Remember the Wii U Virtual Console? You know, that thing we’ve been hearing so much about? Well, it’s finally gone live in North America! After months of waiting since the Wii U’s launch, Nintendo has finally released the Wii U’s Virtual Console, tailing yesterday’s system update. That’s right, everybody, on your newly-updated Wii U, you can now access your favorite NES and SNES games. Well, six of them, anyway:

  • Balloon Fight (NES)*
  • Punch-Out!! (NES)*
  • Kirby’s Adventure (NES)*
  • Excitebike (NES)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. (NES)
  • Ice Climber (NES)
  • F-Zero (SNES)*
  • Super Mario World (SNES)

* indicates titles that were at one time available as part of Nintendo’s 30-30-30 promotion.

This is the launch lineup of the Wii U Virtual Console, and though it may look a little slim, we can always hope Nintendo intends to jam the service full of all the top-quality games the Wii’s Virtual Console currently enjoys. Of the games above, NES titles cost $4.99 — $1.00 if you own the Wii’s version — and SNES games cost $7.99 — $1.50 if you own the Wii Version.

What are you waiting for? Boot the console up and go check out these classic hit games!

Our Verdict

Colin McIsaac
I first played Donkey Kong Country before even turning three years old, and have since grown into an avid gamer and passionate Nintendo fan. I started working at Zelda Informer in August 2012, and helped found Gamnesia, which launched on February 1, 2013. Outside of the journalism game, I'm an invested musician who loves arranging music from video games and other media. If you care to follow my endeavors, you can check out my channel here: I was rummaging through some things a while back and found my first grade report card. My teacher said, "Oddly enough, Colin doesn't like to write unless it's about computers or computer-type games. In his journal he likes to write about what level he is on in 'Mario Land,' but he doesn't often write about much else." I was pretty amused, given where I am today. Also I have a dog, and he's a pretty cool guy. I don't care for elephants much. I suppose they're okay. You've read plenty now; carry on.


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