Finally, after adding digital titles unavailable on the Wii, syncing 3DS and Wii U accounts for using points to buy games and many technological changes and improvements to Nintendo’s hardware, the company has announced that it will be releasing digital versions of Nintendo 64 titles onto the Wii U eShop.
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We all loved being able to play Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask on our Wii Virtual Consoles (VC), as well as having the ability to play old favorites from the Nintendo 64 like Super Mario 64. With how beloved this console is, it’s hard to understand why Nintendo has put off converting the downloadable versions for the Wii U. Backwards compatibility has always been a strong suit of Nintendo hardware and a selling point for people who appreciate multiple generations of games, especially when the other large competitors have been steadily shaving off this ability in their own consoles.
Here is what the Nintendo website had to say about the Wii U eShop:
Tip: Check back regularly for the latest releases, including the future addition of titles from the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 systems.
There is no reason why Nintendo cannot or should not continue to capitalize on their previous work, as sales show people consistently being interested in games even from the NES (check out the top downloads at our recent article). The addition of handheld titles to the eShop is genius, in my opinion, as some of these are very difficult to come by in an actual store, where they can be tested and checked for flaws. Nintendo has not released even the majority of Nintendo 64 games onto any eShop or the VC of the Wii. This is a perfect opportunity to further improve the attractiveness of the Wii U and coax satisfied Wii owners into upgrading.
What games are you hoping will come the the Wii U eShop in the future? Let us know in the comments!