Wii U Virtual Console To Debut With These Eight Games

By Ishaan . April 23, 2013 . 2:15pm

The Wii U Virtual Console in North America will launch with eight games, Nintendo have announced. The eight games are:


  • Balloon Fight
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Excitebike
  • Ice Climber
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Punch-Out!!
  • F-Zero
  • Super Mario World


Additionally, a Wii U Virtual Console trailer released alongside last week’s Nintendo Direct presentation showed games like Super Metroid, Mega Man and more.


The Wii U Virtual Console is expected to launch this week, following a Wii U firmware update that will speed up the device’s loading times and more.

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  • Solomon_Kano

    My favorite Mario game! <3

  • That guy who hates Spike

    I wish A Link to the Past was there.

  • Kalis Konig

    Yay!!! Games that we could already get on the other VC!!!!!

    • Farid Belkacemi

      With off-TV play and Miiverse ? I don’t think so ;)

  • puchinri

    Oh, cool! I hadn’t seen the full list before now. Before, we were considering saving up for the AC 3DS, but we decided that we really want a Wii U, and it’ll be nice to have these titles on it to enjoy too~.

  • Super Mario World’s a good start, I just hope that Nintendo will keep a good pace for once with VC releases.

  • It’s alright. What’s most important is that there is a constant flow of releases from here on out. 3DS VC has been slow and disappointing.

    • idrawrobots

      As long as the pace is there this will be A O K.

  • Quinton Cunningham

    You’ll get this whole Virtual Console thing right some day Nintendo!

  • Repede91

    Wish the was at least some third party software on this list.

  • SirRichard

    Above all else, I just hope that they keep a steady stream of content going. I’d hope that they’ll implement other systems soon enough, too, just for variety.

  • Lightthrower

    When will Nintendo get it right…. I could download a torrent with ALL snes roms and load them with an emulator, just like that. Why can’t they make all of them available? Do they want piracy to win?

    • almostautumn

      Price they pay for alienating the DL market devs with their forced controller devices. I think VC is a great market, I do— but I’m also right there with piracy in terms of these older games.
      Conundrum; but I wonder if it’s just types of people in this regard. I feel the same way for PS1 Classics also; I mean, how can you know your money is even supporting anything substancial? And, furthermore, in regards to WII VC and PS1 Classics, when the game you want isn’t there— I mean, are you really expected, I suppose by ethics, to pay, afterhowever many months/years it takes for the service to provide it finally, after you’ve fully played and experienced the title?

      • Suicunesol

        Yes. It is unethical to play and experience a game you did not pay for, regardless of how entitled you feel.

        • What about games no one will allow me to pay for? (Earthbound, until last week.)

          • idrawrobots

            I have never played Earthbound. You and I could have paid 200 for it, but I didn’t. But I will gladly pay whatever Nintendo decides to charge for Earthbound on VC.

          • Tylor Boreas Makimoto

            inb4 $200 dollar VC Earthbound release :D

          • Plus Convertion Fee!

          • Suicunesol

            I would say that it’s a free pass until the company gets off its ass and releases it properly. :P That’s my personal belief. But now that it’s available, there’s no excuse not to buy it…

    • Suicunesol

      Piracy would win anyways. Even if Nintendo put them all out at the same time (for free even!) piracy still wins the day because you don’t have to buy a Nintendo system or the games to play those games.

      But I think something to consider is the audience that the VC caters to–specifically, I refer to those casual players who don’t really know roms and emulators. That audience is also probably why Nintendo trickles them out. It’s my theory that by unveiling each title on a weekly basis, they can better advertise each individual game rather than throw everything out, resulting in a game overload that would cause less known games like Ice Climbers and F-Zero to become lost under the more popular games like Mario and Zelda.

  • Ceci “Ruzuzu” Kiyomizu

    Super Mario World please <3

  • KingGunblader

    You want to play Earthbound on Wii U Virtual Console? Too bad. Mario World time.

  • Mithos

    Wow! I can play SNES games on this console too?
    Time to go out and buy a Wii U! Oh boy!

  • Auvers

    Aren’t these all already available either on the Wii or 3DS virtual console? I guess it’d be fine if the next release was all games that weren’t already on it and it was released at a pace of 8+ games per but that isn’t going to happen is it…

  • Tom

    Seriously? What took so long to come out with these games? Why so few? Why so old? They have to try harder…

  • Göran Isacson

    Guess they’ll release these games in batches for the WiiU in order to promote their sales for the new consoles… I wonder if this is wise. Perhaps it will be good for newcomers to the console, but how many of those ARE there out there? Kinda feels like if you’re a WiiU buyer you were already on board with the Wii, and if you were the type to care about Virtual Console back then you’ve already transferred all these games over and you want NEW stuff to buy. You know what I mean?

  • isfuturebright

    I hope they don’t take too long to add GC games…

  • ElAbuelo69

    why are VC/PSN Classics so fucking slow to release?

    • Nicholas Gatewood

      PS1 Classics aren’t THIS slow to release. *THIS* is ridiculous. I was actually thinking I’d maybe get a Wii U as a modern Virtual Console machine (if they introduce unified accounts and drop its price heavily, since I don’t feel it’s worth any more than $200), but this is enough to dispel that thought.

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