Super Mario 64 and Other Classic Favorites Headed to an eShop Near You
If there's anything Nintendo has proven as of late, it's the fact that even classic older games are in demand if packaged and marketed to the right crowds. Wii U owners and DS fans have been clamoring for some time now for classics to be added to the Nintendo eShop, and with the latest Nintendo Direct, it looks like several wishes are going to be granted.
Even if you recently picked up a New Nintendo 3DS, you might be interested in getting in on the special purchases that came out of the latest Nintendo Direct. The company revealed that the Wii U Virtual Console on the eShop will be carrying titles picked from the Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS library. That means no longer having to drag out your old system when you have a hankering for some of your favorite N64 games and even being able to play DS titles on newer equipment as well. It's a convenient move to be sure, even if some of the game we'd really like to see come to the shop are curiously absent as of yet.
Perhaps one of the most interesting things about this piece of news is the announcement that you can play DS titles on your Wii U. You'll do this by using both your Wii U GamePad, with one acting as the "touch" panel and the game going on with the screen you have the Wii U connected to. Nintendo 64 titles will work similarly, though you'll be able to choose from three different control schemes, where you can also reconfigure existing button layouts. The Wii U Game Pad will also use the N64 rumble feature where applicable.
A smattering of the titles that are coming include Yoshi Touch & Go, Wario Ware Touched, Donkey Kong 64, Mario Kart DS, and Paper Mario. You can expect to pay $9.99 to $11.99 for 64 releases, while the DS games are cheaper at $6.99 to $9.99. Yoshi's Island DS and Super Mario 64 are already available for purchase, with all the other named titles on the way.
While these are some pretty steep prices for older titles, you're really paying for the convenience of having them at your fingertips. Personally, if done correctly, I think this could be a great gateway for people looking for another reason to pick up the Wii U. The pricing structure may be a bit outlandish for some, but they're right in line for about what you'd pay as a collector anyway and now you can enjoy some of your favorite games again in the comfort of your own living room with ease.
Which games will you be purchasing to relive those classic moments?