You could keep the question mark if you want. The point is, we have no reason to believe Virtual Console games that originate on the Wii U won't be playable on the tablet. This only affects things that began on the Wii.
We already know downloadable games like Trine 2 will be playable on the tablet right?
@Jargon I don't necessarily disagree with your assumptions, but why make allowances in the thread title for a potential service that hasn't even been announced yet?
I dunno. To me, it seems obvious that Wii U software can leverage the Gamepad.
This is off-topic, but I just found out that BlOps 2 will be able to run co-op on the TV and Gamepad simultaneously. So no split! That's awesome. Lots of future potential for racing games, and such. Actually, Sonic & Sega might already support that. I remember that the Wii U version had some interesting features.
I'm just saying this is the equivalent of finding out that DSiWare games can't be saved on a 3DS SD card and posting "Downloadable games can't be saved to a 3DS SD card?" Unless you think Nintendo is going to give up the Virtual Console name and not release Wii U exclusive VC games, then I think the title is kind of misleading.
Honestly, I think I'd prefer playing split screen than being the guy stuck playing on the tablet.
I'm inclined to agree with Anand, they haven't announced a Wii U VC yet, so as far as we know, all VC games will be confined to Wii Mode. DSiWare isn't really a fair comparison, since if you download DSiWare games on your 3DS, they're still confined to the system memory. Obviously eShop games will be playable on the GamePad, games have been announced.
And while I agree that it's likely that the VC will continue onto Wii U and have Wii U-exclusive features, it's certainly not a given when you look at how Nintendo has treated Virtual Console in the past.
I don't really follow on why DSiWare isn't a fair comparison. My point is that DSiWare functions differently on 3DS than eShop games, despite being similar in concept, just like Wii VC will function differently than Wii U VC, if it exists.
And the fact that they continued the Virtual Console name from Wii to 3DS speaks well of the fact that it will continue to future systems, in my view.
@Jargon Well because if you download DSiWare on 3DS, it functions exactly as it would on DSi, which sounds like how VC will be. There's no indication that the Virtual Console won't continue in the way DSiWare has -- downloadable on both systems, but functioning just as a Wii game would. With millions of Wiis out there, why not continue the service on both platforms, rather than Wii U-exclusive?
I'm not saying it's likely, and I tend to agree that VC games will probably (eventually) have Wii U functionality, but as of right now, all we know is that Virtual Console will only be playable in Wii Mode.
I think that's quite likely that they will continue releasing Wii VC games even after Wii U's launch. But I also think it's reasonable to assume that they will release Wii U only VC games, just like the continued release of DSiWare hasn't stopped Nintendo from releasing eShop only games.