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The Virtual Console is a service available on the Wii, the 3DS, and the Wii U. It allows gamers to download games that were originally for other game consoles, such as Nintendo's own NES, SNES, Nintendo 64 (Wii and Wii U), Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS (Wii U), Game Boy, and Game Boy Color (3DS). Sega has provided the Wii and 3DS Virtual Console with Sega Genesis/Mega Drive, Sega Master System, and Sega Game Gear games.

Cost

Wii Points

Wii Virtual Console games are bought with Wii Points via the Wii Shop Channel. Wii Points Cards, which are sold at most game retailers, each come with 2,000 redeemable Points on them. However, in Japan, cards are worth either 1,000, 3,000, or 5,000 Wii Points. Wii Points can also be purchased directly through the Wii Shop Channel with a credit card in blocks of either 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, or 5,000 Points.

eShop Credit

Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Virtual Console games are bought with eShop credits via the Nintendo eShop. Nintendo eShop cards are sold at most retailers with the following values; $10*, $20, $35, and $50. In Australia and New Zealand, there are $15, $30 and $60 cards.

*Note: $10 eShop cards are only available at Wal-Mart, GameStop, Best Buy, and Target in the United States only.

Pricing

Wii

Console Wii Points
Nintendo Entertainment System 500-600
Super Nintendo Entertainment System 800-900
Nintendo 64 1,000-1,200

While this pricing is true for most games, a few select games have been priced differently. Imported games such as Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and Mario's Super Picross in Europe and Australia and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels outside Japan cost 100 Wii Points more than usual.

In the United States, retailers currently only sell 2,000 points cards for $20 apiece, at a price of one cent per point.

Similarly, in Australia, retailers only sell 1,000 points cards for $20 apiece.

*Note: Games released on the Virtual Console Arcade are automatically set to 500 points. However, most Virtual Console Arcade games are priced higher than 500 points.

Nintendo 3DS

Console Price
Nintendo Entertainment System General public: $4.99 / Ambassadors: $0.00
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (New Nintendo 3DS only) $7.99
Game Boy $2.99-$3.99
Game Boy Color $4.99-$5.99
Game Boy Advance (Ambassadors only) Ambassadors: $0.00 / General public: None

Wii U

Console Price
Nintendo Entertainment System $4.99/$1.00*
Super Nintendo Entertainment System $7.99/$1.50*
Game Boy Advance $6.99-$7.99
Nintendo 64 $9.99-$11.99/$2.00*
Nintendo DS[1] $6.99-$9.99

*Note: Discounted price if originally purchased on the Wii Shop Channel via Wii Mode.

Controllers

Various controllers are needed used to play Virtual Console games.

  • Wii U GamePad - Can play all Virtual Console games in Wii U Mode. Only works in both Wii U and Wii Mode (only displays screen) on the Wii U console.
  • Wii U Pro Controller - Can also play all Virtual Console games in Wii U Mode. Only works in Wii U Mode for the Wii U console.
  • Wii Remote - When turned sideways, it can be used as an NES substitute. It is also compatible with Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and Master System games. Works in both Wii U and Wii as well as the Wii U via Wii Mode. Can be used for Wii U SNES and GBA games if Two Button is held while the game boots.
  • Classic Controller - Can play any game. It is made to fit the design of the SNES Controller. Works in both Wii U and Wii as well as the Wii U via Wii Mode.
  • Nintendo GameCube controller - Can also play any game, but it is best compatible with N64 games. It currently only works for the original Wii console.

