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Japan Getting Online Multiplayer for a Virtual Console Title

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Sega is the first to add an oft-requested feature to a game

Nintendo has a stern policy not to change anything in Virtual Console games unless it is absolutely necessary. As such, only a very small number of Virtual Console titles have been different from the original releases - Notable examples have been the advertisements in Wave Race 64, trademarked words like yo-yo and Tetris in StarTropics and StarTropics II, potential seizure-inducing screen effects like some originally in Super Mario RPG and, of course, the configurable options in most arcade games. Now, however, Japan will be getting something very special for an upcoming game.

For the franchise's 20th anniversary, Sega plans to release the original arcade version of Puyo-Puyo on the Virtual Console in Japan, complete with online multiplayer. We have no idea how Sega convinced Nintendo to allow this, but we're definitely not complaining - As long as we get the game as well, of course! No other online VC game plans have been announced, but it would be incredibly nice if other developers would be allowed to do the same for their classics. Perhaps they could even go back and add it to games already released? Just imagine being able to play games like Super Mario Kart and Fatal Fury online!

We'll keep you informed about the game possibly heading to any other territories, as well as any online plans for other VC games, should they arise.


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Gameday said:

omg are you serious , i mean nintendo why would you set a policy like so not to change anything on a virtual console. this is amazing that a vc game is going to be online from nintendo , even if this isnt a game id probably get. if only they got rid of this policy and let the fans relive their glory vc days ONLINE.



Hardy83 said:

NoA won't allow this because it seems NoA ambition is to kill Nintendo's digital platforms. lol



Xkhaoz said:

Y'know, I've realized something. Sega does a lot of firsts on VC. They had the first sale, and now first online.



TingLz said:

Gee I wonder why they won't change anything unless it's absolutely necessary....probably because people will complain about the changes and the games would probably cost more as well



Linkstrikesback said:

Why is sega the only developer seemingly willing to argue with nintendo on how it runs its online services (or at least, the only one successfully doing it...)

First they actually get nintendo to have a sale on some sega games, and now they're adding online? Wow



Incognito_D said:

this sort of thing shouldn't even be uncommon, but for some reason Nintendo are just so stubburn on certain fronts



Punny said:

AWESOME! Let's hope that this becomes a huge success so that other VC games will be Wi-Fi enabled!



bboy2970 said:

OMG!!! That's....that's....Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine!! If we got an online VC version of this, I would praise the freakin heavens. I am AMAZING at this game!!!! People would shutter in fear of me online! Oh please please please please PLEASE let this come to the US!!!!!!



Angelic_Lapras_King said:

@shinesprite Yes and no. They changed the name outside of Japan to Dr Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine since Sonic was the hottest thing at the time. Japan never got the Dr Robotnik version till Sonic Mega Collection.



SmaMan said:

Awesome! The one flaw I could think of is desync, a problem with bringing most non-online games online. (Anybody remember Kaillera?) But I think Sega has this in good hands!



TrueWiiMaster said:

I didn't know Nintendo changed ANYTHING in the VC releases...this just makes it all the more puzzling that they haven't released Earthbound...

Maybe this change of heart comes after seeing the results of the suped up old games planned to come out on the 3DS.



SwerdMurd said:

I hope everyone realizes that these online-enabled features tend not to work very well....both the 360 and PS3 versions of Gunstar Heroes (and a lot of other VC-style games for both services) feature online co-op....sadly, the non-host tends to get about a 1/3 second (literally) control lag, making any game completely unplayable...I just don't see this going away considering the Wii's weaker online architecture



TKOWL said:

I'd love to have the original Smash Bros. modified for Wi-fi. Now THAT would be awesome



Sylverstone said:

I almost yelled Mean Bean Machine until I realized that MBM was just a Eggmanified version of Puyo Pop.

@Dragoon Trainer: You're speaking my language there!



MarkyVigoroth said:

I do not really believe about the "absolutely necessary" condition; F-Zero's car flashes differently when crashing against an edge. As such, this is only slightly less surprising to me.



TingLz said:

@TrueWiiMaster: Unfortunately copyright infringements are absolutely necessary. Earthbound seems to have quite a few but the real reasons for the lack of it on VC is debatable



Betagam7 said:

Now perhaps Sega will 'bravely' argue for its games to be PAL optimised.

Honestly, this is typical Nintendo: "test the waters" with something every other online provider has been doing for years by laboriously seeing how it works out with a solitary title. Maybe by 2016 this might be a regular feature.




RadioShadow said:

Draco can't believe it herself, from the look she is giving in the picture!

