Here's another one of Nintendo President Satoru Iwata's stingers that he saved up for an emergency business briefing today following poor yearly sales results for the Wii U. Check this, because it's an idea no one else has thought of yet: Nintendo's bringing DS games to the Wii U via the Virtual Console. Brilliant, right? It's almost like having a controller with a second screen made the Wii U perfect for this sort of thing.
All joking aside, this is a decision that should have been made prior to the Wii U's launch and a healthy library of DS games should already be on the platform. As it stands Iwata made it clear that DS titles coming to the Virtual Console will occur in the future, but definitely not immediately and no tentative schedule was even alluded to.
Part of Nintendo's approach for the future, which will be more prominent in what Nintendo described as their future platform, will be account-based loyalty. Nintendo took a step this year uniting the 3DS and Wii U digital accounts, but to say those account systems are lacking is one heck of an understatement. If they believe DS sales on the Virtual Console can improve Wii U adoption then solving these account issues should be more of a priority.
With that said, having DS titles accessible on the Wii U would be great. The DS had such an outstanding library and being able to play some of those titles on a big screen via the Wii U would be a great boon. I'm betting we won't hear more about this until later this year, perhaps E3? Or we might not even hear of it at all. Let's not hold our collective breath.