Virtual Console Launches On Wii U This Spring

Nintendo has confirmed that a system update planned for Spring 2013 will bring the Virtual Console to Wii U. The service will launch right after the spring update, bringing a selection of NES and SNES games to Nintendo’s newest console.

Specific titles have not yet been revealed, but during this morning’s Nintendo Direct, Satoru Iwata confirmed that Virtual Console games on Wii U will be priced just as they were on the original Wii. Gamers who purchased the Wii version of a certain NES or Super NES Virtual Console game and transferred it to their Wii U console can buy the enhanced Wii U version of the same game (delivering GamePad-only play and Miiverse integration) for the reduced price of $1 for NES games and $1.50 for SNES games.

Nintendo is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the Famicom in Japan (NES in the United States) by making one NES or Super NES game available each month now through July at the anniversary price of just 30 cents. Each game will be available at that price for 30 days, the first being NES game “Balloon Fight,” which is available now in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.

Nintendo also revealed that Gameboy Advance games will eventually available through the Wii U Virtual Console.

Check out the entire Nintendo Direct announcement below:

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