Densetsu no Starfy 3/Wii U Virtual Console version

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The Wii U Virtual Console version of Densetsu no Starfy 3 was released only on the Japanese Nintendo eShop on April 6, 2016. On March 28 2023, the Wii U & 3DS eShops closed, leaving this release unobtainable through legit means.[1]


The ROM for the Japanese Wii U Virtual Console version of Densetsu no Starfy 3 has an MD5 hash of 4133D617F0A38053682FEFB3AE752F6B; confirming it as different to v1.0 and v1.1. The differences might include disabling the multiplayer minigames or otherwise altering the functionality, but more research is needed as the player would probably need to have two Japanese Wii Us with the game downloaded. The みんなであそぶ (play with everyone) option can still be selected and the game does appear to wait (with four pictures of purple Game Boy Advances with 1P-4P on the screens like the original releases).


The application that runs the game contains a digital copy of the manual, which is accessible by touching the "?" icon on the bottom-left corner of the GamePad while playing. Nintendo have also hosted a copy of it on their official website. The game had a Miiverse community which used to be online called the 伝説のスタフィー3 community.

Like other Virtual Console games, Densetsu no Starfy 3 supports Restore Points for saving and restoring game data in the exact state it was, accessed from the VC Menu (VCメニュー) on the Wii U GamePad. The game can either be played on the GamePad or the television. While viewing the digital copy of the manual, a message might be displayed on the television that the game has been paused.

The application also has the following settings (設定):

  • なめらか画面モード (smooth screen mode): Can be toggled on or off
  • テレビ画面 (TV screen): Can be set to Full Screen Mode or Dot-By-Dot mode
  • コントローラー設定 (controller settings): Takes the player to a screen to map the Game Boy Advance buttons on the controller

The game can be temporarily suspended by pressing the Home button. This screen can also be used to access the controller settings, and a second manual (說明書). This manual is separate to the original game manual and is specifically about how to use the Game Boy Advance Virtual Console menus.

File size

  • 49MB (software)
  • 2560KB (save data)



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