Game Boy Donkey Kong And Mega Man 5 Leap To Virtual Console(s)

By Ishaan . June 16, 2011 . 9:00am

This week’s Virtual Console releases are two rather high-profile games. On the Wii, you have Mega Man 5 for the NES, which first introduced Beat to the series. This will set you back 500 Nintendo Points ($5).


Meanwhile, on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console is the Game Boy version of Donkey Kong, which is going for $3.99.




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  • Donkey Kong is one of the greatest Game Boy games of all time. Buy it.

  • This seems rather pricey for a game boy game compared to iOS games.

    • In comparison to the 20 or 30 bucks I paid when the game originally came out back in ’94, though, I’d say it’s a pretty good deal.  DK ’94 does have quite a bit of content and is easily one of the best games I had for the old grey brick back in the day.

    • I don’t understand why so many people have been complaining about the prices when some sellers on eBay and Amazon price the games that are on the eShop right now for well over 100 dollars, sometimes even more than 300 dollars. I remember I was going to pay 50 dollars just so I could finally play Link’s Awakening. Glad I waited because not only did I pay 6 dollars for it, I also saved myself 44 dollars!

      • If PSOne classics, which are technically far more advanced than gameboy games are going for as low as $2.99…then it looks pricey when there is a Gameboy game that is more pricey than a technically superior one, and in which case both games are only digitally. 

        • Where have you seen PSOne Classics for 2.99? The PSN? I’m sure that it’s a deal to PS+ members too. The lowest I’ve ever seen a PSOne Classic has been 5.99 and a majority of the ones I’ve bought have been 9.99 whereas online they go for just the same as the Gameboy games I’ve bought on the eShop. Besides, you’re comparing handhelds to console games and I don’t think that’s very fair, of course a PSOne game is going to be far more advanced. Gameboys came out in 1989 whereas Playstations came out in 1994. I still think the price is fair, and I won’t complain because when they first hit shelves they were 30 dollars a piece and now even more money used than new. I’ll take 3.99 over 30 any day of the week. Same goes for the PS games, I’d much rather pay 9.99 for a Final Fantasy digital download than $500+ for a used physical copy.

          • Last I checked, JetMoto (PSOne) for PSN is just $2.99 to everyone. To gamers today, would we really care how much it was in the olde days? On todays market, it just looks rather pricey compared to PSOne games on PSN and even iOS games. It wouldnt be pricey if the game, Donkey Kong was for $0.99 and PSOne games for $2.99-$5.99. But Donkey Kong for more, thats like a DS game for more than the cost of a first party Wii Game, essentially highway robbery!

          • Exkaiser

            I think a $6 copy of Link’s Awakening is worth more than a $3 copy of JetMoto.

            That’s also probably a limited-time sale- SF Alpha 1 and 2 both went through similar sales.

    • malek86

      It’s no secret that VC prices have always been pretty high overall. Not just for itself, but in comparison to other services too. For example, Sonic on the VC costs $8 like any other Megadrive games, while on XBL/PSN it costs $5 and it’s better. It also doesn’t help that Nintendo never offers any deals on these games.

      The high prices are the reason why I don’t buy too often from the VC.

    • neo_firenze

      It’s also a much better game compared to pretty much any cheaper iOS game.  You’re getting what you pay for here.  If you’d rather buy 99 cent garbage, be my guest.

  • At first I thought this was the GB version of Mega Man V and not the NES one so I’m slightly disappointed in that regard. However the NES one was alright, not the best but it’s better than 4, if just by a little bit in my opinion.

  • LastFootnote

    No Super Gameboy colors on Donkey Kong, huh? I am disappoint.

    It’s still a fantastic game, of course.

  • neo_firenze

    $4 is a damn steal for this game, truly one of the best on the system.  Plenty more stuff that I’ll gladly pay $4 for on GB virtual console too, keep em coming Nintendo.  I would have zero issue at all paying $4 for each of the below – good games are good games, and these ones will all give me more entertainment than a lot of $60 current release console games.  Tell ya what, I’ll list a lineup of 15 GB/GBC games ($60) not yet on Virtual Console that I’d rather have than most new $60 games, black and white/pea green coloring or not:

    1. Metroid 2
    2. Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters
    3. Super Mario Land 2
    4. Wario Land 2
    5. Wario Land 3
    6. Zelda: Oracle of Ages
    7. Zelda: Oracle of Seasons
    8. Gargoyle’s Quest (MAKE IT HAPPEN CAPCOM!)
    9. Final Fantasy Adventure (Seiken Densetsu)

    10-12. Final Fantasy Legend 1-3 (SaGa 1-3)
    13. Dragon Warrior I&II
    14. Dragon Warrior III.
    15. Shantae

    If that was a full price compilation, I’d buy it so fast my head would spin.  And I’d get more entertainment value out of that $60 than the vast majority of $60 games I do buy.

  • I made it to world 2 on Donkey Kong so far. WOW, over 100 levels? I love it. But man is this game hard!

  • daizyujin

    What I want is a 3D remake of the original Donkey Kong.  The arcade version Nintendo.  The one that I can’t remember you EVER releasing on a home console (though I may be wrong on that one.)

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