List of Mario games for the Virtual Console

Wii

Game Platform Points Japanese Release North American Release European Release Australian Release South Korean Release
Donkey Kong NES 500 2 December 2006 19 November 2006 8 December 2006 7 December 2006 26 April 2008
Donkey Kong 3 NES 500 23 July 2008 14 July 2008 9 January 2009 9 January 2009 X mark.svg
Donkey Kong Country SNES 800 12 December 2006 19 February 2007 8 December 2006 7 December 2006 26 May 2008
Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES 800 23 October 2007 21 May 2007 16 May 2007 18 May 2007 25 November 2008
Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! SNES 800 21 October 2008 24 December 2007 25 December 2007 25 December 2007 X mark.svg
Donkey Kong Jr. NES 500 2 December 2006 4 December 2006 22 December 2006 22 December 2006 X mark.svg
Donkey Kong Jr. Math NES 500 27 March 2007 3 September 2007 20 April 2007 20 April 2007 X mark.svg
Mario Bros. NES 500 12 December 2006 19 November 2006 8 December 2006 7 December 2006 30 December 2008
Mario Golf Nintendo 64 1000 30 September 2008 6 October 2008 23 January 2009 23 January 2009 X mark.svg
Mario Kart 64 Nintendo 64 1000 30 January 2007 29 January 2007 26 January 2007 26 January 2007 26 April 2008
Mario Party 2 Nintendo 64 1000 2 November 2010 20 December 2010 24 December 2010 24 December 2010 X mark.svg
Mario's Super Picross SNES 800/900 19 December 2006 X mark.svg 14 September 2007 14 September 2007 X mark.svg
Mario Tennis Nintendo 64 1000 31 August 2010 28 June 2010 18 June 2010 18 June 2010 X mark.svg
NES Open Tournament Golf NES 500 24 July 2007 18 June 2007 11 May 2007 11 May 2007 26 August 2008
Paper Mario Nintendo 64 1000 10 July 2007 16 July 2007 13 July 2007 13 July 2007 X mark.svg
Pinball NES 500 2 December 2006 19 November 2006 15 December 2006 15 December 2006 X mark.svg
Super Mario 64 Nintendo 64 1000 2 December 2006 19 November 2006 8 December 2006 7 December 2006 X mark.svg
Super Mario Bros. NES 500 2 December 2006 25 December 2006 5 January 2007 5 January 2007 26 April 2008
Super Mario Bros. 2 NES 500 10 August 2007 2 July 2007 25 May 2007 25 May 2007 15 July 2008
Super Mario Bros. 3 NES 500 11 December 2007 5 November 2007 9 November 2007 9 November 2007 26 May 2008
Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels NES 500/600 1 May 2007 1 October 2007 14 September 2007 14 September 2007 X mark.svg
Super Mario Kart SNES 800 9 June 2009 23 November 2009 2 April 2010 2 April 2010 X mark.svg
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars SNES 800/900 24 June 2008 1 September 2008 22 August 2008 22 August 2008 X mark.svg
Super Mario World SNES 800 2 December 2006 5 February 2007 9 February 2007 9 February 2007 26 April 2008
Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 64 1000 20 January 2009 21 December 2009 12 June 2009 12 June 2009 X mark.svg
Wario's Woods NES 500 12 December 2006 19 November 2006 8 December 2006 7 December 2006 X mark.svg
Wrecking Crew NES 500 5 February 2008 19 November 2007 24 August 2007 24 August 2007 X mark.svg
Yoshi NES 500 6 March 2007 9 July 2007 16 May 2007 18 May 2007 12 August 2008
Yoshi's Story Nintendo 64 1000 30 October 2007 17 September 2007 26 October 2007 26 October 2007 X mark.svg
Yoshi's Cookie NES 500 10 June 2008 7 April 2008 4 April 2008 4 April 2008 11 November 2008

Note: The Donkey Kong Country series has been delisted, (except in South Korea) likely due to Microsoft's desire to renegotiate licensing agreements with Nintendo before rereleasing it. Yoshi's Cookie for the NES has been delisted as well (except in South Korea but can't be bought).

Nintendo 3DS

Games on the Virtual Console of the 3DS do not have 3D capabilities, except for 3D Classics. They are sold via Nintendo eShop.

The following Mario games have been released on the Virtual Console of the 3DS:

