About a month ago, Nintendo finally got around to expanding its Virtual Console service by fulfilling its promise to add Nintendo DS games to the catalogue. The titles announced for the launch have all since released, but Nintendo has since remained silent on what we can expect to arrive in the future. Though there's still no official word, it appears that another DS classic is likely to soon arrive on the Virtual Console.
A rating for New Super Mario Bros. recently appeared on the ESRB website with the Wii U listed as a platform, leading many to believe that a Virtual Console release is imminent. New Super Mario Bros. was somewhat revolutionary for its time, as it was the first main series 2D Mario platformer to be released after Super Mario World, nearly fifteen years later. Since then it's spawned a sub-series of rather derivative games, but nonetheless it'll be a worthy inclusion on the Wii U VC.
Will you be picking this up whenever it comes to the Virtual Console? What other DS games would you like to see arrive on the platform? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
[source esrb.org, via gonintendo.com]
I missed this when it came out. I'll get it for sure.
......memories. I still have this game and to be honest with you, this is the best New Super Mario Bros game out of the three that I've played.
I've yet to get the Wii U so I can't say that Bros U is the definitive but this game was just amazing and one of those games where the sequel isn't as good as the original.
Wouldn't it be 4 techically? NSMBU, NSLU, NSMBW, and NSMB.
Ah this game. I bought the DSL simply because I wanted to play this. Great game.
Not sure if I'll spring to play it on a TV screen, but it's a nice addition to the VC lineup.
Definitely be buying this. The DS, to be honest, was my least favorite of Nintendo's systems, but this is one of the few games I'll remember the system for, not to mention that I feel it is the best of the NSMB bunch.
@Tasuki well technically NSLU is NSBU but i now the levels are different
I have the cartridge already. Would I pay for the game a second time? Not until Nintendo can get their eShop act together.
But if games were tied to my account rather than hardware, and I could play on Wii U & 3DS? THEN it’d be worth buying again
Got some great memories with this one. Me and my friends and family spent a lot of time playing the minigames together when we went on a vacation together.
The platforming was pretty great too. I'd say I prefer NSMBU over this one, but it had some pretty cool levels.
I think this is already available on Japan VC
Cool! Already own & 100% completed it years ago but I'll buy it again & complete it again. I love the NSMB games
Still my favorite NSMB. I still have it, but I'm not sure if the game card is still working all right. I might get this.
hmm I wonder if the multiplayer will work, Mario vs. Luigi is definitely some of the most fun I've had with multiplayer in games! And the minigames were quite good too
I will buy it and if they release NSMBWii. Now release FE Shadow Dragon!
Fun game. I remember having to put my nephew in his place on the "versus" style of this, and mario kart ds as well.
however, isnt this game still readily available? I swear i still see this on best buy shelves. I just dont get the need to put DS games out there when they arent yet that hard to find.
Probably the only DS title I'll be paying to download. This one is particularly well suited for the Wii U Virtual Console, unlike much of the 1st party lineup that will undoubtedly end up being the bulk of the content offered here when all is said and done.
The 2D environments upscale well and look attractive on a large screen (Although the polygonal characters, especially Mario, look pretty rough at their native res), it features minimum touch control (Releasing your stored powerup is it), the main game is single player and won't suffer much from the lack of multiplayer, and nothing too exotic is happening with how you hold the DS or the screen setup. It's held in its normal horizontal position, and the action is predominantly displayed on the upper screen that can be displayed in full pillarboxed 4:3 on your HDTV.
Even having the action switch to the bottom screen when you go down some pipes on occasion, should feel pretty natural. Just look down to the gamepad screen. The action is never spread across both screens simultaneously like it is in Yoshi's Island DS, and the lower screen is only occasionally used, so no display sacrifices like the zoomed out DS border view for Yoshi's Island will be necessary.
Good candidate for the Wii U's VC.
Show me the DS cartridge slot on the Wii U. What good is the original DS cartridge still being available, to Wii U owners?
These exist to make money from people that wish to play DS software on their Wii U. It doesn't exist merely to keep some classics accessible to today's audience.
So it's really quite irrelevant that you can walk into a few stores today, and still see NSMBDS for sale. Plus, I haven't seen anything except shovelware in bargain bins at places Wal-Mart for DS software in quite sometime, so I really doubt it's very available these days at B&M stores.
