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Virtual Console

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Virtual Console is the name for the emulation service provided to Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS users. It allows players to purchase and download games by browsing a specialized section of the Wii Shop Channel. This requires the user to connect to the internet, and to also purchase Wii points beforehand to make the purchase. Games downloaded are stored on the 512MB flash memory built into the system. From there games can be transferred to a memory card, but can not be played directly from the memory card. Games on the memory card can be transferred back to the Wii it came from, but not to another system.

Games available come from a variety of systems including: Nintendo's Nintendo Entertainment System and Super NES and Nintendo 64, Sega's Master System and Mega Drive/Genesis, NEC's TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine and TurboGrafx-CD/CD-ROM², SNK's Neo Geo AES. It also supports region specific consoles such as Commodore 64 (Europe only) and MSX (Japan only). Some publishers may choose to release region-specific games internationally in the special Import category.

NES and Sega Master System games can play properly with the Wii Remote, but games for other consoles will likely require either a GameCube controller, or the Classic Controller, which is sold separately.

Games for PC Engine and TurboGrafx-16 cost 600 points. Games for CD-ROM² systems cost 800 points. Games in the Import category cost an additional 100 points.


PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 Games on the Virtual Console

Wii

Japan

North America

(As of 28 July 2016)

Europe/Australia

(As of 28 July 2016)

Nintendo 3DS

Japan

(As of 28 July 2016)

Wii U

Japan

(As of 01 May 2017)

North America

(As of 01 May 2017)

Europe

(As of 01 May 2017)

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