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