Icon Game Platform Price Japanese Release North American Release European Release Australian Release South Korean Release
Alleywayicon.png Alleyway Game Boy JP¥ 300
US$ 2.99
EU€ 3.00
UK£ 2.70
AU$ 4.50
KR₩ 4000
3 August 2011 6 June 2011 7 June 2011 7 June 2011 1 June 2016
DKACicon.png Donkey Kong NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 4.49
AU$ 6.50
KR₩ 5000
17 October 2012 15 August 2013 21 November 2013 21 November 2013 2 March 2016
DKGBicon.png Donkey Kong Game Boy JP¥ 300
US$ 3.99
EU€ 4.00
UK£ 3.70
AU$ 6.00
KR₩ 4000
15 June 2011 16 June 2011 16 June 2011 16 June 2011 3 February 2016
DK3icon.png Donkey Kong 3 NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 4.49
AU$ 6.50
KR₩ 5000
27 March 2013 5 December 2013 12 December 2013 12 December 2013 6 July 2016
DKCN3DSVC.jpg Donkey Kong Country SNES JP¥ 823
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
4 March 2016 24 March 2016 24 March 2016 25 March 2016 X mark.svg
DKC2 3DS VC Icon.jpg Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES JP¥ 823
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
6 April 2016 14 April 2016 24 March 2016 25 March 2016 X mark.svg
DKC3 New3DS VC.jpg Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble SNES JP¥ 823
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
9 May 2016 2 June 2016 2 June 2016 3 June 2016 X mark.svg
DKJRicon.png Donkey Kong Jr. NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 4.49
AU$ 7.50
KR₩ 5000
18 April 2012 14 June 2012 23 August 2012 23 August 2012 6 April 2016
DKL3DSIcon.jpg Donkey Kong Land Game Boy JP¥ 411
US$ 3.99
EU€ 3.00
UK£ 2.70
AU$ 4.50
2 April 2014 26 February 2015 16 October 2014 17 October 2014 X mark.svg
DKL2Icon.jpg Donkey Kong Land 2 Game Boy JP¥ 411
US$ 3.99
EU€ 3.00
UK£ 2.70
AU$ 4.50
16 April 2014 26 February 2015 23 October 2014 24 October 2014 X mark.svg
DKL3Color3DSIcon.jpg Donkey Kong Land III Game Boy / Game Boy Color JP¥ 617
US$ 3.99
EU€ 3.00
UK£ 2.70
AU$ 4.50
7 May 2014 26 February 2015 30 October 2014 31 October 2014 X mark.svg
DKACicon.png Donkey Kong Original Edition NES EU€ 4.99
UK£ 4.49
X mark.svg X mark.svg 18 September 2014 X mark.svg X mark.svg
Drmarioicon.png Dr. Mario Game Boy JP¥ 400
US$ 3.99
EU€ 3.00
UK£ 2.70
AU$ 4.50
KR₩ 4000
27 July 2011 4 October 2012 22 March 2012 22 March 2012 18 May 2016
GWGicon.PNG Game & Watch Gallery Game Boy JP¥ 400
US$ 2.99
EU€ 3.00
UK£ 2.70
AU$ 4.50
22 June 2011 14 July 2011 21 July 2011 21 July 2011 X mark.svg
GWG2icon.png Game & Watch Gallery 2 Game Boy / Game Boy Color JP¥ 400
US$ 3.99
EU€ 4.00
UK£ 3.60
AU$ 6.00
21 March 2012 24 May 2012 03 May 2012 03 May 2012 X mark.svg
G&WG3 Icon.png Game & Watch Gallery 3 Game Boy Color JP¥ N/Aa
US$ 3.99
EU€ 5.00
UK£ 4.50
AU$ 7.50
21 November 2014a 5 February 2015 25 September 2014 26 September 2014 X mark.svg
Golficon.png Golf Game Boy JP¥ 300
US$ 2.99
EU€ 3.00
UK£ 2.70
AU$ 4.50
KR₩ 4000
29 June 2011 8 September 2011 13 October 2011 13 October 2011 20 July 2016
MBicon.png Mario Bros. NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 4.49
AU$ 6.50
8 May 2013 30 January 2014 9 January 2014 9 January 2014 X mark.svg
MGGBCicon.png Mario Golf Game Boy Color JP¥ 600
US$ 5.99
EU€ 5.00b
UK£ 4.50b
AU$ 7.50b
3 October 2012 11 October 2012 29 May 2014b 29 May 2014b X mark.svg
MTGB VCicon.png Mario Tennis Game Boy Color JP¥ 600
US$ 5.99
EU€ 5.00
UK£ 4.50
AU$ 7.50
26 June 2013 26 December 2013 2 January 2014 2 January 2014 X mark.svg
MarioPicrossicon.png Mario's Picross Game Boy JP¥ 400
US$ 3.99
EU€ 4.00
UK£ 3.60
AU$ 6.00
21 September 2011 4 August 2011 14 July 2011 14 July 2011 X mark.svg
NESGolficon.png NES Open Tournament Golf NES JP¥ 400
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.00
UK£ 3.60
AU$ 6.00
8 August 2012 5 July 2012 23 August 2012 23 August 2012 X mark.svg
Picross2icon.png Picross 2 Game Boy JP¥ 400 24 October 2012 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
SMB icon.png Super Mario Bros. NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 5.00
UK£ 4.50
AU$ 7.50
KR₩ 5000
5 January 2012 16 February 2012 01 March 2012 01 March 2012 3 February 2016
SMBLLicon.png Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 4.49
AU$ 6.50
KR₩ 5000
25 July 2012 27 December 2012 27 December 2012 27 December 2012 6 July 2016
SMUSAicon.png Super Mario Bros. 2 NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 4.49
AU$ 6.50
KR₩ 5000
28 November 2012 11 July 2013 7 August 2013 8 August 2013 2 March 2016
SMB3icon.png Super Mario Bros. 3 NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 4.49
AU$ 6.50
KR₩ 5000
1 January 2013 17 April 2014 26 December 2013 26 December 2013 6 April 2016
SMBDXicon.png Super Mario Bros. Deluxe Game Boy Color JP¥ N/Ac
US$ 5.99
EU€ 5.00d
UK£ 4.50d
AU$ 6.00d
KR₩ 6000
27 January 2014c
25 December 2014 27 February 2014d 28 February 2014d 4 May 2016
SMK New3DS VC.jpg Super Mario Kart SNES JP¥ 823
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
9 May 2016 24 March 2016 17 March 2016 18 March 2016 X mark.svg
SMLicon.png Super Mario Land Game Boy JP¥ 500
US$ 3.99
EU€ 4.00
UK£ 3.60
AU$ 6.00
KR₩ 4000
7 June 2011 6 June 2011 7 June 2011 7 June 2011 3 February 2016
SML2icon.png Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Game Boy JP¥ 400
US$ 3.99
EU€ 4.00
UK£ 3.60
AU$ 6.00
KR₩ 4000
12 October 2011 29 September 2011 29 September 2011 29 September 2011 1 June 2016
SMWN3DSVC.jpg Super Mario World SNES JP¥ 823
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
4 March 2016 3 March 2016 3 March 2016 4 March 2016 X mark.svg
TetrisAttackIcon.jpg Tetris Attack Game Boy JP¥ 400 11 December 2013 X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg X mark.svg
WL2icon.png Wario Land II Game Boy Color JP¥ 600
US$ 5.99
EU€ 5.00
UK£ 4.50
AU$ 7.50
KR₩ 6000
4 April 2012 20 December 2012 19 July 2012 19 July 2012 2 March 2016
WL3icon.png Wario Land 3 Game Boy Color JP¥ 600
US$ 5.99
EU€ 5.00
UK£ 4.50
AU$ 7.50
2 May 2012 29 August 2013 6 December 2012 6 December 2012 X mark.svg
WLSML3 icon.png Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Game Boy JP¥ 400
US$ 3.99
EU€ 4.00
UK£ 3.60
AU$ 6.00
KR₩ 4000
14 December 2011 26 July 2012 16 February 2012 16 February 2012 18 May 2016
WarioWoodicon.png Wario's Woods NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 4.49
AU$ 6.50
KR₩ 5000
29 May 2013 7 November 2013 24 October 2013 24 October 2013 20 July 2016
WCicon.png Wrecking Crew NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 3.99
UK£ 3.59
AU$ 5.20
KR₩ 5000
19 September 2012 7 March 2013 9 May 2013 10 May 2013 18 May 2016
Yoshiicon.png Yoshi NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 4.49
AU$ 6.50
22 August 2012 21 February 2013 2 May 2013 2 May 2013 X mark.svg

a. Available only to participants who registered Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and one of Pokémon Omega Ruby or Alpha Sapphire with Club Nintendo from November 21, 2014 to January 20, 2015. It is currently unavailable to the general public.
b. Available for free to participants who purchase Mario Golf: World Tour from the Nintendo eShop from May 2, 2014 to May 29, 2014.
c. Available only to participants who registered their Nintendo Network ID before January 13, 2014. It is currently unavailable to the general public.
d. The European edition of the Nintendo Direct December 18, 2013 reveals a promotion for Nintendo 3DS users, as those who registered their Nintendo Network ID before the end of January 2014 will be eligible to receive a free download code of Super Mario Bros. Deluxe from the Nintendo eShop on February 13, 2014.

Nintendo 3DS Ambassador Program

All of these games are available as free downloads for consumers who purchased a Nintendo 3DS prior to the August 12, 2011 price drop. The NES titles were first available in Japan on August 31, 2011 for these ambassadors, and available worldwide on September 1, 2011. The Game Boy Advance games were released in Australia on December 15, 2011, and worldwide on December 16, 2011. The Legend of Zelda became available in the Japanese eShop on December 22nd, 2011, making it the first Ambassador game released to the public. Currently, all NES titles offered by the Ambassador Program are available worldwide on the eShop. Nintendo has announced that GBA games will remain exclusive to 3DS ambassadors. GBA games have been released on the Wii U instead, and there are currently no plans for 3DS Virtual releases.

Mario NES games
Mario Game Boy Advance games

Wii U

Games on the Virtual Console of the Wii U can be played on the Wii U GamePad and Wii U Pro Controller. As with the Nintendo 3DS, they are also sold via Nintendo eShop.

