Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console announced

Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console online service has been unveiled by Nintendo at the Nintendo Direct conference, with a launch date set for after the spring system update.

The service, which makes games made for old Nintendo consoles available to download and play on the Wii U, will initially offer NES and SNES titles, with old GameBoy advance favourites to be added later. It seems the full library from the original Nintendo Wii Virtual Console will not be available, with no mention of any GameCube games at this stage.

According to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata, the Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console titles are being remade to include Miiverse and Gamepad functionalities, meaning anyone who already bought and downloaded NES and SNES games from Wii Virtual Console will need to pay to download them again.

However, Nintendo is offering a significant discount to users in this situation. New games will be priced at £3.49 for NES games, while SNES titles will cost £5.49. Anyone repurchasing any titles will pay 99p for NES and £1.49 for SNES game downloaded from Nintendo Wii U Virtual Console.

With the service launching in Spring, Nintendo is offering a number of NES and SNES games to play for 30-day trials for the bargain cost of 30p. This month Wii U owners can try Balloon Flight, with F-Zero and Kirby’s Adventure coming in the next few months.

The Nintendo Wii U system upgrade in Spring is also said to include a Miiverse launch for smartphones.

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