In a surprise move that nobody expected, Konami decided to release two TurboGrafx-16 titles for the Nintendo Wii U, strangely this late in 2018.
Their recent action has reportedly baffled industry experts as to what prompted the developer to introduce software to a dying platform. The two nostalgic Virtual Console games are Battle Chopper and Necromancer. Likewise, a few months ago, the company oddly did the same thing when it ported Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure and Devil's Crush.
A Little Piece Of Nostalgia
Some experts suspect that the publisher deliberately released the former two titles since those never came out in the United States.
However, it is bizarre that Necromancer, a horror role-playing game, remains untranslated and the fact that it was ported to a console that is on its way out.
Other third-party publishers have already ceased their support for Virtual Console games since Nintendo launched the Switch last year.
The Last Chance
Before the launch of the Switch, Retro gamers relied on Nintendo's Virtual Console platform to enjoy games from the older generation of game systems. Popular games that never made it to American shores like Bomber Man Panic Bomber and Salamander finally got their first official debut outside Japan albeit on a dying device.
Meanwhile, Konami's decision to release more TurboGrafx-16 titles for the system might depend on the small number of nostalgic users. After all, it does not look like the Virtual Console feature will ever make it to the Switch in the near future.
Some analysts speculate that the publisher still has several games in line for release just like the most recent titles.
A Different Approach
Based on the recent update concerning retro games, it appears that the Japanese gaming firm has other plans for the Switch. It certainly does not look like it is prepared to reintroduce the Virtual Console feature anytime soon.
For first-party games, the company currently has the NES Classic Edition and the SNES Classic Edition available for sale. While the former is quite rare these days, there are still some retailers that have stocks of the latter model.
Gaming analysts have already speculated that the next console that will receive a Classic Edition Revival will be the Nintendo 64. Just like its predecessors, it will feature most of the popular first-party games that were released alongside the console.
Until It is Over
The Nintendo Switch will finally launch its online service later this year, which will come with a new selection of classic games in tow. It looks like Konami will be the only publisher left with more of its TurboGrafx-16 lineup on the way until support for the Wii U finally stops.