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Nintendo Reveals Plans For Wii U Virtual Console

Posted by Damien McFerran

Games being coded from the ground up, will be playable on GamePad

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.

How do you feel about the 'Special Price' for Wii U Virtual Console games? (283 votes)

It's fine, I don't mind paying a bit extra

30%

It's okay I guess, I understand why

38%

I don't think it's fair

25%

My rage cannot be described

7%

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User Comments (110)

pntjr

#2

pntjr said:

GameBoy Advance? Do you know how awful that will look when upscaling it? Hopefully Nintendo will do their magic and make it look good.

CrissCross87

#3

CrissCross87 said:

It would be nice if you could redownload the games already without the extra features.... unless you can do that already. I don't know. Haven't gotten a Wii U yet to transfer content.

AhabSpampurse

#6

AhabSpampurse said:

Yeah, sounds alright to me. Ive got all my games on wii u, so if I want to upgrade for 99p I can live with that.

PinkSpider

#9

PinkSpider said:

What a joke really not happy that I have to buy the games again, a
so I end up in the long run paying more for a game than a guy who who hasn't downloaded it yet . really disappointed Nintendo

skjia

#10

skjia said:

I'm not thrilled at having to spend more than people who haven't bought the vc games already, but it's only a buck and I'm very happy that this is happening. Can't wait till spring!

edhe

#11

edhe said:

@antonvaltaz The upgrade would have been much less than that, wouldn't it?

Also, what was that Famicom Anniversary thing about? If I heard right, for 30 days for each month up untill July (or something), you can effectively rent games for 30pence/cents and when the time expires, you can then buy them for the reduced price.

The games hardly interest me anyway. Donkey Kong? Meh.

Punch Out on the other hand might be a reasonable purchase for me.

shonenjump86

#12

shonenjump86 said:

Nice to hear there will be save state, might be better to put the Gameboy Advance games on on 3DS VC IMO.

PinkSpider

#13

PinkSpider said:

I'm more annoyed that I have nearly 30 snes games and about 30 other games across nes, mega drive and neo geo.
This should have been instantly free to download for people who have bought them already
Nintendo you suck!

DestinyMan

#15

DestinyMan said:

This is fine if the games come with enhancements. I'm interested to see how they're going to make GBA games work on the Wii U.

aaronsullivan

#16

aaronsullivan said:

Great news. The small cost is a bit of an annoyance and I may not pay for all of them, but the fact that I'll be able to jump right into games again without switching to the Wii menu is very nice.

Metroid Zero Mission and even Fusion on the big (and medium) screen? Sweet.

Omega

#17

Omega said:

Is there no seperation between the Wii and the Wii U Virtual Console on this Website anymore?

SilentHunter382

#18

SilentHunter382 said:

Well I am not happy that I have to add an extra €1 to each nes game. They really should just be added the feature for the people who bought them already for free .

SanderEvers

#19

SanderEvers said:

@SilentHunter382 They are updating the game and emulation. You can play the exact same version for free (system transfer) but if you want to play them on your gamepad you should pay some extra.

aaronsullivan

#20

aaronsullivan said:

How does the save state work on 3DS? Do you get multiple save states? I assume it's different than the one that exists on the Wii already. Any improvement is nice. :)

Nukarmer

#21

Nukarmer said:

great news for me! like N is making all my dreams come true. well, step by step, no haste, but still, she eventually does!

Moshugan

#25

Moshugan said:

I think the ''special price'' is fair. It's not like I will be getting every VC game again anyway just to play them on the game pad.
Also, maybe GBA still has a chance on 3DS? Perhaps not.

RedYoshi999

#26

RedYoshi999 said:

Just realised that some systems will cost more than $1 - WTF! I can only imagine that N64 games will be another $2-$3 each to upgrade, and those are the games I want to upgrade the most. Also, why no mention of N64 games for the VC? It had terrible support on Wii so I was hoping that might finally change. Guess not. GBA is an interesting choice. People always used to complain about the Wii not having GBA games and now people are complaining the Wii U has GBA games? lol

cornishlee

#27

cornishlee said:

@edhe
No, you heard that wrong. In the anniversary offer you can download those games at a token price. They are then yours to keep. If you want to buy them after the 30 period whey will still be available but will cost full price.

As for UK prices, they were not announced.

Ecto-1

#28

Ecto-1 said:

Based on Iwata's comments about the Famicom promo, it sounds like the Wii U VC will be launching in late March/April. Around the 11 minute mark, he says "the titles coming before april will be available before the official Virtual Console service starts."

vio

#29

vio said:

How are the games "enhanced"? It's also pretty ridiculous that it's only launching with NES and SNES games. It should be launching with all the numerous consoles already supported on the Wii VC, plus some new ones like maybe Gamecube and Dreamcast.

CerberusAzdin

#30

CerberusAzdin said:

^^ Gameboy Advance Games!
-_-' Pay extra for games I already have?!

Better have a good GBA line up and bring it fast

hypercoyote

#32

hypercoyote said:

And companies wonder why people pirate games.... maybe because emulators have been doing these things for years. Save states should have been implemented with the first virtual console titles. So basically features get withheld, you buy the game, then they make you pay to get "new" features. I think Nintendo should allow them to be downloaded free of charge as a courtesy to loyal customers who continue to support their systems. For people who downloaded a LOT of games, that $1/$1.50 charge will add up quick.

madgear

#33

madgear said:

@cornishlee looks like the UK prices are the same but with the $ replaced with a £ - so £1 for NES and £1.50 for SNES.

I know a few of you have over a hundred VC games so, assuming they all cost the minumum price of a NES game, it'll cost you over £100 to transfer them all. Of course that's assuming they do that for every title - I can't see games that have been removed from the service getting this treatment.

A better way for them to have done this is with a firmware update, which is more than possible to do to allow your VC games on the Wii U interface and add gamepad functionality but they wouldn't get any money off you that way.

kitroplious

#35

kitroplious said:

The service has already started! xD

It's just it will be in hibernation after Balloon Fight

retro_player_22

#36

retro_player_22 said:

Awesome news, hopefully the Genesis, TG-16, Dreamcast, Neo Geo, N64, VC Arcade, and GameCube got some love too.

citizenerased

#37

citizenerased said:

@hypercoyote

"So basically features get withheld, you buy the game, then they make you pay to get "new" features. "

If it bothers you, you shouldn't buy the game without the implemented features. Obviously you thought it was worth the price without the implemented features. Now you can make the same call: do you think $1 is worth the new features? You can play the game just fine on your Wii U without it. No one's putting a gun to your head.

tripunktoj

#38

tripunktoj said:

@edhe Neither did I get how the promo works, at first Iwata makes it sound like @cornishlee explained, but at 12:24 he says "So I hope you will try out this games during the campaign period to see if you might be interested in buying a particular game". And from that I understand that the 30 cents downloads will only work for 30 days or for the campaign period, having to buy the game at normal price after that period to be able to continue using it. Of course I am not an english native speaker, so I could've misunderstood or missed something. Could @anyone please clarify on this?

cornishlee

#39

cornishlee said:

@madgear
I kind of assumed it would be. 60p is too much to hope for!
Even if NES/MasterSystem and SNES/Megadrive games were £3.50 and £5.60.

Big_A2

#40

Big_A2 said:

@madgear: I'm sure it cost money on Nintendo's part to update the emulation or whatever else they did so it outputs to 1080p and plays on the GamePad and all that nice stuff. Otherwise they wouldn't be charging anything. If it gives PAL owners the 60Hz version then it's WELL worth the extra quid/buck.

LavaTwilight

#41

LavaTwilight said:

@CrissCross87
You can 'redownload' any games without the new features for free by going through the Wii Channel. The Wii Channel literally acts just like it would have done on the wii with the exception of it being unable to play GC games. If you want to play it on the gamepad only though, you have to redownload it through the WiiU VC which will not be 'free' if you have already bought it but at the reduced rate.

