Mega Man Battle Network Series Ready To Jack Into Wii U

By Spencer . April 25, 2014 . 12:04am

imageNintendo is just starting to roll out Game Boy Advance games with first party titles like Advance Wars and Golden Sun. Soon third party games will arrive on Virtual Console including the Mega Man Battle Network series.


Mega Man Battle Network 3 Blue and Mega Man Battle Network 3 White were rated in Australia’s Classification Board with Nintendo as the publisher indicating a Virtual Console release. Capcom probably won’t start with these games though. We have to meet Lan, Mayl, and MegaMan.EXE in Mega Man Battle Network first.

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  • Go2hell66


  • John Lawson

    Still, the 3DS was screaming for Possible MMBN potential, but this’ll do just fine.

  • transferstudentx

    time to buy a wii u just for this game -_-

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  • Thelastgunstar

    ….How…how….how is this NOT on the 3DS? Yes, the Wii U needs more support but…handheld support? Really? People have been wanting GBA games on the 3DS for a long time now…and Nintendo puts them on the Wii U.

    I don’t see the logic in this choice. It’s baffling.

    • DeAndre Atchison

      >product logic
      There is none

      • Robgoro

        The 3DS has two CPUs in it – one in the top and one in the bottom. The one on the bottom is responsible for all of the system’s minute tasks, and it would also be responsible for emulating the GBA; it can’t handle doing both at the same time. Even with the ambassador games, the 3DS goes into DS mode and runs the GBA game as though it were a a DS or DS lite, so, no, it’s not Nintendo’s “product logic” that’s the problem here, it’s the technical specifications of their devices.

        Besides, the 3DS has a huge library that’s only getting bigger – why throw more onto it while the fire’s still burning hot? You have to give your other console some tinder, and the gamepad isn’t all that different from a handheld when you’re in and around the house.

        • Rogerrmark

          Still, porting GBA games only for Wii U surely sounds like an excuse to fill it´s library with something. Why didn’t happened on Wii, just on Wii U?

          I got about the technical specifications issues on 3DS, though…

          • Kaitsu

            It’s called a marketing strategy. If I were to make a cloth that would be reusable for 50 years worth, how am I to sell more if everyone who bought it, bought it?

            Never go all out, that’s how you lose money.

            However, I’m sure the Wii didn’t have the right hardware to emulate the GBA games. It’s basically the Gamecube with a makeover. And the Gamecube needed the GBA player.

          • Satori Satya

            The Gamecube used a GBA player because the system didn’t have an eShop or a Virtual Console app or anything official set up for it to have an emulator on it. Unofficially, the Cube could support several emulators. Including GBA emulators.

            The Wii was powerful enough to emulate SNES, TurboGrafx-CD, Genesis, Neo Geo and NINTENDO 64 games.

          • Robgoro

            I can see how one would think that, but would you rather not have them at all? If I had to choose between GBA games on my WiiU or no GBA games, I’d choose GBA games on my WiiU, happily. In the end, people STILL get to experience games they may have passed up – and for 7$-$8 a pop at that. I would also prefer we get them on handhelds, but I’m happy to have them at all.

          • Rogerrmark

            For sure, it´s better than not having them at all :P

    • Go2hell66

      obviously they’re having a lot of trouble getting the games to emulate properly on 3DS, probably why the ambassador games were delayed for so long

      • Satori Satya

        The ambassador games run on the 3DS in DS mode. Nintendo is trying to make them work natively on the 3DS.

        With the OS fully functional. That’s the challenge.

        • Yeah but who cares, really? If it’s so hard and needs to be perfect, they should’ve contracted it out by now.
          Is there only one person working in Nintendo’s virtual console division?

          I’m happy I can finally buy the games, but the service is too poor for them to be worried about bizarre self-imposed standards.

          • Satori Satya

            I was pointing out that Nintendo is trying to have GBA games run emulated while the 3DS’ OS is also running. But that isn’t easy to do.

            And “bizzare self-imposed standards” probably has nothing to do with the delays. And it has to do more with piracy and leaving the system exposed to more exploits while in DS mode.

            Nintendo cannot guarantee 3rd party companies that their GBA games are going to be safe if they run in DS mode on the 3DS.

            They can guarantee that the games will be safer on the Wii U, though. And that’s why the games are presently on that console and not on the 3DS.

          • Their games have already been pirated and are freely available to those who don’t want to pay. Why make it harder for those who do want to pay?

          • Satori Satya

            Nintendo needs to create a safe environment for 3rd party devs to release their games on the VC. That’s the only way Nintendo can set any demands (like those pesky hidden fees) to get these games on their service. They also have to get their games rated by the ESRB or the more finicky PEGI. All that costs money.

            Anyways, these companies won’t support the service if the prospective gains are going to be undermined by the possibility of exploits surfacing due to Nintendo not coming up with something that is safe for their games (and their wallets).

