Jul 16th, 2013


The final game of Nintendo’s $.30 cent Wii U Virtual Console trial has arrived. You can download the original Donkey Kong to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Famicom. This was Donkey Kong’s first appearance in a long line of games, so snag it before August 13th if you want it for the promotional price.

The game only takes up 35MB of space and the price will rise to $4.99 after the August 13th deadline.

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  • CEObrainz

    Such a small size for a good game

  • YogiGRB

    Got it πŸ˜€ Love it

  • A SNES Day Off

    And there we have our only VC release for this week.

    • kenny Johnson

      Very disappointing to see how slowly they are releasing VC titles. Hopefully they can pick things up soon. We have yet to see a single N64 title. And here I was hoping that they might actually include GC games! At this rate, we’d be lucky to see them put out most of their NES titles.

      • A SNES Day Off

        To be honest, although the 30-cent/pence promotion was for the Famicom’s anniversary, I believe Nintendo should provide a similar deal for the introduction of either GBA or N64 games. What’s clear up to this point is that they want a solid catalogue of NES/SNES titles on the VC before they move on to platforms, where they can re-focus their efforts.

        • Magnus Eriksson

          Thats not clear at all. What is clear is that they release very few games at an extreme slow pace. Thats 52 titles a year divided between NES and SNES. What N. is doing with VC now they do ONLY for the sake of money. Most money for least work, make no illusions about it.

          • A SNES Day Off

            No – for the original Wii VC, Nintendo supported multiple platforms from day one, and even then the actual number of platforms increased over time. What this meant was that although the Wii had plenty of releases each week, we actually were getting roughly the same amount of NES/SNES titles as today, but back then they were released alongside titles from other platforms such as Genesis, MSX etc.

            Nintendo has likely changed its strategy for the Wii U eShop because they are hard at work on new first party titles, and the HD transition has been a massive undertaking. Therefore, to compensate for this lack of manpower, they have focused on only the NES and SNES in order to release many classic titles for just two consoles, rather than dipping in and out of others. This means the actual transfer process can be streamlined because only two platforms are involved.

            Although it’s painful waiting, the upside of all this is that the Wii U now has a great catalogue of titles from two classic Nintendo consoles, and in the near future, the company can then move away from the NES/SNES and shift their efforts to the GBA and N64 (or others platforms). I personally think this is a great move, because those gamers that did own a NES or a SNES will have faster access to the games they used to play.

            I do wish, however, that fans would quit yacking on about G.C support. The original sources have been taken completely out of context; two Nintendo employees happened to suggest in interviews that G.C games on the eShop would be a good idea. This does not automatically equate to a “promise”.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            They releases few, not many. Ridiculous few.

      • Διονύς84

        Seriously, why are they so slow? It’s not like it’s a very difficult thing to upload a whole bunch of roms there

        • kenny Johnson

          There is a little more than just porting ROMs.. They create a MiiVerse community for each game and they make the game available to be played on Gamepad only. I don’t know that either of those is very resource/time consuming, but at least we know it’s a little more than just porting ROMs over.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            It is really not that much. If it was it would be a really stupid business decision. If it is so hard to re-release 30 year old games its not strange noone else want to release their stuff on the system. Btw PSN got hundreds of titles, why is it so easy for them but so hard for N.?

          • Squid

            Honestly I think they are going to limit what they put on the shop to have games through the Wii U’s Life Span. Similar to Wii.

          • Magnus Eriksson

            IGN made a list over the hundred best NES games, from this Nintendo released only 32 games. Thats 68 of their best games were never released. And thats only for NES. The same also goes for SNES, and N64 was a pure joke with only 20 games released. And then we have both GBA and GCN that was never released at all. And SEGA systems (4 of them), Turbografx, NeoGeo and C64 that was thrown out there halfhearted.

            If Nintendo really wanted we could have everything between NES to N64 out there within two months. They could hire ten-fifteen persons to do this. But they wont, because thsts not the way they make money. The way they do it now on the other hand…

          • fireheartis1

            Magnus why even compare a community that’s barely started to one that’ been around for 6 years. Of course PSN will have more titles dude. I don’t understand when people do this crap. A console that’s been around for 6 years and one that been around for 7 months of course it’s going to be a different number. Why not just stop complaining anyways. There plenty of titles to choose from on the Wii U Virtual Console already man. Enjoy those and shut up that’s what I say.

