Gotta hand it to Nintendo, this stuff’s pretty damn cool.
So apparently for making a Nintendo ID (or something similar, they have so many services!) you get a free download of Super Mario Bros. Deluxe (GameBoy Color) for the 3DS Virtual Console. It’s a childhood favorite of mine, so I eagerly redeemed the code and downloaded the game. Though due to the upscaling the graphics are a bit blurry, it’s also nice to have a slightly larger view of what used to be a teeny tiny window you’d spend hours on end being glued to. And it’s a really great experience. I’m having fun playing an old, otherwise unavailable game. Admittedly over the years I’ve only gotten worse at it, I don’t play as much platformers as I used to, but still great fun!
It’s a really smart move by Nintendo. They’re taking games they stopped producing long ago (and thus aren’t making money off anymore) and opening them up for sale to the nostalgia-hungry part of their fans. A bit of a milking scheme, sure, but an acceptable one at that. Most of those great classics are available as Virtual Console games. Mega Man, Legend of Zelda, motherfucking Tetris. But also more obscure classic titles, like a buttload of Sonic spinoff games. They’re probably just as bad as the ones made these days, but I can’t vouch for that, never played ’em.
Really tempted to buy some classics I never got ’round to playing, but that’d probably end up badly for my wallet. Still, really awesome move from Nintendo. I know I’m late to the party, but I felt like saying it anyway. They got some top-tier folks making decisions there. The eShop is still a pain, but worth the effort for some of the timeless classic gems in there.
Only way this could be better is if the prices were even lower, or free. (That, and using nearest-neighbor scaling to get rid of the blurriness would be nice.)