Nintendo confirms Wii U Virtual Console launch and suite of new eShop titles

The Wii U's spring firmware update will launch the Wii U Virtual Console; cult RPG Earthbound will also release this year.

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Nintendo has announced that the Wii U Virtual Console will officially launch in North America next week with the console's spring firmware update.

Speaking during today's Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata said Virtual Console games on the Wii U would be playable on TV and from the GamePad. Games will also be able to access the Miiverse community.

At launch, the Wii U Virtual Console will feature classic Nintendo titles F-Zero, Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong Jr, Excitebike, Punch Out, Super Mario World, Ice Climber, and Kirby's Adventure

As part of the announcement, Nintendo confirmed that cult 1995 SNES RPG Earthbound would be also be coming to the Wii U Virtual Console this year in North America and Europe.

Elsewhere in the Nintendo Direct presentation, Nintendo confirmed that Wii U eShop title Game & Wario would release in North America on June 23.

As for the 3DS eShop, Nintendo will be releasing Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move on May 9. This year the 3DS eShop will also see three original games from Professor Layton publisher Level 5: The Starship Damrey, Bugs vs Tanks, and Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale.

Finishing off Nintendo's downloadable announcements, the publisher confirmed Capcom-developed The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Seasons will be released for 3DS Virtual Console on May 30.

Discussion

260 comments
Bionic_
Bionic_

Better late then never  

ewjiml
ewjiml

Congratulations Nintendo on finally releasing something that should have been ready during launch week.  And more retro games.....hurray.....

Caninicom
Caninicom

I think this is pretty simple.

If you think about it- Regardless of your opinion Nintendo is the busiest and biggest vid game company period.

They have always had the #1 handheld system to support and a home console.

They have over a dozen studios and 2 huge systems.

Sonys psp doesn't count- never haa been big.

There's your answer- you have so much responsibility as the largest company and the most franchises that need to be filled by your fans equals less time to make a new franchise.

Your lucky to get 1 new franchise every other year but if you do it really kicks ass because one thing about nintendo is they rarely invest in crap and that's why they will always have their dedicated fans coming back for new experiences with their most popular characters.

If you look at most of there games that are made every 2-4 years they are not lacking innovation and don't play the same- it's not as if they are giving you the same title like the latest gears of war and god of war- they feel like new games and you walk away being able to appreciate each game for what it is.

There you have it haters

erix43
erix43

If they do ALL old school 8-bit games, that would sell me immediately. I'd buy a Wii-U. I want ALL nintendo games. It'd be a retro-dream.. . ! 

Young_Charter
Young_Charter

This is actually good news for nintendo fans.  

kickingcarpet
kickingcarpet

Still not Playstation 4, so it doesn't matter...but yeah..cool..wow..old games to play! 

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

LOVED  Earthbound! I remember at the time I was more into old western rpgs, then that game just blew me away!

torrne667
torrne667

THIS is why nintendo is dying out, make some GOOD current gen games withe some good CURRENT hardware. STOP dragging aeons old games up and putting them on the new machine, because in all honesty, they were good then but they look dated as fuck and the gameplay is nothing to shout about. I loved the snes back in the day but there is no way in hell i would actually pay for any of the games, especially since my smartphone has the power to run every emulator going perfectly(apart from the ps2, ps1 runs SWEET!)

TheFlawedGoblin
TheFlawedGoblin

Every time people get excited about the re release of a nintendo or super nintendo game like this I just have one simple question to ask: Have none of you heard of roms and emulators??? lol They are generally free to download and you don't even have to pirate them. Why people would want to pay for free games is beyond me lol

unwell-7
unwell-7

btw, you guys remember virtual boy? i remember when i was a kid visiting the tiny games section in my local sears when my parents went shopping and trying to look into those goggles and barely reaching it cause i was so damn small.

unwell-7
unwell-7

you know what nintendo did wrong with the Wii? they got rid of the traditional controller. they also kept releasing games that required additional "accessories" to play them. and when you get board with the game, what the hell are you gonna do with a bulky ass accessory. they also just keep making "kiddy" games, thereby limiting their market to kids and dudes who are interested in weird games (which is few in the gaming market). also, the hardware is weak so many game developers skip it. its a shame. Nintendo used to be a console that released tons of awesome games. now it relies on too heavily on its exclusives, pumping 16 mario games variants. you know its running out of ideas when its has to rely on releasing "retro" games.

