Here’s an interesting observation – Xbox One owners can as of this week play more N64 games on their system than Wii U owners.
As pointed out by Kotaku, the release of Rare Replay this week brings seven N64 title to the console: Perfect Dark, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Conker’s Bad Fur Day, Killer Instinct Gold, Jet Force Gemini and Blast Corps.
Of those titles, three are in fact Xbox 360 remasters of N64 games, but four are running via N64 emulation.
On Wii U, however, only six N64 are currently available to download via the Virtual Console: The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time, Super Mario 64, Paper Mario, Donky Kong 64, Mario Tennis and Kirby 64.
There are 16 more available via the Wii U’s backwardly compatible Wii mode (via the largely hidden last-gen download portal), however, if that counts. They do require compromises, however. They cannot be played via the GamePad, for instance, and do not appear as individual icons in the system’s menu.
There’s also the fact that Nintendo charges 9 a pop for the titles on Wii U, whereas Rare Replay offers all seven (and 23 other games) for 17.99.