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EarthBound is coming!
Nintendo finally announce a VC release
Published on 26/04/2013

It's taken what feels like a lifetime, but EarthBound is finally coming to the UK! Never released in Europe, the game has developed something of a cult following due in large part to Ness' appearances in the Super Smash Bros franchise, and even though I have absolutely no idea of what the game is about, I'm looking forward to playing a unique slice of Nintendo history.

And that got me thinking about the Virtual Console. It's a service that has so much potential, but one that is rarely used to its full capacity. Take Super Mario RPG for instance, another game that has never been released in Europe. Its Virtual Console release put an end to that, and was warmly received by many at the time, yet it was never really sold as well as it could have been. Perhaps this will change thanks to Miiverse?

Anyway, in this article I take a look at the moves Nintendo is making to present the Virtual Console more efficiently and put it back where it belongs.

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The Importance of the Virtual Console

Introduced on the Wii in 2006, the Virtual Console was Nintendo's valiant attempt to preserve their vast catalogue of games and redistribute them to an entirely new generation of gamers. But with uneven release pacing and sometimes severe pricing, the service hasn't quite reached the heights it perhaps could have. But with Wii U and 3DS, Nintendo have a chance to re-market the service and put it at the fore-front of their digital store. Could this be the re-emergence of the Virtual Console?

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