Bionic Commando NOT coming to the Virtual Console!
Posted by Darren Calvert
Our pals at IGN, recently interviewed Capcom's Ben Judd on the upcoming PSN/XBLA remake of the original Bionic Commando Rearmed.
This might not be of great interest if you only own a Wii console, but interestingly the interview managed to open a can of worms regarding the possibility of the NES version of Bionic Commando coming to the Virtual Console. Capcom's Ben Judd lamented that "this couldn't happen".
Whilst we were not given much insight on exactly why Bionic Commando on the VC "couldn't happen", but over at Capcom's official forums, Capcom's Christian Svensson shed a bit more light onto the situation, stating that it's not a Capcom issue, but a Nintendo issue. It seems Capcom have tried to make Bionic Commando on the VC happen, but to no avail, it seems. This only leaves us to speculate as to why Nintendo blocked Capcom's plans to put Bionic Commando on the VC. The forum chatter is revealing however:
Guys, you have to take this up with Nintendo. This is NOT, repeat NOT, a Capcom issue. Ben has tried very hard (and even I got involved at one point) to make what you’re asking for happen… alas, it is not in the cards.” - Christian Svensson, Capcom Entertainment Inc. - Vice-President of Strategic Planning & Business Development
Nintendo have always been known to act in mysterious ways but this would appear to be a deliberate attempts to avoid promoting games destined for their competition's platforms. As misguided as this might be, perhaps in Nintendos world this makes sense?
What do the VCR crew think? Are Nintendo being a bit naughty in holding back on Bionic Commando?