Virtual Console

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Current version: n/a
Active: Yes
OS: Wii, 3DS, Wii U
Authors: Nintendo
Official website: eShop
Source code: Nintendo OSS (Partial)

Virtual Console is a service created by Nintendo that allows users to purchase and emulate games.


Overview[edit]

Games played through Virtual Console are usually free of accuracy issues.

In terms of functionality, the Virtual Console emulator is very bare-bones compared to unofficial emulators, but the 3DS version has restore points (save states) and screenshot saving. The Wii U version has both plus controller customization (Game Gear on 3DS also has it), Off TV Play, Pixel smoothing and scaling changing. Despite this, usually only the bare functionality is emulated: there is no way to save ghost data in Mario Kart 64 due to a lack of a Memory Pak emulated.

The different regions of Virtual Console (Japan, North America, Europe/Australia, and South Korea) have different games and update them to different schedules. At times, North America gets games that were exclusive to Japan while Europe/Australia gets games that were exclusive to the previous two regions. These imported games are priced a little higher than normal and tend to be straight ports with no translation. (Exceptions include Monster World IV and Sin & Punishment.) Other games that can be priced higher than normal are games based on externally-licensed properties, one example being the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games.

Virtual Console games can be retired from the shop, though purchased games can be redownloaded.

Some GameBoy Advance games from the 3DS Virtual Console were available to Ambassadors only, that is, buyers of the Nintendo 3DS before Nintendo announced a price drop.

Pricing of Virtual Console games can be ludicrous. If you don't want to pay for VC ROMs on your Wii, you can just install them as .wad files through WAD Manager. You can even install .wads from other regions, though you need to watch the PAL/NTSC divide.

Supported Systems[edit]

Console Wii Wii U 3DS
Nintendo Entertainment System (Famicom)
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (Super Famicom) ✓*
Nintendo 64
Sega Master System
Sega Mega Drive / Genesis
PC Engine
Neo Geo
Commodore 64
MSX
Game Boy
Game Boy Color
Game Boy Advance
Nintendo DS
Game Gear
Arcade
  • A *New* 3DS is necessary if you want to play SNES games through the 3DS Virtual Console. Technically, some have managed to get it to boot in normal 3DS mode, but its emulation suffers from huge slowdowns.

Game Injection[edit]

VC releases consist of the emulator and the included ROM image, but it's possible to replace that ROM image with another one and load it using various homebrew tools out there. Of course, compatibility isn't that high, especially for games with custom hardware, but it's a start.

Wii[edit]

  • ShowMiiWads

Wii U[edit]

  • DS VC: The roms are stored in regular DS ROM format, in a zip folder. There's a config file with a brightness setting, and an option to change internal 3D resolution that Nintendo didn't use for some reason. Just change the line "RenderScale": 1 to have the value 2 instead.

Compatibility List (US combined)[edit]

Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

  • A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia
  • Adventure Island
  • Adventure Island II
  • Adventures of Lolo
  • Adventures of Lolo 2
  • Balloon Fight
  • Baseball
  • Bases Loaded
  • Blades of Steel
  • Blaster Master
  • Bubble Bobble
  • BurgerTime
  • Castlevania
  • Castlevania II: Simon's Quest
  • Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse
  • City Connection
  • Clu Clu Land
  • Crash 'N' The Boys: Street Challenge
  • Dig Dug
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong 3
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Donkey Kong Jr. Math
  • Double Dragon
  • Double Dragon II: The Revenge
  • Double Dribble
  • Dr. Mario
  • Duck Hunt
  • EarthBound Beginnings (Mother 1 (JP), Earth Bound (US))
  • Elevator Action
  • Excitebike
  • Faxanadu
  • Final Fantasy
  • Galaga
  • Gargoyle's Quest II
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins
  • Golf
  • Gradius
  • Ice Climber
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kid Icarus
  • King's Knight
  • Kirby's Adventure
  • Life Force
  • Lode Runner
  • Lunar Pool
  • Mach Rider
  • Mappy-Land
  • Mario Bros.
  • Mega Man
  • Mega Man 2
  • Mega Man 3
  • Mega Man 4
  • Mega Man 5
  • Mega Man 6
  • Metroid
  • Mighty Bomb Jack
  • Mighty Final Fight
  • Milon's Secret Castle
  • NES Open Tournament Golf
  • NES Play Action Football
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Ninja Gaiden II: The Dark Sword of Chaos
  • Ninja Gaiden III: The Ancient Ship of Doom
  • Ninja JaJaMaru-kun
  • Operation Wolf
  • Pac-Land
  • Pac-Man
  • Pinball
  • Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
  • Punch-Out!!
  • Renegade
  • River City Ransom
  • S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team
  • Shadow of the Ninja
  • Sky Kid
  • Soccer
  • Solomon's Key
  • Spelunker
  • Star Soldier
  • StarTropics
  • Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight
  • Summer Carnival '92: Recca
  • Super C
  • Super Dodge Ball
  • Super Mario Bros.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Super Mario Bros. 3
  • Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • Tennis
  • The Legend of Kage
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The Mysterious Murasame Castle (untranslated)
  • Ufouria: The Saga
  • Urban Champion
  • Volleyball
  • Wario's Woods
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Xevious
  • Yoshi
  • Zanac
  • Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
  • Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II

