Wii Virtual Console & WiiWare Are Not Playable On Wii U GamePad

The Wii U console will support Wii software, including physical Wii games, Virtual Console titles, and WiiWare. However, Nintendo of America has confirmed that you cannot play those games on the Wii U GamePad; you can play them with a Wii Remote or Classic Controller as they can connect to Wii U.

This is similar to Wii’s backward compatibility – Nintendo GameCube games are playable on most Wii consoles but do not work with any of Wii’s controllers. Remember, Nintendo GameCube Game Discs are not compatible with Wii U.

Nintendo Wii: Wii MotionPlus Won’t Be Backwards Compatible With Older Titles


Nintendo have clarified to gaming press that its forthcoming Wii MotionPlus won’t be backwards compatible with older games.

The device sadly won’t allow you to revisit older games for a more precise and intricate play session, rather it’ll only work on new titles that have been developed from the ground up to work with the peripheral. Software updates could be issued when connected to Wii Connect 24 to allow future backwards compatibility, but nothing of this nature has been mentioned.