European Virtual Console Set for Bumper March Crop
Posted by James Newton
Nintendo of Europe is preparing to bombard the Wii and 3DS Virtual Console services with games next month.
Here's the full line-up of what's expected to reach Europe in March.
Wii Virtual Console
Super Street Fighter II (Mega Drive) — The first Virtual Console title in Europe to receive online multiplayer.
Strider (Mega Drive) — Strider Hiryu's fantastic 16-bit translation hit North America recently, and should get to Europe in March.
Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge (Neo Geo) — Another Neo Geo title after the surprising release of King of Fighters '97 at the start of February.
Mega Man 5 (NES)
Mega Man X (SNES) — More adventures from the Blue Bomber at long last.
3DS Virtual Console
Dr. Mario (Game Boy) — Pills and viruses once again with the good doctor.
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters (Game Boy) — To nobody's surprise, Nintendo is preparing this GB-only title ahead of the launch of Kid Icarus: Uprising.
Punch-Out!! (NES) — One of two NES titles heading to 3DS this week, alongside...
Super Mario Bros. (NES) — No introduction necessary, surely.
Metroid (NES) — Samus Aran's first-ever adventure is coming to 3DS in March too.
Dragon Crystal (Game Gear) — An intriguing roguelike, if not a bona fide classic.
Shinobi (Game Gear) — More Musashi action on the go.
Sonic the Hedgehog Triple Trouble (Game Gear) — The first appearance of Nack/Fang the Weasel, fact fans.
Not a bad line-up of Virtual Console games, all in all. What do you make of it?
29th February 2012 – This March is set to be the biggest month ever for Virtual Console as Nintendo announces a bumper crop of classic games set to launch via the Nintendo eShop and Wii Shop Channel. Nintendo 3DS owners can look forward to replaying classic NES, Game Boy and for the first time ever SEGA Game Gear titles from some of the platform’s most famous franchises. Meanwhile Wii owners can download games from three different classic consoles including some of Capcom and SEGA’s finest throughout the month.
The month of March heralds a wide range of interesting games to download including a chance to replay where it all began for Samus Aran when the original Metroid from the NES becomes available to download on your Nintendo 3DS. Those of you who are looking forward to the upcoming release of Kid Icarus™: Uprising can download the Game Boy title, Kid Icarus™ Of Myths and Monsters allowing Nintendo 3DS owners to become better acquainted with the angelic angel Pit and his action-packed adventures!
Dust off your stethoscope and get ready for some pill arranging action with the classic Game Boy puzzler Dr Mario™, finally arriving to the Nintendo eShop. March will also see the long awaited arrival of the classic SEGA Game Gear line-up including Dragon Crystal™, Shinobi™ and Sonic the Hedgehog™: Triple Trouble.
Wii owners are in for a treat this month when Mega Man X and Mega Man 5 become available on Wii Virtual Console and Super Street Fighter 2 is the first Virtual Console title with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection functionality which allows fans of the legendary fighting franchise to challenge each other online. You will be treated to even more of history’s best 2D fighting and sidescrolling action in Strider and Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge respectively.
The month of Virtual Console will kick off this week with two NES classics in the form of the original Super Mario Bros.™ and Punch-Out!!™, both available via the Nintendo eShop. Mario and Luigi have been rescuing princesses and battling Bowser for over 25 years and you now have the chance to play the ultimate classic on your Nintendo 3DS.