Super Nintendo Entertainment System[edit]

  • ActRaiser
  • Aero the Acro-Bat
  • Aero the Acro-Bat 2
  • Axelay
  • Brawl Brothers
  • Breath of Fire
  • Breath of Fire II
  • Castlevania: Dracula X
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Contra III: The Alien Wars
  • Cybernator
  • Darius Twin
  • Demon's Crest
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
  • Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble!
  • EarthBound (Mother 2) (JP/US/PAL Wii U, Brawl JP version with cheats)
  • F-Zero
  • Final Fantasy II (4 Easy Type in JP)
  • Final Fantasy III (6 in JP)
  • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
  • Final Fight
  • Final Fight 2
  • Final Fight 3
  • Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf
  • Ghoul Patrol
  • Gradius III
  • Harvest Moon
  • Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Kirby's Avalanche
  • Kirby's Dream Course
  • Kirby's Dream Land 3
  • Mega Man 7
  • Mega Man X
  • Mega Man X2
  • Mega Man X3
  • Metal Marines
  • Natsume Championship Wrestling
  • Nobunaga's Ambition
  • Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
  • Pac-Attack
  • Pilotwings
  • Prince of Persia
  • Rival Turf!
  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms IV: Wall of Fire
  • Secret of Mana
  • Space Invaders: The Original Game
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2
  • Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
  • Street Fighter II: The World Warrior
  • Super Adventure Island
  • Super Adventure Island II
  • Super Bonk
  • Super Castlevania IV
  • Super E.D.F.: Earth Defense Force
  • Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (PAL VC version undid some NA changes like controller colors)
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Metroid
  • Super Punch-Out!!
  • Super Star Wars
  • Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
  • Super Turrican
  • The Combatribes
  • The Ignition Factor
  • The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Uncharted Waters: New Horizons
  • Vegas Stakes
  • Wild Guns
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors

There are much more Japanese VC releases for SFC games than on the barren US VC. Notable releases include:

  • Bahamut Lagoon
  • Fire Emblem 3
  • Ganbare Goemon 2
  • Ganbare Goemon 3
  • Ganbare Goemon 4
  • Marvelous Mouhitotsu no Takarajima (Nintendo R&D, Wii U only)
  • Romancing SaGa 2 (with substantial additional in-game content)
  • Romancing SaGa 3
  • Treasure Hunter G
  • Fire Emblem 4
  • Fire Emblem 5

Nintendo of America has however recently rejected many submissions for third-party SNES VC releases on the Wii U, so it's unlikely there will be more such releases on the US VC at least.

Namco Bandai has a compilation on the 3DS with emulated VC releases as well, including:

  • Go Go Ackman 3
  • Dragon Ball Z Super Butouden 2 (also to be released in US/PAL untranslated (not the French-localized 1994 version) with modified soundtrack)

Nintendo 64[edit]

  • 1080° Snowboarding
  • Bomberman Hero
  • Cruis'n USA
  • Donkey Kong 64
  • F-Zero X
  • Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards
  • Mario Golf
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Party 2
  • Mario Tennis
  • Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
  • Paper Mario
  • Pokémon Puzzle League
  • Pokémon Snap
  • Sin & Punishment
  • Star Fox 64
  • Super Mario 64
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
  • The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
  • Wave Race 64
  • Yoshi's Story

Nintendo also released a bonus disc with Zelda Wind Waker for the GameCube, which includes emulated N64 releases for Ocarina of Time, Master Quest, and Majora's Mask. The PAL versions also run at 60 fps, unlike all other PAL versions released either on the N64 or the Wii VC. The emulator itself can be injected with different N64 roms (including Super Mario 64) and has low to medium compatibility.

