SNK has revealed that its first batch of Neo Geo titles for Nintendo's Virtual Console service will be ready for Japan next month and the first game to grace Wii on September 11 is the classic beat-em-up Fatal Fury.
Nintendo originally announced back in February that Neo Geo titles would be set for download "this summer" but since then it's been pretty quiet. However, SNK has now blown its information lid and revealed that Fatal Fury, World Heroes and Magician Lord are the initial batch of games available for download.
But what's the bad news, we hear you cry? Well, so far, they've only been announced for Japan and each costs a whopping 900 Wii Points, which is roughly GBP 6.00 ($12 USD) - only 100 points less than an N64 game. We hope you've got some deep pockets if you're planning to download them all.
Be still thy beating hearts, Rare fans: more retro titles from the UK developer could make their way to the Virtual Console - although nothing is "in the pipeline at the moment".
On the Rare website letters page, one keen fan asks whether we could see Perfect Dark or Banjo Kazooie heading to Nintendo's downloadable service. While the answer is fairly ambiguous, it does provide a glimmer of hope: "As for Virtual Console, it's ultimately Nintendo's decision what gets released. Beyond the Donkey Kong Country games we don't have anything in the pipeline at the moment, but that doesn't mean it won't happen in future."
On the same letters page, there's also an interesting snippet of info about the Banjo series. In a response to a query regarding a potential Banjo remake for DS (rather like the developer did with Diddy Kong Racing DS), a Rare employee reveals that "there's always a chance".
Furthermore, the team that's currently working on the 360 version of Banjo Kazooie considered a remake and "actually did some works towards it but then dropped it in favour of the current fresh approach".
Finally, in just one last tease, Rare says that it could potentially bring more brand new titles to DS. "Viva Pinata DS (as well as being a good fit for the handheld) also shows that we can bring across properties other than those owned by Nintendo. So we'll leave you to wonder what's coming after Viva Pinata DS." Just don't say Killer Instinct, please.