Icon Game Platform Price Japanese Release North American Release European Release Australian Release
DKicon.png Donkey Kong NES JP¥ 500 (¥30*)
US$ 4.99 ($0.30*)
EU€ 4.99 (€0.30*)
UK£ 3.49 (£0.30*)
AU$ 6.50 ($0.30*)
15 July 2013 15 July 2013 15 July 2013 15 July 2013


DK3VCicon.jpg Donkey Kong 3 NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
6 November 2013 26 September 2013 24 October 2013 24 October 2013


DK64WiiUIcon.jpg Donkey Kong 64 Nintendo 64 JP¥ 1028
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
2 April 2015 16 April 2015 1 April 2015 2 April 2015


DKC VC Icon.jpg Donkey Kong Country SNES JP¥ 823
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
26 November 2014 26 February 2015 16 October 2014 17 October 2014


DKC2 VC Icon.jpg Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest SNES JP¥ 823
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
26 November 2014 26 February 2015 23 October 2014 24 October 2014


DKC3 VC Icon.jpg Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble SNES JP¥ 823
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
26 November 2014 26 February 2015 30 October 2014 31 October 2014


DKJRWiiUIcon.jpg Donkey Kong Jr. NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
15 July 2013 26 April 2013 27 April 2013 28 April 2013


DKjrMath VCIcon.png Donkey Kong Jr. Math NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
15 April 2015 28 August 2014 22 January 2015 23 January 2015


DKJC VCicon.png DK: Jungle Climber Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
8 July 2015 23 July 2015 6 August 2015 7 August 2015


DKKoS VCIcon.jpg DK: King of Swing Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 6.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
19 November 2014 20 November 2014 22 January 2015 23 January 2015


DrMarioVCIcon.jpg Dr. Mario NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
26 February 2014 27 March 2014 13 February 2014 14 February 2014


G&WG4VCIcon.png Game & Watch Gallery 4 Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 6.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
16 March 2016 7 April 2016 10 December 2015 11 December 2015


GolfVCIcon.jpg Golf NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
13 November 2013 10 October 2013 10 October 2013 10 October 2013


SMRPG2 VCicon.png Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
10 June 2015 25 June 2015 16 July 2015 17 July 2015


M&LRPGIcon.jpg Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 7.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
30 April 2014 3 April 2014 3 April 2014 3 April 2014


MBWIIUicon.png Mario Bros. NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
29 May 2013 20 June 2013 20 June 2013 20 June 2013


MG64 WiiU VC Icon.png Mario Golf Nintendo 64 JP¥ 1028
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
2 September 2015 3 September 2015 8 October 2015 9 October 2015


MGAT WiiU VC Icon.jpg Mario Golf: Advance Tour Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 6.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
10 September 2014 25 September 2014 28 August 2014 28 August 2014


MH3on3 Icon.jpg Mario Hoops 3-on-3 Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
11 May 2016 X mark.svg 26 May 2016 26 May 2016


MK64WiiUIcon.jpg Mario Kart 64 Nintendo 64 JP¥ 1028
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
6 January 2016 X mark.svg 21 January 2016 22 January 2016


MKDSWiiUIcon.png Mario Kart DS Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
25 May 2016 23 April 2015 1 April 2015 2 April 2015


MKSC VCIcon.png Mario Kart: Super Circuit Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 7.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
22 July 2015 13 November 2014 23 April 2015 24 April 2015


MP2WiiUVC.jpg Mario Party 2 Nintendo 64 JP¥ 1028
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
30 March 2016 X mark.svg 21 April 2016 22 April 2016


MPA VCIcon.png Mario Party Advance Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 6.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
28 October 2015 25 December 2014 25 December 2014 26 December 2014


MPDS WiiUVC Icon.jpg Mario Party DS Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
27 April 2016 21 April 2016 21 April 2016 22 April 2016


SuperMarioBall VC Icon.jpg Mario Pinball Land Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 6.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
17 September 2014 27 November 2014 11 September 2014 11 September 2014


MarioTennis VC Icon.png Mario Tennis Nintendo 64 JP¥ 1028
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99a
UK£ 8.99a
AU$ 13.00a
20 July 2016 9 July 2015 17 December 2015a 18 December 2015a


MarioTennisAdvanceIcon.jpg Mario Tennis: Power Tour Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 6.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
30 April 2014 3 July 2014 26 June 2014 26 June 2014


MvsDKWiiUicon.png Mario vs. Donkey Kong Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
23 July 2014 X mark.svg 17 September 2015 18 September 2015


MSPicon.png Mario's Super Picross SNES JP¥ 800
EU€ 4.00
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
27 April 2013 X mark.svg 27 April 2013 28 April 2013


NESOpenWiiUVC.jpg NES Open Tournament Golf NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
15 January 2014 6 March 2014 6 February 2014 6 February 2014


NSMBWiiUIcon.png New Super Mario Bros. Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
2 April 2015 14 May 2015 17 December 2015 18 December 2015


