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NES, Game Boy Advance join 3DS Virtual Console


Nintendo held a press conference today to announce their Q1 FY2012 results, and took the opportunity to address the lagging sales of its new 3DS handheld. The price of the Nintendo 3DS is being slashed by 40% from 25,000 yen ($AU291) to 15,000 yen ($AU174) effective August 11, 2011. Similar price drops will occur across the rest of the world.

The news that’s of more importance to retro gaming fans, however is that the Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy Advance will be joining the 3DS Virtual Console line up. As a consolation to people who bought the 3DS at its full price, Nintendo will be giving out a whole horde of free Virtual Console games.

Free games on the NES include Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong Jr., Balloon Fight, Ice Climber and The Legend of Zelda, while the free game line up from the GBA consists of Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island, Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Metroid Fusion, WarioWare: Mega Microgame$ and Mario vs Donkey Kong. This line up only applies to Japan for the moment, so we’ll have to wait and see what Nintendo has in store for us.

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Instant NTSC NES collection – only $75,000


It’s been a while since we’ve had a crazy complete collection auction. This one is pretty damn cool though. Every single retail NTSC game, including Stadium Events, all of the rare PAL games, just about every unlicensed game, and a myriad of rare peripherals and variants – including the nifty mail-order only “Hands Free” controller for the disabled, and the M12 store demo unit.

You can view the auction here

It doesn’t have one of the original Nintendo World Championships cart, but it does have a replica. $75,000 is a bit steep, but the seller is open to offers.

Via Kotaku