            So its not that crazy to think that Nintendo is working on a safe way to release GBA games on the 3DS. Its probably not possible to run those games emulated on the 3DS. So they’re instead bringing those games to the Wii U.

    • Namuro

      I’m sure they have their reasons, whatever they maybe… The only way to understand is to work for them.

      I’ve always wanted to work within the video game industry, thinking that I could bring in the experience and tips as the “player”, and help improve things. But of course, in reality, things are always a lot more complicated.

      Even now, I still question the practice of many game companies, even when I already know how complex things are behind the scenes. But as the “consumer”, I just couldn’t help but point my finger at them…

    • Kavyn

      I believe it’s because the software they’re using on the Wii U will be used for future systems as well. That way putting these virtual console games on the Wii U’s system means they’ll be immediately available when the 4DS releases. At least that’s what I remember reading, but without a source I can’t back that up.

      Being a wii u and 3DS owner, I actually really like playing GBA games on my wii u. I agree that it should be available on both systems, but the gamepad itself feels like a big gameboy advance, and it works really well.

    • Tiredman

      Having just completed Golden Sun, that game looked surprisingly ok on a 32 inch hd tv. And being able to play it on the controller while watching tv just made it that much sweeter, or when in the bathroom. Also, I wouldn’t of touched these games on the 3ds, even though I have a 3ds, too many other games to play on the 3ds, meaning it doesn’t even need more games at this moment in time.

      • All this toilet talk makes me never want to touch another person’s gamepad

        • Tiredman

          Hehe, no worries, I always wash my hands as I am a pretty hygenic person. Its not like I wipe, play, wipe, play. I sit there, play, put down the controller, take care of business, wash hands, then grab controller and go back to the Wii U. And besides, you would be surprised what you can find on people’s normal controllers. A lot of people pick their noses, scratch their asses, sneeze, cough, push garbage into a bag and not washing hands afterwards, and do tons of other things that people don’t pay attention to until somebody brings it up.

    • How are people still complaining about this? There’s nothing special about these games that they can’t be played on a tv. No one complained about Sega Genesis VC being relegated to 3DS.

  • Namuro

    For a moment, I thought they were going to continue the series with a new game on the Wii U…

    Still! I’m happy that the games are coming to Wii U! I’ll certainly play it all over again when I get the change.

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  • Mixkon

    This needs to be on the 3ds! Nintendo Please!

  • Tiredman

    Loving these advance games on the Wii U. Bought Advance Wars, Golden Sun, and the mario rpg game last week. Beat Golden Sun tonight.

    These advance games hit an itch that has always bugged me about modern handhelds. Loved the hdmi slot on the psp, and I would just plain love it if Nintendo would put one on the 3ds as well.

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  • Heropon

    Wii U is ok but i would like it to be on 3DS.

  • Göran Isacson

    No words. Only tears of happiness, and love for these old beauties. They weren’t all golden, they had a whole lotta flaws, but damn if I didn’t love the franchise all the same. Wonder how many of the games we’ll get as well… and if they ever figure out how to make the 3DS CPU actually handle these games. You’d think if they could handle Yoshi’s Island a game like this would be child’s play, but apparently not…

  • Hexodious

    My favorite Mega Man sub-series imported into the Wii U. Disappointed. Now let me get this straight, I don’t care if the Wii U sales are bad or good and that jazz, it just doesn’t have the games I want to play.

    Oh well, I can still play the Battle Network series on my GBA.

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  • D. Collins

    Nintendo Should REALLY port over Gunstar Super Heroes and Drill Dozer! I played those games for the first time in my life yesterday on my phone and my mind was blown away by the quality of each. Oh the Gameboy Advance was so….Advanced! Oh and put it on the 3DS!

  • Evil-Antho

    Oh how I wish this was on 3ds ;_; the Megaman battle network series is the one that got me into Megaman in the first place! lil me was just having a normal day waiting to watch DBZ on YTV until suddenly an add for MMBN3 White and Blue version popped out! It was glorious and awesome and then there was no way I was not getting this game! My first battle network game ended up being 3 White version and then I thought Blue version would have a bunch of different bosses (not just swapping Lampman for Bowlman ._. silly silly bowlman) then I proceeded to get battle network 2 as soon as I could (god I loved mmbn2 just as much) it took me forever to find battle network 1 and truth be told I was a bit underwhelmed because of the single main area where everything looks the same EVEN THE UNDERNET D: but that’s my only pick with the first game.

  • Too bad that I doubt we’ll be able to play multiplayer on it…used to be able to used link cables and stuff on the ol’ GBA…don’t know how the Wii U would pull that off (I’m not even certain that it could to be blunt…), but I’m excited to Jack In once more to this epic title.

    • British_Otaku

      With some effort, it could connect to friends online using the Nintendo Network system, not that I expect them to put in that much effort. >_> I know that emulators have played with the idea of multiplayer and online quite a bit.

      The Wii’s Virtual Console gave Pokemon Snap the ability to send photos that you take or send them to your Wii (and probably friends).

