Wii Virtual Console game download details

6 November 2006
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Wii Points Card available at AmazonWith the full list of 2006 Virtual Console games having been released earlier last week, C&VG thought it was the perfect time to focus on the retro download service and uncover some of those mysteries in an interview with Nintendo of Europe. The main details were:

* The Wii stores a history of all of your downloads so that if you have to delete any Virtual Console games for any reason you can re-download them for free at a later date.
* Virtual Console games will be locked to the console they are downloaded on so even if they are on an SD card they can’t be used on other machines. If your console ever breaks, Nintendo will offer support to recover the games you paid for.
* Each Virtual Console game downloaded will come with a digital instruction manual.
* At first, only 2000-point cards will be available at a price of $20 / €20 / £14.99. A total of 10,000 points can be stored on your Wii account at any one time.

Question: GameCube games are played with GameCube pads. Can they be played with the Classic controller too, for those who don’t actually have any GC pads?

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  • Nintendo: Nintendo GameCube games can only be played using Nintendo GameCube controllers. The Classic Controller will not work on these games.

    Question: Can you specify which controllers it will be possible to use for each of the VC games types (NES, SNES, PC Engine, N64)?

    Nintendo: All virtual console games can be played using the Classic Controller or Nintendo GameCube pads. The Wii Remote can also be turned on its side and used as a traditional controller to play NES games. However, a game will only be playable with the control mechanism it was designed for. So, for example, you will play NES games with the D-pad, not an analogue stick or motion-sensitive functionality.

    When using a mixture of Wii and GameCube controllers, the Wii Remote or Classic Controller will take priority. So if you have two Classic Controllers plugged in they instantly become player one and two regardless of how many GameCube pads are inserted.


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    • confusedmom

      just wondering if it is possible to save your progress on games.. We have beat Mario3 level 1 three times now and cannot seem to find a save spot.

    • Confusedmom here is your answer:

      On any old Wii Virtual Console game like Super Mario Bros 3, you can activate suspend play to save your progress and continue later. This is actually very easy, here are the 3 steps:

      1. First, press the house-icon on your Wii Remote controller to display the HOME Menu.
      2. On the HOME Menu, select “Wii Menu”. A Suspend Point will be created and you will return to the “Wii Menu”.
      3. To resume playing from the Suspend Point*, select “Start” on the game’s Channel Preview screen (that the big screen you see when you start a game from the Wii main menu).

      * Keep in mind that once you resume a saved game, that you’ll have to save it again each time you want to stop playing, because each time the resume point will be deleted after you resume playing.

      If you think this is an odd way of saving your progress, imagine how it was playing this game back in 1990 when there was no way to save it!

    • confusedmom

      thanks for the quick reply.. i figured it out. and yes it is a bit frustrating, i remembering playing this game growing up and I loved it.. but now i am not so sure how much i will still love it since my kids will more than likely reset my suspend point probably faster than i will can play it.. Oh well, we will make do i suppose.

    • Johnny2071

      Is it possible to download a game from the internet onto an SD without downloading it first onto the console?

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