Nintendo Launches Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign Today
Posted by Thomas Whitehead
In celebration of the Famicom's 30th Anniversary
Following the announcement of the Wii U Virtual Console in today's Wii U Direct, Satoru Iwata went on to announce the Trial Campaign, which is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original Famicom. Although the full Virtual Console doesn't officially launch until after the Spring system update, this promotion is actually already live in the eShop.
The celebration theme will pick up on "30" to offer a new classic NES title every month for just 30 cents/30 pence, with that price being available for 30 days before the normal price is applied; this will run until July. To be clear, there will be a different game each month available for 30 cents/30 pence, and if you buy a game at that price it's like any other download, so it's yours permanently for that cost. The titles that arrive before the Virtual Console in April will, also, have standard features such as save-states, off-TV play and Miiverse integration.
As mentioned, this promotion is already live, with Balloon Fight now on the Wii U eShop at just $0.30/€0.30/£0.30. With Miiverse also integrated, Satoru Iwata mentioned a hope that high-scores would be posted with screenshots, while the choice of this title makes sense in the context of its updated appearance in Nintendo Land.
What do you think of this promotion, and does Balloon Fight tempt you to part with a few pennies and cents?