  • Finally! But I was hoping for a collection.

  • WolfDuo

    My inner child is having a fit!
    Wanted this for so so long!!

  • Kamakuma

    My Wii U will forever be on waiting for me to buy these again. >…<

  • British_Otaku

    YES! I would rather have them on the 3DS and portable so I can trade AND play online if they put in the effort but YES!

    • Aaronrules380

      Do 3ds VC games ever allow multiplayer between systems? Because I don’t think they do

      • British_Otaku

        Depends on the game.

        Double Dragon on the 3DS VC supported download play and local multiplayer in general. Pokemon Snap on Wii VC supported email if you wanted to send pictures.

        Most VC releases just have barely any effort behind them, they pack in an emulator and optimise the game to run (not always at the right Hz for Europe) but make no other effort than what you expect. Like a save state, we automatically replace.

      • Yes they do

  • Suzaku Kururugi

    No 3DS no buy I guess…

  • I wonder if we’ll be seeing 4 and 5? I imagine they’d have to work out those extensive Boktai cameos with Konami that forced them to literally butcher out a ton of post-game content in 6. Even the having the first 3 is good news though, Battle Network is great.

  • Spirit Macardi

    The major downside of these games was that it was easy to end up screwing yourself over. Like saving in an area you aren’t prepared for and can’t jack out of.

    The games were fun certainly, but it was almost like they expected you to know things beforehand.

    • Hiro

      Huh, I can’t recall that happening to me at all. There are only a handful of places where you can’t jack out, most of them being postgame areas too..

      • Spirit Macardi

        Elecman’s area forces you to be jacked in, and with the ticking clock of the battery combined with Megaman not healing after fights… That was too much for my young mind to handle and I ended up rage quitting at that point.

  • Realist

    I love this series. Really wish it would come back. Alas, I realize that will never happen. Especially with the MegaMan IP in the hands of Capcom.

    • British_Otaku

      I think they gave the series both enough installments and good closure. What they should be doing as making occasional ports and remakes (with online multiplayer) with perhaps a few nods or spinoffs here or there.

      • LaserVision

        Couldn’t agree more. 6 games, half of which with multiple versions. 2 side games and a TV show. I think that’s enough. People need to take off their rose-tinted glasses.

  • EdgeKun

    I find I’m happiest about this not because of MMBN on WiiU (though i’m happy for all the fans who get it), but rather that it shows Capcom being onboard with WiiU GBA VC. Meaning that we may get the MM Zero series on the WiiU VC soon enough. <3

  • Ben Sylvia

    Why aren’t these for 3DS? T.T

    • subsamuel01

      Yea, GBA games would be perfect for the 3DS I don’t get why their only on the Wii U.

    • AuraGuyChris

      There’s a horrendous issue with emulating the games on the 3DS, but the Wii U can handle that without issues.

  • subsamuel01

    Why aren’t these games coming out on the 3DS. I’d rather play virtual console games on the 3DS than the Wii U.

  • Anko Is Furious (King T.G.P)

    Damn wish this and the Starforce series were placed on the 3DS since finding copies again in my area is tough but I guess BN on the Wii U is good too lol.

  • CamulaHikari

    Okay, my motivation to buy a WiiU has just gone up by 100%.

  • chroma816

    My absolute favorite of all the various Megaman series. It’s a shame this wasn’t a new game release, but it’s good to know I’ll be able to play through the series again if/when I get a Wii U.

  • Still struggling to wrap my head around the appeal of playing a handheld game while rooted to a console, but whatever, here’s my GBA VC wishlist:

    – Final Fantasy Tactics Advance
    – Tactics Ogre: The Knight of Lodis
    – Riviera: The Promised Land
    – Astro Boy: The Omega Factor
    – Mega Man Zero series
    – Final Fantasy V Advance (best version, best localization)
    – Super Mario Advance (the first one)
    – Shining Soul II
    – Gunstar Super Heroes
    – Advance Guardian Heroes
    – MOTHER 3 (ahem)

    Also, too bad they’ll never figure out a way to make game paks with add-on peripherals (e.g. WarioWare: Twisted!, Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hands) playable via VC.

  • exrazer

    I just want megaman battle network operation starforce in english

  • grayson gee

    I never played the Battle Network series and since the is labeled as the 3rd installment, what am I missing in 1 and 2?
    EDIT: Nevermind

  • Maia Kasoya

    Battle Network sure does bring back memories.

  • Souffrir

    Because porting portable games to your home console when you aren’t doing anything of the sort for your portable console MAKES COMPLETE SENSE, Nintendo.


    • You’re missing the point here. It’s Megaman Battle Network for the Wii-U!

  • Just Tim

    How about an English-language translation of the 6th GBA game? It’s still Japan-only.

    • ShadowKazuni

      Are… are you completely serious…? The 6th game’s been out for years…

      • Maybe he’s talking about the Megaman Starforce Battle Network Crossover game.

  • BlackInfluence8

    I would buy this day one if it was on the 3DS

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