Here Are All of the Original Wii Virtual Console Games That Still Aren’t on Wii U or 3DS

By: Chris Hodges, editor-in-chief

One of the things the Wii U doesn’t get enough credit for is being the only current-gen system to offer full access to and compatibility with its predecessor’s digital storefront. But once the NX launches, the original Wii will be two generations old, and one can’t help but wonder how long Nintendo will keep its Virtual Console available once the NX is front and center.  While many of the games available for the original VC have since been brought over to the Wii U and/or 3DS Virtual Console, the list below shows that there are a lot that are still missing. Sure, some of the titles below are technically “available” for Wii U or 3DS via remakes of some kind, but unless the exact versions featured on the listed consoles are on either of the stores, they were left on the list below. The only concession I made was to include the “3D Classics” line of retro releases on the 3DS, and I removed those from the list below. Other than that, these are all of the games that will disappear from the Virtual Console line when Nintendo eventually shuts down the original Virtual Console. Let’s just hope it’s later rather than sooner.

If you see any errors in this list, by all means let me know. I researched it as best as I could, but we all know how “internet research” goes. I’ll keep updating this list as changes apply.

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[The following lists are only confirmed to apply to the North American Virtual Console.]

NES

  • A Boy and his Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia
  • Adventures of Lolo 2
  • Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (Import)
  • Blades of Steel
  • Bubble Bobble
  • Burger Time
  • Double Dribble
  • Elevator Action
  • Faxanadu
  • Final Fantasy
  • King’s Knight
  • Lunar Pool
  • NES Play Action Football
  • Ninja JaJaMaru-jun (Import)
  • Operation Wolf
  • Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom
  • The Legend of Kage
  • Ufouria: The Saga (Import)
  • Zanac

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Super NES

  • ActRaiser
  • Aero the Acro-Bat
  • Aero the Acro-Bat 2
  • Brawl Brothers
  • Breath of Fire II
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Darius Twin
  • DoReMi Fantasy: Milon’s DokiDoki Adventure (Import)
  • Final Fantasy II
  • Final Fantasy III
  • Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
  • Ghoul Patrol
  • Gradius III
  • Indiana Jones’ Greatest Adventures
  • Kirby’s Avalanche
  • Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
  • Prince of Persia
  • Secret of Mana
  • Space Invaders: The Original Game
  • Super Adventure Island
  • Super Adventure Island II
  • Super Bonk
  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
  • Super Star Wars
  • Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
  • Super Turrican
  • The Combatribes
  • Zombies Ate My Neighbors

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Nintendo 64

  • Bomberman Hero
  • Cruis’n USA
  • F-Zero X
  • Mario Kart 64
  • Mario Party 2
  • Orge Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber
  • Pokemon Puzzle League
  • Pokemon Snap
  • Star Fox 64
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
  • Wave Race 64

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Sega Master System

  • Alex Kidd in Miracle World
  • Alex Kidd in Shinobi World
  • Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
  • Enduro Racer
  • Fantasy Zone
  • Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa
  • Phantasy Star
  • Secret Command
  • Sonic Chaos
  • Sonic the Hedgehog
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2
  • Space Harrier
  • Wonder Boy
  • Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap
  • Wonder Boy in Monster Land

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Sega Genesis

  • Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
  • Alien Soldier
  • Alien Storm
  • Beyond Oasis
  • Bio-Hazard Battle
  • Bonanza Brothers
  • Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure
  • ClayFighter
  • Columns
  • Columns III: Revenge of Columns
  • Comix Zone
  • Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine
  • Dynamite Headdy
  • Earthworm Jim
  • Earthworm Jim 2
  • Ecco Jr.
  • Ecco: The Tides of Time
  • Eternal Champions
  • Frogotten Worlds
  • Gain Ground
  • Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Gley Lancer
  • Golden Axe
  • Golden Axe II
  • Golden Axe III
  • Kid Chameleon
  • Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole
  • Light Crusader
  • M.U.S.H.A.
  • Mega Turrican
  • Mercs
  • Monster World IV (Import)
  • Phantasy Star II
  • Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom
  • Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium
  • Powerball
  • Pulseman
  • Ristar
  • Rolling Thunder 2
  • Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi
  • Shining Force
  • Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing
  • Shining in the Darkness
  • Sonic & Knuckles
  • Sonic 3D Blast
  • Sonic Spinball
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 3
  • Space Harrier II
  • Splatterhouse 2
  • Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition
  • Streets of Rage 3
  • Strider
  • Super Fantasy Zone
  • Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers
  • Sword of Vermillion
  • The Revenge of Shinobi
  • ToeJam & Earl
  • ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
  • Vectorman
  • Virtua Fighter 2
  • Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair
  • Wonder Boy in Monster World

