Wii U virtual console
Nintendo will offer the Wii U Virtual Console for players to download games from older Nintendo systems through Wii U backwards compatibility. The supported consoles include GameCube, Nintendo 64, and others. The Wii U Virtual Console feature will be part of the Wii U eShop channel, where users will also be able to buy additional game content (DLC), and more. The Wii U will support the old Wii Virtual Console controller with all games. However, since there is no GameCube port, those games will have re-mapped controls to the Wii U tablet controller. It is rumored that small puzzle mini-games will be available through a Wii U apps channel as well.
Wii U Virtual Console supported systems
- Nintendo 64
- Various third party systems like the Sega Master System
Many of the games available on the current Virtual Console for the Wii are expected to come to the Wii U. These games number in the hundreds, including the vast majority of the older Nintendo franchises. The virtual console will be part of the Wii U channels and will be access through the main system menu.
Wii U Virtual Console pricing
Games on the Wii U Virtual Console will be priced from 300 to 1500 Wii Points, which translates to $3 to $15. Games from older systems such as the NES will priced towards the lower end, while GameCube games will be priced at $10 and above. Third party publishers will set their own prices.
Virtual Console games
Nintendo will be bringing most of their lineup to gamers, with titles such as Super Mario, Super Mario 64, Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, Zelda: Wind Waker, Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart 64, and many, many more. The full list of the lineup is yet to be unveiled by Nintendo. We’ll have a full list of games once the service goes live.
Wii U Game transfers
Nintendo is expected to allow gamers to transfer their Virtual Games from their Wii to the new Wii U console. However, it is uncertain how this would work, since the Wii U will be using a new user account and player profile system. One rumor suggested that Nintendo was considering handing players gift cards with Wii Points to re-download the games to the new system. Whether this is true, remains to be seen.
Games that are download via the Wii U Virtual console will be saved to the on-board flash storage, which is rumored to be 8 GB. However, Nintendo will allow the option of storing downloaded games on SD cards ranging from 2 to 16 GB, and on USB hard drives and flash drives.