Wii U Virtual Console, OS Upgrades Announced

Posted January 24, 2013 by Noah Glaser in Wii U Online
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Nintendo has finally announced a release window for the Wii U’s virtual console. Around April, the Wii U will get the virtual console. While it will not offer all of the Wii’s library right from the start, it will offer its NES and SNES games.

Just like on the Wii, NES games will range from 4.99-5.99 and SNES games will be 7.99-8.99. If you already own the titles on your Wii, you can purchase the Wii U version for 1 dollar and 1.50 respectively. The Wii U versions of the games will feature save states, the ability to play on the GamePad, and Miiverse options.

To celebrate the VC launch and the 30th anniversary of the Famicom, Nintendo plans to have a Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign. This campaign, beginning today through July, has one game per month on sale at the low price of 30 cents.

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

In a weird announcement, Nintendo stated that Gameboy Advance games would be coming to the Wii U VC. This news is a bit strange since GBA games have yet to make their way to Nintendo’s handheld console, the 3DS.

In other news, Nintendo announced a couple of updates to the Wii U’s OS and Miiverse. Two updates are coming in both the Spring and Summer. These updates are staged to speed up load times.

The Miiverse will be updated enabling users to create their own communities. Multiple communities can be created per game and users will be able to filter content. The Miiverse will also be coming to smartphones and computers as well. Gamers can login with their Nintendo Network ID to access these features. A Miiverse App was also mentioned, but no other details were provided.

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Noah Glaser is a web marketing and social media expert that specializes in the gaming industry. When he is not writing articles for one of his blogs, he is at home playing his favorite Legend of Zelda games.