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First Nintendo DS game released on Wii U virtual console in Japan

One of the bigger reveals of the last general Nintendo Direct is that Nintendo DS games will eventually make their way to the Wii U virtual console. While it wasn’t the GameCube announcement that everyone was hoping for, it’s a step in the right direction of getting more recent consoles featured on the service. The first game for the Nintendo DS is now live on the Wii U virtual console.

Brain Age was released in 2006 in Japan and offers quick mental activities that can be done every day to help players improve their focus and mental activity. The game was released for free on the service. There are no details when Nintendo will release these games outside of Japan, or when more will come to the service, but it makes sense to start with Brain Age as it is one of the games that originally kicked off the Nintendo DS here in the United States.

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  • firedragonsage88

    I don’t get why they didn’t have the touch screen on the gamepad and the top screen on the TV. Maybe it would have been too jarring to look up and down, but it would seem jarring to hold the gamepad sideways, too… For that matter, why have DS virtual console at all? The 3DS can already play DS games.

    • CEObrainz

      If it increases the possibility of playing every single Metroid game on the Wii U then I support it, otherwise this is a feature I’m not terribly interested in…

      • NatT96™

        I don’t even find that nessessary. I would rather see them on the 3DS E-Shop. The Wii U needs actual virtual “console” titles.

        • CEObrainz

          I don’t own a 3DS and will only think about it if a good smash Bros bundle is announced. But this generation has allowed me to play Metroid, Super, Fusion, Prime and Other M on the same console…which help when waiting for new titles to appear for the Wii U.

          • NatT96™

            I understand that completly, but the way its engineered, I can only see limited support of games coming to it.

          • CEObrainz

            It would take some messing around, but if we can have DS emulators on tablets that work (to an extent), then I’m sure Nintendo will come up with a comfortable solution.

          • NatT96™

            Now I agree with you on that. They could possibly get it to work out.

          • C.S. Bailey

            If you can find one on eBay or at a pawnshop, pick it up. Now if Nintendo would finally get those 3D movies for the system……

          • CEObrainz

            It’s not really a monetary problem, I’m going to get a new one when the time comes but I just want to focus on the Wii U for now…

    • http://Website.com Shane Michaels

      For certain games, it might be kinda jarring. A game like Sonic Rush, which uses both screens, might not work well

      • NatT96™

        Yeah most of the bosses in sonic rush would be broken.

    • Ducked

      I agree 100%. There’s some DS games I’d be interested in playing on Wii U, but not on the flipping gamepad.

    • rafael

      not everyone has a 3ds…

      • Tecpedz94

        ya what does that have to do with anything? I can easily say the same thing about the wiiu and say not everyone has a wiiu but more people have a 3ds. I have both so this doesn’t affect me but Nintendo is pushing ds games on the home console since ds physical copies are already available so you can purchase and play it on the 3ds which is why they are adding it on the wiiu first cuz they want more customers on that first then focus on this for the 3ds

    • lonewolf

      They would need to remake the game (graphical upgrade) so to be able to play like that. Now imagine a ds game on a big screen not very appealing now is it?

  • Kuromad

    I honestly believe this will be limited to the brain training games. Because those games required you to hold the DS like a book and that suits a single screen better than any other configuration.

    • firedragonsage88

      That’s probably true.

  • NatT96™

    I don’t see why having DS games on the Wii U is nessessary. The virtual console on the Wii U deserves more respect. We need more games that show good use of the hardware. They skipped a couple of generations of old consoles to port over DS games? I mean if they made it for the 3DS or crossplatform, it would make sense, but putting a mobile game on a console with a GPU that can emulate way more. I mean there is no N64 and would have really been more thoughtful is to include GameCube games.I’m only saying this becuase the Wii U can show way much more. This is actually pretty muxh unnessasy and I see a limited amount of games coming anyways because of some of the special rotation or a lot of 2 screen game layouts are differently engineered.