LavaTwilight

#42

LavaTwilight said:

I don;t mind paying the extra money as a few of you have already explained - they have spent money to make the games accessible on the gamepad and to bring it to the WiiU. I probably won't redownload every title I had on the Wii simply because I wouldn't want the upgraded benefits, but on some of them, like Faxanadu, SMB and Super Mario World, Zelda, etc, then I would and I'm happy to pay it. If anyone else isn't, then no gamepad-only play for you!

BeeZeroOne1

#43

BeeZeroOne1 said:

Just bought Balloon Fight. It still seems EU versions of VC games will run at 50hz. Le sigh. I thought we were past that with the 60hz 3DS VC games, but I guess not...

irken004

#44

irken004 said:

Well that doesn't sound all that good. I'd rather not pay extra for a feature like that, plus I have a ton of NES games downloaded on Wii.

Wonder_Ideal

#46

Wonder_Ideal said:

I only had a few Virtual Console titles on my Wii, so I really don't have anything to worry about with the upgrades. I am excited to get my hands on Super Metroid when it comes out in May.

UnseatingKDawg

#47

UnseatingKDawg said:

Well, I'm most likely going to upgrade most of my titles after I get a Wii U. There's a few I don't care for, but many I do. I'll hold off on getting Metroid and Super Metroid though until I get a Wii U and this launches.

As for the GBA situation? That kinda surprises me that they aren't going to make them available on the 3DS eShop. I mean, as for emulation on Wii U, I'd suspect something like the GameBoy Player, so this might actually work. But like I said, you have a handheld to download classic handheld titles - why not just keep them there? Unless maybe they'll have a connectivity feature that lets you use your 3DS and Wii U in tandem for the games. Or Nintendo is really committed to the Ambassador Program.

THENAMESNORM

#48

THENAMESNORM said:

I have no problems paying an extra 0.99 for the games again, I own ALOT of Wii VC games so I guess I'll be choosing my favourites to get but overall I'm happy with the huge discount for previous owners, delighted with the GBA games(especially for using on the Gamepad!!) I just hope that Mega Drive, Turbografx etc are carried over too, and that Sega Saturn, Dreamcast and Gamecube games are added over time!

Ecto-1

#49

Ecto-1 said:

@Zach777 Actually, it is, they just aren't advertising it. Just search for it in the search bar.

Once the service is available, I will probably update some of my favorite VC titles, but probably not others.

Tasuki

#50

Tasuki said:

I can understand paying again for enhanced remakes heck people do it all the time. WIth movies people did it from VHS to DVD to Blu Ray, and video games too Super Mario Bros comes to mind. I dont see why this would be any different.

UnseatingKDawg

#51

UnseatingKDawg said:

@Tasuki: You have a very valid point there. It's really no different than buying an enhanced remake of a game or a HD version of a movie.

FluttershyGuy

#52

FluttershyGuy said:

I was afraid of being nickled & dimed on games I already have, but know it could've been worse. Now I can have save states for games like StarTropics, and Ninja Gaiden III, that have been kicking my flank for ages! That is assuming the games will be available. Are ALL NES & SNES Wii VC games going to be available, or are they going to trickle out at the typical VC pace?

Also... No mention of established VC systems (N64, Genesis) or new systems (GameCube, Dreamcast), but they're putting GBA games here instead of on 3DS??? Nintendo, you are so random... Playing GBA on the TV is what my GC's Game Boy Player is for! :p

Maybe I'm a purist, but VC-wise I'm for keeping console games on the TV and handheld games on handhelds. I take it that that means our GBA ambassador games will never be updated.

Also, apparently old GameCube games will be kept off, for the purpose of making HD remakes to charge full price for. Will we see any new systems, beyond certain-to-be-pixelated-as-HAYL GBA?

Not sure how to process this Wii U VC news. Guess I'll take a "wait and see" approach.

