Virtual Console

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Virtual Console
The official Virtual Console logo
The official Virtual Console logo
Developer Nintendo
Platform Wii, Wii Shop Channel
Release date(s) NA November 19, 2006
JP December 2, 2006
AUS December 7, 2006
EU December 8, 2006
KO April 26, 2008

Virtual Console (バーチャルコンソール Bācharu Konsōru), sometimes abbreviated as VC, is a specialized section of the Nintendo Wii Shop Channel, an online service that allows players to purchase and download games and other software for Nintendo's Wii gaming console. The Virtual Console lineup consists of titles originally released on past consoles. These titles are run in their original forms through software emulation, and can be purchased for between 500 and 1200 Wii Points depending on system, rarity, and/or demand. The library of past games currently consists of titles originating from the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, and Nintendo 64, as well as Sega's Master System and Mega Drive/Genesis, NEC's TurboGrafx-16 and TurboGrafx-CD, SNK's Neo Geo AES, Commodore 64 (Europe and North America only) and MSX (Japan only). Virtual Console Arcade allows players to download video arcade games. Nintendo has no plans to add Nintendo GameCube games to Wii Virtual Console due to their 1.4 GB capacity (and even higher for certain games), and because the Wii is already backward compatible with the GameCube's original Game Discs.

Virtual Console Global Problems


There are no known global problems with Virtual Console titles on Dolphin.

Compatibility lists

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Nintendo Entertainment System
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Super NES
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Nintendo 64
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Sega Master System
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Sega Genesis
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Neo Geo
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Commodore 64
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Wii Remote in sideways position are not supported by many Virtual Console titles like all Super NES, Nintendo 64, and some Genesis and Neo Geo titles. Though more titles can use GameCube controller, except for some TurboGrafx-16 titles. Classic controller can be used in any Virtual Console titles.

Virtual Console Sideways Wii Remote Classic Controller GameCube Controller
Super NES
Nintendo 64
Sega Master System
Sega Genesis Depends
TurboGrafx-16 Depends
Neo Geo Depends
Commodore 64

Force Feedback

Nintendo 64 titles that originally provided force feedback via the Nintendo 64 controller's Rumble Pak peripheral however, are not supported by the built-in "Rumble" feature of the GameCube controller. It is not a problem with Dolphin but rather a limitation of Virtual Console.

See also