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Rumour: Could This Contra III Image Mean That SNES Games Are Coming To The 3DS eShop?

Posted by Damien McFerran

Or is it just an honest mistake?

As you'll no doubt be aware, the 3DS has received an update which not only links the console to your Nintendo Network ID — thereby allowing you to combine your available funds across both the 3DS and Wii U — but also introduces Miiverse to the handheld realm.

Interestingly, when you view the Contra III: The Alien Wars Wii U community page on Miiverse, you are greeted with an image of Konami's popular shooter running on a 3DS console. You also have to be viewing the American version of Miiverse, as the game isn't available in Europe at the time of writing.

Clearly, the console image is simply a template which is applied to existing screenshots so this can't be taken too literally — it's not like Nintendo has taken a photo of the game actually running on a 3DS system — but it does make you wonder, nonetheless.

Could this image suggest that SNES games will be hitting the 3DS eShop in the not too distant future? Or — as we're inclined to think — did Nintendo simply leave the teaboy in charge of uploading images, and this is the result? Let us know your thoughts by posting a comment below.


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Mario_maniac said:

I don't see it being a mistake. They've even gone out of their way to superimpose the SNES logo over the 3DS, they'd have no reason to do that if SNES games weren't coming.



Nintenjoe64 said:

Is that not exactly what the Contra 3 page looks like when viewed on a 3DS? (it does say Wii U in the corner)



DreamOn said:

If they begin offering SNES titles on 3DS... man, they need to discount or better the ones I have for Wii U already so I can double down otherwise just like with the NES ones I really won't double pay the eShop for the same dern title.



Azooooz said:

I think that since they unified the eshop balances, they have also unified the contents for both 3DS and Wii U under one Nintendo eshop. In other words, It's not for 3DS, but for Wii U (look at the bottom right corner of the upper screen, clearly it's says for Wii U only).



Nictendo64 said:

When are we getting GBA games on the Wii U eShop? Wasn't that announced before the Wii U even came out?



Kirk said:

Nintendo should just go all out and make basically all the VC games downloadable on both Wii U and 3DS, where possible, and any eShop games where that would make sense too. Also, just in general, it should make any digital games that are technically able to play on both consoles work on both consoles with a single purchase (that whole unified account and store solution would come in handy here). That would mean you could download basically any 3DS games and be able to play them on your Wii U too if you want, for example. Basically like the cross-play feature on PS3/PS4/Vita. Or more precisely, like the software/services approach of Apple and now Microsoft, where you are basically a software/services company that also just happens to make a set of hardware devices where all your software and services can easily play across all your devices where applicable.

That would be ONE way of helping to make the Wii U a slightly more attractive value proposition for sure.

It's the ideal scenario but we all know it's almost certainly never going to happen.

Nintendo for the most part just doesn't know how to realize it's true full potential and give consumers something that would totally satisfy and blow them away any more imo.

Instead, everyone, except the most loyal and hardcore FANS, is left slightly frustrated (grasping at the slightest hint and chance that this stuff might actually happen); hoping, dreaming, praying for kinda obvious things, and imo VERY smart and savvy things to do, that will likely never happen.



Shiryu said:

Hope this becomes real. I'm that kind of guy who doesn't mind buying SNES games over and over again. Hope Nintendo isn't reading this!



Mario_maniac said:

@WYLD-WOO I don't think I understand what you're saying. Are you saying that it's a SNES title so they need to put the logo there? I knew that already. I'm saying they went out of their way to make a template featuring the SNES logo superimposed over the 3DS. The "Wii U" in the bottom right does complicate it but it seems silly to make a template like that if SNES games weren't coming.



Reverandjames said:

I hope not. They should focus on GBA games before snes, and focus on putting more snes games on Wii U.



AyeHaley said:

Cross buy!! Gimme Zelda aLttP, Super Metroid, Earthbound, Mega Man X and Super Mario World on 3DS and I will cry, make it cross buy and I will die.



DarkCoolEdge said:

Please Nintendo, PLEASE! There are tons of games I want to play and that's not counting GBA.

I need to play Super Metroid and A Link to the Past (among others, but those are a must).



