Metroid, Super Metroid Coming to Wii Virtual Console for "Month of Metroid"

A message today from Nintendo entitled "It's a month of Metroid!" on the Wii Shop Channel revealed the upcoming releases of Metroid and Super Metroid on the Wii Virtual Console. Metroid will be available for download Monday for 500 Wii Points ($5), with Super Metroid arriving one week later on August 20 for 800 Wii Points ($8), according to the message.

A Metroid Prime 3: Corruption preview package is also available as via the Wii Shop Channel, containing a trailer, gameplay video, and "scratch-off" game revealing different pictures of Samus. Download the videos from FileShack.

The campaign breaks a trend of a conspicuous lack of marketing for Retro Studios' shooter. Despite being hailed by press as one of the Wii's most promising core audience games (check out our preview), Nintendo has devoted little marketing muscle to the title. Metroid Prime 3 ships August 27.

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From The Chatty
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    August 10, 2007 12:41 PM

    What a great way to build hype and make a little cash.

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      August 10, 2007 12:48 PM

      Exactly. I hope to see this kind of thing with all Nintendo's major franchises nearing launch.

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        August 12, 2007 12:12 PM

        Yeah I kinda had a feeling we'd see this...imagine a release of Super Mario All-Stars on the VC for SMG...imagine Super Smash Bros (the N64 one) for the new Wii one...imagine if they do a Star Fox game...they'd release Star Fox and Star Fox 64 on the VC (maybe even the never released Star Fox 2 for the SNES/SFC).

        It could even work for third parties; imagine Square Enix releasing DQ1-6 in the build up to the release of 9 on the DS (it'd be an odd cross-promotion...but it could work).

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