Virtual Console gets original games

Thursday 17 August 2006
Wii's Virtual Console service may offer more than just a back catalogue of illustrious games as Nintendo toys with the idea of making new, original games available via the online service.

"There are other secrets of the Virtual Console that we won't reveal until we get closer to launch," Nintendo of America man George Harrison told online attendees of the company's annual Camp Hyrule event. "Virtual Console offers the possibility for us to create new games," he continued.

The Virtual Console is the new game download service that Nintendo is planning for Wii, which will allow users to purchase old NES, SNES and N64 games then play them on the new console. Games that first appeared on the Mega Drive will also be available.

The success of Xbox 360's Live Arcade service has proved that there is a market for relatively simple games available for download at low prices and it seems that both Nintendo and Sony are keen to tap into that source of revenue.