Sega Master System[edit]

  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World
  • Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
  • Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
  • Enduro Racer
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa
  • Phantasy Star
  • Secret Command
  • Sonic Chaos
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Space Harrier
  • Wonder Boy
  • Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap
  • Wonder Boy in Monster Land

Sega Genesis[edit]

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Altered Beast
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Bonanza Bros.
  • Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure
  • ClayFighter
  • Columns
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Earthworm Jim 2
  • Ecco Jr.
  • Ecco the Dolphin
  • Ecco: The Tides of Time
  • Eternal Champions
  • Forgotten Worlds
  • Gain Ground
  • Galaxy Force II
  • Ghouls 'n Ghosts
  • Gley Lancer
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Gunstar Heroes
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole
  • Light Crusader
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Mega Turrican
  • Mercs
  • Monster World IV (PAL/US VC release has a full English translation)
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
  • Powerball
  • Puyo Puyo 2
  • Ristar
  • Rolling Thunder 2
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3
  • Space Harrier II
  • Splatterhouse 2
  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
  • Streets of Rage
  • Streets of Rage 2
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Strider
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
  • Super Thunder Blade
  • Sword of Vermilion
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
  • Vectorman
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

TurboGrafx-16/TurboGrafx-CD[edit]

  • Air Zonk
  • Alien Crush
  • Battle Lode Runner
  • Blazing Lazers
  • Bomberman '93
  • Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure
  • Bonk's Adventure
  • Bonk's Revenge
  • Bravoman
  • Chase H.Q.
  • Chew Man Fu
  • China Warrior
  • Cratermaze
  • Dead Moon
  • Devil's Crush
  • Double Dungeons
  • Dragon Spirit
  • Dragon's Curse
  • Dungeon Explorer
  • Fighting Street
  • Galaga '90
  • Gate of Thunder
  • J.J. & Jeff
  • Legend of Hero Tonma
  • Lords of Thunder
  • Military Madness
  • Monster Lair
  • Moto Roader
  • Neutopia
  • Neutopia II
  • New Adventure Island
  • Ninja Spirit
  • Ordyne
  • Power Golf
  • Psychosis
  • R-Type
  • Riot Zone
  • Samurai Ghost
  • Shockman
  • SimEarth: The Living Planet
  • Soldier Blade
  • Splatterhouse
  • Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise
  • Super Star Soldier
  • The Dynastic Hero
  • Victory Run
  • Vigilante
  • World Class Baseball
  • World Sports Competition
  • Ys Book I & II

Neo Geo[edit]

  • Art of Fighting
  • Art of Fighting 2
  • Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior
  • Baseball Stars 2
  • Blue's Journey
  • Burning Fight
  • Fatal Fury 2
  • Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Fatal Fury: King of Fighters
  • Fighter's History Dynamite
  • King of the Monsters
  • Magical Drop II
  • Magical Drop III
  • Magician Lord
  • Metal Slug
  • Metal Slug 2
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug 4
  • Metal Slug X
  • NAM-1975
  • Neo Turf Masters
  • Ninja Combat
  • Ninja Commando
  • Ninja Master's
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury Special
  • Samurai Shodown
  • Samurai Shodown II
  • Samurai Shodown III
  • Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge
  • Sengoku
  • Sengoku 2
  • Sengoku 3
  • Shock Troopers
  • Shock Troopers 2nd Squad
  • Spinmaster
  • Street Slam
  • Super Baseball 2020
  • The King of Fighters '94
  • The King of Fighters '95
  • The King of Fighters '96
  • The King of Fighters '97
  • The King of Fighters '98
  • The King of Fighters '99: Millennium Battle
  • The Last Blade
  • The Last Blade 2
  • Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy
  • World Heroes
  • World Heroes 2
  • World Heroes 2 Jet
  • World Heroes Perfect

Arcade[edit]

  • 1942
  • Altered Beast
  • Black Tiger
  • Commando
  • Exed Exes
  • Gaplus
  • Ghosts 'n Goblins
  • Golden Axe
  • Mappy
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Rygar
  • Shinobi
  • Solomon's Key
  • SonSon
  • Space Harrier
  • Star Force
  • Super Hang-On
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Tower of Druaga
  • Wonder Boy in Monster Land
  • Zaxxon

Game Boy[edit]

