'll spread all sorts of misinformation when it's to their benefit), it is legal to own backup copies. You own a license to that content, not the physical medium, meaning you can shift it to any format you want, you just can't distribute it to anyone without a license. A lot of software has an EULA that forbids this, but copyright law itself doesn't. In a lot of cases those EULAs have been ruled unenforcible on top of that.

JasonQ87
JasonQ87

There was no Super Paper Mario for the SNES. You're probably thinking of Super Mario RPG.

res0i39c
res0i39c

Yay!!!! I hope paper mario comes out on monday in the usa. Can we also have super paper mario from the super nes?

phillymaniac14
phillymaniac14

this better be coming to the US soon. also, it would be nice to see smb3 on the vc soon.

AlphonseElric23
AlphonseElric23

roms are illegal regardless of wether you own the legal copy. If you don't believe me, go here.

l33tsh4rk
l33tsh4rk

littlewiz77: roms are legal if you own a legitimate copy of the real game. they are illegal if you do not own a copy. the main legal use for roms is if something happens to your game, for example the save battery breaks (i think it takes 300 hours on a GBA game for that, but i've done it before...)

Poison_Me_Rum
Poison_Me_Rum

When this game first came out in Europe, I was stupid and missed it. I have always wanted a copy, but it was one of those rare games I could never find. Now, I can download in on the VC. This is exciting! SUPER exciting! *glee*

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

Air Zonk is the best 2d shooter ever and everybody should have it.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

Bought and played it for 3 hours yesterday. What a fantastic N64 game. I'm glad I got the chance to buy it. Thank you VC.

TiRoSu13
TiRoSu13

I do want Paper Mario very much.

jimbo6923
jimbo6923

I'd like to see Super Mario Bros. 3 in the states before Paper Mario... but has anyone every wondered if they'll release Super Mario All Stars.. and if they do, whether or not it will be 800 points.

Chameleon93
Chameleon93

I'm excited for paper mario. Can't wait till it comes out.

evil_tormentor
evil_tormentor

littlewiz77, from what i know, ROMS are illegal, but their emulators aren't. But that shouldn't stop you now, should it?

BrunoBRS
BrunoBRS

i dont care, my nintendo 64 is still installed in the living room(with paper mario) and air zonk doesnt sound cool

Kakua_Omari
Kakua_Omari

Now if they would just bloody release paper mario in the states X_X

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

Europe never get any of the top games first. Nintendo have released most of the top games out in the US first . Zelda Twilight Princess,Mario Kart DS, New Super Mario Bros, Super Paper Mario and they are getting Metroid Prime 3, Super Mario Galaxy and Super Smash Bros Brawl before Europe. Europe only seem to get Virtual Console games before the US, Zelda Ocarina Of Time and Paper Mario.

littlewiz77
littlewiz77

a little off topic, but I was wondering somthing... are ROM's illigal? My friend just showed me how to use them, and I find them quite helpful, but Im wondering if it is alright for me to use them... especially because many of the games are inaccesable.

videogamr49
videogamr49

O..M...G...I've been waiting for Paper Mario to come out in the US Virtual Console Network. They better come out with it over in the states soon (not like I've never played it, but it would be cool to have it on my Wii playing it at 480p.

chocolate1325
chocolate1325

People in Europe need to wait till 2008 for Super Smash Bros Brawl. The US always gets the top Wii games early.

Lum_Yatsura
Lum_Yatsura

Why don't we make a list of EVERY single game in history that reached Europe first? Some of these aren't even in the US on said platform, if any! Alien Hominid (GBA + Xbox), Guilty Gear X2 #Reload (PC), Sonic Adventure DX (PC), Dragon Ball Advanced Adventure (GBA), Sonic Mega Collection Plus (PC), Taito Legends 2 (Multiplatform), Billy Hatcher (PC), Crazy Taxi 3 (PC), Mega Man X8 (PC)...

glennwinton
glennwinton

i hope Paper mario comes to the U.S.

Shishio817
Shishio817

Yes..Paper Mario rules. Super Mario RPG (SNES) is great too.

metaldeath87
metaldeath87

Since we've got Air Zonk in the US, hopefully that means Paper Mario is right around the corner. That was actually one of the first games I thought of when Nintendo first unveiled the VC.

peeweeshift
peeweeshift

i'd rather play the super gc version or the new wii version

chansaet
chansaet

Damn I want Paper Mario for US