While there's some question to the accuracy of its claim, this post on the Nintendo forums seems to indicate exactly which classic games will be available for download through the Revolution's online gaming network. While the company has not yet officially announced whether or not each download will be accompanied by a micropayment, some are still hoping that the revolutionary software will be available freely following the purchase of the upcoming console; seems pretty damn unlikely, doesn't it?
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More interesting to me though, is that now a new younger generation of gamers will have access to these games. Sure there are a great number of ways to obtain these titles by illicit means, but now the mainstream audience will have a chance to experience earlier adventures starring the famous cast of Nintendo characters that still drives sales of the company's platforms. While navigating Mario through three-dimensional environments aided by analog sticks and more than seven buttons may be difficult for a toddler, stomping a Goomba in Super Mario Bros. is a far simpler task. I very much enjoy the fact that the Revolution will allow new gamers to follow a path through the bits of history that mimics the one many of us remember so fondly. Who knows what the system's new content will offer? At least it's back catalogue is now of unquestionable high-quality.