Brelston, a Capcom employee, has announced via the official Capcom Unity blog that the developer has a number of 16-bit titles planned for release on the Wii U Virtual Console. Some of these game have already been announced such as Mega Man and Super Ghouls’n and Ghosts. Brelston hints that they have more surprises to come and will issue release dates in the not too distant future. Here’s what he had to say.
Many of the listed games (and others) are indeed coming, but we’re working with Nintendo on the actual release dates and other details. We should have an official release schedule soon – but yes, Wii U is about to get a dose of 16-bit Capcom love :)
Capcom has announced via the Capcom Unity blog that Super Ghouls’n Ghosts and Ghosts’n Goblins will be released on the Wii U Virtual Console this month. Super Ghouls’n Ghosts will arrive on May 16th and Ghosts’n Goblins will be released May 30th. Capcom also announced that it has more classic games in the works for the Wii U Virtual Console. The company released Mega Man on the service today.
Nintendo of Japan has announced that the original Mario Bros will be coming to the Japanese Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console next week. The classic title will be released on May 8th for 500 yen. The arcade game was published and developed by Nintendo in 1983 and appeared on a number of formats including Atari and Commodore.
After the Wii U Virtual Console was released in Europe and North America last week, Nintendo UK has released a trailer which has hinted at many more NES and SNES titles to appear in the coming months.
Adding to the line-up soon will be titles such as Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Street Fighter II and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past – good news for those who want to play through it again before the sequel hits consoles. There is also an option to save and load restore points, so you don’t have to do it all over again. Will you be picking up any of these titles?
Nintendo Force magazine writer Emily Rogers says that the Virtual Console of both Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will eventually have some compatibility. Supposedly, in the future, consumers who own a Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will be able to play their purchased Virtual Console titles on either of the two platforms. However, according to Rogers, there are noticeable restrictions, which are listed below.
- Not every Virtual Console game will allow this.
- A Virtual Console game would have to release on both Wii U Virtual Console and Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console for this to work.
- You have to pay a discount price to transfer a Wii U Virtual Console game to Nintendo 3DS. It would be just like how you pay a discount price to play a Wii Virtual Console game on Wii U.
The Wii U Virtual Console officially launched yesterday and, so far, includes only NES and Super NES games. Nintendo promises that, in the future, Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 titles will be added to the service. When they are released on Wii U, Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance games will feature off-TV play, which means you’ll be able to play them on your GamePad controller – without the need for a TV screen. Let’s hope Nintendo confirms that Nintendo GameCube games will also be added to the Wii U Virtual Console.
The Wii U Virtual Console is now live in North America on the Wii U eShop. You can download Balloon Fight (NES), Donkey Kong Jr. (NES), Excitebike (NES), F-Zero (SNES), Ice Climber (NES), Kirby’s Adventure (NES), Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES), and Super Mario World (SNES). The NES game are retailing for $4.99 or $1.00 if you own the Wii version. The Super Nintendo games are $7.99 or $1.50 if you own the Wii version. Panorama View for Wii U is also now available for purchase.
A library of quality classic games from NES and Super Nintendo are scheduled for the Virtual Console service on Wii U, with favourites such as Super Mario World, Excitebike, Mario’s Super Picross, F-Zero, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong Jr. and Punch-Out!! available at launch. Many other gaming classics such as Pac Man, Super Metroid and games from the Mega Man, Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros. series will be available soon, while popular Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 games will also be added in the future.
Each game in the Wii U Virtual Console library has been developed to include off-TV play on the Wii U GamePad, customisable controls, Miiverse community support and the ability to instantly save game progress. NES games will cost €4.99/£3.49 while Super NES games will cost €7.99/£5.49. People who have already downloaded these games to their Wii system can transfer them to their Wii U consoles and play them in Wii Mode at no charge. To upgrade and take advantage of the improved Wii U features, they can purchase them at the special discount price of €/£0.99 for NES games and €/£ 1.49 for Super NES games.
Nintendo of America have confirmed via its official Facebook page exactly which titles gamers will be able to download when the Wii U Virtual Console launches later this week. The lineup includes classics such as Super Mario World, F-Zero and Kirby’s Adventure. You can see the full list of Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo games, below.
Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
* Balloon Fight
* Donkey Kong Jr.
* Ice Climber
* Kirby’s Adventure
Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)
* Super Mario World
According to Emily Rogers the Wii U System Update is rumoured to be releasing this Thursday April 25. Following the update, the virtual console line-up – previously thought to arrive today – is scheduled for release on Friday, along with Miiverse paving the ground on Mobiles and PC sometime this week. The maintenance report will give you some detail as to when and if this update is happening, but it looks like we’ll just have to wait for confirmation from Nintendo.