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Wii Shop Channel shutdown will take more than 200 classic games with it

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A fantastic Virtual Console selection, gone for good

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The Wii Shop Channel is shutting down in January 2019 — which sounds far away, but so did 2017 a minute ago — and that means more than 200 Virtual Console titles will be unavailable for purchase alongside it.

Many of the Wii’s Virtual Console games made it onto the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, sure. But games like Kirby’s Avalanche, ActRaiser and Super Smash Bros. remain unavailable on those platforms, leaving the Wii (and their original consoles) as the only place to purchase and play them these days. When the Wii Shop Channel goes, so will our ability to rediscover some classic titles that we may have procrastinated on picking up.

The list of Wii Shop-exclusive Virtual Console games runs 226 titles long, according to some helpful compilation work from Reddit. We’ve got it below; note that it is, again, 226 titles long. You may be scrolling for awhile, but in doing so, you may find yourself remembering some fond, forgotten favorites.

(Added note here: A few of the games listed below are now available on the plug-and-play Super NES Classic Edition, which is out today. We’ve added an asterisk next to those.)

There’s no Virtual Console available on Nintendo Switch yet, and Nintendo hasn’t announced if or when its latest system will have one. As of now, the Virtual Console collection is a thing of the past.


A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia


Adventures of Lolo 2

Aero the Acro-Bat

Aero the Acro-Bat 2

Alex Kidd in Miracle World

Alex Kidd in Shinobi World

Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle

Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars

Alien Soldier

Alien Storm

Art of Fighting 2

Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior

Baseball Stars 2

Battle Lode Runner

Beyond Oasis

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa

Bio-Hazard Battle

Black Tiger

Blades of Steel

Bomberman '93

Bomberman Hero

Bonanza Bros.

Bonk's Adventure

Bonk's Revenge

Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure

Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure

Boulder Dash


Break In

Bubble Bobble


California Games

Castlevania: Rondo of Blood

Chase H.Q.

Cho Aniki

Chrono Trigger



Columns III: Revenge of Columns

Comix Zone



Cruis'n USA

Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine

Darius Twin

Dead Moon

Digital Champ: Battle Boxing

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure

Double Dribble

Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine

Dragon Spirit

Dragon's Curse

Dynamite Headdy

Dynastic HeroThe Dynastic Hero

Earthworm Jim

Earthworm Jim 2

Ecco Jr.

Ecco: The Tides of Time

Elevator Action

Enduro Racer

Eternal Champions

Exed Exes

Fantasy Zone

Fantasy Zone II: The Tears of Opa-Opa

Fatal Fury 2

Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory

Fatal Fury: King of Fighters


Fighter's History Dynamite

Fighting Street

Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy II

Final Fantasy III*

Final Fantasy Mystic Quest

Forgotten Worlds

Gain Ground

Galaga '90


Gate of Thunder

Ghoul Patrol

Ghouls 'n Ghosts

Gley Lancer

Golden Axe

Golden Axe II

Golden Axe III

Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou

Gradius III

Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures

International Karate


J.J. & Jeff

Kid Chameleon

King of the Monsters

King's Knight

Kirby's Avalanche

Landstalker: The Treasures of King Nole

Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance

Legend of Hero Tonma

Light Crusader

Lords of Thunder

Lunar Pool


Magical Drop II

Magical Drop III


Mega Turrican


Metal Slug

Metal Slug 2

Metal Slug 4

Military Madness

Milon's Secret Castle

Monster Lair

Monster World IV

Moto Roader


NES Play Action Football

Neo Turf Masters

Ninja Combat

Ninja Commando

Ninja JaJaMaru-kun

Ninja Master's

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen

Operation Wolf


Phantasy Star

Phantasy Star II

Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom

Phantasy Star IV: The End of the Millennium

Pitstop II

Pokémon Puzzle League

Power Golf


Prince of Persia

Princess Tomato in the Salad Kingdom



Puyo Puyo 2

Real Bout Fatal Fury

Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers

Real Bout Fatal Fury Special

Riot Zone


Rolling Thunder 2


S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team

Samurai Ghost

Samurai Shodown

Samurai Shodown II

Samurai Shodown III

Secret Command

Secret of Mana*


Sengoku 2

Sengoku 3

Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi

Shining Force

Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing

Shining in the Darkness


Shock Troopers 2nd Squad


Sonic & Knuckles

Sonic 3D Blast

Sonic Chaos

Sonic Spinball

Sonic the Hedgehog 3

Space Harrier II

Space Invaders: The Original Game


Splatterhouse 2

Star Force

Star Soldier

Street Fighter II: Champion Edition

Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition

Street Slam

Streets of Rage 3


Summer Games II

Super Adventure Island

Super Adventure Island II

Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly-Paradise

Super Baseball 2020

Super Bonk

Super Fantasy Zone

Super Smash Bros.

Super Star Wars

Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi

Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Super Thunder Blade

Super Turrican

Sword of Vermilion

The Combatribes

The King of Fighters '94

The King of Fighters '95

The King of Fighters '96

The King of Fighters '97

The King of Fighters '98

The Last Blade

The Last Blade 2

The Last Ninja

The Legend of Kage

The Revenge of Shinobi

The Tower of Druaga

ToeJam & Earl

ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron

Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy

Tower Toppler


Virtua Fighter 2

Wonder Boy

Wonder Boy III: Monster Lair

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap

Wonder Boy in Monster Land

Wonder Boy in Monster Land

Wonder Boy in Monster World

World Class Baseball

World Heroes

World Heroes 2

World Heroes 2 Jet

Ys Book I & II



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