Earthbound has launched on the North American Wii U Virtual Console, Nintendo announced via a Nintendo Direct Mini video today. The port for the SNES game was first announced in April for North America and Europe. The game costs $9.99 on the Wii U eShop.

Nintendo also announced that the original Earthbound strategy guide has been optimized for the Wii U GamePad and will be freely available for viewing on Nintendo's Earthbound site. "Unfortunately, we haven't figured out how to make scratch-and-sniff technology work on the Internet just yet, though," Nintendo's Bill Trinen said in the video, alluding to the smelly cards that came with the strategy guide.
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EarthBound is Now Available; Enhancements to Nintendo Zone Announced

Nintendo Direct Mini Reveals Wii U and Nintendo 3DS Updates

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- At long last, Super NES classic EarthBound is now available as a Virtual Console game in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U for $9.99. Nintendo announced its availability during today's Nintendo Direct Mini video. Nintendo also revealed that Nintendo Zone locations will be getting StreetPass enhancements to let players connect with one another, and reminded people about this weekend's Pikmin 3 demo program at select GameStop and EB Games stores.

"Not only do Wii U owners have a big lineup of great games on the way like Pikmin 3 and The Wonderful 101, but they also have access to Virtual Console classics like EarthBound," said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America's executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. "If you haven't already, this is a great time to jump into the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U experience."

This article was originally published on Joystiq.

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