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Nintendo Handheld Virtual Console Coming To 3DS

Donkey Kong While the idea for a Virtual Console that dealt in classic Game Boy and Game Boy Color games was floated for the Nintendo DSi, Nintendo is finally going ahead with the idea for the upcoming Nintendo 3DS.  The company has outlined plans to begin offering GB and GBC titles such as Super Mario Land and The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening DX via download.  No prices were announced, but if it were up to me, I'd charge $3 for original Game Boy titles and $5 for Color games.  No word on Game Boy Advance titles for this service, but those can't be too far behind once the best of the monochromatic library has been exhausted.

Now, before you scoff and wonder why anyone would want to play Super Mario Land twenty-two years later, I submit that there were some fantastic games for the original Game Boy that deserve another pass.  Excluding the original Pokemon juggernaut (which you know will be represented on Day One of the service), there's Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins, Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land, Mega Man V, Kirby's Dream Land 2, Metroid II: Return of Samus, Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge, and Donkey Kong (oh my, yes, please, Donkey Kong).  Maybe the Donkey Kong Land trilogy plays better on a screen that can actually keep up with it.  On the Game Boy Color side of things, we have the two Legend of Zelda titles, Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, Wario Land 2, and Wario Land 3.  See?  At my pricing structure I've just made you spend $55.  There's plenty of money in these old games if valued realistically.