    • CEObrainz

      I’m under the impression that Nintendo is working on the virtual console for N64 and GameCube. It makes sense when you consider the recent announcement of the wired GameCube controller which makes certain GameCube games playable due to analog triggers. Nintendo are usually quiet about these things and I wouldn’t be surprised if they wanted every platform before the Wii U (apart from the 3DS) playable on this console.

      • NatT96™

        It actually really cool to develop for as well (analog triggers) when I test my game on Unity. Yeah there just being quite about it.

        • CEObrainz

          I would develop on Unity but I lack the resources to do so (my drawing/modelling skills are utter crap). Finding a team willing to work with me certainly isn’t as easy as it sounds….

          • NatT96™

            I use Unity 3D and Blender for my models and level designs. My games coming to the console in fall. Also the console has 2gb ram which makes adding unique assets a pain in the as*. There is not much modeling on Unity as well as drawing lol. There are nice assests to use and terrains that are pretty simple to create or freely download. Now the level creation requires skill….bit YouTube tutorials help lol.

          • CEObrainz

            That’s the thing, if you want to create a really successful IP that isn’t a 2D platformer you’d need to create your own assets. I have plans for an adventure/RPG game but I’d want to create everything from scratch if I’m serious about making an impression with what I do.

          • NatT96™

            I do with blender.

          • CEObrainz

            At least you can make models, the last time I tried I came up with something that looked like a deformed Goomba.

          • NatT96™

            Ulol I’m making a tunnel.

          • MerryBlind .

            I’m currently looking into learning Unity to make 2D games (and in the distant future 3D games). How’s the process of releasing your game on a console (the WiiU for example). Do you have ot pay an insane amount of money just for the dev kits and the ‘right’ to release on the console?

            If I do manage to create a game, I want to release it on Steam first since it seems easier from what I understand, but is releasing something on consoles really that complicated and expensive?

          • NatT96™

            The kit cost $1200 lol and its very under performing. The process is not very complicated as it seems, that why there are so many 2D Unity created titles on the console (Mines is a bit more graphical than that 2D/3D) When using the Wii U’s kit coding was a bit difficult, but nintendos support with unity helped, but showed alot of weaknesses (some flaws) of the console. The Wii U’s power makes it difficult. I have to remove gorgous textures and even full assets to test on the console. My game was supposed to be full 3D, but graphically I was destoying full 3D cources…I wanted to cry, by how much content I had to chop off. My app will have to be cross platform now, releasing on Android and iOS free (Yeah, in app purchases), while it will be $1.00 on eshop. Its easier for Steam, perhaps, but well, the Wii U specs nocked 2 months of my development off.

          • MerryBlind .

            Mhmmh I see. Thanks for the info. In my case I figure I would be fine since I would do 2D stuff, or very simple 3D stuff. I’m good at drawing, but I don’t have much experience with 3D modeling. And what about PS3/4 and Xbox360/One, have you looked into those too, is it more expensive and/or more complicated? I have to say I thought it was much more expensive than 1200$ for a devkit…

  • The_fuzz_buzz

    *Gets stuck on 13-9

  • http://Website.com Shane Michaels

    Does Nintendo just dislike America, or something? They give Japan way more support. It’s almost, like they’re racist…

    (deerrrrpp0

  • LevenThumps

    I would much rather have Gamecube games come to the Virtual Console than DS games. DS games can already be played on the current generation of handhelds, but Gamecube games cannot. Hopefully, some Gamecube games will be announced at E3.

    • CEObrainz

      The recently announced GC Controller adapter makes this possible, although I’m still waiting for them to release a modified Wii U Controller in the form of a GameCube controller. Might need to wait for someone to mod one though….

      • LevenThumps

        I hope the adapter will mean more Gamecube games. It doesn’t make much sense for the adapter to only be playable with one game.

        • CEObrainz

          Unless they rename it to the Smash Controller and give one away with every game….but that’s just me daydreaming again…

          Hopefully they do announce the GC Virtual Console with decently priced games.

          • darkcreap

            No, it would make much more sense to allow users to have it for more than one game. I also think GC VC is coming to WiiU.

          • NatT96™

            I know one thing, it runs off of usb’s. If it can run on my PC, Dolphin emulator here I come!

