Back in January Nintendo announced the relaunch of their Virtual Console service, which allows players to experience classics from Nintendo’s expansive back catalog. Not all games from the Wii Virtual Console will be available from the beginning, but Nintendo has assured fans they will be added over time.
At launch a selection of NES and SNES titles will be made available with save states, off-TV gamepad play, and Miiverse support. Nintendo also officially announced that Game Boy Advance games would be coming shortly thereafter. Wii owners who transferred their data over to Wii U are being offered a special deal on games they have already purchased. They may pay a special reduced price to upgrade to the Wii U version: $1 for NES games, and $1.50 for SNES games. This upgrade is not mandatory though, if you want to keep your titles stored in Wii-mode you are free to do so free of charge.
Wii U’s Virtual Console launches in full and earnest this spring with the first console update, but in the meantime Nintendo is offering what they’re calling the “Wii U Virtual Console Trial campaign.” In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Famicom Nintendo will be releasing one NES or SNES game per month for 30 cents for 30 days at a time. Three titles have already been released under the service: Balloon Fight, F-Zero, and Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream. For a full list of the titles being offered visit Nintendo.com: http://www.nintendo.com/wiiu/downloads/virtual-console/.