Geonjaha

#53

Geonjaha said:

What I'm angry about is why they're putting GBA games on the Wii U VC. People with a 3DS are MUCH MORE LIKELY to want to play those games, and on a handheld as well. Seriously Nintendo, what?

@Bass_X0 - But we still cant play them on the gamepad?

madgear

#54

madgear said:

@Big-A2 it may indeed cost them but they don't have to do it for every virtual console game. That odd £1/£1.50 is a lot of money if you have a large VC collection. An easier way would to have the function built into the Wii U software, as standard, out of the box instead of a seperate Wii menu. When you transfer your Wii U games they all move to the Wii U menu, which resizes, upscales and transmits the original ROMs. It can easily be done. The upscale is artificial anyway as they're not re-made games, they're the emulated originals.

It's all irrelevant to me anyway as I've decided against a Wii U but I still don't like to see my favourite games company making such bad descisions and treating the loyal fans this way.

WiiLovePeace

#55

WiiLovePeace said:

I didn't really understand the whole famicom 30th anniversary thing but I just bought Balloon Fight for $0.30 so I'm happy :D Hopefully I don't have to pay any more later...

russellohh

#56

russellohh said:

@PinkSpider Yup, one whole dollar. Sometimes, a buck fifty! And if you're smart and buy your Wii U giftcards on sale and with Rewards points, 40 whole cents. 40 cents to add save state ability to Contra, FF6, and Chrono Trigger. Man, think what you can do with 40 cents! You can buy 11 M&Ms, the front half of a Cadburry egg.... enough petrol to get you 11,000 feet!

russellohh

#57

russellohh said:

@madgear A lot of money? I have maybe 15 Virtual Console games not including N64. Buying the Wii points on clearance as I normally do, that's... $9.50. That's what, 25 minutes of pay at a decent job? To add save states and tablet support to my entire collection?

russellohh

#58

russellohh said:

@Geonjaha GBA games on a handheld, eh? They should release some kinda fancy controller for the Wii U, that looks and feels like a handheld. Oh wait...

SonataAndante

#59

SonataAndante said:

Nickle and dimed for games already bought, GBA on Wii U and not 3DS, and no mention of N64 games, the ones that emulate the poorest out of anything. Delightful. I'm certainly pleased to see proper VC support coming to the Wii U, but there's some disappointment mixed in too. I feel bad for those with extensive VC collections, as that $1 charge will add up quickly if they decide to upgrade them all. Perhaps a bulk conversion discount would be nice, though unlikely. I personally didn't buy too many VC games. I was primarily interested in N64 games and very few were actually released. A pity.

Moguri

#60

Moguri said:

They should put GBA games on 3DS VC instead of in the WiiU. Also, they don't seem to have planned to include GC games on the Viertual Console. Hopefully they'll include them in the future.

Shanksta

#61

Shanksta said:

Since I bought the Deluxe WiiU, I'll just be using the money I earn back from downloading to gradually switch my NES and SNES VC games 5 at a time. (Or at least pick my favorites)
The one thing I want to know is, since the game when I redownload it will be on the WiiU Menu. Will there still be one on the Wii Menu? Because I would hate to have to get as far as I am in Castlevania again (since I would assume the save data won't carry over since they are redoing the save feature)

Emaan

#62

Emaan said:

It seems justified to me. You pay a little extra for the added GamePad features. It makes sense.

In other news: Japan is getting Mother 2 on the Wii U VC! :O

cornishlee

#63

cornishlee said:

@FluttershyGuy
I think NES and SNES games were mentioned specifically as being the first to appear, which kind of makes sense, By the sound of it they won't all the Wii VC titles will not be available on day one, but I am expecting the process of transfer to be considerably quicker than the original "release" schedule on Wii. I'd also expect the other Wii VC /2platforms" to follow in the next 6-12 months.

Which brings us to Dreamcast/Gamecube. I still expect them, but not until next year. Not all GC games will get the Wind Waker treatment.