MAB said:

My guess is they will start with the top quality software that you all have been holding your breath for




Big_L91 said:

its really about time they did like! why was the wii VC soo much better than the 3ds and wii u VC.



TruenoGT said:

I won't be interested unless I can bring my games from Wii U over. Gamepad play is portable enough for me not to double-dip. Same with NES games as it is today.



ikki5 said:


don't get your hopes up for Zelda this Thursday. The EU eshop is not the same as the NA eshop. If you look at the NA eshop, you'll see they have double dragon scheduled for this week and we usually don not get more than 1 VC a week unless it is a series.



Nictendo64 said:

@muchB1663R Yeah I got that. I was talking about Wii U's eShop. Nintendo announced it a long time ago that GBA games were coming. They need to do that soon. I feel like they forgot about it.



Socar said:

If this is an excuse for Nintendo to not port GBA games on 3DS instead of SNES, They got another thing coming to them. XD



Vriess said:

If SNES games will come to the 3DS, then GC games should come to the WII U. HD remakes preferably



Reverandjames said:

@chiptoon I think Nintendo should stop being stubborn and so concenred with being innovators and start incorporating great ideas that other companies have adopted like cross buy / cross save.



bizcuthammer said:

SNES games should've been on there from the start, along with GBA games. It's ridiculous that they aren't. The same goes for N64 and GCN games on the Wii U eshop. There is no excuse for the poor support the VC has gotten this gen. I remember back when Wii came out, that first year or two, we had like 4 VC games per week on just Wii. There's no reason WiiU only gets 1 per week, with that one title sometimes being something awful like Urban Champion or NES Pinball.



nintendawesome said:

I do wish they put SNES games on 3DS Virtual Console, which is why I made a petition for it here:

I know that, as Reggie Fils-Aime said, Nintendo's decisions aren't affected by petitions. However, if this petition gets enough signatures, then at least Nintendo may CONSIDER doing something about it. I'm not begging you to sign my petition, but, if you have time, it would be a good idea to sign it.
(Note: You may have to put some personal info when signing the petition, but none of it can be seen by anybody, except for maybe the creators of the website, and they don't look at it anyway. I, the creator of this petition, can only see your city and state, and that's it, so don't hesitate when signing, as your information is only used so that Nintendo and the creators of the website knows that the signatures are legit.)



AG_Awesome said:

If I had a choice between buying SNES and GBA classics on the 3ds VC instead of alternate methods to play them I would always choose purchasing them. Key word in that statement is CHOICE

I hope nintendo remembers that kind of thing...



Nareva said:

I think after the difficulty the Wii U has faced, and after the consolidation of their hardware units earlier this year, and now this semi-consolidation of the eShops, I wouldn't be entirely surprised if Nintendo goes with only one piece of hardware next generation that does everything the 3DS and Wii U do, but in one package. Play on your tv with 2-3 screens or with traditional controllers, or take it on the road and play games in the cloud. It would basically be sold as the new handheld with a minimalist tv box.



sonicfan1373 said:


Completely agree; I cannot get into Earthbound at the moment because I have to set time aside to play with the Wii U (which is difficult for University Student), I would much rather have it on the go with me on the 3DS.



TingLz said:

Azoooz is right. Look at the bottom corner where it says "Wii U". I dunno. It's hard to say



datamonkey said:

If SNES games do come to 3DS, then they will surely have to add a cross-buy feature won't they?

There's no way they should expect us to buy the same games over and over for all systems when we've already purchased it for one.

They need to take a leaf out of Sony's book in this regard imo...



Goginho said:

C'mon please be true, I wanna play all the great SNES games on the go, fittingly, Yoshi's Island, since Yoshi's New Island will come out, plus the DS title is a handheld game as well, so they should complete that handheld connection.

I doubt that this screenshot is for a not-too-distant SNES 3DS update though, unfortunately
I think, due to the recent update, that we will be able to purchase content for the Wii U from the 3DS. The logo at the bottom right, as pointed out by some, gives us that indication. I know it may not be profitable, but they should unify the VC for both systems. If they want profit out of that, then (reasonably) increase the price a bit. Then again, this would anger gamers who only have one of the two systems, as well as the ones that have no interest in having it on both. I personally prefer my classic games on the go, anything from the SNES and back, as well as up to GBA era. Those all belong on handheld VC. The bigger, more immersive and, basically, more time-consuming games are fit for home consoles, respectively. So anything from the N64 and on, even though N64 games have proven to be eligible 3DS remakes.

