Posted on August 6, 2007, Jonathan Wii Ads in Wave Race 64?
The version of Wave Race 64 available for download now over the Virtual Console contains several in-game ads for the Wii and the DS. Apparently the original game contained banners for Kawasaki, but the license has since expired. So Nintendo just swapped out the images for the re-release. That or they sent a squad of specially-trained agents back in time to alter the original prototype cartridge before it could be released. Personally, I’m sticking with the time travel theory, since it has a better chance of being made into a movie.
It’s also interesting to note that this shows just how easily these older games can be altered for the VC. That could possibly open it up for some Japanese games that never made it stateside to finally get an English-language release.