Wii Virtual Console gets five for Christmas

Posted by Mark Raby

Redmond (WA) - Any kid lucky enough to have parents who were willing to camp out for several hours at a Best Buy or Toys R Us, and wakes up with a Wii on Christmas morning, will have a few new gifts to unwrap, at a cost of $5 - $8 each, on the Wii Shop Channel, as Nintendo today announced the Christmas line-up for the Virtual Console.

Nintendo's headliner, and the only new first-party title available on Christmas, is Super Mario Bros, the original platform game originally released on the NES. Since then, the game has been re-released about a gazillion times, and Monday will mark yet another debut for Nintendo's heralded classic, which has seen sales of more than 40.2 million copies, when it lands on the Wii Virtual Console. The game will be available for 500 Wii points ($5).

Other classic games originally released on Nintendo systems that will make their way to the Virtual Console on Christmas are Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Super Castlevania IV, both from the Super NES era. Additionally, one of the biggest cult classics of all time, Toe Jam & Earl for the Sega Genesis, will be placed in the Virtual Console on Christmas Day, marking the first official re-release of the hit 16-bit title. R-Type, yet another shooter game from the TurboGrafx16, will also premiere on the Virtual Console in three days. Each of these titles will be available for 800 points ($8).

The Virtual Console already offers 33 games from the eras of the NES, SNES, N64, Sega Genesis, and TurboGrafx16. Nintendo announced earlier this month its plan to add new Virtual Console titles every Monday. It has already confirmed that first-party NES games Baseball and Urban Champion will be among the first additions of 2007, on January