First wave of Virtual Console games revealed

Nintendo says gamers will have 30 downloadable Wii games to choose from by year's end.


While Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo are asking gamers to shell out for the next generation of gaming experiences, all three companies recognize that there are a number of people willing to spend money on previous generations' gaming experiences, as well. Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade has been offering retro titles since the system launched last year, and Sony recently detailed its plans to offer original PlayStation games for download on the PlayStation 3.

Nintendo had already announced the Virtual Console and some of its publishing partners, but today the company laid out the first wave of titles, 30 in all, to be available by the end of the year. The games (listed in full below) will come from Nintendo, Sega, and Hudson.

The company also reiterated the starting price points for the games, noting that NES games start at 500 Wii Points ($5), TurboGrafx-16 games at 600 Wii Points ($6), Super NES and Sega Genesis games at 800 Wii Points ($8), and Nintendo 64 games at 1,000 Wii Points ($10). Wii Points will be available online or at retail in packs of 2,000 with a suggested price of $20.

Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Ice Hockey
Urban Champion
Wario's Woods
Solomon's Key


Nintendo 64
Super Mario 64

Sega Genesis
Sonic the Hedgehog
Altered Beast
Golden Axe
Ecco the Dolphin
Gunstar Heroes
Space Harrier II
Toe Jam & Earl
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Bonk's Adventure
Super Star Soldier
Victory Run
Bomberman '93
Dungeon Explorer

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majoras mask havnt played yet!

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hmmmmm, question for all : do anyone know if nintendo even read our concerns?? or is there a website we can e-mail them and make our voice's heard?? or is this a babbling site to vent out on what we wish they would add on to the virtual console. I find myself reading from most of you guys on here good interesting game titles, how we as a gaming community can reach out to nintendo??? going to dont work so it must be a better way to get their attention.

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ninja gaiden, super c : contra ,r-type space shooter, donkey kong, zelda,golden axe,gunstar hero, and double dragon should be on the list soon I hope??

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why in the h.e.l.l. nintendo dont add contra and r-type shooting games to the list. it would make sense to add a big popular game on the virtual console better yet a up graded version on dis.

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Ign list for 2007 thus far * Duck Hunt --- * Hogan's Alley --- * Kid Icarus--- * Kirby's Adventure-- * Pilot Wings --- * Pro Wrestling --- * Punch-Out-- * Wild Gunman-- * Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Super NES *--- Kirby's Super Star Snes --- * Mario Kart 64 Nintendo 64; --- * Starfox 64 Nintendo 64; --- * Super Metroid Super NES---; * Kirby's Dream Land 3 Snes --- * The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64; --- * Excitebike, -- * Ice Climber NES; -- * Dr. Mario NES; -- * Mario Brothers NES; --- * Ice Hockey NES; --- * Soccer NES;

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Huzzah! Gunstar Heroes! Just have to wait for Forgotten Worlds and Mario 3.

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Super Mario Wolrd now! Or Else I'll get me a GBA Player and Play the GBA version of mario world in my gamecube!

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Nintendo is really letting us down on the VC content. That they are charging anything at all for those crappy NES sports games and Mario Bros. is pretty sad. All of that effort could have been put into Super Mario Bros. Fewer titles, more good ones. Bastards.

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My request: Shining Force I and II and Shadowrun from the Genesis. And some Top Gear action from the SNES.

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wonder if theyll bring out pto and aerobiz and aerobiz supersonic would be nice as well

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im a bit disapointed about the nes and snes lineup, but alot of the genesis games listed there are ones I wanted to play. YESSSSS Gunstar Heroes!!!!!

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Goldeneye and Perfect Dark WON'T be available. Microsoft acquired Rare for the disappointing Perfect Dark Zero. Also, EA Games has the rights to Bond. There's a legal double whammy preventing Goldeneye from appearing on the Virtual Console.

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Are there going to be any other N64 games out? I'm kinda dissapointed

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I dont think is a ripoff. I would enjoy playing old school games with my gamecube(or the other control). Another Plus is the Fact that you dont need to buy the other systems. If you have the old school systems then the virtual console is not worth it but for the rest of us who had been looking for a NES or SNES to play these old school games and couldnt find one, here is our opporunitty. I dont mind paying 8$ for Super Mario World, or Mario64.