          • kahn

            PS vita has a TON of PS1 classics, pretty much most of the value of the vita is based on their own “virtual console”. I think its 2 years old or so, and they had their games running a LONG time ago. Not saying it took them 7 months, but im sure they made alot more progress than one game a week

      • XroyD

        I just hope I can play Super Mario Sunshine & SSB Melee on Wii U.

        • kenny Johnson

          Yeah. I never owned a GC, but played a few games on my Wii (before I had to sell it to pay off bills), so I’d love to be able to play GC games on my Wii U.

          • kahn

            I had a gamecube and ps2, my buddy had an xbox. I was too young to be a fanboy yet so i say this with honesty, gamecube was the best console that gen and had the best games by far, its a shame you didnt play them sooner haha

      • Anyone stop to think that maybe VC titles will come more increasingly once they work on the higher priorities of releasing some of their top games and working with 3rd parties to get games launched.

        Don’t get me wrong I love the VC service and downloaded many VC games for the Wii and will probably upgrade most (if not all) of those to the Wii and buy more VC titles in the future but it is not the primary function of the console in my eyes but an added perk. If any of you think that Microsoft or Sony will get their classic games that were once available on their previous systems ported over to their new systems at a high pace you are naive. Heck they may not even port over most of the old games and expect you to run them on the old console.

    • Baum γ€Œγƒ„γƒͺー」

      Did the US not get Kid Icarus and Metroid?

      • Thomas Vienna

        We got Metroid last week, and I don’t think we have Kid Icarus yet.

    • Magnus Eriksson

      Playstation does what Nintendont.

      • Squid

        Yeah they do games that aren’t as classic as Nintendo. πŸ˜‰

        • Magnus Eriksson

          True in many ways…

  • YoG99

    Classics deserve to be bought again.

    • Waluigi Kong

      • Squid

        Just wait for the wrecking crew remake πŸ˜‰

  • lozman1122

    This is my dad’s favorite game. I got it for him so my whole family would then have something they enjoy πŸ™‚

  • John

    Which one do you like ?

    Mario or zelda ?
    Like this comment and comment which one you like!

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  • Linskarmo

    I was supposed to get this for free with the 3DS promotion a while back, but I didn’t get it. :/ I guess I’ll just have to buy it then. πŸ™‚

    • Arthur Jarret

      I got jr. with the ambassador program… got this one several times in various forms (the original cartridge for NES, the original cartridge for Atari 2600, first four levels of donkey kong for gameboy, included in Donkey Kong 64 if you find the arcade in the factory level, included in Animal Crossing for gamecube) but I’ll just get it anyway for easy access from my latest system… (wouldn’t pay full price for it, though…)

  • Andrew

    Be right back…

  • beerkin

    Wow! this is how you promote the new vc? with yoshi wrecking crew and donkey kong……hahaha.

  • Michael Jurado

    lmao 30 cents hell yeah i’ll repurchase this game

  • greengecko007

    Going from $4.99 to 30 cents is great for the people that want to buy this. But these games should be priced at $1-2 at most in the first place.

    • kahn

      The prices for their VC titles are rediculous, 8 dollars for pac-man.. 8 dollars for god damn pac-man

  • Jordan Fata

    hopefully theres a 64 cent promotion for Nintendo 64 releases

    • Ducked

      Hopefully there will be a Nintendo 64 virtual console period

      • ICHI

        N64 games are a pain to emulate as part of the system is on the cart itself to stop piracy at the time of release. It’s not unfeasible that maybe Nintendo are having a hard time getting them running on Wii u? Even if thats just because it requires a bigger time investment no-one at Nintendo has.

        • DJ

          How so? They already have a lot of them running on Wii Virtual Console, including Majora’s Mask which is very hard to emulate. I’m still puzzled why they haven’t worked out Yoshi’s Island and Starfox yet.

          • ICHI

            I’m just meaning in that they would know how to do it but it would take more time than the staff at Nintendo perhaps have at the min. I know Wii U is based on Wii architecture but it still must be quite different otherwise there wouldn’t be a Wii mode to have to play Wii games? I don’t know but it seems like a reasonable explanation.

          • DJ

            Yeah I think Wii games run natively due to the architecture being almost the same. I think the reason Wii mode exists is because the games were made to work with Wii features (like the Message Board, Home menu etc) and run better in a Wii shell, just like how Gamecube games ran in a separate mode where you couldn’t access the Wii Home menu.

