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SNES classics are coming to New 3DS through Nintendo eShop


Super Mario World

Nintendo has announced a raft of Super Nintendo classics are coming to the handheld 3DS, albeit only the new versions of the console.

From today, favourites Super Mario World, Pilotwings and F-Zero can be downloaded from the Nintendo e-Shop in North America. That trio will be followed by Super Mario Kart, Earthbound, and Donkey Kong Country on March 24.

Three weeks later on April 11, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid, and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest will complete the initial line up.

In the UK, the release dates are slightly different and will roll out at two a week for the next month. Firstly Earthbound and Super Mario Brothers from today, next week Link to the Past and Super Metroid.

F-Zero and Super Mario Kart are next, while the Donkey Kong games will follow. Pilotwings seems to be missing from the European line up for now.

Each title will offer a ‘Pixel Perfect’ mode which enables the games to be played at their original 16-bit resolution.

Unfortunately for owners of the original 3DS models and the affordable 2DS, the games will not be made available.

The announcement was made at the latest Nintendo Direct on Thursday, which you can see below.

Elsewhere during the stream, Nintendo announced 7 new Wii U games including a new Paper Mario called Colour Smash and Kirby: Planet Robot.

Syahran Syah

March 4, 2016, 2:28 am

It's games the best year 1999.


March 4, 2016, 10:05 am

This is just so obtuse. Why wait until now to do this? And why release only on the new 3DS models? As always, Nintendo just doesn't seem interested in taking my money.


March 8, 2016, 3:34 am

Nintendo's management seems to have been very poor over the last few years. Only making these games available on their new system to force owners to throw away their old handhelds seems unfair. It's not as if the other handhelds couldn't download and run these 16-bit games. The cost of old games may be another factor. Some of the above are around $10 on the Wii store. The Wii-U also needs to get into gear once again, as it did when Mario Kart and Smash Bros were released-very little in the way of game advertising or promotion to compete

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