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Wii U Virtual Console Games Are Here

By Kevin on Jan 23 2013 05:50 PM
Wii U Virtual Console games are virtual!

This morning, during the Wii U Direct Presentation, we posted semi-live updates. As Mr. Iwata-san unraveled each new detail, our attentiveness grew and our eyes began to sparkle. Some of us even began panting like a dog on a hot Summer day. Well, I did, anyway. Perhaps one of the most exciting pieces of information, as widely speculated, was the announcement of the Wii U Virtual Console service.

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The Wii U Virtual Console service will be in full-effect this Spring, following a scheduled Wii U system update. Initially, the entire Wii Virtual Console library will not be available. Iwata-san goes on to elaborate, "the original Wii Virtual Console lineup was prepared over a long period of time." Once the Wii U Virtual Console service starts, a selection of Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) titles will be offered.

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Game Boy Advance games are in development, and will be offered at some point after initial launch. Iwata emphasizes that "the Wii U version of Virtual Console games are being newly developed for the Wii U System."

Enhanced Wii U Virtual Console titles will allow players to:
  • Save a back-up of your game progress
  • Play off-TV on the Wii U GamePad
  • Access a Miiverse community
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Consumers who have previously purchased an identical version of the game, from the Wii Virtual Console service, will be offered a discounted price if they want to have the same software on the Wii U. Previous purchasers will have to pay $1.00 for NES titles and $1.50 for SNES titles. The regular price for NES and SNES titles will be $4.99 - $5.99 and $7.99 - $8.99, respectively.

What are your overall thoughts?
Is the new Wii U Virtual Console service something you've been looking for?
Does this new service persuade you to purchase a Wii U?


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I know that some people are already complaining about the fact that there is a cost at all for VC games they already own on the Wii. I have my own opinion about this, hear me out. When you buy a game you buy it to play on that particular system. So the same goes for the virtual console games. You purchased them on Wii so you can play them for as long as you have a Wii or transfer them to the Wii U and play them using Wii mode. That is fair.

What I found is that people are getting caught up on why they should have to pay for the game again from the Wii U eShop. Well, as they explained the games will have more options than the Wii version. Save anywhere, Gamepad play and a Miiverse community. All of these things take time and money. Miiverse will require more people to monitor etc. Asking the customer to pay $1.00 or $1.50 for these brand new features is not a lot. Yes, to those consumers who purchased 150+ VC games it will hit them a little harder but if they do not like it then play it on your Wii or Wii mode on Wii U.

I personally think it makes sense from a business standpoint and I am happy with their decision. Now, if they did not offer a discount for people who already own it on Wii I would not have thought of it this way. 
Pretty cool.  Can't wait to try some of these out on the gamepad.

View Postaquizero, on 24 January 2013 - 08:20 AM, said:

...the games will have more options than the Wii version. Save anywhere, Gamepad play and a Miiverse community. All of these things take time and money. Miiverse will require more people to monitor etc. Asking the customer to pay $1.00 or $1.50 for these brand new features is not a lot.

Superbly done! I don't even have to reply now. I 100% agree with everything Nintendo announced regarding this.

View PostKevin, on 24 January 2013 - 10:08 AM, said:

Superbly done! I don't even have to reply now. I 100% agree with everything Nintendo announced regarding this.

Great minds think alike. :)
Balloon Fight plays well on the GamePad.