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It looks like Metroid: Samus Returns is not the only Metroid game that is getting a boost in sales from the recently announced Metroid Dread. The Wii U Virtual Console is also seeing its own Metroid boom, as Metroid: Zero Mission sits at number 1 on the best sellers list and Metroid Fusion ranks at number 2. Even Metroid Prime: Trilogy is coming in at number 4 on that list of best sellers.

(Images obtained from @pigs4ben and GameXplain)

This is no doubt due to the hype behind Metroid Dread being announced at E3 2021, and it shows a trend with the Metroid: Samus Returns rising in the sales charts on 3DS. We’ll see if the trend continues leading up to Metroid Dread’s October 8 release. 

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Part of the paid Nintendo Switch Online service is a selection of NES games with added online functionality. 20 of those will be available at launch, with more to be added later. Being able to play classic games (albeit not online) has previously been done on Nintendo systems with the Virtual Console service, with the difference that games had to be purchased individually. For a while now, it has seemed increasingly likely that a Virtual Console like on Wii, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS would not be coming to the Nintendo Switch – and this has now been confirmed.

Kotaku inquired about a possible Virtual Console on Switch, and received the following answer from a Nintendo spokesperson via e-mail:

Nintendo has provided new data for the 3DS Virtual Console in Japan, revealing the top 25 most-downloaded Super Famicom titles. The chart is based on lifetime sales on the eShop.

Topping the list is Super Mario World, which launched with the 3DS Virtual Console in March 2016. EarthBound and Zelda: A Link to the Past round out the top three.

We have the full top 25 below.

This week’s North American Nintendo Downloads are as follows*:

Switch Retail

Dragon Quest Builders – $49.99 (available February 9)
The Longest Five Minutes – $39.99 (available February 13)

Just when you think that the Wii U Virtual Console might be over, Konami surprises us with more games. Battle Chopper was one of the releases on this front, and some footage can be found below.

This week’s European Nintendo Downloads are as follows:

Switch Retail

3D Minigolf – €19.99

After taking a few weeks off, Konami will be back on the North American Wii U Virtual Console this week. Nintendo’s website lists Necromancer and Battle Chopper for tomorrow.

Here’s an overview for both games:

Although it’s not technically a physical version (as only a download code is inside), Nintendo is selling Pokemon Crystal at retail in Europe. You can take a closer look in the video below.

Pokemon Crystal is now available on the 3DS Virtual Console. To celebrate the occasion, Nintendo put together a launch trailer – check it out: