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the VC can blow me

December 6, 2006

VC can blow me

So you have a Wii — “you” being anyone whose name doesn’t start with R and end with yan, the poor sap who has to wait 2 years just to see a Wii ad in or around his vicinity of the Philippines. You see the Virtual Console, are intrigued by playing retro games with a sideways remote or the upgraded SNES pad, and throw cash at your Wii Shop Channel screen. Even though it’s a hackjob as far as Intendo is concerned (or maybe just me), it has its appeal to nostalgia mongers.

Mass appeal; it is a retro gamer’s dream. Its biggest problem though, besides pricing, is selection. Wario’s Woods is the ultimate in gameplay innovation and cutting edge tech and graphics, but i’d rather not. And as much as i want to pay 8 dollars for a license to Sonic 1, something holds me back. Sense, probably. However, as it so happens i know of a better solution to this problem and am about to gladly share it with you. With my help, you can make your very own, partial VC mistress.

1 Wii or GameCube
1 Copy of Animal Crossing (Cube)
1 Action Replay (Datel)
1 Cube controller of choice

History lesson: Nintendo, during the GameCube generation, was on a nostalgia driven rampage. The Classic NES series for GBA, the Famicom Micro, Mr Game & Watch in Melee along with various retro-themed trophies, stuffing the original Metroid in Zero Mission, rereleases of all 2D Mario titles, etc. They were absolutely shamelessly raking in the fond memory money. But they made a major blunder early on.

Nintendo got a little trigger happy with the nostalgia cash-ins, and blew a huge NES load into Animal Crossing for the GameCube. Around 20 NES titles are obtainable in AC as rare items, and you can play them, right on your tv screen or on your GBA using the GC-to-GBA link cable (like me). This was a big selling/playing point for AC back in ’02, keeping animal crossers on a constant treasure hunt for the next perfectly emulated classic in their villages.

I recently discovered that an Action Replay cheat device, also dated from 2002, has a built-in code to give you all (or most) of the NES games with no trouble. Insert the AR, go to Animal Crossing, find NES item cheat, activate and emulate. Presto game-o, a free-ish substitute to one full section of the Virtual Console, with a bigger and better selection of games to boot. To make sure you cover all bases, there’s another cheat which fills out your catalog at Tom Nook’s completely, letting you mail order some of those old titles should you lose track of any.

You still can’t take them to a friend’s Wii — unless you bring your copy of AC and your mem card, so i guess you can. And if you lose your game save, you can repeat the process, which adds the games right to your inventory slots. You can even do the “multiplayer” thing, where you and your friend’s mem cards infiltrate one Wii/Cube with AC and can visit each other’s villages, allowing them to pick up the kind gifts you left outside your pink-roofed house. This thing solves everything.

Additional info: You can play Animal Crossing entirely without the disc after the first load or splash screen, resets and all. Do what you will with that information. Also, an Action Replay and copy of Animal Crossing can probably be found for cheap on eBay or Amazon somewhere, if you don’t have either one.

Fight the power.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 6, 2006 3:33 pm

    I wish I had known that before…

    However, how much would an Action Replay + GC Animal Crossing will cost you? Wouldn’t that combo be about the same as a dozen VC titles right there? And that is assuming you can still get a copy of AR on retail… you probably will have to buy it at an eBay auction for about $100, no?

    Oh, and let’s just hope that Nintendo doesn’t read your blog entry and sends us a block for AR in their next Wii firmware update while we sleep!

  2. December 6, 2006 5:25 pm

    Since the Cube hardware in Wii operates independantly, i don’t think any patch can block it. Even if they figured out a way to, they can’t block our GameCubes from using this, if you still have one.

    Looky here. Animal Crossing for $19.82 new, $15 used. More or less the cost of a Wii Points card. And here, Action Replay for $25.99 new, $21.75 used. A little over the cost of a Wii Points card. In total, taking the most expensive route this solution would cost you about 46 dollars, and would net you about $100 worth (in VC money) of NES games.

  3. December 6, 2006 5:36 pm

    Oh, wow…

    I’m there, bro! I didn’t know you could still find AR on regular retail! Plus, being a BIG fan of Animal Crossing: Wild World, I am very curious about the original.

  4. December 6, 2006 10:07 pm

    I hate you Rollin. You and your imperialistic country that gets first dibs on consumer electronics goodies.

    Nice VC “hack” though. Good reason to get your Gamecube on.

  5. ilold permalink
    December 7, 2006 12:21 am

    That’s nice and all, but unless there are secret TBGFX, Genesis, and 64 games hidden in there, I don’t see it contending with the VC anyday.

  6. December 7, 2006 3:35 am

    well, it saves you more than a hundred buck’s worth of VC games, more than enough to tide you over till the time Nintendo realizes it should lower the prices and offer a larger library, like they should’ve in the first place.

  7. December 7, 2006 12:55 pm

    “That’s nice and all, but unless there are secret TBGFX, Genesis, and 64 games hidden in there, I don’t see it contending with the VC anyday.”

    I see it doing that today. It has Zelda, Metroid, Super Mario (rather than arcade Mario Bros), Tennis, Golf, DK, DK Jr, DK Jr Math, Balloon Fight, Wario’s Woods, Ice Climber, Clu Clu Land, Clu Clu Land D, PunchOut, and others i can’t remember. Only 5 of those i mentioned are on the VC, and the rest is comprised of real classics. You can download them to your GBA, put them on your friend’s memory card, and it’s the full game rather than a license.

    The VC’s largest cache of games is on the NES, and they are mostly from the arcade genre. Sorry, but the NES didn’t make it to the top on arcade games. And the others? 5 Genesis, 3 TG, 1 N64, 2 SNES. Yea, massive selection. My solution kills their current lineup, AC’s NES games versus all 5 VC choices.

  8. December 7, 2006 2:14 pm

    What I find absolutely amazing is that you can download the retro games into your GameBoy Advance!

    Didn’t Nintendo promised us Wii/DS connectivity at some point? They better allow for downloads from your VC-acquired games to the DS to at least match what they did three years ago with AC on GameCube!

  9. December 7, 2006 6:19 pm

    I’d say no, since the VC downloads are tied to each Wii by license and can’t be transferred to even another Wii. And it’s 4 years. Ancient by now.

    As we speak, i have NES Tennis on my SP waiting to get picked up at any time (when you DL them to the GBA, it has a sleep function). One of the few NES games i ever got to love when small.

  10. December 8, 2006 5:33 pm


    I wish my micro could talk to my GameCube…

  11. August 10, 2007 7:49 pm

    I like pie!

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