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Virtual Console

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Virtual Console is a line of downloadable software on the Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. It allows the console user to purchase, download, and play games from older systems on the console in question, which includes titles from the Nintendo Entertainment System up to the Wii, and even includes titles from non-Nintendo systems, such as the Sega Genesis, and the NEO GEO. The Nintendo Switch removed Virtual Console branding in favor of a subscription model known as Nintendo Switch Online, which is treated in this article as a successor platform.

An Internet connection is required to download titles, but is not required to play the game afterwards. Virtual Console games often have a save state function known as Restore Points. There are special commands that can open the game in the original resolution (and skins to emulate the original console's appearance if any). On the Nintendo 3DS system, SNES games are only available on the New Nintendo 3DS series models.

Some minor changes were made to Virtual Console releases, meaning that some are not entirely accurate to the original state of the game. In the case of the Kirby series, one major change was made to Kirby's Dream Land 3; the Hyper Zone arena in Boss Butch mode had its colors changed from a yellow sky with red and blue clouds to a yellow sky with orange and green clouds. The change is likely due to increased epilepsy awareness, and has been kept for all subsequent releases. Additionally, an error in the Wii Virtual Console version of Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards causes Miracle Matter's boss arena to be colored black and white rather than the intended black and purple; this was fixed starting in Kirby's Dream Collection Special Edition.

Kirby titles on Virtual Console by system[edit]


Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Wii U[edit]

Kirby titles on successor platforms by system[edit]

NES Classic Edition[edit]

SNES Classic Edition[edit]

Nintendo Switch Online[edit]