Wii U Virtual Console announced, adds GBA games

So you've got yourself a shiny new Wii U, but you're longing for old games to play. Fear not, gentle player, Nintendo announced this morning that the Wii U's Virtual Console is on its way soon. Old games sold on the Wii U will come jazzed up with game saves, Miiverse Communities, and the ability to play them away from your TV on the Wii U GamePad.

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So you've got yourself a shiny new Wii U, but you're longing for old games to play. Fear not, gentle player, Nintendo announced this morning that the Wii U's Virtual Console is on its way soon. Old games sold on the Wii U will come jazzed up with game saves, Miiverse Communities, and the ability to play them away from your TV on the Wii U GamePad.

It's slated to arrive after the Wii U's spring system update, and Nintendo hinted at an April launch. Wii U Virtual Console will only offer selected NES and SNES games at launch, rather than the full range seen on the Wii. On the bright side, it will eventually stock Game Boy Advance games too.

For people who have already bought a game on Wii and transferred it onto their Wii U but would like the new Wii U features, Nintendo will heavily discount the new version. NES games will cost $1 if you own a copy transferred from Wii, rather than $5-6, and SNES games will be $1.50, down from $8-9.

To herald the launch, Nintendo's deeply discounting some Virtual Console games in a 'Trial Campaign.' From today through July, one game each month will be only $0.30. It kicks off with Balloon Fight, and will then bring F-Zero, Punch Out, Kirby's Adventure, Super Metroid, Yoshi, and Donkey Kong.

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    January 23, 2013 6:40 AM

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    So you've got yourself a shiny new Wii U, but you're longing for old games to play. Fear not, gentle player, Nintendo announced this morning that the Wii U's Virtual Console is on its way soon. Old games sold on the Wii U will come jazzed up with game saves, Miiverse Communities, and the ability to play them away from your TV on the Wii U GamePad.

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      January 23, 2013 7:07 AM

      Good on them for the 2nd purchase discount. Not having to go 3 menus deep for some of my VC games plus new features will be worth the 1-1.50. Just add GCN support and I'll be a happy camper.

      As for the 30 cent games, I'll just go with Kirby and Super Metroid. The smaller NES games seem more like a 3DS purchase to me (of which I already own balloon fight and yoshi as an ambassador) so I'll pass.

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      January 23, 2013 7:07 AM

      I have to REBUY my Virtual Console games?

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        January 23, 2013 7:23 AM

        Only if you want THE NEW WII U FEATURES. Otherwise it seems they'll transfer over just fine.

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          January 23, 2013 7:37 AM

          If you do the wii to wii u transfer, they'll be in the wii menu (or sd menu), pay another dollar or dollar and a half and they'll give you the wii u version that will sit on your main wii u menu and have the added features.

          The key here is that you must transfer your files over from your wii if you want to buy the games with the deep discount.

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          January 23, 2013 7:46 AM

          ^this, it's basically feature DLC.

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      January 23, 2013 5:24 PM

      thanks but no thanks Nintendo, its over between us. You're not the same anymore, you're too needy, you want too much from me. i'm moving on.