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TurboGrafx-16/TurboGrafx-CD

  • Air Zonk
  • Alien Crush
  • Battle Lode Runner
  • Blazing Lazers
  • Bomberman ’93
  • Bomberman ’94
  • Bonk’s Adventure
  • Bonk’s Revenge
  • Bonk 3: Bonk’s Big Adventure
  • Bravoman
  • Break In
  • Castlevania: Rondo of Blood (Import)
  • Chase H.Q.
  • Chew Man Fu
  • China Warrior
  • Cho Aniki (Import)
  • Crater Maze
  • Dead Moon
  • Detana!! TwinBee
  • Devil’s Crush
  • Digital Champ: Battle Boxing
  • Double Dungeons
  • Dragon Spirit
  • Dragon’s Curse
  • Dungeon Explorer
  • The Dynastic Hero
  • Fighting Street
  • Final Soldier
  • Galaga ’90
  • Gate of Thunder
  • Gradius II
  • J.J.& Jeff
  • Legend of Hero Tonma
  • Lords of Thunder
  • Military Madness
  • Monster Lair
  • Moto Roader
  • Neutopia
  • Neutopia II
  • New Adventure Island
  • Ninja Spirit
  • Ordyne
  • Power Golf
  • Psychosis
  • R-Type
  • Riot Zone
  • Samurai Ghost
  • Shockman
  • SimEarth: The Living Planet
  • Soldier Blade
  • Splatterhouse
  • Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
  • Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise
  • Super Star Soldier
  • Victory Run
  • Vigilante
  • World Class Baseball
  • World Sports Competition
  • Ys Book I & II

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Neo Geo

  • Art of Fighting
  • Art of Fighting 2
  • Art of Fighting 2: The Path of the Warrior
  • Baseball Stars 2
  • Blue’s Journey
  • Burning Fight
  • Fatal Fury 2
  • Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory
  • Fatal Fury Special
  • Fatal Fury: King of Fighters
  • Fighter’s History Dynamite
  • Ironclad
  • The King of Fighters ’94
  • The King of Fighters ’95
  • The King of Fighters ’96
  • The King of Fighters ’97
  • The King of Fighters ’98
  • The King of Fighters ’99: Millennium Battle
  • King of the Monsters
  • Magical Drop II
  • Magical Drop III
  • Magician Lord
  • Metal Slug
  • Metal Slug 2
  • Metal Slug 3
  • Metal Slug 4
  • Metal Slug X
  • NAM-1975
  • Neo Turf Masters
  • Ninja Combat
  • Ninja Commando
  • Ninja Master’s
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers
  • Real Bout Fatal Fury Special
  • Samurai Showdown
  • Samurai Showdown II
  • Samurai Showdown III
  • Samurai Showdown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge
  • Sengoku
  • Sengoku 2
  • Sengoku 3
  • Shock Troopers
  • Shock Troopers 2nd Squad
  • Spinmaster
  • Street Slam
  • Super Baseball 2020
  • The Last Blade
  • The Last Blade 2
  • Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy
  • World Heroes
  • World Heroes 2
  • World Heroes 2 Jet
  • World Heroes Perfect

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Arcade

  • 1942
  • Altered Beast
  • Black Tiger
  • Commando
  • Exed Exes
  • Gaplus
  • Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
  • Mappy
  • Ninja Gaiden
  • Rygar
  • Shinobi
  • Solomon’s Key
  • SonSon
  • Space Harrier
  • Star Force
  • Super Hang-On
  • Tecmo Bowl
  • The Tower of Druaga
  • Wonder Boy in Monster Land
  • Zaxxon

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12 thoughts on “Here Are All of the Original Wii Virtual Console Games That Still Aren’t on Wii U or 3DS

  1. The one caveat that makes this list bearable is that all those games you mentioned are playable on Wiiu in Wii mode. I’m more interested in getting these titles on n3ds and nx, if I really want to play final fantasy 6 on my Wiiu, I already can.

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  2. It’s so disappointing to see so many games missing. It’s hard to think that if they were to have a Virtual Console on NX (which I hope they do), that they may reset VC once again forcing them to have to rerelease these titles in the same slim-picking method that they have been doing for Wii U and 3DS. What’s worse is that we may have to repurchase these games if they don’t find a suitable solution to bring digital games over to the next system.

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    1. Well and even if they brought Wii U’s Virtual Console over intact and just built onto that one for NX, that would almost certainly mean that the original VC’s days are numbered.

      I fear that they are focusing their efforts on bringing the 8 and 16 bit games to 3DS, particularly the Sega stuff. And that’s nice and all, but I want to be able to play retro games on the big screen, too.

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  3. Well I hope they keep it going as it’s a real joy jumping between titles like Martio Kart 8 and Xenoblade Chronicles X to Super Metroid and Earthbound.

    I do wish they’d bring Chrono Trigger to the Wii U, though. A shame it’s only still on the Wii.

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      1. Yeah I wasn’t complaining, don’t worry! I’m still surprised there are differences between Europe and America on the eShop, but there you go. Shovel Knight was delayed by six months for us, for whatever reason. For Shovelry!

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