SonataAndante

#64

SonataAndante said:

Truly? Mother 2 is coming out in Japan? Perhaps they worked through some of the roadblocks stopping them before, as if I recall correctly it never made it to the Wii VC in Japan. I'm not well versed in the reason's for Mother 2's absence so someone feel free to set me straight.

FJOJR

#65

FJOJR said:

Well at least we aren't paying full price, besides I've already beaten most of my NES & SNES games anyway so not much incentive for me to update as of now. What I am waiting on is the return of the N64 & GameCube.

FiveDigitLP

#66

FiveDigitLP said:

@aaronsullivan
Sadly, you only get one save state, but it differs in that you can save it or reload the save state whenever you want. It's not like with the Wii where you close the game and it starts back up (though that's there too), but you can choose to reload a save point if you die and it takes you back to the beginning of a level. I spammed this function to beat certain bosses on Link's Awakening. Lol.

FiveDigitLP

#67

FiveDigitLP said:

Also, I can understand some people's frustration if they have a lot of VC games (it's certainly going to get pretty pricey), but honestly it costs Nintendo to develop these functions, so I think it's perfectly reasonable for them to charge us a small price to get a new version. If you don't want to pay, feel free to keep on playing them in Wii Mode.

Ryno

#68

Ryno said:

Some people should really pay attention to those pesky little "user agreements." You agreed to pay to play for a license of the software to be played on your Wii. My goodness, some of you really just expect to play these games forever on every Nintendo console you will own for the rest of your life for free even though there is a cost involved for Nintendo?

Starwolf_UK

#69

Starwolf_UK said:

Its a shame I couldn't pick of both polls. I understand why the price is charged but I don't think the fees are fair. e.g. Why is it more for a SNES game?

Also people with large collections who like to have all their games in one place are going to pay a lot (I guess some would argue this is no different to rebuying your DVD collection on Blu-Ray). I mean, the core work of update emulator, Miiverse code is a "done once, done 100 times" affair so I propose the following: The special price gets cheaper the more games you transfer. Say like after 5 or even 10 games it becomes free. That would be more likely to keep people on board rather than going thats 30 NES games and 20 SNES games...£60!

However, if each game had a specific enhancement it would be more justified. I know of emulator scripts that enhance Metroid by adding a map, beam selection, starting with more than 30 HP.

But my biggest concern (besides the will it be emulating 60Hz) is will ALL current VC games be playable on Wii U gamepad one day? Given only NES and SNES have been announced suggests the answer is doubtful (I don't see C64 or Arcade coming back myself). Will the Wii U 2 have Wii support? Also on what timescale will the roll-out be. Having to wait potentially years for GamePad support is not ideal.

I also ask, will 3DS VC ever have the same special price? (yes I know about the wait for 3DS to also use NNID...)

KingMike

#71

KingMike said:

My guess is that "enhancements" means a dollar fifty for a savestate feature. :P

Knux

#73

Knux said:

So Nintendo likes ripping us loyal Wii owners off? Eff them then. :|

Also, it's great GBA games are coming to the Wii U, but I'll probably pass. They'll likely put them on the 3DS VC and force you to pay for them even if you downloaded them on the Wii U, because they love their money after all. :|

Tasuki

#74

Tasuki said:

@Knux: So I take you arent going to get the Windwaker on Wii U than?

I have one question if you got a VC game from as a Club Nintendo award is it eligible for the discount price as well or would I have to pay the full price?

SparkOfSpirit

#75

SparkOfSpirit said:

$1 for Miiverse, off-TV, and save states is no big deal to me. It's not like I'll be re-buying all of them anyway.

I was hoping for Gamecube and other Sega systems to get announced for it, though. I really want some obscure classics on here.

SparkOfSpirit

#76

SparkOfSpirit said:

^Well, those will get re-added eventually, I'll bet. I would be more concerned for Turbografx or C64 getting re-added.

brooks83

#77

brooks83 said:

And now we get to re-live the VC trickling games at a slow rate all over again. Congratulations Nintendo, you lost yourself a loyal customer.

