FACTOID # 15: A mere 0.8% of West Virginians were born in a foreign country.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Wii Virtual Console
Current event marker This article contains information about a scheduled or expected future product.
It may contain unverified or unreliable information, and may not reflect the final version of the product.
This article is about Nintendo's game download service. For the computer user-interface concept, see Virtual console (computer user-interface).
 A demo of the Virtual Console system from E3 2006, with a temporary GUI
A demo of the Virtual Console system from E3 2006, with a temporary GUI

Virtual Console is the name of a new video game download service offered by Nintendo, accessible to users of the company's upcoming console, the Wii. Described by Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata as “the video game version of Apple’s iTunes music store”,[1] the service will feature classic titles from past Nintendo consoles (from the NES to the N64) as well as from formerly competing systems, such as the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16, and MSX. Virtual Console may also offer new and original content from independent developers. Support from Japanese Third Parties includes most of the major companies in Japan. Atlus, Bandai Namco, Banpresto, Capcom, Chunsoft, D4 Enterprise, Enterbrain, HAL Laboratory, Irem, Jaleco, Kemco, Koei, Konami, NCS Masaya, Netfarm, Paon, Rocket Company, Square Enix, Sunsoft, Taito, Takara Tomy, and Tecmo all join Sega and Hudson Soft as confirmed supporters. [2] Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... First virtual console showing Knoppix boot messages In some operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD, a virtual console (VC, sometimes virtual terminal, VT) is a conceptual combination of the keyboard and the display for a user interface. ... Image File history File links VirtualConsole_E3Preview. ... Image File history File links VirtualConsole_E3Preview. ... GUI can refer to the following: GUI is short for graphical user interface, a term used to describe a type of interface in computing. ... This article is about computer and video games. ... Nintendo Company, Limited (Japanese: 任天堂, ニンテンドー Nintendō; NASDAQ: NTDOY, TYO: 7974 ) is a multinational corporation founded on September 23, 1889[1] in Kyoto, Japan by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce handmade hanafuda cards, for use in a Japanese playing card game of the same name. ... Wii (pronounced as the word we, IPA: ) is Nintendos seventh-generation video game console. ... Satoru Iwata ) born December 6, 1959, is the fourth president of Nintendo succeeding to the long-standing previous president of the company, Hiroshi Yamauchi. ... Apple Computer, Inc. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into ITunes. ... Nes is: A municipality in the county of Akershus in Norway, see Nes, Akershus. ... An N64 (with Super Smash Bros. ... The Sega Mega Drive was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... For information on the Japanese version of this console, see PC Engine The TurboGrafx 16 is a video game console released by NEC in 1989, for the North American market. ... MSX official logo Sony MSX 1, Model HitBit-10-P MSX is the name of a standard for home computers in the 1980s. ...


Nintendo president Satoru Iwata has indicated that new small-scale titles could be developed and sold through the Virtual Console at a price of between JP¥500 and ¥1000 (approximately US$4-$9, GB£2-£5),[1][2] and that free downloads may be offered as a bonus with the purchase of specific Wii titles, similar to Nintendo Europe's VIP 24:7 incentives.[3]


On September 14, 2006, Nintendo revealed that Virtual Console games in Japan would be priced at JP¥500 for NES titles, JP¥800 for Super NES titles, and JP¥1000 for Nintendo 64 titles, payable via credit card or a "Wii points" card. Nintendo expects 60 titles to be available before the end of the year, with 30 to be Genesis and TurboGrafx-16 titles. After that, 10 titles are to be released every month.[3]

Contents


Library

For a list of games for the Virtual Console, see Category:Wii Virtual Console games.
The classic controller can be used to control games from the Virtual Console
The classic controller can be used to control games from the Virtual Console
Super Mario 64 on Wii's Virtual Console
Enlarge
Super Mario 64 on Wii's Virtual Console

While the gameplay will be the same for all of the retro titles offered via the Virtual Console, Nintendo has stated that some of the games may be improved with sharper graphics or better framerates.[4] In addition, gamers may be able to download games that were not previously released in their region, and some multiplayer games may be playable online, if it is technically possible.[5] The Virtual Console service will not be used exclusively for retro games, however. Satoru Iwata stated in a speech on March 23, 2006, that Nintendo, Sega and Hudson Soft are working in collaboration to bring a "best of" series of games to the Wii.[6] At E3, Hudson also declared they would bring upwards of 100 titles to the Wii's virtual console. Additionally, Hudson mentioned that all of their lawyers are working on acquiring the licenses to games from now defunct companies.[7] Image File history File linksMetadata Wii_classic_controller. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Wii_classic_controller. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (903x768, 160 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Virtual Console (Wii) Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (903x768, 160 KB) Summary Licensing File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Virtual Console (Wii) Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or... Satoru Iwata ) born December 6, 1959, is the fourth president of Nintendo succeeding to the long-standing previous president of the company, Hiroshi Yamauchi. ... March 23 is the 82nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (83rd in Leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sega Corporation ) is an international video game software and hardware developing company, and a former home computer and console manufacturer. ... Hudson Soft is a Japanese publisher and developer, founded on May 18, 1973. ... E³ logo Presented by the Entertainment Software Association, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E³, is an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry. ...


