My enthusiasm about Nintendo 64 and DS games finally arriving on Wii U’s Virtual Console came to a crashing halt when I saw the pricing.
Thirteen Australian dollars each? It’s way too much.
I don’t care that there’s Miiverse integration or customisable control options. Nintendo have done nothing in the way of enhancements or new content, so asking $13 for years old games is ludicrous. And promoting “buy three get one free” as a promotion is borderline insulting.
I understand Nintendo first party games are premium products, but a $4.95 price tag would have been much more generous and realistic.
Nintendo have spoken about how the Virtual Console service was becoming less popular due to the high quality (and quantity) indie games available on the eShop, but I reckon it’s more to do with the ridiculous pricing and severe lack of choice.
The line-up of games is uninspired to say the least, and while I’d love to revisit Donkey Kong 64 from the comfort of my Gamepad, there’s no way in hell I’m paying thirteen dollars for the privilege.
Nor am I paying for Mario Kart DS again when they haven’t even restored online functionality. I understand Nintendo Wi-Fi no longer functions, but this is still extremely lazy, and it rips out a massive chunk of what made Mario Kart DS so great in the first place.
We have been waiting for Nintendo to fully embrace the possibilities Virtual Console offers for so long now, it makes you wonder whether it will ever be anything other than a second thought.
It’s such a shame, because considering their back catalogue of incredible games, Virtual Console has the potential to be the jewel in a Nintendo console’s crown, and a reason to own their machines.
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