ToxieDogg

#78

ToxieDogg said:

Are they not going to do anything about all the Turbografx-16, Mega Drive games or WiiWare titles?

Most of my Wii VC downloads are Turbografx-16 ones :(

Hokori

#79

Hokori said:

@brooks83 Patients geeeez people these days are too picky.... Once you can play them on GamePad, thes no reason you'd have to pay again in a future system since they most likely won't add anything (unless 3D) so you won't have to pay again, but of you do in 5 years for wii 3 or 4DS, then I'm done with games for good... But for now... I'll wait

Chriiis

#81

Chriiis said:

@russellohh You do realize how many total games are on the VC? Believe it or not, there are people with HUGE collections and that $1.00-$1.50(and who knows how much for N64, etc.) 'per game' is definitely going to add up for them.

As for what I think? I'm with all those who question GBA being on Wii U instead of 3DS, seriously? Even if they do add them to the latter, with no account systems in place we'll likely have to buy them again(no discount).

Sure there was a lot of fantastic news, but they also hid in some big disappointments. :/

millarrp

#83

millarrp said:

I hope they'll honour the upgrade prices for stuff I bought after getting the Wii U....

Burning_Spear

#85

Burning_Spear said:

The people complaining about the $1.00 or $1.50 surcharge for VC games should just play them in Wii mode for free. When you bought those games there was no promise that they'd convert to the next system. For $5, Nintendo did not enter into a lifetime service agreement.

baba_944

#86

baba_944 said:

i am pissed off at NINTENDO about the "Gameboy Advance" Virtual Console being on the "Wii U" instead of the "NINTENDO 3DS". My friend said I can trade in my Wii for a Wii U for $50-100 off. Where at?

baba_944

#88

baba_944 said:

No I am planning to bu one anyway. That last sentence was just a different thought.

LeasTwanteD

#90

LeasTwanteD said:

It might have been okay if people who buy these games for the first time would have to pay more than on the Wii's VC too. This is not a good way to treat people that support your company two generations in a row imo.
Also strange how they always stress that they want their portable games to really feel different than home console releases and yet let them come to the Wii U first.

HandheldGuru97

#91

HandheldGuru97 said:

Gameboy Advance? Okay that is a bit odd especially considering that a lot of the best Gameboy advance games and NES games are on the Gameboy Advance.

NintendoCat14

#93

NintendoCat14 said:

Is anybody else's Wii U taking a long time to open Balloon Fight? I tried opening it and my Wii U has been processing this for an hour. =( PLEASE HELP

SPEtheridge

#95

SPEtheridge said:

I would have expected the GBA VC to be on 3DS first though hopefully it does, for some reason never been into playing my portable games on the TV, never got the GB player and such good to see won't have to pay much for the Wii U upgrade though, oh and please Nintendo when it comes to the N64 get some more games up, DK64, Turok 1&2, Mischief Makers, Wetrix, are a few i'd like to see.

Henmii

#96

Henmii said:

So, the Virtual console will finally be a part of the Wii u e-shop. But instead of making all the old titles available, they choose to yet again offer them as if they are new! The excuse this time: The games must be programmed again because of the Wii u gamepad. I think that's utter pants!

It means that people hoping that Nintendo expands the virtual console (like myself) are out of luck! So you are happy with Super Mario bros on the Wii? Now you can buy it again on the 3DS!! And yet again on the Wii u, how fun is that?!

I rather have some "new" vc games, like Adventure island 4 to give a example!

Well, at least GBA games are coming (they should be on the 3DS, but this is also okay), at least people who transfered can easily upgrade to the new versions (by paying a little), and there will be a 30 cent per game offer. That's certainly not bad!

Frozenx07

#97

Frozenx07 said:

I find it really strange that GBA games will be on the Wii U instead of the 3DS. And no mention of N64 games! I'm sure those will cost more than $1 to upgrade. :(

Bazly

#98

Bazly said:

"Reduced price of $1 or $1.50"?! Um... that's still $200 out of my pocket if I want to move them all over. Seriously man? Seriously?

