Nintendo Wii U offering digital Wii games starting today

No need to pile up your Wii games as Nintendo has announced digital versions of select games will be made available on the Wii U eShop.

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Nintendo Wii U owners will be given the opportunity to play Wii games a bit easier now that select titles will be made available within the Nintendo eShop.

Starting today, Nintendo Wii games will be made available on the Wii U eShop, with the first title being Super Mario Galaxy 2. In a few weeks, additional titles will become available with Punch-Out!! releasing on January 22 and Metroid Prime Trilogy available on January 29. Nintendo is also making these games available for half their listed price for one week after it’s released. Once that week is up, prices will return to their normal rate.

Games that are compatible with the Classic Controller will be able to experience their Wii games with the Wii U GamePad.

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    January 14, 2015 6:23 AM

    Daniel Perez posted a new article, Nintendo Wii U offering digital Wii games starting today

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      January 14, 2015 6:27 AM

      Metroid Prime Trilogy, fuck yes!

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        January 14, 2015 6:31 AM

        Trilogy is at the end of Jan, Galaxy 2 is up today.

        Note: You will still need the Wii mote for those two.

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          January 14, 2015 6:34 AM

          For Trilogy it makes sense since you use it to aim but for Mario?

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            January 14, 2015 6:49 AM

            I assume picking up all the stars and shooting them at things etc.

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        January 14, 2015 6:32 AM

        can you please watch your language.

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        January 14, 2015 6:32 AM

        YEAH, al9k, you like that, br0???

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        January 14, 2015 6:33 AM

        FINALLY!

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        January 14, 2015 10:27 AM

        Finally, I will own this game for decent price. Half off for one week! Nintendo just undercut that used game market like a boss.

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        January 14, 2015 12:17 PM

        YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES OH BABY YES

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        January 14, 2015 1:58 PM

        YES instant buy.

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      January 14, 2015 6:38 AM

      I still have all of these on disc. I might consider getting them again digital, for that just in case scenario. Where a disc might mess up or get scratched. Punch Out and Mario Galaxy 2 were awesome.

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        January 14, 2015 6:44 AM

        If Galaxy 2 doesn't require the wiimote, I'll rebuy it.

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          January 14, 2015 12:02 PM

          It does. It's only if the original game was compatible with the Classic Controller that you can use the Gamepad. You need the wiimote for picking up star bits and the Yoshi sections in SMG2.

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          January 14, 2015 12:03 PM

          It does :(

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          January 14, 2015 1:03 PM

          Not a chance, you need it for stages like Flip-Swap Galaxy

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      January 14, 2015 6:45 AM

      what sort of HD space does the Wii U have? is it expandable?

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        January 14, 2015 6:54 AM

        Pretty sure you can plug in standard external HDDs for storage and they work.

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          January 14, 2015 6:54 AM

          Correct

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          January 14, 2015 8:56 AM

          Yep. I've got a USB 3.0 external drive hooked up to my Wii U.

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            January 14, 2015 10:40 AM

            While there's no prob with that, a bit overkill since it only supports 2.0 I believe.

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              January 14, 2015 12:04 PM

              This thread is truth.

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              January 14, 2015 2:41 PM

              You're right, but the drive was on sale at the time, so I thought "why not?"

              I may switch it out in the future if I need a USB 3.0 drive for something, but as of now, I don't.

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        January 14, 2015 11:28 AM

        Even the model with the larger HD is tiny. Smash Bros takes up about half the drive itself.

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        January 14, 2015 1:58 PM

        I just plugged in an external drive.

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      January 14, 2015 7:32 AM

      Hmm I wonder what the price will be

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        January 14, 2015 7:37 AM

        $19.99 $9.99 (for a limited time)
        http://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/pvqEpTCeo0N6UW0Da3T1f1c2vzWP7iCd

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          January 14, 2015 7:43 AM

          Holy shit I'm totally buying these games for $10, that's a steal!

