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WiiWare and Virtual Console games can be transferred to Wii U

Wii U gamepad
Good news for Wii owners: you will be able to transfer your old WiiWare games, Virtual Console games, and even game saves from the old Wii console to the new Wii U. Nintendo EAD manager Katsuya Eguchi confirmed to fans at E3 that they are in the process of creating a system that will make it possible for players to transfer their old content to the Wii U Virtual Console, and to the Wii U Ware as well. Since the Wii U is fully backwards compatible with the old Wii, the ability to transfer save games will be important for those looking to play their old Wii titles on the new console. They’ll be able to do that as well, Eguchi confirmed. It’s unknown how this will work in practice, whether the content will be available only to a single user profile on the Wii U, or the console as a whole. We’ll have to wait and see.

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  • Swic11

    I think that this is a smart move by Nintendo. It would be a complete ripoff if they didn’t allow this and in turn pissing off a lot of fans

  • Britton

    Perfect. Im glad they are doing this. It seems the more information that is being released, is exactly what I want to hear. Aside of their “Specs” which was very vague.

  • Dan7el(WiiU day one purchase)

    Yeah this about had to happen and I’m very glad that it’s confirmed. Now if they will just tell us whether or not we’ll be getting game cube virtual console games and if they’ll be playable on the controller without the TV.

    • Britton

      From what I understand there will be GC games available for DL on the VC. That would be freakin awesome if you could play it on the controller without the TV though!

  • Marq

    It’ll never happen, but I still wish there was a way we could get some sort of credit on the GC games we own toward downloading them to the Wii U. I have to keep my Wii around just for those.

    • Britton

      Can you really see Nintendo give you credit toward a GC game you already own just so you can DL it? I couldnt see them doing that, nor would I blame them.

      • Marq

        No, I can’t. That’s why I said at the beginning, “It’ll never happen.” You seemed to have missed that part.

        • Britton

          My bad I thought you meant GC games on the virtual console would never happen.

  • david6

    Im not gonna transfer anything from my wii to wii u, because i dont want my wii u to catch casual cooties. And im gonna scratch wii nane off console and try to save it from having to go to hospital and therapy.

  • Alienfish

    I’m lovin’ this news. Now I get to take my Wii with the broken disc drive out to an open field with a baseball bat; Office Space style!

  • Hafid

    Ive seen That the sensor bar is on the gamepad !
    So its good not on the Tv …

  • P4Temperance

    BEST NEWS I HEARD ALL DAY!! NOW MY BODY IS READY! FOR WII U!

  • Math

    YES!!! That’s AWESOME!

  • random1239

    I really wish there was a way to have the Virtual Console, Wii Ware games and (VC, WW, Wii) save data synced between the Wii and Wii U.

  • http://www.facebook.com/frederic.dupere Frederic Dupere

    The thing that bothers me is that when you transfer the Wii data they are erased from the console so if i want to keep the two consoles i just can’t have the datas on both !!