Wii's Punch-Out Comes to Wii U in North America

European Wii U owners offered Donkey Kong Country Returns instead.

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Punch-Out, the arcade-boxing game that originally shipped on Wii in 2009, has been re-released on the Wii U's eShop channel in the US.

North American Wii U owners can download the game for $10 during its first week of release, representing a 50-percent discount on the standard going price.

European Wii U customers will not find Punch-Out on Nintendo's digital storefront, but in its place will be a re-release of the 2010 platform title Donkey Kong Country Returns. The Retro Studios-developed game is also half-off for the first week, at £9.

The new releases are part of a broader Nintendo plan to sell some of its Wii games as downloads on the Wii U. Although all Wii games can be played on Nintendo's newest home console, players need to enter the on-system emulator to do so, whereas these re-releases can be played directly. Some of the re-releases are also highly sought after, such as the Metroid Prime Trilogy, which has fetched more than $100 on trading sites such as eBay.

Super Mario Galaxy 2, one of only seven games that GameSpot has awarded a 10/10, last week became the first re-release for Wii U. In the future, Nintendo's eShop will include more Wii games such as the Wii version of Sin and Punishment.

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