Mario Kart 64 £8.99 [Wii U Virtual Console - Released Thursday] @ Nintendo eShop
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Mario Kart 64 £8.99 [Wii U Virtual Console - Released Thursday] @ Nintendo eShop

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LocalFound 18th Jan 2016
Mario Kart 64 will be downloadable on Wii U from this Thursday, 21st January, priced £8.99.

Mario Kart 64, one of the first games released for the Nintendo 64 platform, is an updated translation of the very popular Super Mario Kart for the Super NES (SNES). While the game clearly takes full advantage of the graphic power and speed of the N64, a few components that made the original so compelling have been left out of this release. Still, Nintendo's expertise at sucking players into the game world is strongly evident, and Mario Kart 64 offers enough challenges to keep players (especially casual gamers) entertained.

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Any reason I should buy it again if I already have it through the Wii VC?
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pbyron1

Any reason I should buy it again if I already have it through the Wii VC?


If you already own it on the Wii's VC, You could choose a £1.49 upgrade cost to the Wii U Virtual Console.
pbyron1

Any reason I should buy it again if I already have it through the Wii VC?



Mainly for Gamepad & pro controller support, if you have it already on Wii mode on a Wii U the only supported controller would be the classic controller as the Wii U doesn't have any Gamecube controller ports.
There's also off screen play and a save state feature...
Edited by: "crafton" 18th Jan 2016
Great game at the time, but hasn't aged well like a lot of the games from that era. 16 bit games aged far better. The best tracks have been remade in latter versions, and MK8 is arguably the best Mario Kart game, so there's not much of a reason to buy this on VC.
The best Mario Kart. Even today.
Oh YESSSS mega excited
That battle mode is worth the price alone.
I started playing this with my cousin when it first came out 20 years ago. To this day we still play every time we see each other.
Will this be a promo price or normal? Don't think I ever player this one. How does it rate to the rest? I honestly think Mario kart Wii u is the best one
This is normal price. I'd advise anyone to put the money toward and Android handheld which can emulate this and many others better than the Wii U.
SDLiam

This is normal price. I'd advise anyone to put the money toward and … This is normal price. I'd advise anyone to put the money toward and Android handheld which can emulate this and many others better than the Wii U.



Genuine question - the Android route will emulate more games, but how is it 'better' than Nintendo's own attempts? Or do you mean stuff like upscaling?

Quick tip for anyone who's still got the Wii version (either on their Wii or Wii U) - the Hori battle pads are more or less identical to Gamecube controllers (believe they've reused the original moulds, albeit without rumble) and plug into the bottom of a Wii remote so work with all classic controller enabled games, plus other emulators and Nintendont. Only about £20 too.



Edited by: "Bossworld" 18th Jan 2016
£8.99 for a 20 year old game. Any wonder Nintendo's consoles are in decline? The cost of ownership is sky-high.

If you have a PS3, Crash Team Racing is £4 on PSN and is a better game. Mario Kart 64 wasn't exactly the series' finest hour either.
Edited by: "Halo" 18th Jan 2016
Istanbul_Kop

The best Mario Kart. Even today.



Ha! Yes, back in the day it was king - well, SMK was still better, but played today (MK64)...just no. The poll today is between SMK vs MK8, which is better? Impossible.
Edited by: "pazuzu17" 18th Jan 2016
Halo

£8.99 for a 20 year old game. Any wonder Nintendo's consoles are in … £8.99 for a 20 year old game. Any wonder Nintendo's consoles are in decline? The cost of ownership is sky-high.If you have a PS3, Crash Team Racing is £4 on PSN and is a better game. Mario Kart 64 wasn't exactly the series' finest hour either.



​some good points, but there is much love for this game from many gamers. I loved this game as it was the first time I heard the Wario Cackle....regardless of when someone hit an item. I have it for Wii VC so the upgrade price is worth it.
Got a few emulators on my Amazon fire box with an n64 one. works perfect with ps4 controllers.
Still the best Mk for me, like a sucker I've bought them all, so far if dlc came out for mk64 I would buy it! Couldn't enjoy any the newer ones as much, still, not buying it a third time!
This is wayyyy too expensive for a N64 game.
One of my favoriten version of Mario kart
£8.99 is regular price? this is not a deal. £8.99 for a digital copy of an N64 game is not a deal.

