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Mario Kart 64 joins Euro VC

As News Channel also debuts.

Mario Kart 64 is the latest game - and only the second N64 title - to join the Nintendo Wii's European Virtual Console line-up. The N64 racer, which inspired many of the best bits of subsequent games in the series, costs 1000 points and should be available now.

Not only that but, as you may have read elsewhere on the site, the free News Channel goes live today. There you'll be able to read coverage of current affairs from an Associated Press feed, navigating a 3D globe to check headlines around the world. You can also select an area of interest, like sport or business.

Nintendo says that another version of the News Channel, featuring more extensive European news, will be launched for free later this year. In the meantime, you should be able to get the current version by selecting "System Update" from the Wii Settings menu.

Also launching on Virtual Console today is the Turbografx-16's Soldier Blade, for 600 Wii points.