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Nintendo Weekly News Round-Up: SNES On Switch Online? Wii Shop Going Offline?

SNES Games Coming To Nintendo Switch Online?

The Nintendo Switch Online service has been up and running for a while now. As many know, one of its primary components is the provision of retro NES games to its users. Most recently, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Blaster Master were released for the service, so it appears the trickling-down of retro games isn’t stopping. As such, it will apparently start extending to the 16-bit era with Super Nintendo games. As Business Insider reports, 22 SNES games could very well be headed to Switch later this year.

Data miners were able to identify the SNES games in a recent update to the service as well. Included, as per a list posted by Twitter user @KapuccinoHeck, are The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Mario Kart, and Super Metroid, as well as Demon’s Crest and Stunt Race FX. 

The same leak also suggests that retro games from additional consoles could be coming to the service as well, as the data miners found. Thus, at some point, we could see the addition of Nintendo 64 games, though for right now, it is pure speculation.

Currently, you can subscribe to the Nintendo Switch Online service for $20 USD annually.

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The Wii Shop Channel Is Coming To An End

The Wii Shop Channel, once a venue for many classic games across multiple platforms and generations, will be closing shop soon. On January 31, as Lifehacker reports, the service will be shutting down, meaning that Wii owners will no longer be able to purchase or download purchased games and items from the Wii Shop Channel.

Additionally, this means that the Wii Transfer tool, which allows users to transfer games from the Wii to the Wii U, will become unavailable.

Nintendo’s official statement reads the following:

“Dear Nintendo fans,

On January 30, 2019, we plan to close the Wii Shop Channel, which has been available on Wii systems since December 2006. We sincerely thank our loyal customers for their support.

You can still add Wii Points until March 26, 2018, and purchase content on the Wii Shop Channel until January 30, 2019. In the future, we will be closing all services related to the Wii Shop Channel, including redownloading purchased WiiWare, Virtual Console titles, and Wii Channel, as well as Wii System Transfer Tool, which transfers data from Wii to the Wii U system.

If you have Wii Points to spend, content you want to re-download, or content you’d like to transfer from a Wii system to a Wii U system, we recommend you do so while the services are still available.

If you have any questions, please see our Q&A.

Thank you for supporting the Wii Shop Channel and for being such great fans of Nintendo.


Your Friends at Nintendo”

At this point, it is highly suggested that you take care of any business you may have regarding the Wii Shop Channel as soon as possible. Should you have any leftover Wii Shop points, or just plain curiosity about any retro titles, it would definitely be worth handling all of that now while you can.

The Wii Shop Channel, around since the Wii’s release, is home to a plethora of digital titles. These include retro Nintendo games, as well as retro games from other consoles, such as the Sega Genesis. As well, the Wii Shop Channel sports a wide selection of indie titles.

In either case, you should definitely finalize all your business with the Wii Shop Channel by January 31.

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Switch Reigns Supreme In Japan

Very consistently, the year 2018 was very good for Nintendo in terms of sales. The release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate proved this beyond a shadow of a doubt. As such, the consistency continues, as a list of the top 10 best-selling games in Japan was published on Wednesday. According to Nintendo Soup, the list for the top 10 best-selling games in Japan are as follows:

  1. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  2. Monster Hunter World
  3. Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Let’s Go, Eevee!
  4. Splatoon 2
  5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
  6. Super Mario Party
  7. Kirby Star Allies
  8. Super Mario Odyssey
  9. Minecraft
  10. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

For our review of the list-topping title, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, head here.

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Crowdfunding For GameCube Adapter For Switch Begins On Kickstarter

When it comes to Super Smash Bros., many players prefer the GameCube controller format. Whether it’s because that’s what they grew accustomed to with Melee or just the fact that it is the most conventional controller sold with a Nintendo system in the past 18 years, people are simply fonder of using a GameCube controller for the popular fighting game. In fact, owners of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have the option of using a GameCube controller, given they have the controller adapter made for the Wii U. The only problem is that only applies to console mode. In handheld mode, players lose the option for the GameCube controller.

Panda Hardware, a hybrid company of Panda Global and GearHawk Studio, is looking to change this, as reports that the company started a campaign on Kickstarter to circumvent the lack of a GameCube controller option in handheld mode. Sporting a variety of features, including a USB port, as well as four GameCube controller ports, Panda Hardware’s goal is to “focus on quality to create the best product we can for both casual and competitive Super Smash Bros. players.”

Even though the campaign was only started on Wednesday, January 16th, with a goal of reaching $55,000 USD, contributors have already pledged $59,470 total. This is with 28 days to spare. Needless to say, players wanting the option to use their GameCube controller on-the-go have been dying for somebody to come up with an answer.

The plan is for the device to deliver by July 2019 to anywhere. The webpage states that it will run at a price of $45 USD. While Nintendo has been quiet for the moment regarding this campaign, some are expecting them to, at the very least, confront Panda Hardware about this. However, Smash fans can hope or a seamless release, nonetheless.

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This Week’s Releases

Of course, the biggest release of the past week was New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe on Nintendo Switch, selling for $59.99 USD. Otherwise, the eShop has still seen some notable action in the past week.

One title released for Switch in this week, on January 17th, was Dragon’s Lair TrilogyA collection of classics released decades ago, the bundle includes Dragon’s LairSpace Ace, and Dragon’s Lair II: Time Warp. Each of these games, classified as “Adventure” and “Arcade,” has you take control of a hero, up against almost impossible odds, making choices throughout the games, for better or worse. You can purchase the trilogy for $19.99 USD.

As well, platformer Dragon’s Wrath was released for the 3DS at a price of $4.99 USD. In the game, you play as a dragon trying to track down some bandits who dishonored your family by stealing the family’s treasures. As the game’s homepage states: “You must hunt them down and recover your inheritance before they escape with it forever.”

Finally, releasing on January 18th is Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroesanother entry in the popular No More Heroes franchise. Changing up the gameplay with new mechanics, the game is set to please fans with its continued tongue-in-cheek humor, bathroom and otherwise. As action-packed as ever, Grasshopper Manufacture Inc. is dead-set to satisfy fans who have been waiting for the next game in the series. You will be able to purchase this, or may pre-purchase this, at a price of $29.99 USD.

As always, you can find these and more at the Nintendo Game Store.




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