Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow

The Australian government's Classification Board is infamous for its censorship of violence in games, hindering the release of dozens of highly-anticipated titles over the years. But sometimes its ratings bring us good news: Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and F-Zero: GP Legend look like they'll join the ranks of Game Boy Advance classics on Wii U Virtual Console this year.

Both games are interesting choices. Aria of Sorrow is the last of three Castlevania games on GBA. It's perhaps the most highly-regarded in the trilogy so it makes sense that it's the first to hit the eShop, but hopefully Circle of the Moon and Harmony of Dissonance are also in the works. The likely release of this title on the Wii U Virtual Console would also mark the first third-party GBA game to arrive on the service.

We already know F-Zero's first GBA title, Maximum Velocity, will hit Virtual Console on 17th April; the arrival of its sequel, GP Legend, gives us hope we'll see other GBA sequels on the eShop. It'll be interesting to see if Nintendo eventually brings F-Zero's third GBA entry, the Japan-only F-Zero Climax, to Western shores.

Will you be picking up either of these games when they arrive on the Virtual Console? What other GBA sequels are you looking forward to playing on Wii U? Metroid: Zero Mission, anyone? Let us know in the comments.

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