Nintendo Finally Release Cartridge Rarities Shantae (GBC) & Earthbound (SNES) On The Virtual Console

Earthbound-Shantae-Virtual-ConsoleFor countless years gamers hoping to legally enjoy the likes of Shantae or Earthbound have unfortunately been faced with daunting price tags. With both of these classics demanding triple figures at auction on a regular basis, retro gamers on a budget can rejoice as Nintendo has released this duo onto Virtual Console for a fraction of their current value.

This move, if anything, comes as a real surprise to gamers worldwide where Earthbound is concerned. For countless years the Super Nintendo RPG (which never saw release in Europe) has been the centre of much debate as to why Nintendo were refusing to re-release Itoi's epic.

Controversy aside, if you're yet to experience Earthbound for the first time, we very much suggest you invest in this well priced digital download. Every aspect of this timeless classic is a real joy to behold, and one which singlehandhely re-sculpted the RPG gaming landscape.

Earthbound (Wii U VIrtual Console) Release Trailer

Shantae on the otherhand was WayForward's flagship release of 2002, one which went on to immortalise the developers as neo-retro geniuses. The bold release for the Game Boy Color pushed the underpowered handheld to its upper echelons whilst providing absolutely fantastic gameplay to boot. Since then the Californian based studio has produced many fantastic titles, many of which hidden within brands and franchises you'd usually dismiss - take Wendy: Every Witch Way and Batman: The Brave and the Bold for example.

So if you're yet to make a Virtual Console purchase this month, we very much suggest you stretch your budget and indulge in two (currently overpriced in cartridge form) retro classics to make the most of your Wii U and 3DS.

Link: Earthbound on Nintendo's Virtual Console

Link: Shantae on Nintendo's Virtual Console

Last Updated ( 18 July 2013 )  


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(Link to this comment) Darkstalker90 2013-07-18 20:20
Is Earthbound Wii-U only or is it also on the Wii VC?
(Link to this comment) chavaflyfree 2013-07-19 12:06
Great news!
(Link to this comment) PageVGP 2013-08-05 18:43
Earthbound is excellent, but quite hard! I am getting murdered on a regular basis...

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