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Current Virtual Console titles for PAL Nintendo Wii launch

Posted by Darren Calvert

From a bit of snooping on the Wii Shop for the UK (details of how to do this below!) we have discovered the following titles are already there waiting for download by the lucky people in the UK to pick up a Wii this coming Friday:

Donkey Kong - NES
Mario Bros - NES
The Legend of Zelda - NES
Wario's Woods - NES
Bomberman '93 - PC Engine
Bonk's Adventure - PC Engine
Super Star Soldier - PC Engine
Dungeon Explorer - PC Engine
Victory Run - PC Engine
Altered Beast - Megadrive
Ecco The Dolphin - Megadrive
Golden Axe - Megadrive
Sonic the Hedgehog - Megadrive
F-Zero - SNES
Donkey Kong Country - SNES
Super Mario 64 - N64

Nintendo do appear to have decided to release different Virtual Console games per country rather than just the PAL region which will no doubt be confusing but we'll have to live with it. It's too much to go into all the differences here but let's just say that not all EU countries will get all the above games!

Poor Australia and New Zealand won't be getting ANY PC Engine games it seems due to the console never having been released in that territory. That's a crying shame! Hopefully they will be well served in many other ways, this remains to be seen!

The list has been slowly growing all week with F-Zero and Donkey Kong Country (Exclusive to the UK and various other EU countries!) on the SNES being added quite some time after the initial NES, PC Engine and Megadrive titles. Super Mario 64 would appear to be the final addition to the ever growing list. All in all not a bad line-up

Here's hoping that Nintendo can work out the (presumed) licensing issues that prevent certain games being released in certain countries. Ideally the whole of Europe would have the same titles available to them.

Sneaky tip:

To view the UK launch list as it stands at present for yourself you will have to change your browser's User Agent to "Opera/9.00 (Nintendo Wii; U; ; 1038-58; Wii Shop Channel/1.0; en)".

For Firefox user's this is a piece of cake with the user agent switcher extension.

Once you are all set up just visit these two links:
http://oss.shop.wii.com/oss/common/vc/B_04.jsp?country=GB (Page 1)
http://oss.shop.wii.com/oss/common/vc/B_04.jsp?p=2&country=GB (Page 2)

For those wishing to see just the latest titles in the USA catalogue:
http://oss.shop.wii.com/oss/common/vc/B_04.jsp?order=new&country=US

Are we good to you or what letting all our little secrets slip?

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User Comments (1)

cheeseman

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cheeseman said:

1st comment! I'm too lazy to follow the directions myself, so I'll let VC reviews do it.

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