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Nintendo DS games coming to Wii U Virtual Console

Nintendo's Satoru Iwata says that DS games will be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console, as part of a company effort to "focus on enriching the value of the GamePad to give momentum to Wii U this year."

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The dual-screen experience of the Wii U harkens back to Nintendo's surprise hit, the DS, and the company plans to capitalize on those similarities. At its financial results meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that the company will be bringing DS games to the Virtual Console service on the Wii U.

"We are now sure that we can solve the technical problem of displaying Virtual Console software from Nintendo DS on the GamePad," Iwata said in the briefing. "The dual-screen Nintendo DS, one of which is a touch screen, has a very strong software lineup, and so we plan to add the Virtual Console titles from Nintendo DS software to the future Virtual Console lineup for Wii U."

Iwata said this is part of a larger plan to "focus on enriching the value of the GamePad to give momentum to Wii U this year." He didn't mention which games would be coming to the service by name, though as IGN notes, the presentation slide shows how a game like Brain Age might look on the GamePad.

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    January 30, 2014 6:20 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, Nintendo DS games coming to Wii U Virtual Console.

    Nintendo's Satoru Iwata says that DS games will be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console, as part of a company effort to "focus on enriching the value of the GamePad to give momentum to Wii U this year."

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      January 30, 2014 6:25 AM

      How about enriching the 3ds with some SNES games? It's like Nintendo doesn't want my money.

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        January 30, 2014 6:44 AM

        ^^^ This. Why can't I play Super Metroid on my 3DS XL?

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        January 30, 2014 7:01 AM

        They need a unified account and storefront so that anything I buy on the Wii U Virtual Console works on the 3DS VC, and vice versa.

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          January 30, 2014 7:54 AM

          ^^^^^ this times a billion!!!

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          January 30, 2014 12:51 PM

          Look at this man. Let's make him President of Nintendo instead.

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        January 30, 2014 10:19 AM

        I don't get why they are splitting the store offers like this. It's retarded. It should be Crossbuy anyway.

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      January 30, 2014 6:26 AM

      Awwwweeesoomeeeeeeee

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      January 30, 2014 7:01 AM

      Not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but... GAMECUBE. DO YOU SPEAK IT.

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        January 30, 2014 7:04 AM

        This can already be done with hax. You rip your GG game from your original Wii. Then load up the ISO with some loader on the WiiU in vWii mode, I believe. So it's technically possible.

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          January 30, 2014 8:07 AM

          They should have just had backwards compat for GC games with the WiiU, but I am guessing making the special disc drive for it to work with the mini discs was too costly.

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      January 30, 2014 7:09 AM

      Advanced Wars. That would sell, no doubt. Also the Phoenix Wright games.

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        January 30, 2014 10:48 AM

        they need a 3ds version of that asap

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      January 30, 2014 7:47 AM

      DS Games sound alright, but what happened to N64 and GBA games that were supposed to come last year?

      • Zek
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        January 30, 2014 12:24 PM

        They don't even have all the VC games that the Wii had, which itself wasn't as many as it should have had. The whole thing is a giant trainwreck.

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          January 30, 2014 2:05 PM

          Yeah, I disapprove of the way they've handled the Virtual Console. It would add so much appeal to their systems for so little effort (compared to actually making a new game). It's baffling.

          • Zek
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            January 30, 2014 2:40 PM

            If they had a subscription service for all the games with proper cross-platform support, I would subscribe to that forever. It's maddening to me that they don't understand at all what they're sitting on.

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              January 30, 2014 3:38 PM

              Well to be fair, for it to work it would have to be more than just their games - they'd have to work with Konami, Square, etc, and make sure everyone was getting the right percentage. And Square in particular has been very hesitant to do that sort of thing in the past.

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                January 30, 2014 3:49 PM

                And all those companies probably want a release schedule that gives their game a couple of weeks in the spotlight. I can't see how they'd ever agree to 'dump it all out there and let people buy what they want'.

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                  January 30, 2014 5:10 PM

                  Eh, somehow Netflix got movie studios to do it, so I won't say never.

              • Zek
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                January 30, 2014 6:00 PM

                Yeah, those companies are just as dumb as Nintendo. But I think a mutually beneficial arrangement could be worked out if Nintendo wanted it enough.

