Nintendo’s Attitude Toward the Virtual Console is Totally Backwards

GenGAME writes: "Nintendo could offer to the Mario fan, 'Here, if you buy Wii U, every Mario game in history will be available to you,' or to the Zelda fan, 'You have dreamed of a day when you would be able to assemble every Zelda game on your current hardware. That day has come.' They could say, 'You can now play every game you own without having to be in your living room.'

"But they don’t. They’re holding this potential back. Why is this? Why can’t this potential be there from Day One? Why the slow drip of Virtual Console games? Why has Nintendo left out its legacy software lineup from Wii U’s second screen proposition?"

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GenericNameHere2030d ago

Sony also needs to work on this, but that's because they don't own these IPs, so there will always be problems with getting those publishers to let Sony put them on the PS Store. Nintendo, however, owns the Mario and Zelda IPs. There should be no excuse why they won't be available on the Wii U Shop, unless they have to re-optimize these games to work on the Wii U.

CBaoth2030d ago

Birds of the same feather flock together. In reality though all 3 are guilty of this. In '96 Bill Gates said at a symposium:

"Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting.

The television revolution that began half a century ago spawned a number of industries, including the manufacturing of TV sets, but the long-term winners were those who used the medium to deliver information and entertainment.

When it comes to an interactive network such as the Internet, the definition of "content" becomes very wide. For example, computer software is a form of content-an extremely important one. But the broad opportunities for most companies involve supplying information or entertainment. No company is too small to participate."

The irony here is the only company that seemed to listen to Bill was Apple. The 3 console manufacturers act like Ebeneezer Scrooge, treating each IP like it was a gold coin hoarded under their snarling fingers. They fail to realize profit comes not just from content but in its accessibility as well.

DaCajun2029d ago

First, this just looks like another fanboy hate article aimed at Nintendo for hits since they are the hot thing in gaming now on the internet.

Second, the sad thing is all 3 will get you to buy classic games digitally like I have a couple times on PSN then when a new system comes out later it won't be compatible with it or even transfer over. You'll have to buy it again. Talk about screwing the consumer over and over again. They need to adopt something like Steam that no matter what you'll always have your games digitally that will transfer from one system to the next and you'll always have them.

dedicatedtogamers2029d ago

What these developers need to do (whether it is Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, etc) is open up their account system and let you tie it to whatever you own, ESPECIALLY if it's some old-school game that can run on any modern platform (like an SNES game).

Why should we buy a game twice on two different systems? Why should we re-buy a game that we already bought on the Wii when the WiiU comes out? I should be able to download (for example) the copy of Super Mario Bros 3 that I bought on my Wii on my DS, my 3DS, my WiiU, and any future Nintendo platform I might own. It simply makes sense.

That's what is holding back digital distribution for games. Digital music didn't skyrocket until Apple made their music DRM-free. PC sites like are exploding because they offer DRM-free games that let you download them on any compatible PC you own. Why won't consoles get in line?

PopRocks3592029d ago

Depends on who you are. I own Super Mario Bros. on the NES on my Wii. Then I got a free copy of it through the Ambassador Program. No harm, no foul.

Sony had the right approach with the "Cross Buy" deal they unveiled a ways back, but that only applies to like four games so far and it probably won't see mass support. Deals like that need to be made mandatory.

Gr812029d ago

Is very true. The lack of an account system, the trickling down of vc releases just adds up to a monumental screw up on Nintendo's part as far as this is concerned. They need to get their act together.

PopRocks3592029d ago

And the Wii U has not done this... how? They let you have thirteen different accounts for free. Seems like they're getting their act together just fine.

legendoflex2029d ago

They haven't confirmed that games will be account-based yet.

Gr812029d ago

They have an account like system like Apple does with iTunes?

If I buy a NES game on my 3DS (I don't have a 3DS) can I also play that game on my Wii U? Or do I have to buy it again?

Why can't I play the VC game on the gamepad?

Do I have to wait for a trickle of VC games to be released from Nintendo? How many titles will be available from launch?

These are my gripes. And Nintendo haven't done a good job explaining their online plans, its been one big secret. Not sure that qualifies as having their act together.

stragomccloud2029d ago

Seriously. Nintendo has really dropped the ball on this one. I should be able to play all of my virtual console titles on my Wii and my 3DS, though maybe not n64 games because of the power needed to emulate the system. Also, Nintendo should tie the games to an account, not a system.

1upgamer992029d ago

Why would Nintendo GIVE their games away? If I already bought Zelda or Mario on Virtual console Wii, then guess what? I get to transfer them to my Wii U. Also Nintendo HAS given free downloads for Nintendo Club Nintendo members. Clearly this guys does not know what he is talking about.

stragomccloud2029d ago (Edited 2029d ago )

True. But I think Nintendo shouldn't make us buy the games twice for Wii/U and 3DS. I should only have to buy the game once. A unified account would be the best way to deal with this issue.

1upgamer992028d ago

I don't own a 3DS, However now that the XL is out, for the first time in 10 years, I just may get a handheld. That being said, I think you are right! I would hate to have to buy the same game twice.