The website Nintendo Everything has confirmed the release and launch lineup of the Wii U’s Virtual Console service. This service, along with its initial eight launch games, was released on April 26, 2013. The games in the launch lineup have varying prices, and there is a wide variety of genres to choose from.
The Virtual Console service was one of the greatest services available on the original Nintendo Wii. It allowed Nintendo to distribute many of their classic games (and some games from non-Nintendo consoles, such as Sega Genesis games) to new gamers. Obviously, gamers who grew up on these classics could also repurchase them if they wanted easier access to the games (or they could reacquire them if they no longer owned the games). The service had a wide variety of titles available for download by the end of the Nintendo Wii’s life. It is likely that most, if not all, of the original Wii’s Virtual Console games will be available on the Wii U eventually. The Wii U Virtual Console was not ready at launch, but Nintendo has now fixed it to work with the Wii U. The launch lineup is limited, but there are a number of really good games in the initial lineup. Over time, more games will become available. Also, every game (unless otherwise specified) will be able to be played on the Wii U Gamepad, so gamers can switch their TVs to something else if they choose to.
There is a discount for gamers who purchased games on the original Wii. Any games that gamers purchased on the Wii Virtual Console will be available for redownload on the Wii U at a discounted price. Gamers who purchased NES games will be able to redownload them for $1.00 and those who purchased SNES games will be able to redownload them for $1.50. This may seem a little unfair to people who already purchased the game, but it’s better than paying full price again. In order to get these discounts, the gamer needs to transfer their data from their Wii to their Wii U. This will cause the Nintendo eShop to detect the game, and the game will be available at the discounted price. The normal prices for NES games are between $4.99 and $5.99 and the normal prices for SNES games are between $7.99 and $8.99. Also, gamers who pick up any of the games for 30 cents during the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign will not need to repurchase the games at full price (currently, the only games this applies to are Balloon Fight, F-Zero, Punch-Out, and Kirby’s Adventure).
The list that is accompanying this article details each of the games that are in the launch lineup of the Wii U Virtual Console. Each page will give a short description of the game, as well as the price for the title. For a quick list of the games that are in the launch lineup, check the list below:
“Balloon Fight” (NES)
“Donkey Kong Jr.” (NES)
“Ice Climber” (NES)
“Kirby’s Adventure” (NES)
“Super Mario World” (SNES)
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The Wii U section on Nintendo’s website
“Balloon Fight” is available at a price of $4.99. This game was originally released on the NES in 1986. The game involves the player controlling a nameless character (usually referred to as the Balloon Fighter) as he tries to defeat the various enemies on the screen. The player must pop the balloons that are holding the enemies to defeat them. This is done by landing on their balloons from above. Defeating all the enemies will complete the stage and lead to the next one. If the player’s balloons get popped (which happens if the enemies land on him from above), they will lose a life. There are also other ways to lose a life, such as falling in the water, hovering close to the water and getting eaten by a giant fish, and getting struck by lightning. This game can be played with 1 or 2 players. There is another game mode called Balloon Trip, where the player avoids various obstacles while traveling in one direction. Players who have played the Balloon Fighter in the Wii U game “Nintendo Land” will be familiar with how this game mode works.
‘Donkey Kong Jr.’
“Donkey Kong Jr.” is available at a price of $4.99. This game was originally released on the NES in the 1980s. This game stars the titular Donkey Kong Jr., who is the son of Donkey Kong, who was the villain in the arcade classic “Donkey Kong.” Donkey Kong Jr. is trying to save his father, who has been put in a cage by Mario. This game is currently the only official Nintendo title in existence where Mario is the main villain of the game. The player must guide Donkey Kong Jr. through various levels, mostly involving climbing on vines and hopping across platforms. Mario will send enemies to try and stop the player, and these enemies can also climb up and down the vines. The player can drop fruit onto the enemies to defeat them. The goal is essentially the same as the original “Donkey Kong,” the player must reach the top of the stage to free Donkey Kong. After completing all four stages, the player will return to stage one, but the difficulty will be increased.
“Excitebike” is available at a price of $4.99. This game was originally released on the NES in 1985. This game is a racing title where the player controls a nameless character on a dirt bike. The player drives straight to the right, trying to beat the other racers. Along the way, there are various ramps and obstacles that the player will need to avoid. There are also boosters (which look like arrows) on the ground which the player will want to hit. The ramps will usually make the player go airborne, at which point they can tilt the back forward and backward. If the player doesn’t land correctly they will fall off the bike. Falling off the bike will force the player to rapidly hit buttons to try to get back to the bike. Hitting another racer will also knock the player off their bike. The game includes a number of courses, and a Design Mode in which the player can create their own tracks.
