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The Virtual Console on Wii is about to get bigger. Nintendo today announced that later this year the catalogue of Commodore 64 games would begin showing up on the download service. If we can get ColecoVision on there then my early gaming days will be available for download. It’d be fun to go back and wonder why in the world I spent so much time playing Pitstop, a multiplayer racing game that was devoid of graphical pizzazz but high on fun.
While the C64 wasn’t necessarily a gaming console, it was so easy to program for that a ton of titles were made. As in thousands of games during its decade plus lifetime. It remains the best selling game system according to that Guinness book with all the records. Unfortunately all of that gaming goodness is only appearing in Europe at the moment.
“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. 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,” said Bala Keilman, CEO of Commodore Gaming.
Some of the first titles showing up on Virtual Console are International Karate and Uridium. You’ll be able to download them for 500 Wii Points sometime in the near future. We’ll let you know when other parts of the world get in on the C64 madness.