          • CEObrainz

            Official Nintendo controller for PC? I’m sold.

          • NatT96™

            Hell I t has 2 USB plugins

          • CEObrainz

            True, but up to four controllers are supported.

          • NatT96™

            Oh yeah I would go crazy….I bet they would make an app for it to so it won’t be compatible with other devices… Or shit….block the PC drivers

          • CEObrainz

            Someone will always break into it and release unofficial drivers for us.

  • darkcreap

    Especially since you use the touch capabilities of the screen, which is one of the main defining factors of the gamepad.

  • NatT96™

    I’m liking every comment here just to be nice everyone.

    • CEObrainz

      That explains things…the comment section was looking a little too positive…

    • MerryBlind .

      lawl

  • cool1706

    Its about time the ds comes to Wii U. The Wii u is like a bigger ds one is a touch and one u watch

  • Jason

    We’re going to get Super Mario 64 DS, before the actual Super Mario 64.

    • MerryBlind .

      While we’re at it, I’m curious, is the 64 version better than the DS one? I know the DS lets you play as Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, and Wario, which is great, but are graphics, gameplay, and whatnot better or worse?

      • Jason

        The DS version is worse than the N64 version, because you can only move with a d-pad, which causes you to constantly change your camera angles so you can move in the direction you want, but I think the VC will allow you to move with the analog stick, so it should play fine on there.

        • MerryBlind .

          Ok thanks, and what about the rest? Is there any additional contents besides the new characters? or tweaks to levels, or are the visuals better?

          • Jason

            The visuals are overall better. It’s more pixelated, but it has a higher polygon count. As for extra content, they’ve added 30 more stars, and more Secret Star Levels. So tweaks in the levels is the star you get after fighting the Big Boo, you can get to by using the balloon power up. In the original version, you had to do some crazy jump, and wall kick to get to that star.

          • MerryBlind .

            Now that’s what I wanted to know. Thanks, I’ll probably get the DS version if they DO release it on eShop then!

          • C4

            And those Touch-Minigames ;)

          • Guest

            I suggest playing Super Mario 64 DS on the 3DS. That way you can use the Circle Pad to move which is much better than D-Pad

          • MerryBlind .

            Well I don’t have a DS nor a 3DS, I’m asking because I have the N64 version, but if the DS versions comes to VC, I might just get it.

    • C.S. Bailey

      Available on the Wii already, and the Wii U lets you play games available on the Wii, problem solved. It’s not perfect, but the problem is still solved. The DS version was better anyways IMHO.

      • Jason

        Yeah, but you can’t play with the GamePad or have Miiverse integration. And I just said that the controls for the DS version was bad, which they’ll likely fix in the VC.

  • MerryBlind .

    I think it’s a good ‘first game’… but come on Nintendo, bring on a freakin Pokemon game on VC!!!! Be it the Colors ones, or the GBA, or the DS, I don’t care. I just want Pokemon on my Wii U.

    Speaking of which, anyone knows why they don’t seem to consider releasing GameBoy COLORS games on the VC? I mean, they have NES games, so why did they skip GBC and went directly to GBA?

  • TheSkeletonMan939 .

    Ehh… still would have preferred GameCube. Good stuff nontheless.

  • Josiah Parsons

    I want Metroid Prime Hunters with online capability!

  • JeanPaul

    The virtual console is so unbelievably terrible…

  • Shota

    people…3ds can’t play ds games off sd card it ain’t possibile due technical difficulty

  • C.S. Bailey

    Just an old school gamer talking, but getting older Ninty games from other systems on the Wii U is “bad word, bad word, bad word” (I use a lot of those) awesome.

  • Vlad_S

    Well…not bad at all. There are many ds titles i’ve never played so i’m looking forward to an eu release.

  • palomino blue

    This is one of the few DS titles that works well with that style of split screen since you held the DS like a book for it. With the quick start menu, I would love to run through a couple quick exercises before jumping into Mario Kart. I really hope they release this worldwide. It seems like a no-brainer to me.