Disappointing for many Wii U owners, the Virtual Console has been suspiciously absent since the console's launch. Take heart! Nintendo president Iwata says that shall be changing this spring when the service will relaunch on the Wii U with a library of Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo titles. Though Iwata also promised that Game Boy Advance titles would finally be coming to the service.
In addition, to celebrate the Family Computer's (Japanese NES) 30th Anniversary, Nintendo will be releasing several games over the coming months in a special sale. One game per month at a sale rate of $.30 per title lasting for 30 days. The first title, Balloon Fight, should be available on the Wii U eShop right now. Here's the full list of releases:
- January - Balloon Fight
- February - F-Zero
- March - Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream
- April - Kirby's Adventure
- May - Super Metroid
- June - Yoshi
- July - Donkey Kong
There is a notable difference between the Japanese and North American lists some folk might be interested in. A note that will likely prove significant to a specific community of gamers. Japan's March release is in fact Mother 2, more commonly known as Earthbound in our part of the world. Some may recall news about a Mother project being in the works, well this is it. And no, there are no plans to bring it to North America.
In other disappointing Virtual Console news, unfortunately games will not carry over between the Wii and the Wii U. Basically, Nintendo has to remake each title for the new platform's architecture, so converting everyone's eShop purchases wouldn't prove prudent. However, if you own a Virtual Console game for the Wii and it's remade for the Wii U, Nintendo will offer it to you at a much lower cost.
Speaking of costs, here are the standard prices for upcoming NES and SNES games:
- NES: $4.99 - $5.99, or only $1.00 if already bought on the Wii
- SNES: $7.99 - $8.99, or only $1.50 if already bought on the Wii
Hopefully we'll hear more about the Virtual Console's launch on the Wii U soon, perhaps in either February or March's Nintendo Direct streams. It'll be good to have a selection of classic Nintendo game's to pick up again, on top of new offerings found through the eShop. Make sure to pick up Balloon Fight for only $.30, or, I dunno, buy a piece of candy?