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Donkey Kong Country trilogy leaving Wii Shop in Europe [UPDATE]

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[UPDATE] They're already gone in North America.

Occasionally, games get removed from download services, including the Wii Shop's Virtual Console service. Games like R-Type, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and even Sonic the Hedgehog have been removed for various reasons in certain territories.

This particular instance is pretty weird, though. Europeans who load up the Wii Shop Channel are being greeted with a message telling them that all three Donkey Kong Country SNES games will be taken down on November 25th. Presumably, people who buy the games before then will be able to redownload them indefinitely, but new purchases will be out of luck after that date.

Being a first party game owned by Nintendo but developed by Rare, one may assume that the removal has something to do with Microsoft, Rare's current owner. Nothing has been announced, however, and any such ideas are simply speculation at this point.

Nintendo hasn't said anything about whether the games will also be removed from the North American shop.

[UPDATE] All three games are currently absent from the North American Wii Shop Channel. Looks like we don't get a warning.

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Staff article by Rhody Tobin (November 16, 2012)

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