PaperMario WiiU VCIcon.png Paper Mario Nintendo 64 JP¥ 1028
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
15 July 2015 30 April 2015 21 May 2015 22 May 2015


PinballIcon.jpg Pinball NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
23 October 2013 24 October 2013 24 October 2013 24 October 2013


SM64WiiUIcon.jpg Super Mario 64 Nintendo 64 JP¥ 1028
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
8 April 2015 1 April 2015 1 April 2015 2 April 2015


SM64DSWiiUIcon.png Super Mario 64 DS Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
6 January 2016 X mark.svg 24 December 2015 25 December 2015


SMAWiiUIcon.jpg Super Mario Advance Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 7.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
16 July 2014 6 November 2014 10 March 2016 11 March 2016


SMA4WiiUIcon.jpg Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3 Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 7.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
29 December 2015 21 January 2016 10 March 2016 11 March 2016


SMB VCicon.png Super Mario Bros. NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
5 June 2013 19 September 2013 12 September 2013 12 September 2013


Img virtualconsoleiconsmb2.jpg Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
8 August 2013 13 March 2014 23 January 2014 23 January 2014


SMB2icon.png
SMUSAIconWiiU.jpg
Super Mario Bros. 2 NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
19 March 2014 16 May 2013 16 May 2013 16 May 2013


SMB3iconWiiU.png Super Mario Bros. 3 NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
25 December 2013 17 April 2014 26 December 2013 26 December 2013


SMKicon.png Super Mario Kart SNES JP¥ 800
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
19 June 2013 6 August 2014 27 March 2014 28 March 2014


SMRPG VCicon.png Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars SNES JP¥ 823
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
5 August 2015 30 June 2016 24 December 2015 25 December 2015


SMWicon.png Super Mario World SNES JP¥ 800
US$ 7.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 5.49
AU$ 10.40
27 April 2013 26 April 2013 27 April 2013 28 April 2013


SMA2WiiUIcon.jpg Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 7.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
3 April 2014 25 December 2014 10 March 2016 11 March 2016


WarioLand4Icon.jpg Wario Land 4 Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 7.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
30 April 2014 8 May 2014 5 June 2014 5 June 2014


WariosWoodsiconWiiU.jpg Wario's Woods NES JP¥ 500
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
29 January 2014 7 November 2013 27 February 2014 27 February 2014


WMoDVCIcon.png Wario: Master of Disguise Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
7 October 2015 9 June 2016 20 August 2015 21 August 2015


WWWiiUIcon.jpg WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 6.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
3 April 2014 10 April 2014 10 April 2014 10 April 2014


WWTWiiUIcon.png WarioWare: Touched! Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
15 April 2015 9 April 2015 1 April 2015 2 April 2015


Wreckingcrewicon.png Wrecking Crew NES JP¥ 800
US$ 4.99
EU€ 4.99
UK£ 3.49
AU$ 6.50
19 June 2013 20 June 2013 20 June 2013 20 June 2013


YoshiWiiUicon.png Yoshi NES JP¥ 500 (¥30*)
US$ 4.99 ($0.30*)
EU€ 4.99 (€0.30*)
UK£ 3.49 (£0.30*)
AU$ 6.50 ($0.30*)
12 June 2013 12 June 2013 13 June 2013 13 June 2013


YT&GWiiUIcon.png Yoshi Touch & Go Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99b
UK£ 8.99b
AU$ 13.00b
18 May 2016 9 April 2015 23 July 2015b 24 July 2015b


YIDSWiiUIcon.jpg Yoshi's Island DS Nintendo DS JP¥ 950
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
8 April 2015 1 April 2015 7 May 2015 8 May 2015


SMA3 VCIcon.jpg Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 Game Boy Advance JP¥ 702
US$ 7.99
EU€ 6.99
UK£ 6.29
AU$ 9.10
15 October 2014 24 April 2014 24 April 2014 25 April 2014


YSVCIcon.jpg Yoshi's Story Nintendo 64 JP¥ 1028
US$ 9.99
EU€ 9.99
UK£ 8.99
AU$ 13.00
17 February 2016 24 March 2016 14 April 2016 15 April 2016


a. Available for free to participants who purchase Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash from the Nintendo eShop from November 20, 2015 (Europe)/November 21, 2015 (Australia) to December 17, 2015.
b. Available for free to participants who purchase Yoshi's Woolly World from the Nintendo eShop from June 25, 2015 (Australia)/June 26, 2015 (Europe) to July 23, 2015.
* In the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Famicom, Virtual Console titles were on sale at a reduced price of 30 cents until July 12, 2013 (Yoshi) and August 13, 2013 (Donkey Kong).

