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Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS)

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Virtual Console

Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: Nintendo 3DS
Released in JP: June 6, 2011
Released in US: June 6, 2011
Released in EU: June 6, 2011
Released in KR: February 27, 2016
Released in TW: February 3, 2016


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The Virtual Console titles are merely shells for any game that is contained within it. They support a variety of systems right out of the box, simply requiring a swap of the game binary contained within the RomFS (as well as a bit of editing, depending on the game format) to run a different system.

Supported binaries are NES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance. However, the Game Boy Color Virtual Console emulator can run Game Boy Advance, NES, and FDS games, although the NES Virtual Console emulator can only run other NES games.

Hmmm...
To do:
  • Version differences.
  • Stuff from the source code in the 2020 Nintendo leaks

Game Boy Advance Support

While there are 10 Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games that do run at full speed (only ever made available for 3DS Ambassadors), they rely on hardware backward-compatibility via rebooting into a separate firmware called AGB_FIRM, thus they lack certain features including sleep support and save states. However, there is also a software-based emulator built into the Game Boy Color Virtual Console container.

It does work to a degree, but it's incredibly slow and unstable. However, it has full support for the main functions that other Virtual Console games have, such as save states and resuming where you left off, both of which are used for the GBA Virtual Console on the Wii U. It's likely Nintendo tried to do proper GBA emulation on the 3DS, rather than rely on hardware backwards-compatibility.

Multi-ROM Support

Hmmm...
To do:
Document the full debug mode (some screenshots by Hiccup).

While only compatible with the NES Virtual Console container, if multiple NES binaries are placed within the /rom/ directory of the Virtual Console RomFS and modified appropriately to run, when you start the application you'll be presented with a menu in which you can explore the Virtual Console's RomFS contents and boot a different game, although to change the game you're playing does require you close and restart the application.

Unannounced SNES Titles

On March 1, 2016, Nintendo announced and began releasing SNES Virtual Console games to New Nintendo 3DS users. Hidden within the emulator binary is a list of games, some of which were released, and others were not. The text is stored in the .code of the ExeFS in Shift-JIS.

Green backgrounds denote released games.

String Name Game Title
Super Marioworld Super Mario World
Super Picross Mario no Super Picross
Zeldanodensetsu Zelda no Densetsu (The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past)
Simcity Sim City
Super Donkey Kong Super Donkey Kong 1 (Donkey Kong Country)
Shvc Fireemblem Fire Emblem: Mystery of the Emblem
f-zero F-Zero
パネル デ ポン Paneru de Pon (Tetris Attack)
Pilotwings Pilotwings
Sutte Hakkun Np Sutte Hakkun
Fireemblem4 Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War
Picross Np Vol.1 Picross NP Vol1
Kirby Bowl Kirby Bowl (Kirby's Dream Course)
Street Fighter 2 Street Fighter II
デンセツノオウガバトル Ogre Battle
Akumajo Dracula Akumajo Dracula (Super Castlevania IV)
Seikendensetsu 2 Seiken Densetsu 2 (Secret of Mana)
Sfx Dragonballz2 Dragon Ball Z 2
Goemon 4 Ganbare Goemon 4
Kamaitachi No Yoru Kamaitachi no Yoru
R-type 3 R-Type III
Final Fight Final Fight
Torneconodaibouken Torneko no Dai Bouken
Gradius 3 Gradius III
Populous Populous
Otogirisou Otogirisou
Herakles 3 Heracles III (Glory of Heracles III: Silence of the Gods)
Digital Devil Story Shin Megami Tensei
Actraiser Actraiser
Hu Super Bomberman 3 Super Bomberman 3
Super Mario Kart Super Mario Kart
Supermario Collection Super Mario Collection (Super Mario All-Stars)
Super Metroid Super Metroid
Mother-2 Mother 2 (EarthBound)
Super Punch-out!! Super Punch-Out!!
Super Donkey Kong 2 Super Donkey Kong 2 (Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest)
Super Donkey Kong 3 Super Donkey Kong 3 (Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble)
ヘイセイ シンオニガシマ ゼンペン Heisei Sin Onigasima Zen
ヘイセイ シンオニガシマ コウヘン Heisei Sin Onigasima Kou
Gk-wrecking Crew Wrecking Crew 98
Mini4ku Lets&go Wgp2 Mini Yonku Let's & Go!! 2
Kirby No Kira Kizzu Kirby no Kirakira Kids
Power Soukoban Power Soukoban
Picross Np Vol.2 Picross NP Vol2
Picross Np Vol.3 Picross NP Vol3
Picross Np Vol.4 Picross NP Vol4
ハジマリノ モリ HAJIMARI NO MORI
デア・ラングリッサー Der Langrisser
ショダイ ネッケツ コウハ クニオクン Nekketsu Kouha Kunio Kun
トレジャーハンターg Treasure Hunter G
マーヴェラス Marvelous
ヘラクレス4 カミガミカラノオクリモノ Hercules IV (Glory of Heracles IV: Gift from the Gods)
スーパーワギャンランド Super Wagyan Land
Final Fantasy 5 Final Fantasy 5
Final Fantasy 6 Final Fantasy 6
Clock Tower Sfx Clock Tower Sfx
Dragonquest 1・2 Dragon Quest 1+2
Dragonquest3 Dragon Quest 3
クニオクンノ ドッジボ-ル Kunio Kun No Dodgeball
M A J I N T E N S E I Majintensei
マ ジン テ ン セ イ 2 Majintensei2
ツキコモリ Tsukikomori
キュウヤク・メガミテンセイ Kyuuyaku Megamitensei
(Source: Normmatt)