Nintendo VC News | Sin & Punishment, Rare, Lost Levels, Mario Picross & More!

By Adam Riley 31.08.2007 6

There have been numerous revelations about the Virtual Console retro download service today, with new listings for Japan, newly rated games in Australia and two new releases in Europe.

First up there is the news of Treasure's Japanese-only N64 game Sin & Punishment finally hitting the Wii download service in September. Whether or not this means it will eventually come to the US and Europe is still unknown, although with a lot of the game actually in English (Cubed3's review can be read here), so who knows?

Next up are two new listings from the OFLC, the Australian ratings board, which normally translates to releases coming in the near future. The two games in question are Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan) [ i.e. The Lost Levels from Super Mario Allstars ] and Super Mario Picross, the successor to the original Game Boy puzzle title. Both of these games have previously never been released outside of Japan on their original formats, so it bodes well for other titles (such as earlier Fire Emblem games) heading West. For an idea of how Picross plays, check out this review of the recent DS edition.

Many people have been wondering if any other Rare games would ever come to the Virtual Console after Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2, plus the confirmation from Rare itself that DKC3 is coming as well. Now, talking on its Scribes page, the Twycross-based UK team has stated:

"As for VC, it's ultimately Nintendo's decision what gets released. Beyond the DKC games we don't have anything in the pipeline at the moment, but that doesn't mean it won't happen in future. OMG CORPERATE ANSER#!1"

The Banjo also added, when asked about Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie or Donkey Kong 64 coming, "Maybe, but not up to us."

On a separate note, those wondering if a new Donkey Kong platformer will ever come from Rare, here is its response:

"Apart from make a new Banjo game and a REAL Donkey Kong game, whatever that is

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Some really big games there, I just hope they come out here also. Sin and Punishment would be great, a highly thought of game, thank you Treasure!. SM2 would be nice as I never had Allstars myself. Bonk3 was always going to be a game I would get, I love all of them.{LS]

*checking that S and P review*

Bonk 3: Bonks Big Adventure-

Debug Mode

At the Mode Select screen, while you have the heart next to the word quit, hold the diagonal Down/Left and hold the 1 and 2 buttons. Press Run while holding down these buttons and you will be taken to a cheat menu where you can configure Bonk's speed and jumping ability as well as using a sound test and level select.


While in the debug menu, set your speed and jump setting, select the level you want to warp to, and push SELECT.

( Edited on 01.09.2007 09:53 by Linkyshinks [LS] )

I really enjoyed S&P and would definitely pick it up on VC...I've just tidied up the screens on that review, btw, as they seemed to have gone crazy since March 2006! Smilie

Nice to see Rare open to the idea of a new DK...and seems if Nintendo wants to work out a deal with MS, we'll see classic Rare on VC more in the future!

Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

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Excellent news! Always wanted to play Sin and Punishment.

Super Mario Allstars the best game ever.

Nuff said.

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I was thinking about Super Mario Bros 2 just earlier today... & then this news pops up! I won't be getting it, but at least the "True" Super Mario Bros 2 will be released on VC as well as the "non-proper" one.

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Just wanted to say, can you link back to where u got...

Super Mario Bros. 2 (Japan) [ i.e. The Lost Levels from Super Mario Allstars ] and Super Mario Picross,

that info from because i was the one that posted that up first....

thanks Smilie

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