DSi To Get Virtual Console For Game Boy Games?

The Wii has a Virtual Console. Lets you download games from the NES, SNES, Master System, etc. No Game Boy, though. Why? Maybe because they were saving those for the new Nintendo DSi.

A rumour on game site Kombo says that, at a recent event for Club Nintendo members, it was announced that the DSi would be getting its own Virtual Console, from which you could buy Game Boy & Game Boy Advance titles.

These would be saved to an SD card (which the new DSi supports), and limited - at least initially - to first-party Nintendo titles.

While we wait for Nintendo to get back to us on this, what do you think? Would you rather pay for a downloadable copy of a Game Boy game and play it on your DSi, or track down the original cart and play it on your DS?

New Nintendo DSi News from Preview Event [Kombo]


    Given that the DS Lite can't play original Gameboy games (just GBA), I'd say this new VC thing would be highly preferable. I hope it doesn't actually stretch the games to fit the screen like your mock-up picture suggests, though. That would suck.

    I think it would be a very sensible (i.e. large cash making) decision on Nintendo's part. I had been hoping the Wii's virtual console would offer GB and GBA games for a while.

    I only recently purchased a Gameboy Advance on ebay, and all the Legend of Zelda games released on the handhelds (prior to the DS). I had never played them previously, and I think they're great.
    Just a few problems:
    - The cartridges are old, and require an internal battery to save the game. One of the game cartridges I bought has a flat battery, making playing the game futile.
    - The screen on a GBA is dim, oh so dim compared to the DS Lite. I have wanted to get a DS Lite, but now the DSi... no GBA game slot. It complicates the decision; unless of course I could download the games via a virtual console.

    I would definitely prefer the downloadable version to the old cartridge.

    My only problem with this solution is that I have around 20 GBA games I still play. This would mean I'd have to buy them all again (assuming they become available)? I'd rather not.....

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