Rumor Patrol: Wii 2 to Feature HD Virtual Console Games

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Wii 2 Will Feature HD Virtual Console Games

Only a few more weeks and Nintendo will spill the beans on their new home console, Project Cafe, and the whole gaming community is waiting with baited breath for the big reveal.

However, the closer we get to E3 the more Wii 2 rumors are going to start popping up, and that’s by no means a bad thing – if there is some truth to them. The next rumor in question offers some alleged details on what Nintendo has planned for the Virtual Console on their new console, and it states that classic titles will be made available in HD.

My Videogame News has posted an article stating that Nintendo plans to offer HD versions of a “select group” of current Virtual Console games. Nintendo has been said to have opted out of the idea to make all of their current downloadable classics available in HD, and this is due in large part to all the money and work required to convert an SD title to HD. If true, each revamped Virtual Console title will also support a high-definition widescreen viewing option, but some systems (i.e. Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis games) will not be available in a widescreen format – because it’d be too difficult to get the increased screen space up to HD standards.

On the bright side, it’s said that all of the Virtual Console games that were purchased on the Wii can be transferred over to the Wii 2 free of charge. The bad news is that if you already own a game like Mario Kart 64 in SD then you’re going to have to repurchase the game in HD at full price. That move seems like an obvious money grab from the Big N, and having the option to upgrade your current library of titles to HD for a small fee would have been a lot more consumer-friendly. Having to spend even more money on titles that you already own is a little ridiculous, but Nintendo knows its fan base would be more than willing to give them more cash for revamped classics.

Sega is said to be prepping to port the HD Genesis games currently available on XBLA to the service, so there should be no lack of Sonic the Hedgehog when the new Virtual Console launches.

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This rumor doesn’t seem far-fetched, like some of the other rumors that have focused on Nintendo’s new console, and re-releasing HD versions of popular games isn’t exactly a new idea. Hopefully Nintendo also adds some updated GameCube titles into the mix as well, because there are some truly great games on the system that would look wonderful in high definition. However, as long as the updated virtual storefront for Nintendo’s new console launches with the system then it’s hard to complain… we’re looking at you eShop!

Do HD versions of fan-favorite Nintendo games appeal to you? What games would you like to revisit in 1080p?

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Source: My Videogame News (via GoNintendo)

TAGS: Nintendo, Virtual Console, Wii U

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  1. i really want more cod games and in high def, super smash bros ftw :D

  2. I would love to see the Metroid Prime saga in HD. Those games still look awesome today (and a lot better than most of what’s on the Wii). Giving them the HD treatment would be awesome.

    Another Gamecube series that would look great in HD are the Star Wars Rogue Squadron games. Factor 5 really knew how to push the cube in terms of graphics.

    • Your choices are great ones.

  3. I would love to see The Metroid Prime games re-made in HD, but Two game that I am truly oping to see in HD are Zelda: The Wind Waker, and a Cafe-port of the XBLA re-make of Resident Evil 4. The former because cel-shaded games look GORGEOUS in HD, and the latter because i love RE4, but I want to see it in Nice-pretty HD and be able to play the “Separate Ways” mini-game.

  4. You’d have to think that Nintendo will (rightfully) consider upgrading their masterpieces first (the Zelda and Mario games). Frankly, I’d love to see full 1080p upgrades of even recent Wii games (Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2, Donkey Kong Country Returns, etc.). My hopes would be that if the Wii 2 (or Project Cafe, or whatever it will eventually be named) is truly going to be the HD powerhouse that reports are claiming it will be, then Nintendo should upgrade these classics to exploit every ounce of that power. Revealing true 1080p versions of beloved titles (not 720, but 1080p) would definitely be a step in the right direction.

    • Agreed. They’ll probably work on revamping Super Mario 64, and those games. I think that they may pass over Ocarina of Time for the simple reason that it’s already available on the 3DS, but they could work on an HD port later on.
      I’d love to see DKCR and SMG in 1080p, but it’ll probably be a few years before Nintendo starts working on HD remakes of Wii titles. GameCube has been out of circulation for quite some time, so seeing HD versions of those games is certainly possible — if not extremely likely.
      They’ll likely take into consideration the games that they sold the most of on the Wii’s VC service, and build off of those.

  5. Killer instinct 2 hd will be a dream come true also castlevania 64, ALL OF THE MARIO/ZELDA GAMES ON 64! ONLINE PLAYABLE!!!!!! (also extra content would be nice)

  6. One word that’s very close to my heart: Pikmin =3

    • I hope you’re right. I frigging love Pikmin!

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