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First NES Game Hits 3DS Virtual Console in Japan Today

Posted by James Newton

It's Zelda

Japanese 3DS owners can now download The Legend of Zelda for Virtual Console for 500 Yen.

It's the first of the 3DS Ambassador games to be sold on the service, and goes for around £4/€6.40.

The game now comes with a digital manual and a new VC menu that offers improved save and suspend features.

We'll update you when we know more about the paid versions of NES games reaching North America and Europe.


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User Comments (53)



Syrup said:

Great! Hopefully this hits the US in the following weeks, I can't wait to have the suspend save feature.



marc_max said:

Will we be able to merge Wii and 3DS accounts? I'm not going to pay again for games that I already bought.
Well... I could pay again if it was something like 1 or 2€. But 5€ for a NES game is too expensive.



Geonjaha said:

This is great news. Obviously I'm an Ambassador so it doesnt affect me - but this means multiplayer may be on its way and the updates will be out soon. Also means my brother can buy some



ToneDeath said:

I'm sure we'd also like to know if Japanese ambassadors are able to update their free Zelda game to include the same features.



Tasuki said:

Its nice to see some of the ambassador games coming out for purchase. I can wait till they release the GBA ones for purchase.

As far as Zelda goes probably wont download it since I have the original gold cartridge on NES, The Zelda Collectors Edition on Gamecube, the GBA cartridge and the VC version on the Wii so I really dont need another copy of it.



skywake said:

I'm pretty sure this means the updates to the Ambassador games are coming soon (if not really, really soon). Hopefully this means multiplayer options.



Portista said:

Ba ba ba baaaaaaa!!! LOL!!! Don't think I will ever play that game because I don't really like it.



Shugo said:

I just hope they fixed the resolution problems. The Ambassador versions of all the NES games are slightly stretched out of their original resolutions for some unknown reason, which causes the image to be very slightly but very annoyingly blurry. After playing the perfectly sharp and crisp 3D Classics Kirby's Adventure, I can't go back to the blurry Ambassador games...



WaveGhoul said:

Oh god...Then again, NES on the go I'm sure will be awesome for many, but I'd rather just play NES titles on the big screen via the Wii or the NES the way they were intended to be.

3D NES Classics have that unique visual and fantastic appeal, but releasing plain old NES games 'again' after the wii and on a hand held just seems a bit odd and milking it. 3D classics i totaly understand, but regular NES games on a hand held?...

Eh, whatever! I just want my 3D Classic Kid Icarus.



Tethers said:

Why should this be awesome? They already released this game on the Wii, and if they keep this speed we have to wait again many years to get the the same games already available on the Wii Virtual Console. And if you own it on your Wii, their is no way to connect your accounts to play this on your 3DS. No, instead you have to pay AGAIN...



IronMan28 said:

Can't wait for the optimized on 3DS version of Zelda and the other ambassador games...



Klapaucius said:

I can confirm that today ambassadors in Japan got the updated version of Zelda 1 for free



Spoony_Tech said:

That is waaaay to expensive for a 25 year old game! All nes games should come in at a 2$ price range. Even if its one of the all time classics.



Klapaucius said:

The icon now has a little Famicom next to it
edit: on closer inspection, the 'icon' for the game is now a TV, with a Famicom next to it (should be a NES outside of Japan).
@22, no cool artwork, sadly. Just screenshots and many sprites with explanations.

Can't wait to get the rest with save state.



MegaAdam said:

The suspend point, restore point, and proper manual will be awesome. Can't wait for the update.



coolvw93 said:

hopefully this leads to other ambassador program games coming out on eshop for people who didnt get to be in the ambassador program



milkman12 said:

meh, i already beat this ambassador title. might as well wait for NA to release it and finally begin quest 2!(when does zelda II release for NA?)



Ryno said:

Everyone should have at least 10 different copies of this game in some or fashion I guess.

Actually, I am good with just my original NES copy.



Bliquid said:

@25: Japan has been screwed a lot already and very recently too.
Try to think twice when you write on the internet, you might end up looking silly and insensitive.



Ashflow said:

Can't wait! Seems like most of you are tired of rereleases, but this is the 1st time I've been able to buy it.



Capt_N said:

The manuals should be the originals, artwork, & all. Edit: But this is a great Christmas d/l for those who have a 3DS, & have never tried Zelda(in particular, this) before.