This is definitely a Great 2D Mario game, this game got me in trouble big time i have to say as it came out literally the day i went on my Honeymoon and so i grabbed it and brought it with me she's in the shower im on my DS-Lite she comes out of the shower im on my DS-Lite she pops out for groceries on my DS-Lite she come back im on my DS-Lite we're on the beach im on my DS-Lite love that game my wife wasn't impressed i have to say.
Well, it's nice and all, but I bought used cartridges of this and Mario Kart DS on ebay as a pair for less than one of them would cost on the VC. I can only see the attraction if you don't have a 3/DS and don't intend on getting one.
Sounds like the perfect honeymoon, by the way @XyVoX
I still have this game for my DS and like the multiplayer aspects of it too much for me to even warrant buying it on Wii U VC.
The minigames are still very fun, especially Luigi's Casino themed ones.
I was quite sad when New Super Mario Bros 2 came out and they ditched the minigame multiplayer games idea because the idea did not feel flawed and it could have worked again a second time round.
Also, I'm a bit confused as to why the article hints that 3 out of the 4 games could be released as VC titles when two of them are in fact a 3DS and a Wii U title, unless there is another one I'm not aware of. I'm thinking there is one on Wii and DS aswell.
Picked this up about a year and a half ago from the 2nd hand shop but it's nice to see another eshop addition.i
I remember back when this game really WAS new and I had such a fun time the whole way through, not to mention the Mario vs. Luigi Multiplayer and the minigames. Granted, the minigames were mostly from SM64DS but there were a few new ones in there. The Mario vs. Luigi Multiplayer might've made for a cool little online feature, thinking about it.
This'll be a nice addition to the eShop for those who want to see where the "New" series started. Just don't forget not to shake the GamePad. No spin in this game.
Picked this up about a year and a half ago from the 2nd hand shop but it's nice to see another eshop addition.hopefully star fox command gets added later in the year and the legendary starfy.
@GoneFishin That part about looking down at the Wii U gamepad for anything is why I won't be picking this up. One of these days, Nintendo has to learn that looking away from the TV at a tiny screen in your lap is a bad idea. It works on DS and 3DS because the screens are right next to each other in the same device you're already looking at, so looking down is just a matter of moving your eyeballs slightly. It's horrible on Wii U because the gamepad is not right below my TV, so I have to crane my neck down to see it. And then I can't see anything on the TV.
The other problem is that the gamepad is just uncomfortable to hold. 100% playable with the pro controller or I'm not making a purchase, that's my Wii U motto. If I have to use the gamepad, I don't want the game.
Obviously I could put both DS screens on the TV for this, but if I'm going to have to do that, why bother? I can just put my DS cartridge into my 3DS and play it that way.
@GoneFishin Oh, and LOL if Walmart is your measuring stick for whether a game is still easily available. Try going to an actual game store that would bother to stock games a generation old.
Since my DS cart is in my ex girlfriend's DS somewhere many miles away, it would make sense for me to get this again.
Sweet memories. This was the first game I ever played on my Nintendo DS Lite.
Tempting, but I already have the best NSMB game on Wii U, NSLU. The only appeal of this is the ability to play as Luigi. (Yes, I as a child I would start a two player game and kill Mario off so I could play as Luigi.)
I'm confused about the ESRB. Do game ratings expire after a certain amount of time, or do they have to be resubmitted for rating for every rerelease they do? Or is it because it's a different platform? This is just a port of a game that has already been rated.
Ninty, release it on the 3DS eShop and then we'll be in business.
I would buy it there even though I already own the original game card, that's how committed I am to the 3DS eShop getting more content.
This is already out in Japan so I'm not really surprised. I'll just wait for Bowser's Inside Story--when that comes, I'll be happy.
Though this is my least favorite entry in the subseries, this is a good choice. The series is popular, and although this entry is common on the used market, it typically costs $25 or more.
We'll I'm happy about this, hopefully this will have some kind of launch discount too. I simply would bother with this on the ds as I prefer home consoles to handhelds and good 2d platform gameplay translates well to most formats so nothing to worry about except bigger pixels
Another entry to celebrate Mario's 30th birthday. The mini games should be fun to play on the gamepad.
This and Pokemon Pearl were the first DS games I got and damn those games are great. Too bad I've pretty much lost them both. My copy of NSMB is probably in Greece or Turkey and only god knows where my copy of Pearl is.
