Super Nintendo games will be available on the Virtual Console but only for Nintendo’s newest handheld platform, the company announced during its Nintendo Direct presentation on Thursday.
SNES games can be downloaded from the console’s eShop but are only playable on the New Nintendo 3DS consoles. These retro games from the Virtual Console can’t be downloaded on previous models of the 3DS. Super Nintendo games are exclusive to the New Nintendo 3DS and New Nintendo 3DS XL models.
These Virtual Console versions will include features like “perfect pixel mode,” which shows the games in their original resolutions.
Three SNES games are available right now on the Virtual Console in North America. Super Mario World (1990), Pilotwings (1991) and F-Zero (1991) were released after the Nintendo Direct. Each game costs $7.99.
More games will be added like Super Mario Kart (1992), Donkey Kong Country (1994) and Earthbound (1995) that will arrive on March 24. Super Metroid (1994), Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy Kong’s Quest (1995) and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (1992) will release on April 14.
There was no price discount or cross-buy program announced for people who already own these games on the Wii U.
The U.K. and Europe get a different launch lineup as Earthbound and Super Mario World are out today. A Link to the Past and Super Metroid will release on March 10. Super Mario Kart and F-Zero will be out on March 17 while the first two Donkey Kong Country games will be available on March 24 across Europe.
For European players these SNES games are the North American versions instead of PAL. The PAL versions were known to have issues on televisions due to running at a lower 50Hz compared to their 60Hz counterparts.
The European market will also get a discount during each game’s launch week. Buying one game gets the other release for 50 percent off.
In Japan a larger library of Virtual Console games were announced that include the titles from other regions but also classics like Super Castlevania IV (1991), Mega Man X (1993), Kirby’s Dream Course (1994), and Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (1994). Super Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario World, F-Zero, A Link to the Past and Earthbound are available right now in Japan. Japanese players will also get a 50 percent launch window discount when buying more than one game.
SNES games on Virtual console have been available to download on the Wii and Wii U, but not on any of Nintendo’s handhelds. The games cost between $7.99-$8.99 on the Wii U. Owners of Virtual Console SNES games on the Wii are able to buy an upgraded Wii U version for a discounted price of $1.50.
The 3DS first launched in 2011. Its Virtual Console on the eShop also features games from the NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Sega Game Gear libraries.
The Super Nintendo is regarded as one of the best consoles of all-time, which launched in November 1990 in Japan and August 1991 for North America. The 16-bit console released with Super Mario World, Pilotwings and F-Zero as three of its five launch games in the U.S.