Kid Icarus and Mario Kart 64 coming to the virtual console

By Spencer . December 26, 2006 . 12:58pm

Nintendo updated the Japanese Virtual Console list with twelve new titles to be released in January 2007. Kid Icarus, Mario Kart 64, Bonaza Brothers and Alien Crush are on the list. Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu was the surprise addition since Nintendo just released Fire Emblem: Monsho no Nazo this week. Strategy RPG gamers are going to get their Virtual Console fix. Here’s the full list:


Famicom / Nintendo

Ikki (500)

Ice Climbers (500)

Kid Icarus (500)

Zelda II: Link’s Adventure (500)


Super Famicom / Super Nintendo

Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu (900)


Nintendo 64

Mario Kart 64 (1000)


Mega Drive/Sega Genesis

Bonanza Bros. (600)

Gain Ground (600)


PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16

Alien Crush (600)

Moto Roader (600)

R-Type II (600)

Soldier Blade (600)

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  • the_importer

    About time they stopped @#$%^& around and released some Grade A titles for systems other than the NES. Now if they would only make N64 titles compatible with Wii Remotes and Nunchuk, we’d have something good. I can understand why SNES titles wouldn’t work so well since it used a D-Pad and 8 buttons for controllers, but the N64 games should be more than playable with the Remote and Nunchuk:

    Analog Nunchuk = Analog Stick on N64
    Z Button on Nunchuk = Z Button on N64
    A and B Button on Remote = A and B Button on N64
    + on Remote = Start on N64

    For the rest of the N64 L & R Buttons, C Buttons and D-Pad, use the D-Pad, – and C Button (Nunchuk) at the best convenience. I’m not saying that this would work with every games, it would suck big time for Killer Instincts Gold, but for games like Mario 64, both Zelda games and Mario Kart, it would work great and no additional controllers would be required.

    Mario Kart 64 was the best MK so far, but even so, why should I buy 4 Classic Controllers when a Mario Kart for Wii is bound to come out using the Wii Controls.

  • Veilknight

    Finally, another N64 title getting added to the Virtual Console in the near future! The N64 has really been neglected as of lately, no matter how many times Nintendo would announce future installments for the VC, it would be the only console that gets overlooked. Super Mario 64 is a damn good game, but doesn’t make up for the lack of software when compared to the other consoles supported. Mario Kart 64 is a good start, hopefully more titles such as Ocarina of Time will follow.

  • Kakashi

    Interesting how they’re offering Kid Icarus, but haven’t really made a sequel, save for the lame GameBoy version. Hopefully the Wii will see a new Kid Icarus game.

  • the_importer – you have some interesting ideas about the control scheme, but I think that would require some reprogramming. Instead of shelling out for four classic controllers you can use the Gamecube controllers for Mario Kart 64.

    Veilknight – I’m sure Ocarina is coming and other N64 titles are in the works for the future. I think Nintendo is just trying to get people to play the classics first and move foward to the later generation N64 games. Besides Ocarina I want to see Sin & Punishment on the list.

    Kakashi – Nintendo has shown some love for Kid Icarus recently. First it was re-released as a Famicom Mini game in Japan, then Pit comes back in the Kid Icarus trailer and now the NES game is coming out early. Maybe they’re trying to get people to familiarize themselves with the series.

  • In gaming consoles compatibility is everything.

  • the_importer

    Spencer, not everyone had a GameCube or kept it for very long. I purchased some Gamecube games along with a WaveBird and a memory card about two week before the Wii came out. The games I purchased were classics like Metroid Prime I & 2, Zelda WW, Zelda Collector’s Edition and Eternal Darkness. Not counting the weak-ass Multiplayer mode in MP2, these are all single player games.

    Why haven’t I purchased games Mario Kart DD, SSB Melee, Mario Party X or any other multiplayer game for GameCube you may ask? Simple, there’s going to be a Wii version of everyone of those games, so why spend money on GameCube Controllers and not to mention #$%^&*# extension cords for those ridiculously short GameCube controller cables just to play games that will have a Wii enhance versions soon enough. I mean once I purchase Wii Play, I’ll have 4 Wii Remote, so why not purchase games that will work with those instead of buying games that will require 3 new controllers?

  • awesome can’t wait for mario kart

  • SmotheredHope

    The_importer, sorry to break it to you but Nintendo stated that the new Smash brothers will be using the classic style of controling the action on screen and not the motion of the Wiimotes. Now i don’t know if that means you will be forced to use the classic controller, or gamecube I don’t see how it could be played on a Wii-mote and Nunchuk without motion. So you might want to pick up a gamecube controller or two.

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