The Wii U Is Getting Its Own Virtual Console This April

Surprisingly missing from the Wii U at launch, the Virtual Console will be making its debut on the latest home system this April.

Unfortunately, it seems that all the great titles we see on the Wii’s Virtual Console will not be available at the launch of the Wii U’s version. There is most likely some licensing agreements that need to be redone for many games.

Still, this is a good feature to finally have on the system.

The Wii U’s Virtual Console will start with select titles from the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo. The NES games will go for $4.99-5.99 ($1.00 if you previously bought the game on the Wii) and SNES games will go for $7.99-8.99 ($1.50 if you already own the game, as well).

So what improvements can be found on the Wii U’s Virtual Console? For starters, you’ll be able to utilize Save States, much like the 3DS’ Virtual Console. Also, you can use the Gamepad for control.

To celebrate the announcement of  the Wii U’s Virtual Console, gamers will be able to purchase the following games starting today (January’s game only!) at the heavily discounted price of $0.30:

  • January: Balloon Fight
  • February: F-Zero
  • March: Punch-Out Featuring Mr. Dream
  • April: Kirby’s Adventure
  • May: Super Metroid
  • June: Yoshi
  • July: Donkey Kong