Game Boy Advance Games Coming to Wii U Virtual Console

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

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Game Boy Advance on Wii U Virtual Console | Nintendo Direct (North America) 2014-02-13

Fans have long awaited news that Game Boy Advance games will be available on the Virtual Console. While there were a couple of GBA games given out as part of the 3DS Ambassador program for early adopters, there has been nothing since…

That is, until tonight’s Nintendo Direct, when Satoru Iwata announced that Game Boy Advance games will be coming to the Virtual Console on the Wii U. This follows the announcement at the recent Investor’s Briefing that DS games will be released there, as well. The initial lineup of games include Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3. These games will be released in April, with more to follow.

So what do you think of this exciting announcement? What games are you looking forward to seeing released? Let us know in the comments below!

About Eric Chetkauskas

Eric has been playing video games for longer than he can remember. His interests skew toward retro games with an emphasis on Japanese RPGs like Chrono Trigger and the Dragon Quest series.




  • Oniros

    This should’ve been on the 3DS instead. Missed opportunity.

    • Eric

      Normally I’d agree, but Nintendo needs to do whatever it can to get people into the Wii U.

      In a perfect world, there would be a single VC that both consoles can access and download from.

    • Mechanical Rhythm

      I don’t think old portable games are going to be the saviour of the Wii-U though- given that I’m guessing a very significant portion of current Wii U owners are also 3DS ambassadors and likely have not only their ambassador programme games (which seems to cover the majority of what they’ve mentioned for upcoming Wii U release) but also likely an existing back library of DS games to plunder, which kind of makes putting DS games on Wii U virtual console also irrelevant- who wants to buy games they already have?

      It’s Gamecube virtual console they need, not DS/GBA. 3DS already covers most of that base (they should really just finish covering it and put all the GBA games on there), and who has a Wii U who also doesn’t already have a 3DS? I’ve been saying this for ages now, but the Wii U is a perfect way to dish out such things as a HD version of F Zero GX- and anyone who’s played it knows how amazing it looks WITHOUT HD.

  • Vallen

    R/S/E please?

  • smacd

    The VC could be so much more than it currently is. If Nintendo would make it a shared VC across the Wii U and 3DS (and all future systems), massively increased the deployment of games, and added in at least all of the pre-2000 systems they have available, they could be making bank on this. I never owned a GBA, Game Gear, Sega Genesis, or TG16, and there are easily a dozen or two games I’d pick up in an instance.

    Even going in to newer systems like the GameCube would help. But what really gets me, is why Nintendo would add DS and GBA VC games to the Wii U, but not to the 3DS. Even moreso, why aren’t SNES games available on the 3DS VC?

    The VC won’t be the saviour of the Wii U, but fixing the fundamentally broken system and making it into what customers actually WANT sure would help. Open the firehose Nintendo, the trickle only hurts you.