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Virtual Console Coming to Wii U, 30-Cent Games Being Used as Promo

By January 23, 2013

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Today, Nintendo announced that the Virtual Console, an online shop devoted to retro games, is coming to the Wii U some time this spring. To get gamers in the mood, they are starting a promotion in which they will sell selected NES and SNES games on the Wii U eShop for 30 cents.

The Wii U Virtual Console will not contain the complete VC library currently available on the Wii, as each game must be integrated into Nintendo's online Miiverse forums and tweaked so it will play on either the TV or the gamepad. The Virtual Console will launch with a selection of NES and SNES games, with GBA games to be added at a later date. The Wii offered games from a number of other consoles, but Nintendo has not said whether they will all come to the Wii U, nor whether newer systems like the Game Cube might eventually be supported.

If you have purchased a Virtual Console game on the Wii and transferred it to your Wii U, you will have the option to upgrade to the Wii U Virtual Console version for $1 for NES games and $1.50 for SNES games.

In honor of the 30 year anniversary of the release of the NES in Japan, from January to June Nintendo will be releasing future VC games on the Wii U eShop for 30 cents each. Each game will be available at that price for 30 days. The first game, Balloon Fight, is available now. In the next few months gamers will be able to purchase F-Zero, Punch-Out Featuring Mr. Dream, Kirby's Adventure, Super Metroid, Yoshi, and Donkey Kong.

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