Nintendo GDC Notes: Wii storage solution, Final Fantasy, Zelda, etc.

March 25, 2009

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At todays Game Developer Conference, Nintendo President Satoru Iwata went on to announce a few key items related to the Wii and DS. Now the GDC is not know for big news on upcoming titles or anything like that so most of the conference was about Nintendo sales of the Wii and future forecasts. Luckily for us though we got news related to many things Nintendo.

First comes the news of the Wii storage problem that has been plaguing many Wii owners who download quite a lot of Virtual Console games. Starting today with the newest Wii firmware updated, users will be able to save and launch Virtual Console games directly from a SD card that can be up to 32GB. In the past you had few slots for games on the Wii hard drive so games that were saved to the SD card had to be moved to the Wii before they could be played, resulting in many people having to constantly swap games to and from their system.

In relation to the Virtural Console, Nintendo announced that Sega, Namco and Taito will be adding classic arcade titles to the Virtual Console library. Starting today you will be able to download Gaplus, Star Force, The Tower of Druaga, Mappy and Space Harrier. Hopefully we will see more companies start releasing arcade games through the Wii as well *cough*Konami*cough*. On top of getting arcade games through the Virtual Console, it was revealed that Square will begin releasing all the NES and SNES Final Fantasy games. It is not know if these will be only the ones released here in the states or if we will get the full story and get the games that were released in Japan as well.

Finally we get the news of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks for the Nintendo DS. This game will look and play similar to The Phantom Hourglass but with Link navigating around in a train instead of a ship. Not much more is know about the game, but really has there ever been a bad Zelda game (and the CD-I games don’t count).

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