Virtual Console

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The Virtual Console logo.

The Virtual Console is an online downloading service from the Wii Shop Channel, as well as the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U Nintendo eShop, run by Nintendo. It allows people to play old games mainly released by Nintendo, and other companies as well, on their Wii. The Virtual Console currently emulates the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Nintendo 64, as well as the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, NEC's TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine, the MSX computer and the Neo Geo home system on Wii. The Wii U Virtual Console currently emulates the same games as the Virtual Console on Wii.

On Nintendo 3DS, the Virtual Console can play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Game Gear, and TurboGrafx-16 games. The Virtual Console system is also used to distribute Game Boy Advance games to select Nintendo 3DS owners.

On November 25, 2012, the whole Donkey Kong Country SNES trilogy have become "unavailable for purchase" on the European Wii Shop for unknown reasons[1], while the games were removed from the North American Wii Shop Channel without prior notice at an earlier date. They have since returned to the Wii Virtual Console, along with being added to the Wii U Virtual Console.

Wii[edit]

NES[edit]

SNES[edit]

Nintendo 3DS[edit]

NES[edit]

  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Donkey Kong 3
  • Donkey Kong: Original Edition (PAL regions only, US and Japan; limited time only)

SNES[edit]

  • Donkey Kong Country (New Nintendo 3DS systems Only)
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (New Nintendo 3DS systems Only)
  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (New Nintendo 3DS systems Only)

Game Boy[edit]

Game Boy Color[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Wii U[edit]

NES[edit]

  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Donkey Kong Jr. Math
  • Donkey Kong 3

Super Nintendo[edit]

  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!

Nintendo 64[edit]

Game Boy Advance[edit]

Nintendo DS[edit]

Changes[edit]

While Virtual Console games attempt to be faithful recreations of the original games, some games have undergone slight changes. This is mainly to reduce the risk of seizures.

Donkey Kong Country (SNES)[edit]

  • In Torchlight Trouble, changing direction no longer causes a bright, blinding flash to cover up the screen, making it possible to play this level without having to close one's eyes.

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES)[edit]

  • In Glimmer's Galleon, changing direction no longer causes a bright, blinding flash to cover up the screen, making it possible to play this level without having to close one's eyes.

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (SNES)[edit]

  • In Lightning Lookout, the blinding flash that occurs when the lightning strikes the ground is no longer bright, making it possible to play this level without have to close one's eyes.

Donkey Kong Land 2 (GB)[edit]

References[edit]

  1. CVG Article