Since the launch of Wii U the only way to play original Wii games was to enter 'Wii mode', which effectively emulated the Wii system menu. Whilst it was great that the Wii U contained this backwards compatibility it's implementation always felt cumbersome and unfinished.
However, during today's Nintendo Direct it was announced that Nintendo would be making certain Wii titles available for download via the eShop. These games would be installed as standard Wii U games and able to launch directly from the Wii U menu, or even the quick start menu.
It was also confirmed that the Wii U GamePad would act as a Wii Classic Controller, however it was not confirmed if the Wii U Pro Controller will do the same.
- Jan 14th: Super Mario Galaxy 2
- Jan 22nd: Donkey Kong Country Returns
- Jan 29th: Metroid Prime Trilogy
Titles will be available for a standard price of €19,99 / £17.99, however they will be discounted to €9,99 / £8.99 during their first week of availability.
North America Releases
Titles will be available for a standard price of $19.99, however will be discounted to $9.99 during their first week of availability.
As you may have guessed from the timings above, Super Mario Galaxy 2 is available right now.
Other upcoming titles were not announced, however we would expect this schedule to reflect the European releases above.
Are you planning to pick up some of these classic Wii games from the Wii U eShop?