Man, I just want Mario World, Link to the Past, Island to have on my 3DS, that's all



Discostew said:

I'm really hoping this is part of a unified account system. As it is right now, you can only have one NNID linked to one 3DS, preventing games linked to the account to be played on any other 3DS, so if they were to unify the VC catalogs, they won't have to worry about multiple handhelds each having a copy of a game set on one NNID.



PinkSpider said:

They really need to do like sony and make it so u can play the same game on both systems imagine starting super castlevania at home and then going out and carry on, on the move. Make it happen Nintendo. One game one price on both systems. I'm sick of paying over an diver again for the same games



retro_player_22 said:

Still don't know why they couldn't just let us transfer our Wii VC games for play on our 3DS. I mean the games (NES, SNES, N64, Neo Geo, TG-16, SMS, VCA, etc.) already there, it just needs a platform to play it on. I would be so glad if I could play all the VC games I bought for my Wii/Wii U on the 3DS whether through a transfer or remote play.



AcesHigh said:

That image was superimposed onto a 3DS screen. The 3DS screen is in a bit of an isometric view, which means that the image of Contra III being transposed onto the screen has to be manipulated to match the angle of the screen. That edit was deliberate. It's not just a template someone put the wrong image onto. And yes, it does say WiiU in the bottom right-hand corner. But superimposing not only a 3DSXL, but a 3DSXL with Contra III running on it's screen on top of a Virtual Console Page for Wii U (3DS style no less) is pretty much 3 mistakes that would need to fall together.

I don't know what to make of it, but it seems to be deliberate and maybe setting the community up for some kind of surprise functionality coming soon.



eltomo said:

What SNES games would you buy if it did happen? A lot of the games need to be played on a TV IMO. But I could easily go for some Sceret of Mana on 3DS!



Bender said:

So if SNES hits eShop.. Does that mean we can cross-buy? Because I'd be happy with Earthbound, Super Metroid, and (hopefully) A Link to the Past on my 3ds after buying em on wii u



JustinH said:

@Mario_maniac Could just be a template.

Not trying to be a buzzkill. If you all want to go crazy with SNES VC hype, I'm not about to stop you! HYPE



marc_max said:

If this means that I make a single purchase and then I can play it on both 3DS or Wii U, then I'm in.

Cross buy, please!



sleepinglion said:

This is a great idea but as another member pointed out, at this point in its life the original Wii's eShop was crazy busy with multiple oldies each week for NES, SNES, N64, Arcade, Genesis, Master System, TG-16, even Commodore 64. The current eShops are wasting their retro potential in favor of new digital titles when both can co-exist just fine.
Nintendo should be doing all it can to make emulators look unattractive, but a limited release schedule and fairly high prices won't help much in that area.
We shouldn't, as fans, have to still be begging for SMB3 and A Link to the Past at this point. While most of us can boot those up in Wii mode it would be so much nicer to have them on the main menu with Miiverse and off-screen play.
Contra III, awesome game, but there's no good excuse for why we don't see GBA and DS VC titles at this point.



Obito_Sigma said:

@TheOneHacker The 3DS could handle 3DS games, there's no reason why it can't handle N64 games.

I'm not asking for much for the 3DS... just the SNES, N64, GBA, Genesis, and Virtual Arcade games. I probably would never buy a SMS, Turbografx16, or Neo Geo game (except possibly for the King of Fighters games).



meltendo said:

I hope they don't allow us to buy games that will allow us to get the version for the 3DS and the Wii U. I love my 3DS and this means I'll have to go out and buy a Wii U. ASAP. Wait, maybe Nintendo is finally thinking clearly? Do it Nintendo and I'll run to the store to finally get a Wii U....!



Nomad said:

If and when Nintendo finally gets around to releasing SNES games on 3DS, I hope we don't get a slow trickle of games like on Wii U. Seriously, the whole of the Wii's Virtual Console selection should be available by now.



Henmii said:

Hopefully not! They are already on Wii vc! I want more GB and GBC games! And GBA games!!

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