Here’s Everything You Should Know About the Wii U Virtual Console

Wii U Virtual Console

During a recent Nintendo Direct presentation, the Japanese company revealed that the Wii U Virtual Console will launch as part of the console’s spring update. When that happens, users will be able to get Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System games, though Game Boy Advance titles will be made available later on.

Interestingly, you’ll be able to play Virtual Console games on both the Wii U and the Wii U GamePad. NES games will cost $4.99 – $5.99 and SNES games will cost $7.99 – $8.99. Additionally, there will be a special pricing for those who bought Virtual Console titles on the Wii. If that’s your case, you’ll be able to download NES games for $1 and SNES games for $1.50.

Finally, as a way of celebrating the Famicom’s 30th anniversary, Nintendo will be releasing one NES or SNES game every month which will be available for $0.30. It’s worth pointing out that each title will be discounted for 30 days and when the campaign is over, the titles will return to their regular price. Here’s the lineup:

  • January – Balloon Fight
  • February – F-Zero
  • March – Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
  • April – Kirby’s Adventure
  • May – Super Metroid
  • June – Yoshi
  • July – Donkey Kong

Japanese Wii U owners will get Mother 2 (AKA Earthbound) instead of Punch Out and Fire Emblem: Mistery of the Emblem instead of F-Zero. Those lucky bastards…