Donkey Kong Country titles about to be removed from Wii Virtual Console in Europe [UPDATED]

****UPDATE**** Nintendo got back to us with the following official reason for the games' removal: 

"From time to time, our software lineup changes for various reasons. There are currently over 350 classic Virtual Console titles available for purchase in Wii Shop Channel. We’re confident that consumers will find something they will enjoy."

Oh, various reasons! Glad that's cleared that up.***UPDATE ENDS***

Donkey Kong Country returns... to the ether next week, as all three classic SNES platformers will be pulled from the European Wii U Virtual Console. According to a news update on the console's online shopping page, you still have until the 25th of November to buy Donkey Kong Country, Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest and Donkey Kong 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble. 

We have contacted Nintendo to ask why the titles are being removed and will update this story when we hear back. Presumaby a license has run out, or (more excitingly) there's an HD collection heading to Wii U that they want everyone to buy instead of the cheapy Virtual Console versions. Stranger things have happened.

Don't forget, all your Wii Ware and Virtual Console titles are playable on Wii U, so if you can imagine a point in time where you'd want to play one of these SNES classics on your shiny new machine, you'd better get downloading these pronto. However, they are limited to being played on the TV screen (at present) and with old Wii control peripherals, so don't sell your old Classic Controller just yet.

Source: Go Nintendo




  • Stabby_Joe - November 19, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    I still wonder why Donkey Kong 64 was never re-released. Contrary to the popular rumor that some of the graphical assets a'la Banjo-Kazooie are now held by Microsoft, Rare has said in the past they don't own it and Nintendo has full control over it. Ah well, I have all 3 on the VC anyway, complete 1 and 2 so it seems like it was a good job to get the third in advance. Despite having said that I'm all for a collection... with 64?
  • DREAMCASTSATURN - November 19, 2012 1:08 p.m.

    yeah, i have DK64 too, and its awesome, but i think Nintendo can't release them because some of the characters are stilled owned by Rare, which is under MS right now. But and HD WiiU remake of the game would be cool!
  • DREAMCASTSATURN - November 19, 2012 4:31 a.m.

    Dammit Nintendo, just remake Donkey Kong Country! Oh wait....... Why didn't Donkey Kong Country Returns do so great? Isn't it worth more time than some crappy Mario game they released 3 years ago (New SMB WiiU)?

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