“F-Zero” is available at the price of $7.99. This game was originally released on the Super Nintendo in 1991. “F-Zero” is a futuristic racing game where racers drive hovering vehicles that travel at speeds in excess of 400 kilometers per hour (approximately 250 miles per hour). The race tracks in the game have many sharp turns and other hazards, but the hovering properties of the vehicles allow for sharper turns and better control of the vehicle. This version of F-Zero has four racers to choose from, and 15 tracks to race on, which are split into three separate leagues. The leagues and tracks become harder and harder as the player progresses. Many gamers will likely recognize one of the racers, Captain Falcon, from the popular “Super Smash Brothers” series. Despite being a racing character, Nintendo found a way to make him a fighter.
“Ice Climber” is available at the price of $4.99. This game was originally released on the NES in 1985. “Ice Climber” is a platforming title where the player is put in control of Popo, a character wearing a blue Eskimo parka. The goal is to climb to the top of the mountain. The character can jump very high, as the rows of platforms are rather far apart (in vertical height). The character also has a hammer which he can use to hit enemies. This does have the unfortunate side effect of breaking some of the platforms (if the hammer hits them) however, causing the player to have a harder time climbing up the mountain. The levels get progressively harder as the player gets further in the game, adding more enemies and making the platforms harder to jump between. This game is also playable in two player co-op. The second player will control Nana, a character wearing a pink Eskimo parka. Players will possibly recognize Nana and Popo from the “Super Smash Brothers” series, in which they are a unique playable fighter (they are unique because they are the only fighter where the player controls two characters at the same time).
“Kirby’s Adventure” is available at the price of $4.99. Note, however, that until May 16, 2013, “Kirby’s Adventure is available for 30 cents as part of the Virtual Console Trial Campaign. After that it will be normal price. “Kirby’s Adventure” was originally released on the NES in 1993. This game is a platforming title starring the titular Kirby. This game was the first game to introduce Kirby’s signature ability: the ability to copy enemy’s powers by swallowing them. This ability is perhaps what Kirby is most well-known for, and this game set the precedent for many games to come. Despite being the first game to allow Kirby to copy abilities, there are actually a large variety of abilities to choose from (some of which have only appeared in a handful of games since, such as High Jump and Tornado). Kirby traverses the levels by jumping and using his flying ability to avoid obstacles and enemies. Along the way he can copy enemy abilities to defeat his foes easier. The ultimate goal is to traverse each world and defeat the boss at the end of each world. Eventually the player will face off against King Dedede, Kirby’s longtime rival (similar to Mario and Bowser’s rivalry or Link and Ganon’s rivalry).
“Punch-Out!!” is available at the price of $4.99. This game was originally released on the NES in 1987. “Punch-Out!!” is a boxing game where the player controls a character named Little Mac. He is attempting to win a boxing tournament. There are a number of opponents to defeat, and each one is progressively more difficult than the previous one. The controls for the game are relatively simple, as the player must choose whether to punch or dodge, depending on what their opponent is doing. Note that this is the version of “Punch-Out!!” that has the character Mr. Dream in it instead of Mike Tyson. This was originally changed due to Nintendo not renewing the license with Mike Tyson after the game’s original launch. Nintendo has had no reason to renew the contract, so they cannot rerelease the version containing Mike Tyson.
‘Super Mario World’
“Super Mario World” is available at the price of $7.99. This game was originally released on the Super Nintendo in 1991. For most gamers, this game doesn’t need an introduction. This game was Mario’s first game on the Super Nintendo, and is still considered to be one of the greatest games of all time by many gamers. The game places the player in control of Mario (or Luigi for player 2) as he tries to traverse a large number of levels (around 80). Many of the levels have multiple exits, and there are a total of 96 exits to find. The levels are laid out over a large, interconnected world, where players seamlessly travel from one world to the next. Players are also able to return to old levels at any time. This game introduces a number of new things to the Mario universe, including the spin jump (which lets Mario break blocks beneath him) and the cape (which allows him to fly). The most important of all the new additions is Yoshi. Yoshi was unheard of before this title, and since its release he has become one of Nintendo’s most well-known characters. In this game, Mario rode on his back (similar to how one would ride on a horse) and he would provide new abilities for Mario. He is able to take a hit for Mario and he is able to use new attacks depending on his color or the color of the Koopa shell he eats. Overall, “Super Mario World” is a worthwhile purchase, and should be in any gamer’s library of games.