Global GBA Virtual Console Launch Lineup Revealed

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

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UPDATE: Nintendo of America has also chimed in. Nintendo of America gave us a full press release featuring not only Game Boy Advance games (and their respective release dates), but Super Mario Bros. 3, as well.

  • Advance Wars (confirmed for April 3, 2014)
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (confirmed for April 3, 2014)
  • Metroid Fusion (confirmed for April 3, 2014)
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (confirmed for April 10, 2014)
  • WarioWare, Inc. (confirmed for April 10, 2014)
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (confirmed for April 17, 2014)
  • Golden Sun (confirmed for April 17, 2014)
  • Super Mario Bros. 3 (confirmed for April 17, 2014)
  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (confirmed for April 24, 2014)

Virtual Console - Game Boy Advance Launch Lineup | oprainfall

Game Boy Advance games were confirmed for the Wii U Virtual Console way back on January 23, 2013, during that epic Nintendo Direct that featured the “X” reveal and more. After over a year of radio silence, and even after going so far as to announce Nintendo DS games for the Wii U Virtual Console, as well, Iwata finally announced that GBA games were coming in April.

Fast-forward to today, when both Japan and Europe have announced a full lineup of Game Boy Advance games coming soon. In Japan’s case, they’re all coming next week. Here’s a look:

  • Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World
  • WarioWare Inc
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
  • Advance Wars and Advance Wars 2
  • Golden Sun

And now onto Europe, whose lineup was just revealed this morning. You can watch the trailer below.

  • Advance Wars (confirmed for April 3, 2014)
  • Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga (confirmed for April 3, 2014)
  • Metroid Fusion (confirmed for April 3, 2014)
  • Kirby & the Amazing Mirror (confirmed for April 10, 2014)
  • WarioWare Inc (confirmed for April 10, 2014)
  • F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (confirmed for April 17, 2014)
  • Golden Sun (confirmed for April 17, 2014)
  • Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (confirmed for April 24, 2014)

The Game Boy Advance games on the Wii U Virtual Console will feature customizable controls, Miiverse communities, Restore Points and more! Again, this is not confirmed for the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console…yet. Who knows what the future will bring?

There you have it. April can’t get here fast enough! We’ll offer more information as it comes, especially when Nintendo of America reveals their launch lineup. I was hoping we would all get Japan’s global treatment, but it seems like Europe has chosen to announce more games over a larger window of time.

Which games on this list are you most excited for? Be sure to let us know!

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  • Tyrannikos

    I’d pay out of the ass to have these on my 3DS. Let’s go, Nintendo. Get it done.

  • James Best

    Anyone know what the price point is gonna be?

    • I saw somewhere that in Japan, they’ll be 702 yen a piece, so I imagine they’ll be $7 in America at least.

    • John Ellis

      Well in the UK the price is £6.29 which is $10.46

  • RagunaXL

    is this the gba version of ‘Super Mario Bros 3?’ I ask because they’ve been teasing us wth SMB3 for 3DS virtual console for awhile now. I assume this is a release for the wii U though, which is also awesome.

    • It’s the NES game, finally coming…smack in the middle of all the GBA hype. They couldn’t do it this week because of Zelda-Sonic, I assume, so they decided to arbitrarily stick it in with Golden Sun & F-Zero like “That’ll shut ’em up”, haha.

      The press release notes that it’s for 3DS & Wii U, so it’s definitely the NES original.

    • RagunaXL

      oh! thank you so much! I can’t wait! I’ve kept a few bucs o my ccount waiting for SMB3 to arrive! this is awesome!

  • RagunaXL

    Golden Sun and Warioware might be the killer apps that cause me to finally get a wii U

  • smacd

    *yawn* wake me up when they announce GBA for 3DS

  • Lord Ackercocke

    Advance Wars & Golden are instant purchases. Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga &
    Metroid Fusion i’ll get later this year.