Nintendo is bringing Virtual Console ports of Super Mario World, Earthbound and more to the New 3DS.
Nintendo's Virtual Console program is easily one of the best things about owning any modern Nintendo gaming system. That being said, it's not without flaws. The titles available from system to system frequently vary and it's not uncommon for games available on the WiiU to be completely unavailable on the 3DS and New 3DS. According to Nintendo's most recent Nintendo Direct however, the New 3DS is about to receive a huge 16-bit bump to the its selection.
According to the Nintendo Direct, the New 3DS will now begin offering a selection of SNES ports. As of yesterday, North American New 3DS owners can now purchase and play digital copies of Super Mario World, F-Zero and Pilot Wings. This selection will expand on March 24th with the Donkey Kong Country, Super Mario Kart and Earthbound. Finally, on April 14th New 3DS owners will gain access to The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Super Metroid and Donkey Kong Country 2. European New 3DS owners will be receiving all of those same titles before the end of March. The games will cost $7.99 each and come with a "perfect pixel" option to recreate their original resolution. There are no cross-buy options for gamers who already own them on the WiiU.
While I'm very much happy for New 3DS owners, as someone still using the 3DS XL I'm going to admit that I'm sad they aren't coming to the older models. Nintendo has affirmed in the past that there are technical issues that keep it from bringing SNES Virtual Console titles to the older 3DS's. Regardless, it's hard not to feel like it's a bit silly that a handheld that can run a remake of Majora's Mask would have a hard time with a ROM of A Link to the Past.
Source: Nintendo Life