SgtStrungOut
SgtStrungOut

AWESOME. Earthbound finally gets the rerelease it deserves. I bought this game waaaaaay back in 1995and I knew I had a masterpiece of a video game in my hands. Back then it sold pretty poorly because Nintendo did not advertise it correctly, and there were alot of stupid people that ignored it. It is 2013 now and times have changed, so maybe people will get the urge to play this classic for the first time since they did not get the opportunity the first time. Hopefully it will do good despite the gaming industry trying to appeal more to the casual gamers than the hardcore gamers.

megakick
megakick

Bout time. Make a Hd version 2.

burgeg
burgeg

If Nintendo had any sense they'd have the virtual console on Wii, 3DS and Wii U all have the same games. The Wii virtual console is actually pretty good. If I could play my Wii virtual console games on my 3DS I'd play it a lot more. I want handheld versions of Mega Drive, N64 and SNES games, not just gameboy and gamegear games. 3DS virtual console is pathetic. It's bad enough not having the console virtual console that the Wii has, but it doesn't even have GBA games! And you know the worst part? They're actually capable of all of this. They just choose not to do it. For one, I already have and NES and 10 GBA games on 3DS from the ambassador program. Very frustrating.

edinko
edinko

YOu can play earthbound for about a million years on nearly each phone, tablet or computer of whichever brand or OS you want

SeannTHEsheep
SeannTHEsheep

you coulnt even buy both a ps4 and the xbox 720 for the cost earth bounds worth.  one sold on amazon last year for £1400 and no ones sold one since. 

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I kept my Wii for the VC. If Nintendo rolled out a mass of NES/SNES upscaled HD games, I would buy a Wii U.

theblackfrog
theblackfrog

yeehaa earthbound, one of the best if not the best oldskool nintendo rpg....love it

but nintendo needs more than old virtual console stuff for the wii u...i still love my wii u but not enough good exclusive titles atm....NINTENDO do something!!!

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

awesome about time! virtual console is whats best about Nintendos!

grasshopper6
grasshopper6

how bout you give us some Wii U games already or you gonna end up like dreamcast nintendo 

DarkE0n
DarkE0n

Earthbound is all well and good, but I just want to say that those pair of Zelda games are awesome. 3DS owners should download those too.

jasonlc3221
jasonlc3221

EARTHBOUND FOR LIFE, MO FO!!!!!!!

Nothing beats Ness on a bicycle

OldStupidGeezer
OldStupidGeezer

to everyone complaining about SNES not being on 3DS VC:

the 3DS has a resolution of 400 vertically. some SNES games have a resolution of 512 pixels. if SNES was on the 3DS, they would either have to remake it to fit the screen, or eliminate some lines of graphics from the game. id rather just keep SNES on wii u

debryson
debryson

Why not put Earth Bound on 3ds??!! (as well)

Halloll
Halloll

For this game, I will buy a Wii-U, also a Wii-U is cheaper than the original cartridge.

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

Earthbound has remained in the top 5 of my all time favorite RPGs for well over a decade now, and even though I still own my original SNES package with the player's guide and scratch n sniff stickers, I can't tell you how hard I'll be buying this once it goes up.

Even if it's a slight tip in favor of getting some kind of release of the GBA game, original NES game, and any other potential installments in the series outside of Japan, it's money well spent in my opinion. To me, this series is a definitive example of the awesomeness that can be had when game designers take a chance at doing something completely opposite of whats to be expected.



abHS4L88
abHS4L88

@kickingcarpet 

Like PSN? If all you care about is the PS4, then why are you on a Wii U article?

Fooforaw
Fooforaw

@torrne667 Or they could, you know...do both; appease both crowds....no need to be a spazz...