FonistofCruxis

#99

FonistofCruxis said:

I was expecting the Wii U's VC to be a step forwards not a step backwards. I was hoping the Wii U eshop would have every VC game that the Wii had and add some new consoles like Saturn, Dreamcast and Gamecube. Maybe some newer arcade games from the 90's and 2000 onwards but instead we're back to square one again. The save points are a nice addition though and could be very useful but I think we should be able to freely upgrade to the newer versions of games we already have and I think GBA games would make more sense on 3DS VC.

NImH

#100

NImH said:

@pntjr I play GBA titles on my Game Boy Player for GCN and they look great. I never even thought that they looked worse at all... on the contrary, I noticed a load of details that I hadn't on a small screen.

BJQ1972

#101

BJQ1972 said:

It looks to me like you are just paying the difference between the price of the Wii and WiiU versions to add the extra functionality, or you can choose to keep the Wii versions.

I have over 240 VC and WiiWare games, and look forward to giving Nintendo even more money. I'm upset that it looks like TG-16 games will never be transferred over to Wii U.

MarioKenny1992

#102

MarioKenny1992 said:

eh, I think it's ok, I personally think it's cool playing on the gamepad, especially when you can't use the TV

FonistofCruxis

#103

FonistofCruxis said:

I guess the added features are why Nintendo are releasing them all over again but I still think that they should add all the Wii VC (and Wiiware games) onto the Wii U eshop and trickle out the updates rather than the games themselves. I guess it's understandable that you have to pay for the updates as it would have cost Nintendo money to add them but I still think all the games available on Wii VC should be available on Wii U VC with or without the added features.

Bass_X0

#104

Bass_X0 said:

I don't agree with paying anything for VC game I've already paid for,

You have not paid for the save states. You won't need to update every game you own. Even with the added features, if you own a lot of games, there will still be many games you won't play anymore.

The 3DS VC games are more expensive than they should be, but now I realise that maybe we are paying for the save state feature as well as the game.

Kevin

#105

Kevin said:

I like the added features, but I personally think we shouldn't have to pay to re-buy them. They should be for free if you already bought them.

cornishlee

#106

cornishlee said:

@Bass_X0
This is true to an extent. From my own point of view, the Nintendo titles I downloaded were first time plays for me and most of them I'm unlikely to play again (not to say that they were bad). All of my Megadrive and Master System titles were purchases fuelled by nostalgia, however, and I know I will want to play them many times again in my life. Those that have been Nintendo fans for a long time may have a lot of titles fall into that bracket (as opposed to my 20 odd Sega games), however, and that's before you get to those people who simply must have all of the games they've ever played on their current system where possible.

Token_Girl

#107

Token_Girl said:

I think you should make this point clear in all of your articles about the VC - it seemed like it wasn't in another one (I know it's my bad for not paying attention, but still - this is super important for this community).

I think the games were overpriced on Wii, but I will say this, the addition of save states and gamepad only play are worth the upgrade asking price for me. Those are pretty significant features. I was really worried they wouldn't deliver, and this is amazing news. Sucks that I'll have to wait to get some of these games, but I know I'll get a lot more gameplay out of them by using the gamepad. Save states also are kinda necessary for me to get through some NES games - I just have too many games and not enough time to be restarting games over and over again every time I die (which happens all the time due to the high difficulty).

Henmii

#108

Henmii said:

"I was expecting the Wii U's VC to be a step forwards not a step backwards. I was hoping the Wii U eshop would have every VC game that the Wii had and add some new consoles like Saturn, Dreamcast and Gamecube. Maybe some newer arcade games from the 90's and 2000 onwards but instead we're back to square one again"

Yeah, that was what I meant! Why can't it be like Sony? As far as I know, when you download a old game on the PS3 you can download it again for free on any PS3 you buy and even on PSP,s or PSvita,s!!

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