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            January 14, 2015 7:44 AM

            Really hope they release the Pikmin 1 and 2 remakes on this

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              January 14, 2015 8:24 AM

              The first thing I did was look for Pikmin 2 :|

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                January 14, 2015 8:27 AM

                They've only announced Mario Galaxy 2, Punch Out, and Metroid Prime Trilogy so far. Only one actually out is Mario Galaxy 2 with the others following later this month. They did say there will be more so I have my fingers crossed, I don't really want to pay $50 for those games on eBay.

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          January 14, 2015 8:59 AM

          Wow. I suddenly need a bigger hard drive for my Wii U. lol

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            January 14, 2015 10:37 AM

            We all need bigger HDs for all our stupid consoles...

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              January 14, 2015 11:26 AM

              I bought a 2TB for my PS4 already, and am going to take its 500GB, throw it in the 2TB's chassis and hook that up to my Xbox One.

              Between user-installable hard drives and the patches required for the latest generation of consoles, it's almost like owning a stupid PC.

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                January 14, 2015 11:59 AM

                Exactly, they are pushing me back to the PC.

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                  January 14, 2015 12:05 PM

                  I keep thinking about building an Alienware style PC. I wish Valve would get their stuff out.

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                    January 14, 2015 12:13 PM

                    I am going to wait until Windows 10 before I invest in my next PC gaming rig. I have this ASUS Republic of Gaming laptop that is getting me by, but I really hate Windows 8.1.

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                      January 14, 2015 12:16 PM

                      are all steam machines just going to be streaming machines that require a separate PC, or are they going to put out some powerhouse standalone boxes? or is this still good ol valve style unknown information

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                        January 14, 2015 12:19 PM

                        I have seen standalone steam machines, but I am sure there will be some cheaper more crippled ones too. Valve is not taking much of a risk on their side with this. The hardware partners are the ones that are sticking their necks and wallets into the fire.

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                        January 14, 2015 12:21 PM

                        I think they're going to have a spec powerhouse machine, but the fact that they're targeting Linux for the OS kind of makes a spec Steambox a no-go.

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      January 14, 2015 8:58 AM

      Are these still SD?

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      January 14, 2015 10:42 AM

      really think they should have given these some sort of 'HD' treatment, these games would all look amazing if they were even just rendering at 1080. :/

      on the bright side I have my wii discs so for once nintendo ain't getting me to double dip which I am really getting tired of

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        January 14, 2015 11:07 AM

        wish they somehow found a way to make it compatible with the gamepad controller too instead of just a remote tv

        but thats probably asking for too much

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          January 14, 2015 11:09 AM

          oh it actually works for games that is compatible with the classic controller nice! but I guess zelda and mario need the damn wiimotes

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        January 14, 2015 11:17 AM

        HD rereleases would be amazing

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          January 14, 2015 12:41 PM

          after the success of Wind Waker how is this not the top of their to-do list? it's not like you can't outsource this stuff and still get great results!

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      January 14, 2015 11:08 AM

      Do they have a website I can buy this stuff on or do I have to go through the wii u console?

      Reason I ask is I haven't hooked up my console to any online thing.

      Thanks...

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      January 14, 2015 11:12 AM

      That's good! I wish they were updated though or had a better control scheme.

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      January 14, 2015 11:16 AM

      I coincidentally started playing Punch Out two weeks ago. When it came out I only got to the third circuit and stopped.

      The game is great and I can't believe I kind of passed on it. It seems to have flown under a lot of radars, I think partly because it came out as the Wii was declining. Same thing happened with me and Donkey Kong Returns. The digital rerelease is a good chance for people to discover it.

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        January 14, 2015 11:41 AM

        It really opens up on the 2nd playthrough, as all of the bosses have different moves/mechanics when you're defending the belt.

        Absolutely awesome game, one of my favorites from the previous gen. And you're right, it's entirely overlooked in 95% of every "what wii games are good" threads. :(

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          January 14, 2015 12:31 PM

          Argh, I always wanted to finish it but never did. That second playthrough title defense sounded awesome.

