Huh. Well. There you go. Mario Kart 64 is out on the Wii U’s Virtual Console today for $9.99.
North American Wii U owners will finally have access to a Nintendo 64 title that should have been available from day one. You know, the kart racing game that really took the franchise to heights way above what it set on the SNES with Super Mario Kart. This game defined a generation. It’s still played today in bars near my house. It’s a Nintendo standard.
Yet there it sat, directly at the head of the game’s page on Nintendo’s official website the night before we wrote this article. “Coming Dec 29, 2016.”
How in the world did it take Nintendo this long?
Oh, sure, it’s possible that Nintendo had some odd licensing issues that kept Mario Kart 64 off the Wii U’s Virtual Console. It’s also entirely possible (and likely) that Nintendo of America simply didn’t see the need to release it.
Why’s it coming now instead of sooner? We’re not quite sure. The game’s been available in other regions of the world on the Virtual Console for at least a year. Nintendo of America simply lagged behind here.
Your guess is really as good as ours.