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Wii U Virtual Console & OS Improvements Coming This Spring

Jonathan Lester
NES games, Nintendo, SNES games, Virtual Console, Wii U

Wii U Virtual Console & OS Improvements Coming This Spring

NES Promotion Announced

Ninty President Satoru Iwata revealed that the Wii U's Virtual Console will deploy alongside a speed-boosting system update this Spring.

First things first: Nintendo plans to vastly improve software and menu loading times with two separate firmware updates, the first of which is scheduled for "Spring" (probably some time in April). Since the horrendously sluggish operating system was one of our major gripes with the new console, this comes as music to our ears. Waiting seventeen seconds to load the options menu is disgraceful, especially considering that the OS has a dedicated Gigabyte of RAM behind it.

Following that, Nintendo will roll out the Wii U's Virtual Console, providing a selection of NES and SNES games retrofitted with MiiVerse, save states and Gamepad support. Game Boy Advance titles will also be added to the service in due time.

NES games will set you back £3.49, while SNES games weigh in at £5.49. However, if you've already purchased Virtual Console games on your Wii and transferred them over to your Wii U system, you'll be able to download the new Wii U version for a reduced £0.99/£1.49 fee.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the NES, Nintendo will be putting an NES game on special offer each month until the Virtual Console fully rolls out. Each title can be purchased for a measly 30p for a limited time. The first game in the promotion, Balloon Fight, should be ready to buy as you're reading this sentence.

  • January: Balloon Fight
  • February: F-Zero
  • March: Punch-Out Featuring Mr. Dream
  • April: Kirby’s Adventure
  • May: Super Metroid
  • June: Yoshi
  • July: Donkey Kong
Add a comment3 comments
RiKx  Jan. 23, 2013 at 16:27

You can get bent Nintendo, you caught me with this before and I lost my 100 odd quids worth of VC purchases...

you'll be able to transfer the license to the Wii U for a 99 pence fee

Funny you couldn't transfer it before to another Wii... When you transfer it to a Wii U presumably you'll have the same problem of it being linked to that WiiU as Nintendo can't be bothered to do linked accounts?!

JonLester  Jan. 24, 2013 at 00:06

@RiKx: In all fairness, my original wording was a bit misleading. You can currently transfer Wii VC games to a Wii U console for free via a one-time process, the extra fee is for getting the upgraded Wii U version that lets you play on Gamepad. Sorry!

Last edited by JonLester, Jan. 24, 2013 at 11:11
RiKx  Jan. 24, 2013 at 13:01

I'm just a bit ragey still about my games loss! ;)


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