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Ha! Still have my working N64 and a great supplier of used N64 games. No need to spend 10 hard-earned dollars on an N64 game! Though, I'll probably be spending a lot for games from other consoles, hehehe. I wonder, will any Dreamcast games be offered?

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1 N64 game?! This is an outrage.

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Gunstar Heroes alone is worth it. What a great game.

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In Reply to fierro316's comment, While 8 dollars may seem like a lot to pay for a 16 bit game compared to 20 titles for 20 bucks I believe you are thinking about it in the wrong context. Nintendo plan is to release as much content as possible from multiple previous generation consoles. What this means is rather then being forced to play the greatest NES hits 20 pack for 20 dollars to get perhaps one game you hold dear you can pick and choose the individual titles you want. This is a premium service that is a lot like video on demand where you are not forced to play what developers decide to release in there predetermined packages. I would rather pay 8 dollars for my favorite classic games then 20 for a mish mash of ok-good games.

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must...... have.......Super Metroid....

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ToeJam and Earl, and Gunstar Heroes are good but I expected a better SNES lineup.

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That sucks...I was hoping to get Mortal Kombat 1, 2, and 3, exactly WHEN I get my Wii... I guess not, maybe like next year? I can't wait for this sunday! :D

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Pure milkage, you can buy the Sega Genesis collection, that's 30 16 bit games for $20 and they are selling each 16 bit game for 8 bucks? what a ripoff.

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I think people need to calm down about the line-up. It is a good initial line-up and there will be more to come. You can't expect them to have everything available at launch because it is just not feasible. They do have a NEW console to support after all. They need time and money to devote to it.

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I hope they get Harvest Moon 64 on the Virtual Console. So addictive...

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Yeah they are missing a lot of great games here. Is it really that hard to make them downloadable? They should be working much faster here.

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Well, anyone can notice the LACK of a lot of great games on the list...

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this is so awesome!!!! i've spent so many hours playing almost all those games. Now they're back. can't wait.....

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What a truly pathetic line-up. Hardly any games and rip-off prices too!

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Ice Hockey... that's all I gotta say, yo...

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so i cant say im to excited with the launch list but, the games will just keep coming, all the old school games we grew up playing, so lets quit **** about who has the higher gamer score.. and play some mario bros =]

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I hope they make Goldeneye or Perfect Dark soon.

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its extremely disappointing that there will be no OoT or MM at launch, but maybe some renovations? heh heh, unlikely though. Still i see one game im buying for sure, super mario 64. God, only 7 more days!

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wee! wii!

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Man I hope that the list grows....I mean they don't even have OoT or MM on there......I guess that means my Mystical Ninja Hopes have been dashed,,,,

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my list of downloads that i want: Urban Champion Wario's Woods Golden Axe F-Zero SimCity Bonk's Adventure Altered Beast these should be interesting

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Pretty good, but dissapointing lack of SNES and N64 games. And why the heck no Moonwalker on the genesis?! Heads are gonna roll!

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Where the heck is Megaman, Perfect Dark, Castle Vania. guess ill have to wait, none on the list appeal me so far.

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Wheres f-zero X and GoldenEye?? stupid rare...

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I'll be downloading a lot ;)

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I thought they would have Mario RPG(SNES) for the launch, I guess not... But I would get Mario 64. Aren't they a bit over priced though? I can get Pokemon Stadium for 3$ at EB and Gamestop. Geese, what, like 10 bucks?

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No starFox OR ALLTp, Oh well. Better luck next VC Retro release.

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And there's so many more to come... ingenious marketing idea. I just wish I has a stable job so I could afford to buy what I wanted when I wanted... stupid independent wrestling...

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i want duck hunt but at least i can get sonic i guess and f-zero will be nice as well

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Wait... What about Zero Wing? And Ikari Warriors? And Commando? And Punchout?

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sweet, now all i need is the money for a wii

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OMG. Just searched for battlezone and they have one for psp. Im going to go buy a psp.

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I cant wait to play battle tank 64 and battle zone black dogs (or something with black dogs; in game its black dogs vs USSR vs america, anybody remember?) i loved the battle zone game, i played for days and days, beat when i was 6, yet i never could do commander mode. I want the game so i can do the commander mode. Sorry bout that. love that game. Yeah, the prices are really bad. Ten bucks for an n 64 game? Like they said, ROMs all the way. Except for battlezone.