Virtual console games announced

30 hits - some big and some very, very small - will be available by the end of the year

Today, Nintendo has announced the first 30 games that will be available on the Wii's Virtual Console download service. Spanning five different console systems - two of which were not released by Nintendo - the list is a mixture of classics (The Legend of Zelda, Bonk's Advnture) and "why did they bother?" (Urban Champion, Victory Run) that has us excited for the future of the service. These games will all be out by the end of December 2006.

In Nintendo's pricing scheme, NES games cost 500 points (with one point being one cent.) TurboGrafx 16 games are 600 points while SNES and Sega Genesis games are slated to hit at 800 points each. Nintendo 64 games round it out at 1000 points.

NES

Mario Bros.
The Legend of Zelda
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Ice Hockey
Pinball
Soccer
Tennis
Urban Champion
Baseball
Wario's Woods
Solomon's Key
(originally released by Tecmo)

SNES

Sim City
F-Zero

Nintendo 64

Super Mario 64

Sega Genesis

Sonic the Hedgehog
Altered Beast
Golden Axe
Columns
Ecco the Dolphin
Gunstar Heroes
Space Harrier II
Toejam and Earl
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Ristar

TurboGrafx 16

Bonk's Adventure
Super Star Soldier
Victory Run
Bomberman '93
Dungeon Explorer

It doesn't quite match up with our dreams. If you're curious about which games we'd most like to see during 2007, just hit upour feature for 10 lost classics we demand to see.

October 31, 2006

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