It will be nice to play the orginal online. I know you can play online in Puyo Puyo 7 (Wii and DS), but the orginal rules could not be used, where you can't counterattack the unwanted puyos.

We better get this game. The fact we have got Puyo Puyo Tsu does mean there is a chance.



Knux said:

Awesome, if this comes to NA, I will instantly buy it. I could request TONS of VC titles that NEED online multiplayer, but I highly doubt it will ever happen.



astarisborn94 said:

I can see this spicing up the Virtual Console for awhile.

If this games comes to North America/Europe/Australia with online, people should buy this immediately. I know I will.



XCWarrior said:

Awesome. I would buy this if it came to America just to support the idea in hopes they will do it with more games! And I like puzzle games, so I'm sure I'd enjoy it anyway!



vio said:

Wow. That's a definitely a good way boost VC sales. I have no interest in puzzle games though, so hopefully some other titles will see it. Give me some online co-op play with Streets of Rage and Donkey Kong Country. That would be awesome!



Odnetnin said:

Ah, I was looking forward to how you would put a negative spin on this announcement, Hardy.



KiroX777 said:

this should have been here from the START! cmon nintendo find someway to get DKC online THAT would be fun



CowLaunch said:

Pokemon Snap had added feature to send pictures, that wasn't absolutely necessary.



moosa said:

People don't realize but this is one of the best falling-block puzzlers there is.



komicturtle said:

I remember them having an update for Kirby 64 (I don't know what the update was for exactly).

They should go back and update some games for online play. Mario Party 2 would be sweet to play online.. Even Super Smash Bros.



bboy2970 said:

I second that plea from Sonic1994CD! I would die if they released N64 Animal Crossing on the VC all translated and everything. It would probably run 1500 points since that would be A LOT of translation but I would definitely buy it. C'mon Nintendo! Let's go!!



PanbanRichard said:

...Er, I don't see why people would go back to Puyo Puyo for online because the online capabilities were already covered in Puyo 7 & 15th. I guess it's for the super die-hard fans who don't want offsetting (which I don't understand kinda.).

Well, it's a step at least. Here's hoping to more in the future.



Vinsanity said:

I don't care. It's not like this will light the VC on fire, or cause some rush of content for the unfortunately mostly-dead service. I just want some more quality games.
@Token Girl: Hahah - you're totally right. Sega clearly does what Nintendon't. They should bring that back if they're going to keep this kinda stuff up!



DarkEdi said:

If more games could have this feature the VC sales will go up because a lot of this games are easily available by ROM´s or a lot of people have the cartridges and this option will make them to buy it again.



retro_player_22 said:

I don't want this game to come to our VC but I do want the online play feature to be used for either Kirby's Avalanche or Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. If they can expand it to any other game like the many Super NES & Neo Geo games then that would be very awesome.



Capt_N said:

I have a good feeling N allowed this "test", in light of the 3DS d/l service. They know they have thus far flubbed the screen res on the GB/(GB)C titles. They also know that the virtual handheld concept is one of the drawing points of owning a 3DS.

Also, Nintendo wouldn't do this for a lot of titles. Why make SMK, for $8, online enabled, when they can sell MKWii for $50? It's the same logic as to how their next system more than likely, won't support the Wii's online gameplay, much like the Wii can't do MKDD online.

Still, as the person in my household who used to be the other human player I'd play games w/, &/or against does mostly pc games anymore, I'd gladly take an online SMB3.



MikeyMikeMike said:

It's about time Nintendo allowed companies to adjust their games for VC. Is it really necessary to play 16 bit games on the Wii with their original slowdown. I appreciate authenticity based nostalgia, but how many games such as Metal Slug 2 would become suddenly that much more playable if they didn't try to emulate their paltry original hardware...or how difficult would it be to add leaderboards to all those shooters released on VC...puzzle games like Magic drop would definitely pick up sales...the articles suggestion of fighting games or Mario Kart being given online multiplayer would be awesome but I think that's wishful dreaming...I only hope to be wrong (I would gladly shell out ten or twelve bucks for that Mario Kart purchase). Hopefully SEGA's move will nudge the big N in the right direction.



Kurachi said:

if this will be the future of most other VC games, i'd be damm happy
i dont like this kinda games, but there's enough games i'd play online with people, or which i'd buy just for that (if others wanna play it more than just once )

playing secret of mana, kirby super star and super mario kart online (keeps dreaming, but not counting on it just yet)



Kelvin said:

I already bought Super Mario Kart, but I would buy it again if it had online play. I'll believe it when I see it though.

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