Notes

Wii

  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels was only available in Europe and Australia from September 15, 2007 until October 1, 2007. It was then still available to freely re-download for those who purchased it while it was initially available. On August 22, 2008, it was made available again, this time without any time restrictions.
    • This is also the first time that the NES version was made available outside Japan, having been remade for the SNES elsewhere. Thus, its title screen reads "Super Mario Bros. 2", its Japanese name, and on the Wii Shop Channel and Wii U eShop it is considered a import game.
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was regarded by Nintendo as the 250th game to be released on the Virtual Console in North America. Its European Virtual Console release was the first official release of that game in the region.
  • Timed demos of several Virtual Console games are included in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, all of which star the game's various fighters. The only default Mario title is Super Mario Bros.; Donkey Kong, Super Mario Bros. 2, and Super Mario World are also included, but they must first be unlocked.
  • For reasons unknown, the NES version of Yoshi's Cookie and the entire Donkey Kong Country trilogy were de-listed in all regions except South Korea. While the reason for the removal of Yoshi's Cookie is unknown, the removal of the Donkey Kong Country trilogy could be due to legal issues with Microsoft, the current owner of Rare, who developed the trilogy before being completely sold over to Microsoft in 2002, although technically Nintendo, the original publisher, owns these games. The games remain available to be re-downloaded by those who had purchased them while available. The DKC games were restored to the Wii Shop Channel when they were released for the Wii U VC.
  • Transfer Pak functions and online N64 Tournaments like the Mario Tennis Ring Tournament mode are not supported.
  • N64 & Neo-Geo games don't support suspend functionality.
  • N64 Controller Pak functionality is not supported.
  • N64 games do not support the Rumble Pak functionality, despite the GC controllers having rumble features.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Only NES titles support multiplayer due to the GB, GBC, and GBA (Ambassadors only) games being too complicated to recode the games to add wireless features and there being no link port for multiplayer. NES games that have simultaneous multiplayer utilize 3DS Download Play, and Game Gear games use local play while NES games that only have alternating multiplayer are played on a single 3DS. To alternate players when playing NES games, simultaneously press L Button and R Button to display a pair of NES controllers (<-America and PAL regions) or Famicom controllers (<- Japan only) in the lower-right corner of the top screen; press Y Button while they are displayed to switch control between players 1 and 2.
    • This feature can also be used when playing Game Boy titles to change the screen color from gray to the classic green.
  • While loading Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or (Ambassadors only) Game Boy Advance titles from the HOME Menu, by holding Start Button or Select Button the game on the top screen will be shrunk to its original resolution.
    • Game Boy and Game Boy Color titles will also display virtual versions of their respective consoles surrounding the screen to give the illusion of playing on the actual console. GBA, DS, and DSiWare games just shrink the screen to the screen size from the original consoles.
  • Many games have been given the ability to create one save file each.
  • GBA Ambassador games do not rely on hardware emulation; instead, they rely on hardware simulation with the 3DS booting into the GBA's firmware to play the games natively, the same way the 3DS handles DS backwards compatibility. Due to this, GBA games do not support Virtual Console features like Save and Restore Points, sleep mode, and Home Menu Access.
    • This occurs because the 3DS is not powerful enough to emulate the GBA in the same way it does other Virtual Console games. (This is also why GBA games are not available for purchase on the 3DS eShop.) Through hacking, it is possible to load GBA games into a regular Virtual Console emulator, but performance is slow and the ability to do this was removed in a later update.

Wii U

  • The player can create save states and remap controller buttons. For GBA games, there are options to change scaling, enable pixel smoothing, and view scans of the original paper manual.
  • The Wii Remote can be used for SNES and GBA games if Two Button is held while the game loads.
  • The NES games have a bilinear filter applied while the N64 games have a filter applied that doubles their resolution.
  • N64 games support Rumble Pak functions, but won't support Transfer or Controller Pak functions.
  • GBA and DS titles can only be played in single player mode.