It is currently not known how third-party game developers will be included in this, though it is certain that some will be. The third-party developers may possibly offer their games at different prices. It was later supposedly confirmed by Craig Harris of IGN that Rareware titles would not be available to download due to Rare's current licensing (with the exception of the Donkey Kong and Star Fox games, as they are based on characters Nintendo owns), but neither Rareware nor Microsoft has confirmed this. [8] SNK Playmore has recently announced intentions to help support the Wii Virtual Console by releasing Samurai Shodown series and a few other games to the VC.[4] Tecmo has also announced they plan to "aggressively" support the VC by releasing classic games such as Ninja Gaiden, Rygar, and Tecmo Super Bowl. [5] Midway also plan to bring classic Mortal Kombat games to the VC.[6] Some game companies such as 3D Realms and id Software said they will not be supporting the Wii or the VC due to the poor sales of their games on the Nintendo systems (i.e. Doom 64 and Max Payne for the GBA.) [citation needed] At E3 2006's Wii Conference, a Virtual Console demo was shown with the following games being downloaded: The Legend of Zelda, Excitebike, Punch-Out!!, F-Zero, Super Metroid, Super Mario Kart, Mario Kart 64, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, and Wave Race 64.[citation needed] Whether these games will be available for downloading remains to be seen. Rare Ltd. ... Donkey Kong ) is a gorilla character from Nintendo that has appeared in many video games since 1981. ... This article is about the first game in the series. ... SNK (now SNK Playmore) is a Japanese video game hardware and software company. ... Note: This article is specifically about the original Samurai Shodown game. ... Tecmo, Ltd. ... Ninja Gaiden (忍者外伝) is a series of video games by Tecmo featuring the dragon ninja, Ryu Hayabusa. ... For the 2002 PlayStation 2 game, see Rygar: The Legendary Adventure. ... Tecmo Super Bowl, released for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game console system in 1991, was one of the first sports video games with real National Football League (NFL) (American football) teams and real players. ... Mortal Kombat series is a series of fighting video games made by Midway, starting with Mortal Kombat for the arcade, Super NES and Sega Genesis in 1992. ... Corporate logo of 3D Realms 3D Realms is a computer game publisher and developer based in Garland, Texas, United States. ... id Software (IPA: /id soft. ... Doom 64 is a video game for the Nintendo 64 released by Midway Games in 1997. ... Max Payne is a third-person shooter computer game developed by Finnish company Remedy Entertainment, produced by 3D Realms and published by Gathering of Developers in July, 2001. ... This article is about the first game in the series. ... Excitebike for the Nintendo Family Computer. ... The starting match in Mike Tysons Punch-Out, against Glass Joe. ... F-Zero is a futuristic fast-paced racing game developed and published by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. ... Super Metroid is the third installment and only 16-bit game in the Metroid series of video games. ... Super Mario Kart is the first video game in the Mario Kart series, released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. ... Mario Kart 64 ) is a racing video game for the Nintendo 64 game system; it can utilize up to four human controlled players in some modes of play. ... The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was a video game released in 1998, and the first Zelda game for the Nintendo 64. ... Super Mario 64 is a video game for the Nintendo 64. ... Wave Race 64 is a racing game for the Nintendo 64 that was released on November 5, 1996. ...


Unnamed Nintendo employees have reportedly speculated that licensing issues will be a predominant factor in determining whether a game is available for Virtual Console,[9] giving the examples of GoldenEye 007 and Tetris as games that might be too expensive to license for the Virtual Console. GoldenEye 007 is a first-person shooter video game for the Nintendo 64 based on the James Bond film GoldenEye. ... Tetris is widely known as the most popular computer puzzle game of all time. ...


Of classic non-Nintendo consoles offering content, the entire catalog for these machines will probably not be offered, but the "best of them" will be available.[6] This gives the companies a pool of over 1000 Sega games to choose from. There are widespread rumors surfacing on the internet which speculate that we may see Neo Geo, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast , and Game Boy games on the service. [10]


It has also been revealed that new games are in development for the Virtual Console. [11]


Confirmed games

Title Platform
Bonk's Adventure[7] TurboGrafx-16
New Adventure Island[12] TurboGrafx-16
R-Type[12] TurboGrafx-16
Super Mario Bros.[13] NES
The Legend of Zelda[14] NES
Donkey Kong[14] NES
Super Mario World[13] SNES
Sonic The Hedgehog[13] Genesis
Altered Beast[15] Genesis
Ecco The Dolphin[15] Genesis
Columns[15] Genesis
Golden Axe[15] Genesis
Ristar[15] Genesis
ToeJam & Earl[15] Genesis
Super Mario 64[13] Nintendo 64

