The rumours were true - today, Nintendo confirmed its plans for the Wii U Virtual Console during the Wii U Direct presentation.

Following a spring system update, the Virtual Console service will launch on the Wii U. NES and SNES games will be offered first, but the service will expand to include other formats - including the Game Boy Advance.

Titles are being re-coded for the service, which means you'll be able to use save states (like on the 3DS Virtual Console).

Interestingly, if you've already purchased a game on the Wii Virtual Console you won't be able to re-download it on the Wii U Virtual Console free of charge - but Nintendo will offer a discount, at least.

Here's the official line from Nintendo of America itself:

A spring system update will add Virtual Console software to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The service will launch right after the spring update and will include a selection of NES and Super NES games, with Game Boy Advance games to be added in the future. The prices for NES and Super NES Virtual Console games for Wii U will be the same as they were for the Virtual Console on Wii. People who have already 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 for the reduced price of $1 for NES games and $1.50 for Super NES games.

What are your thoughts on this? Were you expecting to download games you'd already purchased for free? Are you excited about Game Boy Advance titles? Sound off in the comments section below.

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