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Nintendo bringing SNES games to Virtual Console on New Nintendo 3DS (update)

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I Love the '90s

Virtual Console games from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System are on their way to the New Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation today.

The program will kick off today, after the Nintendo Direct ends, with three games: Pilotwings, Super Mario World and F-Zero. Nintendo will follow them up on March 24 with some bona fide classics: Super Mario Kart, EarthBound and Donkey Kong Country. And three more titles will be available April 14: The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid and Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest.

Last fall, a tweet from publisher Natsume suggested that Nintendo had "moved on" to other systems besides the SNES and Game Boy for Virtual Console games. Nintendo did not comment at the time, perhaps because it was working on this new plan.

You can watch the relevant excerpt from today's Nintendo Direct presentation above.

Update: As you may have expected, Nintendo doesn't appear to be offering any discounts — let alone some kind of cross-buy feature — for customers who already own these SNES games on Wii or Wii U Virtual Console. But the company did drop prices for people who were rebuying Nintendo 64 and Nintendo DS titles when going from the Wii Virtual Console to the Wii U Virtual Console.