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Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign dates announced

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Nintendo has announced the month-long windows during which each of its seven Virtual Console Trial Campaign games will be available this year.

The program, which Nintendo announced last week during a Nintendo Direct presentation, marks the 30th anniversary of the release of the Famicom in Japan: July 15, 1983. The console was not released until 1985 in North America, where it launched as the Nintendo Entertainment System.

The "Trial Campaign" doesn't refer to demos of the games in question. Instead, Nintendo will make each of the following seven titles available on the Wii U Virtual Console at a price of $0.30 (CA$0.30 in Canada, 4 pesos in Mexico and 1 real in Brazil) for a 30-day period:

  • Balloon Fight (NES) Jan. 23-Feb. 21
  • F-Zero (SNES) Feb. 20-March 21
  • Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES) March 20-April 18
  • Kirby's Adventure (NES) April 17-May 16
  • Super Metroid (SNES) May 15-June 13
  • Yoshi (NES) June 12-July 11
  • Donkey Kong (NES) July 15-Aug. 13

People who pick up those titles at the special price will still receive rewards points for the Wii U Deluxe Digital Promotion: 9 points for NES games and 14 points for SNES titles. After those 30-day spans, each game will return to its regular price: Prices for NES titles range from $4.99 to $5.99, while SNES games cost between $7.99 and $8.99.

Owners of Wii Virtual Console games can upgrade to Wii U Virtual Console versions — which support off-TV play on the GamePad, Miiverse functionality and save states — at a cost of $1 for NES titles and $1.50 for SNES games.

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