Klapaucius said:

@28 Yup, you can! The start the game and it is where you left off, then a message introduces the new features. You even have the option of not using them, if you prefer.



Wanderhope said:

Oddly enough, this may be the first time I ever own the game. I've been wussing out of it for years, but with suspend points on a handheld, the 3DS sounds like the perfect system to hack away at this game.



x-mas_mii said:

for some reason i cant beat smb, even if i try really hard i always die @ 8-3 so suspend point will be really helpful



KryptoKrunch said:

This is good if you never downloaded it on the Wii VC like me. Can't wait for the U.S release date.



Tethers said:

@James: Wow, what a strong argument!
(Seriously, did you even thought about what I've wrote? Look to Sony, for example if you buy there a 'PS Classic'-game you can play it on the PS3 and Vita/PSP as well, without extra costs...)



ReZon said:

@L_Brown - I was just about to post something similar to what you stated. Seriously @James? It's not a question of being forced into anything, but just as L_Brown pointed out, there's a solid example of how this situation could be handled - and Nintendo's got the perfect medium to link the Wii and 3DS (Club NIntendo).

It's tough to be a Nintendo fan sometimes, because situations like this really are irksome.



James said:

It's like anything else: if you want to play it on the move, you can buy it. If you don't, you don't have to buy it. It's a choice just like most other purchases.

I don't get all this entitlement about downloads sometimes.



Tethers said:

@ James: "It's a choice just like most other purchases."

No it's not, because I already payed a high price for a digital copy of a 25 year old game. Also it would be very customer-friendly to offer such a service, like Sony does it. I mean we are talking about 5, 10 or 20(!!!) years old games for such a relative high price, that it would be almost a matter of course to provide something like this. It is even possible on mobile phones, to use an app on different devices with the same account...

And even if Nintendo don't want to do this: Why don't give the people who already bought the game a discount, for example 75%?

Oh, I forgot, Nintendo never heard of discounts...



FloY said:

their making us buy our whole wii virtual console collection again?

cant say im happy about that...



Klapaucius said:

Nintendo isn't making anybody do anything. If you'd prefer to spend your money on games you already own on another platform than on new gaming experiences, then it's your own choice.



DarkEdi said:

Why we can´t play our VC Wii games in our 3DS? Sony did it between PS3 and PSP. Why Nintendo sell again the same game?



WaxxyOne said:

The original Legend of Zelda is worth paying for again and again... And Nintendo will keep re-releasing it as long as people are willing to do it.

Would it be nice if Nintendo offered the ability to play a game on multiple systems? Of course. And maybe in the future they'll consider doing something like that. For now, anybody who bought it on one console 4 years ago with the full knowledge that they were buying it for one console shouldn't suddenly feel entitled to the same game on a new console. Nintendo made you no promises and gave full disclosure that what you were buying was a non-transferable license to use that game on that system.

Also.... it's $5. I mean, come on...

@Scissors: I actually don't want to know how they would go about making this game a 3D classic. It's a top-down adventure game, so the entirety of the vertical depth consists of the distance from Link's hat to the ground. Assuming they didn't re-render the whole thing in 3D polygonal graphics (no thanks) the most likely thing you'd get is characters floating a tiny bit off the ground, which would look dumb.



Tethers said:

Even if it is to "difficult" for Nintendo to make a standardized account to use a game on two platform, at least they could have offered a service to transfer games between the Wii and 3DS, similar to the "DSiWare transfer" thing, so that you can't play them on the Wii anymore.



MrArcade said:

You need to think about sales strategies here. Nintendo want to make money, just like any other company, they already lost loads of money this year due to low 3DS sales. So they are not constantly going to dish out options so that it is possible to play the same game on different consoles. This isn't because Nintendo does not care about their customers. Of course they do, they have shown us that with the ambassador programme, and excitebike, 4 swords, pokedex 3D, nintendo video and nintendo letterbox. You can't ask too much from them. Only Nintendo themselves really know what is right for the company. And anyway, it might be a feature that they implement in the future, and if they don't, it's no big deal.



Bass_X0 said:

their making us buy our whole wii virtual console collection again?

Only if you're really have to have the same game on both wii and 3DS. thats up to you alone to decide. nintendo is just giving you the option.



Tethers said:

@ Bass_X0 & "Only if you're really have to have the same game on both wii and 3DS."

It would be enough to give the option to transfer the games...

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