Changes

Although Nintendo has claimed they will keep all Virtual Console releases true to the originals, they have made changes to various games:

Wii

  • Super Mario 64
    • During gameplay, the drop shadows located at the top and bottom of the screen have been removed and can only return if Mario loses all of his Health Points.
    • Chain Chomp's mouth is purple instead of red, possibly because the game in general is made a bit darker.
    • Vanish Mario appears purely transparent instead of being flickering in dithered colors for unknown reasons.[citation needed]
    • All lag and loading times have been removed, and the game is impossible to crash.
    • The sound is slightly quieter.
  • Mario Kart 64
    • When Lightning is used, the flash that appears during the use of that item has been adjusted to avoid the risk of seizures.
    • The Kalimari Desert course's train has its wheels recolored from red to black for unknown reasons.
    • In Koopa Troopa Beach, the waterfall at the end of the shortcut is recolored blue from the original grey.
    • The game timer is spaced slightly further apart. This is most notable between "00" and between the " sign and the number preceeding it.
    • Saving ghost data is impossible, due to the lack of Controller Pak functionality.
  • Mario Golf
    • The Transfer Pak feature to transfer characters from the GBC version (Sherry, Joe, Azalea, and Kid) is removed, as are the extra four square boxes used for transferred characters on the Character Select screen. Consequently, said characters cannot be played as.
  • Mario Tennis
    • The Ring Tournament mode in Special Games is removed and cannot be selected, since the service is no longer supported after the official website was replaced with its sequel Mario Power Tennis in 2004.
    • The ability to unlock characters and courts via the Transfer Pak (e.g. Alex, Nina, Harry, Kate, and each characters' personal courts, except for Donkey Kong's) is removed. They still exist in the game coding, but cannot be played as during normal gameplay.
  • Paper Mario
    • The brightness of the light from the Super Block has been adjusted to avoid the risk of seizures.[citation needed]
    • The walls in the temple in Dry Dry Desert appear more curved.
    • The Crystal King's clones are more transparent, making it easier to spot the real Crystal King.
    • Monstar has stars surrounding it.

Nintendo 3DS

  • Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy and Game Boy Color games
    • NES games include restore points and download play but Game Boy and Game Boy Color games don't support multiplayer. However, Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow allow players to trade Pokémon via Wi-Fi in place of a game link cable. With the exception of the Pokémon games, only NES, Game Gear, and TurboGrafx16 games fully support 2-player options. All ten NES games from the ambassador program did not gain these features until they were respectively re-released for public purchase. Original Game Boy games also include two switchable color palettes; black and white and black and green, in which the latter is a nostalgic approach to original "brick" Game Boy players since the first Game Boy model has a green-tinted screen.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
    • The ground, sky, and waterfalls have a darker color scheme than in the Wii and Wii U VC versions.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
    • The game's pixels appear more filtered and the background border is less dimmer compared to the Wii and Wii U VC versions.
  • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
    • The game's print and trade features have been disabled due to the lack of a Game Boy Printer accessory and infared port.
    • In the Fortune Teller, all references to multiplayer features were removed, and replaced with duplicates of other existing text strings.
    • In the album, the pictures that are normally unlocked via the use of link and infrared features are impossible to obtain without hacking.
  • Mario Golf and Mario Tennis
    • Characters that could be unlocked in the Nintendo 64 version are omitted due to the lack of Transfer Pak functionality in the Wii VC versions and visa-versa in the 3DS versions.
  • Wario Land 3
    • Various cutscenes, such as the one where The Steep Canyon initially becomes accessible, have altered color palettes to reduce the risk of seizures.

Wii U

  • NES, SNES, N64, Game Boy Advance, and Nintendo DS games
    • All games include restore points, Wii U GamePad off-tv play, and Miiverse support. Unlike on the Wii VC, N64 games support Rumble Pak functions which are replicated by the GamePad rumbling when needed. GBA, N64, and DS games also include their original instruction booklets.
    • GBA and Nintendo DS games don't support multiplayer. Nintendo DS games also don't include GameCube/Wii connectivity. Only a few DS games, such as The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, support sleep mode. N64 games will not support Transfer Pak functions.
    • All changes made to Wii VC versions of games were retained unless stated otherwise.
  • Game & Watch Gallery 4
    • For the Japanese Virtual Console release, this game has been fully translated into Japanese, with its title being Game Boy Gallery 4. This game was originally unreleased in Japan.
  • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
    • The Virtual Console version has all 38 e-Reader levels built-in the game, including the ones that were previously only released in Japan, and they can be accessed from the Data Select screen. Originally, this required the use of the Nintendo e-Reader to scan Level Cards, which is incompatible with the Wii U. Also, the original game could only support up to 32 levels at a time. This is also the first time these levels are released in Europe and Australia, as the Nintendo e-Reader was never released there.

Gallery

See also

  • WiiWare — Applications and games that can be downloaded from the Wii Shop Channel.
  • DSiWare — Applications and games that can be downloaded from the DSi Shop.

Name in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バーチャルコンソール
Bācharu Konsōru
Spanish Consola Virtual
French Console Virtuelle
Russian Виртуальная Консоль
Virtualnaya Konsol
Korean 버추얼 콘솔
Beochueol Konsol

References

  1. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-dttHujw0I