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Star Fox 64 finally launches for the Wii U Virtual Console, but buy with caution

by Ron Duwell | January 20, 2017January 20, 2017 2:00 pm PDT

One of the Nintendo 64’s premiere year-one games is finally on the Wii U. Star Fox 64 seems like a game that should have made the digital leap years ago, but Nintendo never thought to bring the classic to modern consoles until now.

And don’t mention that Nintendo 3DS remake. It’s fine, but it’s not the same!

However, the problem with buying Star Fox 64 now is that we have no idea what Nintendo’s plans with Virtual Console are going to be with the Nintendo Switch. Will you be able to carry over your old games to your new console, or will you have to turn around a buy it a second or even third time in just five months?

Nintendo hasn’t laid out its plans yet, which is why buying from Virtual Console right now is such a risk. Don’t let the nostalgia of such a great game cloud your judgement!

Mario Kart 64 also came out recently, just sayin’

Star Fox 64 isn’t the only high-profile classic to come to the Wii U lately either. Mario Kart 64 recently reached the digital shelves shortly after Nintendo revealed the Switch. This final push almost feels like Nintendo is looking at Virtual Console as a way to fleece out a final few dollars before making us pay for it all over again on the Switch.

We’ve been asking for these games for half a decade, and to release them with two months left in the console’s lifetime? That just feels like a low blow. Can we try to make a system that doesn’t anger fans next time, Nintendo? Please?


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...