Virtual Console Games Will be Playable on Wii U Gamepad

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

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In an article ranting about Nintendo’s poor support of the Virtual Console, Kotaku writer Jason Schreier recently got in contact with a Nintendo of America representative to ask about the service on the Wii U. While the rep said that they couldn’t share any specifics, he did tell him “we are moving ahead with development of Virtual Console for Wii U, and we plan to make it so you can play it on the Wii U GamePad alone.”

I’ve blasted Nintendo for their treatment of the service before, so I’m not going to repeat myself here. Despite my ranting and raving, I really want to see Nintendo’s Virtual Console do well, and letting people play their older titles on the Gamepad is a good first step. The next step would be to put Virtual Console games on the eShop and, you know, consistently support it.

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  • Babdadb

    And this, my friends, is progress.
    Ahh, I love the smell of science in the morn.

  • I’m a little disappointed I still can’t enjoy VC games directly on the Wii U or purchase them on the eShop (unless accessing my transferred Wii content), but hearing they can be played on the GamePad separately helps keep me a bit patient. …For a little longer.

    The sooner, the better, Nintendo!

    • If they put GameCube games on there, all will be well.

  • Don’t forget about putting GameCube games on the Virtual Console.  That is a must!

    • dbclick

      I’ve always wondered how they will emulate the analog triggers of the
      GameCube controller on the GamePad for the games that actually used it (like Mario
      Sunshine).

    • That would be kind of a challenge.  Maybe they can make a special Pro Controller modeled after the GameCube controller.

  • Mr.SaturnIncognito

    EarthBound Nintendo!

  • John Ellis

    What I want to know is when are they going to put GBA games on the 3DS shop

  • Dan

    What really annoys me when people complain about Nintendo and the eShop VC service they just say it’s mistreated, yet Nintendo tends to release more games for it then the competitors. 

    • It’s mostly the 3DS Virtual Console  that’s “mistreated”.  There are very few games on the service, which is baffling considering the incredible backlog Nintendo’s portables have.  Where are the GBA games?  Where are the Zelda: Oracles games?  How ’bout the original Pokemon games? They is so much content that they are refusing to put up on the service for no apparent reason.

  • dbclick

    I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: They need cross platform play for VC games across all Nintendo platforms you own as long as an emulator can be made for the system in question (linked by Nintendo Network ID).

    I would love to play old GBA games on the GamePad and would like my N64 VC titles to be playable on the 3DS while only purchasing them once, not once per system.

    Cloud saves would be a plus, but not necessary.

    I have this tiny hope that they are working on this, but just haven’t gotten it done yet. I at least hope that Wii VC games you’ve transferred from your Wii won’t have to be repurchased again to be playable on the Wii U GamePad-enabled VC.