The Jimquisition: Nintendo’s Virtual Console Is Trash Garbage

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With Pokemon Snap finally arriving on the North American Wii U Virtual Console, it’s time to get something off my incredible tits.

Let’s talk about Nintendo’s terrible VC release structure.

(PS – Apologies for the ad. For some reason Chains of Love no longer reliably gets flagged and deadlocks the ContentID bots being deployed by Nintendo, who elected to monetize this video. I am appealing it, obviously. In future I’ll have to throw a few more deadlocks out to properly safeguard against game companies’ disrespect of fair use.)

TJ Barke
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TJ Barke

Oooh Jim, Scalebound got cancelled, I wonder if there’s some juicy shit there to be explored.

John
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John

Speaking of Rob Liefeld, did he design Maui from Moana?

Artemiy
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Artemiy

I know it’s against Hanlon’s razor but… I can’t help but feel that the issue stems from the publisher simply not wanting you to buy their old games.

They’d rather you spend $40-60 on a new title than $10 on a collection of old ROMs. And they’d rather give the higher ups the justification to pump out drivel than to acknowledge the fact that people like their older games more than the current ones.

By the way, “thank you” for the video intro. That was almost a jumpscare.

Gregory McIntyre
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Gregory McIntyre

This is actually why I want a switch. I want one hacked with all the roms of the old nintendo systems. it looks like the perfect system for it.

El Gonzo
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El Gonzo

Yay for the RLM bit 🙂

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

I knew there weren’t enough Skeleton Warriors for this video!

Miles Saintborough
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Miles Saintborough

Nintendo is too fucking controlling. They love drip feeding. When I mentioned on another site on how Nintendo is purposely selling the NES Classic a few units at a time, I got told off for making a “conspiracy theory” and that “artificial scarcity doesn’t exist”.

Landy Alexander
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Landy Alexander

Why doesn’t Jim upload the show to contentid himself, so it matches itself and gets demonetized. Or pay Gavin to write a 30 second song about fair use, and have him demonetize all uses of it.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

It’s hard to believe Jim would have spent $10 on Pokemon Snap, since it doesn’t even feature Ekans. But more than this, Ekans was once featured in the game during development while it was originally being developed as a 64DD title, and it was removed when the game became a standard N64 cartridge.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

Funny you brought up the 3DS store front. I literally just had that problem last night when I searched the Shantae games on it. It brought up a million fucking videos and trailers for Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse and the actual games were all the way at the fucking back. Also it feels like every time I go onto the store (which isn’t often) there’s ALWAYS a goddamn update that forces me to reset the whole console and wait five minutes before I can go onto the store. Not even to buy anything just to look!

Stormbringer
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The only thing I took away from this is that Virtual Console purchases don’t transfer to next generation Nintendo consoles? If I brought a PS4 home and it didn’t have my PSN purchases available to download I’d take that thing right back to the store. (I never bought a post-Wii Nintendo console because they were region restricted and importing did not look feasible. I’m glad if this is the case, because the only thing I play on these new age consoles is old games. I’d have gotten 90% less use out of the PS3 if not for the appearance of… Read more »

BAH!
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BAH!

I like Nintendo. They are, by far, my favorite game developer and hardware manufacturer. They are also surprisingly bad at supplying consumers – often longtime fans – with what they want. I agree that the release schedule is *way* too slow, especially when there are six different systems with games on the Wii U’s VC. I agree that staggering the releases per region is utterly pointless. I agree that the games are overpriced, but I disagree that they’re grossly so. I agree The 3DS eShop is a navigational disaster, and the Wii U’s is not a great deal better. It… Read more »

Lies That Bind
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Lies That Bind

I was glad to see you acknowledge Sony’s faulting with their own virtual console (or whatever they call it if anything) the ps2 on ps4 pickings have been slim and there are some decent games and they do put in a bit more work than Nintendo does but I’d like being more than one a month and some that aren’t by Rockstar.

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while we are talking about V…why did they stop putting genisis games on the VC during the Wii U

JP
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JP

For Nintendo’s sake, the Switch had better be amazing. The Wii-U is dead, and the 3DS is nearing its end. As we’ve seen mobile phone releases are not going to be a major money maker for them so they can’t rely on that either.

The Switch announcement is in a few days, so we’ll know soon. Don’t screw this up, Nintendo.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

I never owned a WII but I do still own a WII. When there are more Genesis games on the virtual console than games from the Nintendo console of the same era that is a bit of an indication of an issue.

It would be nice if they would universally release stuff as well and just keep it to specific regions such as with many of Square’s older games that never saw an EU release. Still it was nice seeing Chrono Trigger appear on the VC in the EU.

Will Bertazzo
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Will Bertazzo

Couple things to address here. One, I completely agree that it would be a bad business move to over-saturate the market. I’m not saying Nintendo is being as fast as it should, but it’s certainly not awful. I’m glad they’re more conservative with the games they put up on VC instead of just treating it like a dumping ground for old content regardless of its quality. I know you say that retro games tend to be more disposable than greenlight games, but I do not agree with hat at all. I purchased a copy of BroForce and Phantom Fighter on… Read more »

Doublep
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Doublep

If you can be bothered, you can try finding a new position for your lights, in order to avoid the reflection on the panel to go straight to the camera… Or just buy a new one, spend the money Nintendo doesn’t want!

MrInsecure
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MrInsecure

BUT JIM NINTENDO ONLY EVER MAKES GOOD DECISIONS EV-

*chokes on a Kirby Amiibo*

09philj
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09philj

Meanwhile, the PS Vita plays loads of good PS1 and PSP games. You’ll need to shell out for a memory card, and the PSP games are rather pricy, but if you want to play Persona 3 Portable, Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max, and Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness, you can do so, on demand.

Nobody's Fanboy
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Nobody's Fanboy

If the other banner is anything to go off of, the gloss will wear in over time. It’s also a little off-center, but that might be intentional…if it wasn’t, we wouldn’t be able to see any of the J.

RifleAvenger Sashiro
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RifleAvenger Sashiro

“Chains of Love doesn’t work anymore.”

2017 is already worse than 2016.

Jiryn
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Jiryn

Being tired of the shit Virtual Console release schedule, and having to constantly rebuy the game for every Nintendo product I own, even at a discounted price really began to piss me off. This, mixed with the Nintendo’s lazy release of the NES CLASSIC, made me literally sit down and build a Raspberry Pi emulator over the weekend. I already own 100s NES, SNES, GENESIS, MS, GB, GBC, GBA games… so I decided to just build a mini console that can handle and play them all effortlessly. The only thing I can see holding Nintendo back on releasing 3rd party… Read more »

SilentPony
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SilentPony

I think the Switch would really benefit from Nintendo just going “Here’s the Switch, and we’re also including these game disks here. They have every single game from the Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Gameboy, Gameboy Advanced and N64 on them(that they still have license to publish). Have fun!”

Who wouldn’t buy that?! Fucking Super Star Wars, Body Harvest and Vigilante 8! Sold!

Benj
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Benj

A Jimquisition critical of Nintendo. This is bound to be received well with calm and well measured comments all round.