The time many have been waiting for has finally come: Nintendo has confirmed two new systems will be made available on the Wii's Virtual Console, plus Square Enix announces its first game. First of all is the revelation that the MSX will finally be coming to the Virtual Console, along with newcomer, the NeoGeo! This has been revealed in a new update on Nintendo's website. The MSX games will cost 800 points each and some will definitely have a chance of making it to Europe considering the system was in fact released here.
As for Square Enix, whilst it was confirmed it was on-board the Virtual Console at last year's unveiling, nothing had been forthcoming to date. Now, though, it is delving into its Enix-history for a release of the SNES favourite Actraiser (developed by the now defunct Quintet, who also did Illusion of Gaia/Time, Soul Blazer, Robotrek and Terranigma). Hopefully this will lead to many other Square Enix releases in the near future.
Below is a full list of releases on the Virtual Console for March, 2007:
And for those interested in what else could be on offer from the MSX catalogue that was translated into English, they include: Knightmare, Twin Bee, Nemesis 1, 2 & 3, Salamander, Penguin Adventure, Eggerland Mystery, Metal Gear, Maze of Galious, Treasure of Usas, Vampire Killer (also known as Castlevania) and the hailed classic that is Elite.
It should also be noted that HAL Laboratories' logo is firmly emblazoned on the website as well, possibly pointing to games such as Kabuki Quantem Fighter and HyperZone coming (titles released before Nintendo took over the company).
This is definitely all exciting news, but what else could be in store? Will we see the Master System eventually make its way VC-ward, or could the Commodore 64 finally make an appearance? We shall see...
Stay tuned for further updates!