Sega jumps on Nintendo's Wii virtual console

Posted by Mark Raby

GamesIndustry.biz is reporting that Sega of America has unleashed details of its plans to release classic games on Nintendo's virtual console download service to be offered on the Wii. Sega says ten of its games will be available by the end of the year at a price of $8 each.

The list of games to be released is comprised of Sonic the Hedgehog, Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine, Altered Beast, Golden Axe, Gunstar Heroes, Columns, Ecco the Dolphin, Space Harrier II, Ristar, and Toe Jam & Earl. With no platform for Sega to call its own anymore, the virtual console becomes its main outlet to release games from its old consoles, like the Master System, Genesis, and Sega CD.

Reportedly, Sega's games will start at 800 Wii points, equivalent to $8, each. Nintendo has said its NES games will go for 500 points ($5), while SNES games will be on par with Sega's 800 Wii point level, and Nintendo 64 titles are the most expensive of all announced games, priced at 1000 Wii points ($10). Hudson has also announced plans to release its classic line of titles at 600 points ($6) each.

According to Sega's vice president of marketing, Scott Steinberg, the virtual console platform is going to be a main outlet for them. "This is only the beginning though, as you can expect to see more announcements regarding other legendary titles from Sega's catalog coming to the Wii Shop Channel in the coming months," he said.