            I also think the Wii mode helps us retain our downloaded games. Part of the reason PS3/360 games won’t go to PS4/XB1 is because they’d have to re-license everything. Running it in a emulated Wii mode is kind of a work around since the games were licensed to run on a Wii and that is exactly what the Wii U is at that moment. I don’t know if you’ve played Rockband but with each new release, Harmonix would have to re-license all the songs for RB2 and then subsequently RB3 since they’re ‘different’ games. That’s why some songs didn’t transfer over. Digital distribution is a pain in the ass!

          • kahn

            I dont understand how sony can get pretty much every PS1 classic running on the Vita and Nintendo cant get N64 games running on the wii u? It could be time constraint, as sony doesnt have to pump out 1st parties every month like nintendo

      • Squid

        I’m pretty sure Nintendo said that they will have NES SNES N64 and Gameboy Advance on the virtual console.

        • Ducked

          That’s good news, but no GameCube?

          • kahn

            Seriously, there NEEDS to be a gamecube VC, emulators on phones and low end PC’s wont catch up to gamecube for awhile, so id buy them. Theyd have little to be afraid of piracy wise. Even though i love NES and SNES, my childhood was N64 and GC. I need an N64 and GC virtual console

  • Agent721

    One of the all time classics. I can still remember playing it in the arcade as a kid in the early 80s. Ha nostalgia…

  • FungalSpawn

    35mb of space? Didn’t the original game take like 20kb?

    • There are some features added to the game to allow it to make save points and MiiVerse interaction. Also remember the games graphics had to be enhanced to work with modern televisions.

      Funny thing is it says 35MB download but once it is installed and you check your usage it only shows 13MB used for that title. In fact all VC titles take up less space once installed compared to the download size. At least that is what is reported by the system.

      • Magnus Eriksson

        I think it means that you need to have 35 mb free to run it.

  • Ducked

    I remember playing this arcade game at Pizza Hut, and this other Pizza place years ago. This game really brings back memories.

  • everyone

    Its a good deal but I have plenty of iterations of this with Donkey Kong ’94 and March of the Minis GBA on my 3ds.

  • Nathan DeFalco

    Like many of the people here, I too am wondering why it is taking so long and why we get little to no communication about it from Nintendo. So what if it really does take more time to create a miiverse page and map controls to wii u controller (gamepad streaming is literally two lines of code. This has already been established so it takes no extra time to support gamepad only.)?

    Even if it takes longer, they should be getting faster at it the more they do it. Furthermore, with AAA titles still on the backburner and their problems with 3rd parties being what they are, wouldn’t it behoove them to spend some of that reserve cash and hire more programmers solely dedicated to pushing out more VC games?

    I am ready to spend some serious coin on specifically SNES and Gamecube games while I wait for bigger titles to come out. On top of that, there are a half dozen or more VC games (many of them Club Nintendo rewards) that I won’t play until they get a WiiU update. Why? Because when you transfer them to WiiU, it wipes their save files (or so I’ve heard).

    Look at this list and tell me they won’t make their money back immediately. Even if they only sell a 10th of the amount they did on Wii, it will make their customers happy at the very least and they still WON’T take a loss on it.


    This has got to be the safest, least expensive way to keep money coming in. Why aren’t they doing it??

    • Agent721

      Here, here!!

    • As excited as you are for VC releases there are many that think getting old games on a console is useless. I do not think that way and love the VC games and have many of them on my Wii U in both Wii mode and Wii U mode. I sometimes wish certain titles would come sooner too but I think it is better for Nintendo to keep resources on new game development and working with 3rd parties on games from them too. The VC games will come.

      • Nathan DeFalco

        My thinking is that it wouldn’t take highly talented programmers and designers to program the VC roms to Wii U. You could hire a bunch of those guys for VC without dipping into the talent pool that should be used to make AAA titles.

        Yes, they would be spending money, but sometimes you gotta spend money to make money.

        And don’t underestimate the value it would have in keeping long-time Nintendo fans like you and I happy.

        • I totally see your point as there are many titles I would like to see come to Virtual Console.

  • fireheartis1

    Going to Download this right now. You can’t beat a game for $.30 and I can’t wait to play it. I never downloaded it for my Wii VC so now it’s time to finally do it.

  • Rainbow Dashing

    30 cent games are always nice πŸ™‚

  • kahn

    Seen this article, was hoping you meant donkey kong 64 πŸ™