Wii U backwards compatibility
Wii U backwards compatibility supports many older Nintendo game systems and consoles through Virtual Console. The Wii U will be backwards compatible with Wii game discs, and will support other systems through game downloads. Via the new Nintendo Network, users will be able to download Nintendo 64, GameCube, NES, and SNES games to the Wii U. These games, saved to the Wii U’s internal storage drive, will be playable on the Wii U controller, or a regular Wiimote controller. The games will be sold on the new Wii U eShop channel.
One of the new features to older games will be the ability to stream the game to the Wii U controller instead of playing it on the TV screen. Wii U backwards compatible games are also expected to be available in retail stores through pre-paid gaming cards.
Wii U backwards compatibility list
The following consoles and Nintendo systems will be backwards compatible with the console and sold through the Wii U Virtual Console:
- Wii (game discs)
- GameCube (downloads only)
- Nintendo 64
- Super Nintendo
- Neo Geo
- SEGA Master System
Additionally, Wii U backwards compatible titles will expand beyond Nintendo consoles and will include several other third party game systems, much like on the original Wii. Note that the Wii U is not backwards compatible with the GameCube controller, which means GameCube games on the Wii U will have to use re-mapped controls to the Wii U controller. the Wii U will be fully backwards compatible with the older Wii system, due to the hardware such as the Wii U CPU and Wii U GPU being based on the same type of architectures and made by the same suppliers.
Wii U backwards compatible titles from older systems will be purchased with Wii Points, where 100 Wii Points = $1. Games are expected to cost from 500 to 1500 Wii Points, which translates to $5 to $15.
List of Wii U backwards compatible games
The following list is a sample of some of the games that will be available for the Wii U through the Virtual Console.
- Super Mario 64
- Mario Kart 64
- Wave Race 64
- Mario Golf
- The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time
- Mario Tennis
- F-Zero (SNES)
- The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES)
- Super Mario World (SNES)
- The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker (GameCube)
- Metroid Prime (GameCube)
- Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube)
- Super Mario Sunshine (GameCube)
This Wii U backwards compatible games list is far from complete, Nintendo is likely to bring over the majority of the hundreds of titles from the Wii Virtual Console to the Wii U. These games will likely be released over a period of time, rather than all at once.