February 21, 2008
Commodore 64 Coming To Virtual Console
Nintendo today confirmed that it will be expanding its Virtual Console selection to include the legendary Commodore 64 in Europe. American Commodore fans are currently being snubbed, with no confirmation of them appearing on the Virtual Console service over the pond. Moreover, each game will cost you 500 Wii Points, which is actually more expensive than most of the new C64 games back in their day. The first few games that will be available on the service will be International Karate and Uridium, with more titles to follow.
"The massive impact the Commodore 64 had on video-gaming is still evident today with many gamers remembering the computer and its games with great fondness," Bala Keilman, CEO of Commodore Gaming stated. "By working with Nintendo of Europe, we are ensuring that future generations of gamers can play some of the best and most popular titles that kick-started the computer games revolution and so keep the C64 legacy in gamers hearts."
Laurent Fischer, Managing Director of European Marketing & PR of Nintendo Europe continued: "We are extremely pleased to be working with Commodore Gaming to provide even more retro hits for Wii owners to choose from on Virtual Console. With over 184 classic titles now available to enjoy, Virtual Console on Wii is a great way for users to access a breadth of classic retro games. We hope that this great choice of games will bring nostalgia to our gaming fans, while an entirely new generation of video game players can experience a host of classic games for the very first time."
Personally, I am quite looking forward to revisiting old Commodore 64 classics, but that price point is nearly enough to make me get up and climb into my attic to try and find my original C64 console. Moreover, I'm skeptical of how some of the games will handle on the Wii, and the reception they will get on VC will definitely be something to look out for.