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Nintendo brings Wild Gunman to Wii U for Back to the Future Day

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Even Nintendo is getting into the Back to the Future Day festivities. The company released Wild Gunman, the NES light gun shooter that made a cameo in Back to the Future Part 2's '80s Cafe, on the Wii U's Virtual Console today. Unfortunately for North American Back to the Future fans, that release appears limited to Europe for now.

The Wii U Virtual Console is typically updated on Thursdays in North America, so there's still a chance Wild Gunman could come stateside, just without the smart, strike-while-it's-hot promotional timing.

Wild Gunman is probably best known as the game Marty McFly aces in the second Back to the Future flick. The original version of the arcade machine was released in 1974; the NES version, which utilized the Zapper gun controller, hit the U.S. in 1985. The version shown in Back to the Future Part 2 is a digitally recreated version of the NES game.

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