Bonk in the first level of Bonks Adventure, for the TurboGrafx 16 Bonk is a video game character from NECs TurboGrafx 16 console. ... For information on the Japanese version of this console, see PC Engine The TurboGrafx 16 is a video game console released by NEC in 1989, for the North American market. ... For information on the Japanese version of this console, see PC Engine The TurboGrafx 16 is a video game console released by NEC in 1989, for the North American market. ... R-Type is a horizontally-scrolling shoot-em-up arcade game produced by Irem in 1987. ... For information on the Japanese version of this console, see PC Engine The TurboGrafx 16 is a video game console released by NEC in 1989, for the North American market. ... Super Mario Bros. ... NES redirects here. ... This article is about the first game in the series. ... NES redirects here. ... For the Game Boy game, see Donkey Kong (Game Boy). ... NES redirects here. ... Super Mario World ) (commonly abbreviated SMW) was the first launch game for the Nintendo Super Famicom/Super Nintendo Entertainment System game consoles. ... The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, also known as Super Nintendo, Super NES or SNES, is a 16-bit video game console released by Nintendo in North America, Brazil, Europe, and Australia. ... Sonic the Hedgehog is the platform game that launched the career of Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Team. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... Altered Beast (獣王記 Jūōki, literally Beast Kings Chronicle, in Japan) is a 1988 arcade game developed and manufactured by Sega. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... Box art from Ecco the Dolphin; art by Boris Vallejo. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... Columns (also called Jewels) is a puzzle arcade game and console game with many similarities to Tetris, which was released by Sega in 1990. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... Golden Axe is a side-scrolling arcade fighting game released in 1989 by Sega. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... Ristar the Shooting Star, otherwise known as simply Ristar, is a 1995 platform game developed by Sonic Team and released by Sega. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... www. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) was a 16-bit video game console released by Sega in Japan (1988), Europe (1990) and most of the rest of the world. ... Super Mario 64 is a video game for the Nintendo 64. ... The Nintendo 64, commonly called the N64, is Nintendos third home video game console for the international market. ...

How it works

Games downloaded from Virtual Console library will be stored on a 512 MB flash memory built into Wii. Additional downloads may be stored on an SD card, as a slot is provided for these cards on the Wii console. The Wii will use DRM to prevent games being played on other hardware. [original research?] A USB Flash Memory Device. ... 16Mb SD Card Secure Digital, or SD, is a flash memory data storage device based on Toshibas earlier Multi Media Cards (MMC). ... Digital Rights Management (generally abbreviated to DRM) is any of several technologies used by publishers to control access to and usage of digital data (such as software, music, movies) and hardware, handling usage restrictions associated with a specific instance of a digital work. ...


See also

Wii (pronounced as the word we, IPA: ) is Nintendos seventh-generation video game console. ... An emulator reproducing a console games playable atmosphere on a Windows computer. ...

References

  1. ^ (Japanese) Wiiの発売日、価格の発表は9月。WiiとDSの連動は『ポケモン』から. Famitsu. Retrieved on 2006-06-07.
  2. ^ Casamassina, Matt (2006-06-07). Virtual Console Prices Revealed. IGN. Retrieved on 2006-06-08.
  3. ^ "Iwata: Revolution downloads not free", CNET, June 8, 2005.
  4. ^ Patrick Klepek. "Nintendo Remaking Classics", 1up.com, 21 June, 2005.
  5. ^ "Miyamoto and Iwata Talk Revolution", IGN, July 25, 2005.
  6. ^ a b GDC 06: Revolution to play Genesis, TurboGrafx games. Retrieved on 2006-03-22.
  7. ^ a b E3 2006: Hudson Declares 100 Games for Wii. Retrieved on 2006-05-13.
  8. ^ Rare games for Nintendo Virtual Console?. Retrieved on 2006-05-07.
  9. ^ Live From E3: Fun Wii Facts Confirmed. Retrieved on 2006-05-13.
  10. ^ Nintendo, Sega team for gaming iTunes service. Retrieved on 2006-03-24].
  11. ^ Virtual Console Launch List. Retrieved on 2006-09-10.
  12. ^ a b Hudson Reveals Virtual Console Content
  13. ^ a b c d Nintendo Wii Virtual Console Images. Retrieved on 2006-05-13.
  14. ^ a b Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified. Retrieved on 2006-05-13.
  15. ^ a b c d e f SEGA games for Wii's VC found on ESRB website. Retrieved on 2006-09-11.>

External links

  • nintendo.com
Wii (Nintendo)
Controller Wii Remote
Games: List of Wii games | Wii-only games
Online features: Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection | Virtual Console | WiiConnect24 | Wii Browser

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m