European Gamers Bemoan PAL Version of Super Metroid
Posted by Andy Green
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As we're sure many of you are already aware, Super Metroid is now available on the Wii U Virtual Console in North America and Europe for the low low price of 30c/30p, although both versions are not the same.
While the North American edition is playable in full 60Hz as it was intended, European gamers have been given the "optimised" adaptation that offers "gameplay and music speed similar to the US version". Of course, the aspect ratio has been corrected for the Virtual Console release and in reality there is no slowdown at all in terms of gameplay but that hasn't stopped Europeans from being irked.
Unfortunately for the English speaking members of Europe, the Wii U Virtual Console version of Super Metroid comes with the French or German subtitles found in the original game. This is a bit of an annoyance, considering in the digital age it should be relatively simple to just offer up the US version to English speakers in the same way Nintendo gave the 60Hz versions of other titles such as F-Zero and Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream.
Angry European Wii U owners have since taken to the Miiverse to voice their opinions on the matter. Here's a selection of what they had to say:
What's your opinion on this one, Europe? Would you have preferred to have been given the fully-fledged 60Hz US version without the subtitles, or do you not think it matters? Let us know in the comment section below.