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              January 30, 2014 6:10 PM

              Gold mine, I would subscribe.

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            January 30, 2014 3:41 PM

            They should be churning the VC games out like crazy on both Wii U and 3ds. Not this one to 3 a month bullshit.

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      January 30, 2014 8:06 AM

      This is pretty awesome actually. I think many people predicted something like this when the Wii U gamepad was shown the first time.

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      January 30, 2014 10:10 AM

      I really want GBA game like the Metroids.

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      January 30, 2014 11:25 AM

      I've been thinking about this more, and I'm excited about it, but I want Nintendo to release games according to a proper schedule. Back during the first 18-24 months of the Wii's lifecycle, you could set your watch by Virtual Console releases. 9am Pacific on a Monday? VC games. VC games on the Wii U seem so scattershot. Set a schedule, stick to it, and release at least three games on every release day.

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      January 30, 2014 2:00 PM

      Will both screens be squished onto the GamePad? Because unless they alter the games, that 256x192 resolution is going to look pretty ridiculous on an HDTV.

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        January 30, 2014 2:09 PM

        Nah, I've played Dawn of Sorrow on a large screen, and while obviously pixelated it didn't look significantly worse than old console games.

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          January 30, 2014 2:13 PM

          Well maybe the pixel-art games will look okay, but the 3D games would have some huge jaggies. Wii games look jagged enough already and that's over double (480p) the vertical resolution of the DS.

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            January 30, 2014 2:14 PM

            I guess maybe they could jack up the resolution somehow like they did for the N64 games (320i to 480p).

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            January 30, 2014 2:15 PM

            That's true, though when I think back on my DS collection I imagine most of the games I'd be playing - the Dragon Quest games, Castlevania, Phoenix Wright - I think more of them would look fine than would have problems.

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            January 30, 2014 2:16 PM

            Given the way the DS works, I don't think you could really do anything other than a post-process filter.

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      January 30, 2014 2:10 PM

      I wish I had Nintendo games on Steam. Or a Steam-like Nintendo game service for the PC.

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        January 30, 2014 2:13 PM

        Y'know, I already use a Wii U Pro controller on the PC. If they did a sort of bundle deal - classic game service along with an easy wireless dongle that supports four pro controllers like I use, I think there's a real possibility there - and one that, being computer based, probably wouldn't cut into their core market too much.

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      January 30, 2014 3:40 PM

      Trying to move them units. Let's get some SNES games on the damn 3ds.

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      January 30, 2014 10:17 PM

      It is an exciting prospect of doing DS games on the Gamepad.

      But what they also need to do is open GBA and DS games for the 3DS eShop, it would be about time since 3DS is soon three years on the market already and still those two are not there.

      Also Gamecube and N64 need to be added to the Wii U Virtual Console.

      And since Nintendo is changing their strategies it is awesome to hear that they have finally put a dedicated team to work on making the unfiied account system truly non-locked on a single 3DS or Wii U. So that people can easily transfer all their bought stuff to another device. This of course already sucks abit since combining my 3DS and Wii U NNID to be one and the same didn't copy all my account activity from 3DS for some weird reason. Only the stuff that I've bought after unifying the account show up on Wii U. But all the older stuff shows up only on 3DS.

      They need to really shift to next gear with the Virtual console and start pumping out 2-4 games per week.

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        January 30, 2014 10:18 PM

        Also Nintendo really needs to do the Sony style move and enable cross platform purchases so that if you by for example Mario 3 for NES on 3DS, you can automagically get it also in Wii U.

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        January 30, 2014 10:26 PM

        It's really bizarre to me that they gave early adopters a ton of GBA games in the first few months, but then absolutely nothing after that.

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      February 1, 2014 5:07 PM

      I see a future with all DS games ported to the WiiU with HD facelifts for some of the most popular games. I also feel this will be key to bringing WiiU sales into the black and save the console.
      If this encourages people to make games that use both screens in the same way as a DS we may see an upgrade path for the DS with faster hardware so it will be able to play new WiiU games.
      If both consoles upgrades and software publishing feed off one another they will make a killing and see the next iteration of the DS. Maybe a DS dock for the WiiU as well as game transferring and save sharing between both.

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        February 1, 2014 5:31 PM

        If even just half of my predictions come to fruition I will be a very happy camper, If they are all included in the system my head may explode.