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First GBA Virtual Console games for Wii U announced

Earlier this year, Nintendo confirmed that it would begin bringing Game Boy Advance games to the Wii U's eShop, enabling users to expand their game...


Earlier this year, Nintendo confirmed that it would begin bringing Game Boy Advance games to the Wii U's eShop, enabling users to expand their game libraries with a number of classics. Today, during the company's latest Nintendo Direct special, president Satoru Iwata confirmed the first three games that will be offered, starting this April.

Metroid Fusion will lead the charge, followed by the all-ages role-playing adventure Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3. All of them will arrive within the first month, with more titles expected to come after.

These games originally came out a while ago under Nintendo's Ambassador program for the 3DS, but this marks the first time they'll be debuting on the Wii U. No word yet if they will come to the 3DS for general purchase. Pricing and release dates weren't given for the games.

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    February 13, 2014 2:57 PM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, First Game Boy Advance Games Revealed For Nintendo's Wii U.

    Earlier this year, Nintendo confirmed that it would begin bringing Game Boy Advance games to the Wii U's eShop, enabling users to expand their game...

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      February 13, 2014 3:18 PM

      Why in the world would you put the GBA rerelease instead of the original SNES Yoshi's Island to Wii U. Doesn't the GBA version have some nasty pixel scaling artifacts?

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        February 13, 2014 4:16 PM

        Nintendo doesn't actually own the rights to the SuperFX chip, so for the GBA port, they actually redid everything the SuperFX chip was originally responsible for.

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          February 13, 2014 4:21 PM

          Crap, I guess that's why it was never released on Wii. The SNES version is so much better

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          February 13, 2014 11:30 PM

          I guess its good I've still got my original cart (bought it to rip with my retrode so I could play the SuperFX version).

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          February 14, 2014 2:00 AM

          Do modern emulators handle it better?

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            February 14, 2014 6:18 AM

            perfectly. Well.. minus the one or two frames of input lag you get with an emulator but there is no fixing that.

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      February 13, 2014 3:30 PM

      Mother 3 Nintendo. Bring it.

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      February 13, 2014 3:47 PM

      Advance Wars plz

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        February 14, 2014 1:15 AM

        So much this.

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        February 14, 2014 6:26 AM

        I've never played advance wars, explain to me why it's awesome.

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      February 13, 2014 3:49 PM

      I was reading that anticipating the word "Wars" to be in the title.

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      February 13, 2014 4:32 PM

      They need to get
      Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow
      Mario Golf Advance Tour
      Metroid Zero Mission
      Zelda: Minish Cap
      Ninja 5-0
      Advance Wars 2: Black Hole Rising

      on there. Maybe FFTA & Golden Sun, too.

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      February 13, 2014 4:33 PM

      Anyone consider all this too little, too late for the WiiU? I have one, just gauging. I still think it has a lot of potential and a lot of these games look fun.

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        February 13, 2014 5:50 PM

        Nintendo will drag the WiiU corpse right up to the doorsteps of their next console. You're only missing out by not poking a stick at the body.

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          February 13, 2014 9:44 PM

          The Wiiu may mean nothing to you, but then again you are not gamers. You are glory seeking fools who are incapable of having fun.

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            February 14, 2014 2:28 AM

            i haven't given a shit about a nintendo system in a very long time.

            Only reason i ever owned a gamecube was because i traded in like 4 xbox original games and got the system for "free"

            just so i could play the 8 or so gamecube games worth a fuck.

            the Wii was more or less a gimmick joke outside of a very few amount of games, and the wii u is even more of a joke.

            i am a gamer, and i don't give a shit about it. So even attempting the suggestion slung towards the way of people that don't give a shit about nintendo that we're somehow not "Gamers" because certain people out there honestly haven't given a flying fuck about mario for many years is quite honestly sad and you "people" come off as smug assholes.

            there. I said it.... again.

            flame on bitches.

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            February 14, 2014 4:53 AM

            (the Wii U is my current system and I really like it and I'm constantly surprised by its fidelity)

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        February 14, 2014 7:03 AM


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      February 13, 2014 10:14 PM

      Is this dude new? Welcome