Wii U Virtual Console Arrives on Thursday in North America


Nintendo of Japan president, Satoru Iwata, stated in a Nintendo Direct this past Thursday that the Wii U virtual console service would be available this week during the much needed Spring update.  Well, that day is coming in three days.  The virtual console will allow Wii U owners to play games from the nostalgic NES and SNES era of golden gaming.  Nintendo made the official announcement today on their Facebook page and provided a list of the games that will be available to play throughout the beginning window of launch.  Here is the list below:


  • Balloon Fight
  • Donkey Kong Jr
  • Excitebike
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Punch-Out
  • Ice Climber
  • Super Mario Bros. 2 (USA)
  • Mario Bros.
  • Yoshi
  • Mega Man 1
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Yoshi’s Cookie


  • F-Zero
  • Super Mario World
  • Kirby’s Dream Course
  • Kirby’s Dream Land 3
  • Kirby Super Star
  • Super Metroid
  • EarthBound

It is pretty exciting to see EarthBound on the list since it was announced also during that Nintendo Direct that it was coming to the Wii U Virtual console.  What is strange is that no official date was given for the EarthBound debut on the North America virtual console except for sometime before the end of the year.  For now we can cross our fingers and hope that EarthBound will be available since it is on this list.  People who originally purchased some of the games listed will need to pay $1 US dollars for NES games and $1.50 for SNES games to move them over to the Wii U virtual console so they can be playable on the GamePad.  To purchase NES games for the first time the prices will be $4.99 US dollars to $5.99 and for SNES games it will be $7.99 US dollars to $8.99.

An official launch date for the Wii U virtual console in Europe was not available.

The games that will be available this Thursday will be Balloon Fight, F-Zero, Super Mario World, Kirby’s Adventure, Donkey Kong Jr., Ice Climber, Punch Out and Excitebike.

*Update: It has been revealed that Earthbound is actually slated to be released sometime near the end of 2013 and most likely not tomorrow as first speculated.

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[Source: mynintendonews]




Tom Stovall