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Wii U Virtual Console to offer discounts for previous purchases

Satoru Iwata took the stage today for UK’s Nintendo Direct to address some of the issues people have been having with the Wii U console. One of the things he discussed was the Virtual Console, which he confirmed is coming to the Wii U. Titles will be limited to NES and SNES as Nintendo works on getting them ready for distribution on the Wii U. Because the Virtual Console is being offered separately from what’s available on the Wii, Nintendo is offering a discount program for those who have already purchased a game on the Wii.

The games will retain the normal price if you’ve never purchased them before. However, NES games will be discounted to $0.99 if you already own them on Wii and SNES games will be discounted to $1.49. This is Nintendo’s attempt to retain loyal customers.

Additionally, Nintendo is offering a new trial to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Famicon system. Certain games will be available for only $.30 cents during the promotion and users can purchase them for that price. The promotion will go on through the month of July, when the Famicon was originally launched in Japan.

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  • Mickey Mouse

    Sounds good, but Nintendo just make sure u release Gamecube games, specifically Super Mario Sunshine as I need an excuse to finally play this game.

    • Andrew Longo

       they also announced a HD wind waker so forget the VC give us a HD mario sunshine instead! the game’s visuals already make me melt

      • JumpMan

        i literally would die of excitement. especially combined W/ my Wind Waker excitement.

  • Shadriczo

    Wind Waker HD remake, New 3D Mario game/ Mario Kart U (MK8),  Fire Emblem and a Xenoblade new game. Confirmed!!!! BIG TIME!!!

  • Ford Crews

    I think, $1.50 and $4 would be better price points for these weather you owned them are not, these are really, really old systems, and really look like crap on today’s tv’s.  

    • Tim van Broekhoven

      Well, I just bought balloon fight and I have to say that it looks really good imo… Better than the nes games on my wii 😀

      • EvanescentHero

        Plus if you play on the GamePad, the resolution you’re getting is 480, which looks nice with older games.

        • Tim van Broekhoven

          That’s true, I can’t wait to play a game like mk64 or alttp on it!!! 😀

      • Ford Crews

         It does look ok on the game pad, and well worth 30 cents, or maybe a buck or 2, would never pay $5 for it, and can’t think of many if any SNES games I would pay $8 for.    While there are dozens and dozens I would pay $2-$4 for.  

        • Tim van Broekhoven

          You say you don’t want to pay 8 fucking bucks for super metroid, a link to the past or mario world? o_O

    • Elem187

      probably not being marketed to people who’s first nintendo system was Gamecube and Wii… its marketed to the 25-40 year olds who remember playing NES and Super Mario Bros/Duck Hunt 😛

  • Wayne Beck

    I already own half the promo games on the Wii =(

    Great news though!~

    • TrueWiiMaster

       It might be worth upgrading to the Wii U versions for $0.30 anyway.  After all, that means Gamepad play, Miiverse support, and the ability to make saves anywhere.

      • Wayne Beck

        Ha lol, never Occured to me that the 30 cent version would be the Wii U Upgrade lmao.

  • Tim van Broekhoven

    I would love to play super mario world, super metroid and zelda alttp just on the gamepad!!! ZOMG

  • Gabe Hoffman

    I don’t mind the special prices. Better than having to pay full price all over again

  • I will gladly pay $1 – $1.50 for the ability to play the games I have already purchased on the Gamepad controller

  • Kirbyomega

    MOST IMPORTANTLY, CAN WE TRANSFER SAVE DATA? I’m already in Choco Islands in Super Mario World and there is NO WAY I’m starting over…. and don’t even get me started on Ocarina of Time…

    • Tim van Broekhoven

      Oh, I’ll play that over and over again…

  • SoulSilverZero

    $2.00 discount on N64 and Neo-Geo titles.

    $1.50 discount on Sega Genesis/Mega Drive and Turbografx-16/PC Engine titles. (TG and PCE titles could possibly be $1.25.)

    $1.00 discount for Sega Master System and Commodore 64, and MSX titles.

    VC arcade titles for any of the above.