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Are Nintendo giving up on SNES virtual console games?

Jonathan Lester
Nintendo, SNES, Wii U

Are Nintendo giving up on SNES virtual console games?

Nintendo have one of the most impressive legacy games libraries of any publisher or console manufacturer, but they're also astonishingly bad at letting us buy them. The Wii U virtual console is full of holes and if new reports from a third-party partner are accurate, they may have now completely lost interest in bringing new SNES games to Wii U to focus on other platforms.

Natsume's US community manager, Cee-Cee, explained the situation on a personal blog. "At this point, it's unlikely we'll see any other Natsume SNES games coming to the Virtual Console, as Nintendo's interest has moved onto other classic systems." "If it's not up now, it's not coming," Cee-Cee continued on Facebook.

"The titles for Virtual Console are handled by Nintendo. The publisher and Nintendo discuss which classic titles would be a good fit and have the best potential to sell. Once a title is agreed upon, Nintendo and the publisher work together to bring that title to the designated system, with Nintendo doing the bulk of the work."

It's worth noting that Amiibo Touch & Play will bring a number of SNES games to Wii U next week, playable in amiibo-enabled trials, but once again we find ourselves disappointed at Nintendo's reluctance to let us pay them money. Especially for third-party games. Quite frankly, if true, I don't think we'd look too harshly on going down the emulation route. Thanks, Engadget.

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