I feel really old seeing this coming to Virtual Console, it seems like just last year that this was actually new.
No need for any of these DS games, especially on my Wii U.
If they do not change the resolution and to be at least 480p, I am going to spit. it really angers me that they do not have an option to uprez the DS games, its just laziness on Nintendo part. I am pretty sure that Nintendo does not care about the actual presentation of a lot of its virtual console titles. they did such a wonderful job on the n64 games, and then they just phoned it in on the 3d DS games.
am I the only one that cares? The resolution is absolutely horrible on a big screen TV.
If it's less than £9.00 I'll buy it please Nintendo.
The idea that this game is old enough for a Virtual Console release makes me feel old.
I have the ds game already, but i need a wii u and id also sell my game and hopefully buy the wii u vefsion. But first i need money to buy a wii u lol.
So Zero Mission still is only listed as a GBA game on the ESRB site so I guess that means it isn't coming to North America anytime soon.
Had so much fun with Metroid Fusion on the big screen, I'm really wanting Zero Mission to get that treatment. Can't figure out why US isn't getting it yet. :/ Waiting to use it in generating excitement about a new Metroid release? I can dream right?
Wow, I totally wasn't expecting this to make it onto the Wii U Virtual Console's DS lineup.
If they made the multiplayer work I'd be all over this, but since they haven't done it on a single handheld game I don't expect they'll do it with this one.
I'm hoping for Advance Wars Dual Strike, Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks
Nice. I have the DS copy but I'll buy for Wii U. This is second only to NSMBU- it's really great.
Never played it so maybe.
NSMB1 is my least favorite of the modern 2D Mario games, but it's still a good game and a fine choice for the VC. Not sure if I'll double dip, since I just bought the cartridge last year, but it would be nice to have it on a bigger screen.
But NO Multiplayer!!!! The mini-games was the best part of that game.
Wait a minute, is this game different from New Super Mario Bros. Wii? I always thought it was the same game released on Wii and DS.
Not really interested in this... NSMBU and Luigi DLC is enough for me!
My first DS game. I definitely like this one a lot and I need to play it again anyway. Some of the tracks in this game are pretty great.
sonic Rush wood be cool
@shani Nope, it's a completely different game from NSMB Wii.
They should release Super Mario 64 DS - I always thought that SM64DS and NSMB went hand-in-hand as the DS's two early Mario entries. They even share minigames!
@speedyboris: Oh ok, now I see it was released a few years earlier than NSMBW. Now I'm curios, are there other differences (items etc.) besides the level design?
@EarthboundBenjy: They already released the original on VC, what's the difference to SM64DS?
You start the game as Yoshi instead of Mario, and have to rescue Mario later. You can also rescue Wario and Luigi and play as them in the levels. There are hats placed in the levels that transform you into the other characters. The characters have other abilities too. In this version, Only Wario can go metal, and only Luigi can go transparent.
There are also new challenges - each course now has a new "silver star" challenge, and there are a few new levels, too, such as the levels where you rescue the other characters. The game has a total of 150 stars, compared to the original's 120.
It's different enough to warrant its release as a separate game.
@PatHawks You can already play it on your 3DS. Just stick in the cartridge. I agree that's it's not worth double-dipping for those of whom already own the original game.
@fastsonicboy "Sonic Rush," the game that pioneered simultaneous dual-screen action? I don't think so, not unless they can make a setting that will display both screens on the TV at once.
@BulbasaurusRex Yoshi's Island DS is on the WIi U virtual console already, and that has the same kind of dual screen system.
Super Princess Peach after this hopefully.
Got a ds because of this game back when it first released, will enjoy playing through it again on wii u
@shani Not really. One of the problems with this sub-series is that each successive entry fails to make a meaningful effort at crafting its own identity. NSMBW gives you the exact same world themes, slightly remixed music, same art style, and a few new items. If you like one, you'll like the other, but it cannot be understated that you're essentially buying a new level pack.
Controversially, I did not like this game when it came out. I felt the emphasis was on gimmicks rather than fun and exploration (which Nintendo recovered with the perfect 3D land/world series).
The mega mushroom power up was the perfect example - you are encouraged to smash up your toys instead of play with them, a weirdly "un-nintendo" moment...
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