EarthBound Beginnings comes to the West! ⊟

The original Mother game (predecessor to cult RPG EarthBound), released back in 1989 for the Famicom just in Japan, will finally come to North America and Europe as a Wii U Virtual Console game … tonight at 9PM ET!

Series creator Shigesato Itoi explained why this is releasing now: “20 years ago on June 5th, the SNES version of EarthBound was released – already 20 years have passed! This is to commemorate that day.”

It’s unclear how different this is from the unofficial Earthbound Zero release, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the company has cleaned up the game a little. I also imagine this gives hope for a similar Mother 3 surprise.

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Pokémon Mystery Dungeon - Virtual Console

It has been confirmed that the GBA and DS games, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Red Rescue Team & Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Blue Rescue team are to be released on the Wii U Virtual Console in Japan on Wednesday next week for 950¥ for Blue and 702¥ for Red. This follows on from their release in Europe last month

(All information here is taken from http://www.serebii.net/ and is used for informative purposes only.)


Both Fire Emblem 7 (known as just Fire Emblem in the west) and Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones are now available on the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console…Let’s hope that this means that those of us in North America, Europe, and Australia will be getting these titles for our respective Wii U Virtual Consoles. I know that Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones was a 3DS Ambassador Program, but not a whole lot of people got access to the Ambassador Program and it would be nice to have the first Fire Emblem games in the West for everyone to play. Plus, as someone whose Gameboy SP doesn’t hold a charge and for someone who doesn’t own a DS Lite anymore, this would be the only way for me to love two of my favorite GBA games. PLEASE NINTENDO OF AMERICA, BRING FIRE EMBLEM AND FIRE EMBLEM: THE SACRED STONES OVER TO NORTH AMERICA’S WII U VIRTUAL CONSOLE!


Golden Sun Trailer (Wii U)

Pokémon Ranger - Virtual Console

For those of you in North America, the Nintendo DS classic, Pokémon Ranger is due to release on the Nintendo Wii U eShop later today. This game recently came out on the Japanese and European Virtual Console. It will cost $9.99 to download. We covered this game in full on its release back in 2006 so be sure to check our section for it

(All information here is taken from http://www.serebii.net/ and is used for informative purposes only.)

Wii U Virtual Console Exclusives (PAL)

Since I did not find a list for all virtual console titles that you can get only on Wii U, I made my own:


  • Crash ‘n’ the Boys: Street Challenge
  • Dig Dug II
  • Double Dragon III: The Sacred Stones
  • Dr. Mario
  • Duck Hunt
  • EarthBound Beginnings
  • Flying Dragon: The Secret Scroll
  • Flying Warriors
  • Golf
  • Hogan’s Alley
  • Mappy-Land
  • Pac-Land
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Adventures of Bayou Billy
  • Wild Gunman


  • Castlevania: Dracula X
  • Mega Man 7
  • Mega Man X3
  • Nobunaga’s Ambition
  • Pac-Man 2: The New Adventures
  • Pop'n TwinBee
  • Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
  • Uncharted Waters: New Horizons


  • Donkey Kong 64

Game Boy Advance

  • Advance Wars
  • Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
  • Castlevania
  • Contra Advance: The Alien Wars EX
  • DK: King of Swing
  • Drill Dozer
  • F-Zero: GP Legend
  • Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
  • Final Fight One
  • Fire Emblem
  • Game & Watch Gallery Advance
  • Golden Sun
  • Golden Sun: The Lost Age
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dreamland
  • Klonoa: Empire of Dreams
  • Konami Krazy Racers
  • Kuru Kuru Kururin
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • Mario Golf: Advance Tour
  • Mario Party Advance
  • Mario Power Tennis
  • Medabots AX: Metabee Version
  • Medabots AX: Rokusho Version
  • Medabots: Metabee
  • Medabots: Rokusho
  • Mega Man & Bass
  • Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge
  • Mega Man Battle Network
  • Mega Man Battle Network 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3: Blue
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3: White
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4: Blue Moon
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4: Red Sun
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team Colonel
  • Mega Man Battle Network 5: Team ProtoMan
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Falzar
  • Mega Man Battle Network 6: Cybeast Gregar
  • Mega Man Zero
  • Mega Man Zero 2
  • Mega Man Zero 3
  • Mega Man Zero 4
  • Metroid: Zero Mission
  • Mr. Driller 2
  • Namco Museum Bandai
  • Onimusha Tactics
  • Pac-Man Collection
  • Pocky & Rocky with Becky
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team
  • Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire
  • Polarium Advance
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Advance
  • Super Mario Advance 4: Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Super Mario Ball
  • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
  • Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival

Nintendo DS

  • Advance Wars: Dual Strike
  • Animal Crossing: Wild World
  • Big Brain Academy
  • Donkey Kong: Jungle Climber
  • Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?
  • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon
  • Kirby Mass Attack
  • Kirby: Mouse Attack
  • Kirby: Power Paintbrush
  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
  • Mario Kart DS
  • Mario Party DS
  • Mario Slam Basketball
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong 2: March of the Minis
  • New Super Mario Bros.
  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Blue Rescue Team
  • Pokémon Ranger
  • Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
  • Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
  • Star Fox Command
  • Super Mario 64 DS
  • The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass
  • The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks
  • Wario: Master of Disguise
  • WarioWare: Touched!
  • Yoshi Touch & Go
  • Yoshi’s Island DS