  • Adventure Island
  • Alleyway
  • Avenging Spirit
  • Balloon Kid
  • Baseball
  • Bionic Commando
  • BurgerTime Deluxe
  • Castlevania: The Adventure
  • Catrap
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Land
  • Donkey Kong Land 2
  • Donkey Kong Land III
  • Double Dragon
  • Dr. Mario
  • Fortified Zone
  • Game & Watch Gallery
  • Gargoyle's Quest
  • Golf
  • Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters
  • Kirby's Block Ball
  • Kirby's Dream Land
  • Kirby's Dream Land 2
  • Kirby's Pinball Land
  • Kirby's Star Stacker
  • Lock 'n' Chase
  • Mario's Picross
  • Maru's Mission
  • Mega Man II
  • Mega Man III
  • Mega Man IV
  • Mega Man V
  • Mega Man: Dr. Wily's Revenge
  • Metroid II: Return of Samus
  • Mole Mania
  • Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (1991 GB game)
  • Pac-Man
  • Qix
  • Quarth
  • Radar Mission
  • Revenge of the 'Gator[b]
  • Side Pocket
  • Super Mario Land
  • Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
  • Tennis
  • The Sword of Hope II
  • Tumblepop
  • Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

The Japanese side, much like with the SNES VC, has much more releases. Notable ones include:

  • Ballon Fight GB
  • Card Battle
  • Card Hero GB
  • For the Frog the Bell Tolls
  • Heracles no Eiko GB
  • Ikari no Yousai 2
  • Last Bible
  • Picross 2
  • Pri Pri Primitive Princess
  • Revelations the Demon Slayer
  • Twinbee-Da!
  • Zoids
  • ネコジャラ物語

Game Boy Color[edit]

  • Bionic Commando: Elite Forces
  • Blaster Master: Enemy Below
  • Game & Watch Gallery 2
  • Game & Watch Gallery 3
  • Harvest Moon
  • Harvest Moon 2
  • Harvest Moon 3
  • Legend of the River King
  • Legend of the River King 2
  • Lufia: The Legend Returns
  • Mario Golf
  • Mario Tennis
  • Mega Man Xtreme
  • Mega Man Xtreme 2
  • Pokémon Puzzle Challenge
  • Pokémon Trading Card Game
  • Prince of Persia
  • Rayman
  • Shantae
  • Super Mario Bros. Deluxe
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages
  • The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
  • Toki Tori
  • Wario Land 3
  • Wario Land II
  • Xtreme Sports

Sega Game Gear[edit]

  • Columns
  • Crystal Warriors
  • Defenders of Oasis
  • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
  • Dragon Crystal
  • G-LOC: Air Battle
  • Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya
  • Shinobi
  • Sonic Blast
  • Sonic Drift 2
  • Sonic Labyrinth
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Triple Trouble
  • Tails Adventure
  • Vampire: Master of Darkness

Nintendo Game Boy Advance[edit]

  • Advance Wars
  • Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
  • Castlevania: Circle of the Moon
  • Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance
  • DK: King of Swing
  • F-Zero - GP Legend
  • F-Zero Maximum Velocity
  • Fire Emblem
  • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones
  • Golden Sun
  • Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
  • Kirby: Nightmare in Dream Land
  • Klonoa 2: Dream Champ Tournament
  • Klonoa: Empire of Dreams
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  • Mario Golf: Advance Tour
  • Mario Kart: Super Circuit
  • Mario Party Advance
  • Mario Pinball Land
  • Mario Tennis: Power Tour
  • Mega Man & Bass
  • Mega Man Battle Chip Challenge
  • Mega Man Battle Network
  • Mega Man Battle Network 2
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue
  • Mega Man Battle Network 3 White
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Blue Moon
  • Mega Man Battle Network 4 Red Sun
  • Mega Man Zero
  • Mega Man Zero 2
  • Mega Man Zero 3
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Mr. Driller 2
  • Namco Museum
  • Pac-Man Collection
  • Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire
  • Super Mario Advance
  • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap
  • Wario Land 4
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!
  • Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3

Nintendo DS[edit]

  • Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time
  • Mario Kart DS
  • New Super Mario Bros.
  • Star Fox Command
  • WarioWare: Touched!
  • Yoshi Touch & Go
  • Yoshi’s Island DS

Input Key[edit]

Virtual Console games come from many different systems and have to be mapped to those on the supported console, sometimes having to be mapped to different controllers. Even then, at times (notably emulated Nintendo 64 games), mappings may not be consistent.

Wii games in the Virtual Console support the Classic Controllers (which were made with the purpose of the Virtual Console) and GameCube controllers. Some games also support the lone Wii Remote. PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 games that support 5-player mode require that the users connect a combination of GameCube controllers and Wii Remotes (with or without Classic Controllers attached to the Wii Remotes).

List of Wii Virtual Console button mappings

List of Wii U Virtual Console button mappings

List of 3DS Virtual Console button mappings