On its Deathbed the Wii U Virtual Console Gets Another Hit with Star Fox 64

by Kyle Hanson

Just what the hell is going on here? The Switch is just around the corner, coming out in less than two months, and its predecessor is just now getting some of the most often requested games for the Wii U Virtual Console. Star Fox 64 is the next big hit to finally come to the service, after Pokemon Snap, Mario Kart 64, and Majora’s Mask finally arrived over the last few months.

The Virtual Console has been one of Nintendo’s best ideas, and biggest failures. Taking old games and rereleasing them for modern consoles is a great idea, and with Nintendo’s massive and high quality backlog, it works exceptionally well on their systems. However, they’ve handled it so poorly over the years that all the good it does is nearly wiped out.

This is just one example, where a game that should have been there on Day 1, or some time shortly after, has been delayed to the point of uselessness. Star Fox 64 is a fantastic game, but by now everyone has played it through multiple iterations. Having it available on Wii U back in the early days would have been great, but launching it less than two months before the system is totally replaced seems silly. It’s good to have it, but releasing it now just makes it seem so odd that it’d almost be better not to have it at all.

Not really though, cause Star Fox 64 is an excellent game, so Wii U fans should definitely pick it up if they haven’t already on 3DS or Wii. I just hope that the Switch has a much better Virtual Console offering early on, and we don’t have to wait until the system is almost dead to get the basics.

Star Fox 64 will hit the Wii U Virtual Console in the Us tomorrow, January 19th, at a price of $9.99 or $1.99 for those who’ve purchased the game on Wii and transferred it over.

- This article was updated on March 8th, 2018