Nintendo Confirms Super Mario RPG for Wii VC

By Adam Riley 30.05.2008 18

Nintendo of Japan has finally confirmed that the Squaresoft co-developed Super Mario RPG from the SNES will be hitting the Virtual Console during June. Clearly an agreement has been made with Square Enix and the much sought after game will be launching in Japan next month for a slightly higher 900 Wii Points. It is only a matter of time before the US get this now and chances are much higher for a European and Australian release this time round as well.

Check out the full list below, which also includes Phantasy Star IV on Mega Drive:


  • Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa
  • Transformers: Convoy no Nazo
  • Nekketsu Koukou Dodge Ball Bu (Super Dodge Ball)
  • Yoshi's Cookie
Super Famicom
  • Super Mario RPG
Master System
  • Ashura (Secret Command in Europe, Rambo: First Blood Part II in the US)
Mega Drive
  • Phantasy Star IV
  • Power Tennis
  • Lords of Thunde
  • Paranoia (Psychosis)
  • Gunhed (Blazing Lazers)
  • King of the Monsters
  • Ninja Commando
  • Art of Fighting 2
With Square Enix's support of the Virtual Console slowly increasing, perhaps the chances of seeing classics such as Rudra's Treasure, Bahamut Lagoon and Live-A-Live from the SNES are not lost, as well as the likes of Mischief Makers and Wonder Project J on the N64. As for Chrono Trigger, well, keep yours hopes up for that rumoured announcement of a re-imagining later in the year...

Box art for Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars





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Too good to be true! Noe! It prolly won't come out here Smilie Besides aren't there some FE or Mother games on JP VC that still aren't out here?

Personally I don't think this will leave Japan. Why did a special agreement have to be made? Square and Nintendo not getting on?

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That's good news. Smilie

Tom Barry [ Reviewer - Editor - Resident Sim-Racer @ ] 

Fantastic news, maybe that poll in Nintendo Power did some good as far as getting it out sooner.

Square Enix has said it wasn't going to strongly support the VC in the past and chances of Chrono Trigger appearing are apparently quite low at the moment as there are too many licenses to sort out. The company also refuses to put the original FF and DQ games on the service as it believes there's more value in remaking them.

The Fire Emblem you're talking about, btw, is all in Japanese, which is why no release yet (if ever). But anyway, the original FE's being remade on DS and launches in Japan during the first week of we'll likely get that instead.

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Now we just need a European release...and Earthbound. Smilie
They\'re both already in English, so it can\'t take that much for a European release...

( Edited 30.05.2008 15:35 by Ikana )

This better be avaliable outside Japan...

I don't want to play Earthbound without Mother though. It would be like watching DragonBall Z before DragonBall.

It's what most people did but it's still stupid Smilie

And I guess you're right about the FE games. Still only the first one will be remade, dunno about the others.

Also I sort of agree with SE on the FF/DQ front. While they will be more expensive there isn't much point with all the remakes out. Kinda silly that Metal Slug was released on VC with the Anthology out on Wii.

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King of the Monsters? Haven't thought about that game in years. I remember playing that one in the Arcades and I believe I owned a SNES port of it as well.

Kinda silly that Metal Slug was released on VC with the Anthology out on Wii.

Some people will not want all the MS games, while some people will. Just a matter of preference really...

Which has been proven by how well the game's doing on the European VC charts recently. That and the slew of C64 game have been big hits.

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I\'m sooooo happy!!! this is going going to be my next VC game hands down, I\'ll wait. But I really really want smash 64 as much or more

( Edited 30.05.2008 16:08 by Ultralordsmow )

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Even if games are ready in English, it doesn't mean they will come out here. I mean, look at Mario RPG anyway. It's English yet it doesn't mean it'll come out in the UK. Nintendo and other companies seem to have that strange policy that before any game comes out in the UK, it has to be translated into other European languages first.

Seems that way for Australia too.

So even if the likes of Earthbound and Mario RPG are ready English, it doesn't mean the UK will see them. Unless of course the Virtual Console is country-specific? I.e. Mario RPG will be allowed to be released in the UK on VC, but won't be available in France, Germany, etc?

Im glad I already own SMRPG. Who knows when it will hit outside of Japan... Kinda curious about the transformer game thought. Is it THE Transformers? or something unrelated.

As far as my Transformers knowledge goes, the Japanese version is different to the English version.

So I think that it'll probably consist of stuff we don't really get, even in relation to the original series.


It's got to be good news...and if it doesn't come out in Europe, then it's just another reason to move to Japan. Smilie

YES! YES!! YES!!! YES!!!!

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars has been my favorite game for years and years. I can't even recall how many times I've completed it, yet the game still shines with enjoyment. The humor and gameplay style are excellent and I listen to the soundtrack regularly. This is one Virtual Console game I'm sure to get as soon as it's out.


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