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The Legend of Zelda Available on eShop in Japan

by Pedro Hernandez - December 22, 2011, 12:57 am EST
Total comments: 5 Source: (Nintendo), http://www.nintendo.co.jp/3ds/eshop/vc/taej/index....

The very first Zelda game can now be bought on the eShop for 500 yen.

The Legend of Zelda for the NES is available for purchase on the eShop in Japan.

The game, which has been available for free for those who participated in the 3DS Ambassadors program, is priced at 500 yen (around $6.40 in American currency), and it is the first non-handheld Virtual Console game to make an appearance on the system. This version of the game is the cartridge version as stated by the official page.

Instead of the normal game icon on the 3DS menu screen, the icon for Zelda is that of a Famicom connected to a TV set, which is displaying the game. A picture of it is found below.

The game celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and has seen release on other Nintendo systems such as the GameCube, the Game Boy Advance and through the Wii Virtual Console.

Special thanks to Matt Walker for the tip and Danny Bivens for the picture!



EnnerDecember 22, 2011

Hmm, 500 yen. And no word on cross-system availability for having purchased The Legend of Zelda on the Wii's Virtual Console.
It's a shame, but I guess all this is to be expected?

readyletsgoDecember 22, 2011

So, does this mean that all the Ambassadors in Japan, get this updated (with save states) version for free when its out?

Will it happen for us in Euro/Americas land next year?

PaleMike Gamin, Contributing EditorDecember 22, 2011

Yeah, I was definitely kind of hoping we weren't going to see any of these games officially released on 3DS until the Wii U launched, and as such, would come with an announcement that the Virtual Consoles would be unified and one purchase could play on both.....

I guess maybe it could still happen. I know I've been writing that in every single Club Nintendo VC survey I've filled out.

Bman87301December 22, 2011

Quote from: readyletsgo

So, does this mean that all the Ambassadors in Japan, get this updated (with save states) version for free when its out?

According to what they announced back in August, yes, that's exactly what it means.

I hope this updated version also includes support for the 3DS microphone-- I'd love to finally be able to try that Pols Voice trick...

motangDecember 22, 2011

So it got updated to support the sleep mode...I wonder when we will get the update.

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