Cold I'm afraid.
Halo

£8.99 for a 20 year old game. Any wonder Nintendo's consoles are in … £8.99 for a 20 year old game. Any wonder Nintendo's consoles are in decline? The cost of ownership is sky-high.If you have a PS3, Crash Team Racing is £4 on PSN and is a better game. Mario Kart 64 wasn't exactly the series' finest hour either.



charging £9 for an n64 game is hardly the reason the wii u is being stomped.
Heat op, have people not seen how much the N64 cartridge alone is on ebay???
Great game but I wish Nintendo would concentrate on putting games on the will u as we have star fox and zelda and that's it by the looks of it.
And £9 for a game I bought 19 years ago. Nintendo is going to be the next saga of its not careful with the nx.
is that nintendo strategy? releasing old games to new console, no wonder they can't compete with the competition
It's odd reading the huge love for this one (here and, especially, on Retro Gamer). Not saying it wasn't great but I remember som disappointment when it first came out. Something didnt quite feel right in the race modes. Multiplayer was fantastic though - I remember some epic all nighters with this one.

As for pricing - I think Nintendo's pricing is a little steep for all of the back catalogue. This isn't a problem unique to Nintendo though. The online stores of all the big players tend to be on the pricey side. But I can imagine Nintendo making an absolute killing if they halved the prices of all their "retro games". I'd be all over it! Or imagine a subscription service!
Seems overpriced if you really think about it.
Pretty pointless when the Wii U has MK8.
Piccadillio

Great game at the time, but hasn't aged well like a lot of the games from … Great game at the time, but hasn't aged well like a lot of the games from that era. 16 bit games aged far better. The best tracks have been remade in latter versions, and MK8 is arguably the best Mario Kart game, so there's not much of a reason to buy this on VC.



im sorry... what?
koimaster

Seems overpriced if you really think about it.



In what way? I seem to recall N64 games were priced up to £59.99 each at release of the console, and that was back in 1996 or whenever it was. That's like £4000 in todays money.
Way over priced, I own all the physical copies of MK but this should be £3.99 at the most.
Banned
Read it as "Mario Kart 8 £8.99" but it's the 64 version which I've already played to death and the replay value is short without online play.
Standard price unless of course, you bought it on Wii VC. Still cheaper than getting a physical copy on eBay
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megaman666

In what way? I seem to recall N64 games were priced up to £59.99 each at … In what way? I seem to recall N64 games were priced up to £59.99 each at release of the console, and that was back in 1996 or whenever it was. That's like £4000 in todays money.


Values change. Times change.
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Gamer_U

Read it as "Mario Kart 8 £8.99" but it's the 64 version which I've … Read it as "Mario Kart 8 £8.99" but it's the 64 version which I've already played to death and the replay value is short without online play.


Mario Kart 8² (_;)
Halo

£8.99 for a 20 year old game. Any wonder Nintendo's consoles are in … £8.99 for a 20 year old game. Any wonder Nintendo's consoles are in decline? The cost of ownership is sky-high.If you have a PS3, Crash Team Racing is £4 on PSN and is a better game. Mario Kart 64 wasn't exactly the series' finest hour either.



What wonderful and balanced advice. I am sure at least half those looking at this thread are sticking their Wii U's on ebay as we speak and looking for PS deals.
Will diddy Kong racing becoming to the wii u store
Halo

£8.99 for a 20 year old game. Any wonder Nintendo's consoles are in … £8.99 for a 20 year old game. Any wonder Nintendo's consoles are in decline? The cost of ownership is sky-high.If you have a PS3, Crash Team Racing is £4 on PSN and is a better game. Mario Kart 64 wasn't exactly the series' finest hour either.



​Yes, £8.99 for a great 20 year old game, a game that's far better than the generic FPS's and Football games that are put out year-in, year-out.

Besides, I don't know about you but I sure had fun with friends playing Battle Mode on MK64.
Stevo_86

Got a few emulators on my Amazon fire box with an n64 one. works perfect … Got a few emulators on my Amazon fire box with an n64 one. works perfect with ps4 controllers.



​If you use emulators, you're doing it wrong.
yoshi646

Will diddy Kong racing becoming to the wii u store



I'd like to see that to, would be a more welcome addition for some. But, whatever happened to Nintendo continuing to support Mario Kart 8 with updates into the next year? The Pack 2 download for MK8 came out in April 2015. Looks like there won't be anything else.
Why is this a deal? It isn't like it has been on sale for more expensive or there are options where you can buy it from.
AndrewRunagall

​If you use emulators, you're doing it wrong.



cant play ocarina of time in widescreen on n64
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