AlexFili
AlexFili

@torrne667 The effort to port old games is pretty low, I think they should always try to port as many as they can

kozzy1234
kozzy1234

@unwell-7  The worst system EVER, gave me headaches! One of my friends got one, I was so jealous.. until I tried it lolz.

torrne667
torrne667

@unwell-7 You missed nothing believe me, it was absolutely shite, and apparently was making people cross eyed and sick.

Orvell
Orvell

They should also be cross platform licenses bought. I like Nintendo but hate greedy actions. Businesses seem to want to wring out every penny when I think sales would be higher if they gave better value. I doubt anyone has the numbers to prove one way or another.

BrutalPandaX2
BrutalPandaX2

@burgeg actually Nintendo announced they will be releasing GBA games on VC in the near future, not sure if that will include 3DS 

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

@edinko Yeah, by using illegal emulators and ROMs. What a great idea.

/sarcasm

edinko
edinko

??? You don't make much sense

torrne667
torrne667

@DinoBuster So you own a physical copy of earthbound and a snes but you are going to pay for this "rehash"?...no hope for nintendo with a fanbase like this...

erix43
erix43

@Fooforaw @torrne667 

Loosen up there toots, the only one being a spazz is yourself and giving it away. You people are morons that post without checking yourselves. "Chickity Check Yo Self, before you wreck  Yo self, fool." 

TheFlawedGoblin
TheFlawedGoblin

@GunnyHath @TheFlawedGoblin No my friend its perfectly legal to download but not to distribute. Also, don't you think its a bit greedy to try and re sell a game from the nes or snes era when these companies aren't really having to do anything to redistribute the game other than just throw up online? Its not like they put more work into it. They are simply cashing in on people dumb enough to not realize how to download emulators and roms for free on public websites. There is no torrenting involved. Regardless, if you want to pay for an out dated game to line the pockets of some CEO who literally did nothing for that game in over 20 years, be my guest. I'm not stopping you or anyone else from doing that. I just think its foolish.

torrne667
torrne667

@AvatarMan96 emulators are not illegal, do your research before you spout crap. And it is also not illegal to own ROMS.

edinko
edinko

@AvatarMan96 Emulators are not illegal and if you bought the game 20 years ago then there is completely nothing wrong with it

DinoBuster
DinoBuster

@torrne667 @DinoBuster I have a vested interest in the game series in question. Notice how I don't even mention "Nintendo" in my comment. Not only do I own a SNES, Wii, and Wii-U, but I own all three generations of Playstations, and both Xboxs as an example. The reason for this? I like to play games, and have no particular loyalty to any one of the front running console companies. If you want my money, release games I want to play and see more of and you'll get it. be your product on a Sony, Microsoft, or Nintendo platform. Read and comprehend my friend. We all aren't mindless fanboys. Some of us appreciate games.

Orvell
Orvell

You will notice all most all rom sites state it is illegal to download and keep the rom if you don't own the game. Just saying. I personally like playing on the old systems, but would say buy earthbound on virtual console rather than pay over a hundred on eBay for a used copy or use an emulator. Yes I played nes games on an emulator 15 - 20 years ago, and yeah I thought it was cool way back then, but now think they are lame.

GunnyHath
GunnyHath

@TheFlawedGoblin @GunnyHath I have nothing against emulation, I have every game you can imagine.  But it is illegal if you down own the game, distribution or not.  It's a huge grey area, and nobody cares enough to prosecute you, but it's not technically legal.

torrne667
torrne667

@Temperedelm I did my research knobhead, i didnt say anything about downloading roms did i? No?..didnt think so,  maybe dont jump into the line of fire until you are sure you have your bulletproof vest on DICKSPLASH! And FYI its actually NOT illegal to download SNES ROMS but it IS illegal to distribute them. So keep your nose out of things which are beyond your comprehension and go play pokemon or something a bit more fantasy based like your comments.

Temperedelm
Temperedelm

 @torrne667

However it IS illegal to download ROMs. Maybe some one should do their research before they try to call people on spouting crap?

torrne667
torrne667

@DinoBuster @torrne667 never said you were a fanboy..just basically said that if people keep buying shit they dont need/did years ago...nintendo will keep churning it out by the shovel load.