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          January 15, 2015 1:12 PM

          i have the game but didnt know about the 2nd playthrough thing. i will check this out thanks

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        January 15, 2015 10:15 PM

        First time I've heard about this Punch-Out game! Super Punch-Out on the SNES was one of my favorites. All of a sudden, the WiiU appeals to me!

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      January 14, 2015 11:58 AM

      I never played either of the Mario Galaxy games. Guess it's time to rectify that.

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        January 14, 2015 12:07 PM

        I kind of wish they released Galaxy 1 first so you could do them in order. Its a brilliant game that 2 almost makes look like a test run.

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        January 14, 2015 12:11 PM

        Both are awesome, one of those rare instances where neither is really superior to the other and are both worth playing in any order.

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      January 14, 2015 12:06 PM

      Super Mario Galaxy 2 pulls in your save file from the Wii partition. It was something I hoped for (and got!) but had low expectations for.

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      January 14, 2015 12:17 PM

      I'm getting all of those. I've been wanting to play SMG2 and Punch-Out, and I'll take any excuse to replay the Prime games.

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      January 14, 2015 12:21 PM

      Fuck me I was kind of right.....

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      January 14, 2015 12:22 PM

      Anyone know if these still launch in Wii system mode, or are they part of the Wii-U dashboard now?

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      January 14, 2015 1:05 PM

      Its been years since I've played SMG2, its SO good. I forgot what the more open level design was like, really different from SM3DW.

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      January 14, 2015 1:09 PM

      Anyone buy and download SMG2 yet? I'm curious what the actual file size is.

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        January 14, 2015 1:40 PM

        About 1.5GB

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          January 14, 2015 1:44 PM

          Awesome! I think I have just about 3 GB free. Thanks!

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          January 14, 2015 2:06 PM

          How does it look?? Exactly like playing through the Wii mode? ie. fuzzy as shit?

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      January 14, 2015 1:18 PM

      do usb sticks work for storage on the wiiu?

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        January 14, 2015 3:17 PM

        Yes but Nintendo recommends against it because of the amount of rewriting that gets done. Several shackers do so regardless though.

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      January 14, 2015 2:14 PM

      THREAD HIJACK

      I didn't play much Wii, what are everyone's top 3 Wii games that I should consider playing?

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        January 14, 2015 2:15 PM

        Mario Galaxy 1
        Mario Galaxy 2
        Metroid Prime Trilogy

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          January 14, 2015 2:21 PM

          These games. Also Twilight Princess, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Punch Out

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        January 14, 2015 2:16 PM

        The ones they're releasing for this promotion are pretty much the cream of the crop. The only other you should get is Twilight Princess and Okami if you can get them.

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          January 15, 2015 11:05 AM

          okami hd is better though on ps3

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        January 14, 2015 2:30 PM

        i was looking for the same thing to get for my wii u, in addition to mario galaxy series, i saw many people recommending these:
        - Mario Strikers Charged
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJZVydo57Hw

        - Kirby's Epic Yarn
        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK4gKc9OuTk

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        January 14, 2015 3:05 PM

        Mega Man 9, Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, No More Heroes

        I just picked 3 good games that no one else will probably mention. CV is a VC title.

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          January 14, 2015 7:27 PM

          Mm9 was released on the other consoles

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        January 14, 2015 3:15 PM

        Skyward Sword, Zack & Wiki, and de Blob

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        January 14, 2015 9:18 PM

        Just picked up SMG2, I like the level selection stuff better than SMG1. So far it seems like the game wastes your time less, which used to be a bigger problem with Nintendo games imho.

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        January 14, 2015 10:03 PM

        Super Mario Galaxy may be the single greatest joy I have ever had gaming. The game turned me and my family into 5-year-olds again.

        It's right up next to Elite/DK2 and seeing Quake 1 with a 3D card.