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Wii U Virtual Console launch lineup
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April 23, 2013, 23:54:44
Nintendo announced the Wii U Virtual Console launch lineup this afternoon via the Wii U Facebook page. No date has been given for the launch, but it's speculated that it will drop Thursday or Friday.

  • Balloon Fight (NES)
  • Donkey Kong Jr. (NES)
  • F-Zero (Super Nintendo)
  • Excitebike (NES)
  • Ice Climber (NES)
  • Kirby's Adventure (NES)
  • Punch-Out!! featuring Mr. Dream (NES)
  • Super Mario World (Super Nintendo)

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    Posted: 04/23/13, 23:54:44  - Edited by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:09:33    
    Why not sign up for a (free) account and create your own content?
    In other words...games we knew about.

    My brain is retarded, thought that said Super Metroid and not Super Mario World...

    Posted by 
     on: 04/23/13, 23:58:58  - Edited by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:03:52
    @missypissy Knew about and already own on the Wii U, in many cases. I guess Super Mario World is the one big exception.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:01:14

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:03:21
    Are we going to go through a total eShop reset with each new Nintendo system?

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:05:58
    @Mop it up

    My thoughts exactly. Really hope we get these in big batches.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:07:44
    If the trickle of games being released is fast, this is a good start. We're at the point where there's a drought in the Wii U's library, so they should be cranking out at least three games a week consistently (if not more than that).

    Really, how long does it take to add in Wii U functionality to the old games? I can't imagine it takes a long time, but I know Nintendo will want to space "new" VC releases out (which they shouldn't do at this point).

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:08:57
    I'm sure brighter minds than me will point out there is some sort of economic reason for not just mass dropping the titles on the service, but as a dull-witted gamer I do not listen to those people. I dreamed of an "iTunes" of old school games. Not a service where every few months they throw out some NES game I'd never heard of.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:13:36

    wake me up when they release games that have not been released 5 times already ....

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:14:04
    ugh.....how about games that weren't up already. would that make sense?

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:31:04

    What games could they possibly add? This is assuming Nintendo ones. There's what, Star Fox and Yoshi's Island? Earthbound would've made an exciting launch but with them saying that it's coming out this year, it would've been crazy to expect it to launch the service.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:32:34
    Wasn't Super Metroid one of the 30 cent ones? WTH happened to that? It's even in the video they have

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:42:16

    I heard a May 15th release. Those part of those Famicom 30th anniversary have been having spaced out release dates for a while anyway.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:42:57

    back in January this says Iwata announced GBA games for Wii U as well?? Well that'd be new. That actually points to that rumor of VC swapping between the 3DS and Wii U. Super Metroid in May. Yoshi and Donkey Kong also coming as 30 cent games

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:54:33
    Aggggggggggggggh. This service has so much potential.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 00:54:56

    Maybe we were wrong to expect the Virtual Console to be a long-term value proposition strategy through future Nintendo system lines. Maybe it was always meant to just be another bullet point on the Wii packaging, to be discarded once Nintendo moved on from Wii. They've certainly been half-assing it since the Wii started losing steam a couple years in. The VC drought has already lasted longer than the original VC boom where we saw 3-4 games a week and like 20 at launch. The 3DS VC is an utter joke, and I have no reason to believe Wii U will be any better, other than the fact that it has the Wii's VC library tucked away in a corner somewhere.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 01:34:43
    That's a disappointing start. I was hoping for more SNES games. If I'm not mistaken, the Wii's Virtual Console launch was much better.

    I guess only Super Mario World for me. That should be nice with off tv play.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 01:49:39
    Eh, maybe this is like the "must haves" for Week 1, and then *new* stuff will come out? Thats not so bad.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 02:02:42

    I just bought it last year on VC... but I haven't transferred my Wii to my Wii U... maybe I'll convert it once I actually transfer my Wii to my Wii U... if ever.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 02:03:22
    meh. The only one of these that I haven't recently got for free or incredibly cheap is SMW, which i can get for $1.50 if I feel inclined. Which is cool, I suppose.

    I hope N64 games aren't too far off, and it gets some better support this time around. There's only...what, 22 N64 titles on the Wii VC?


    ^^^ also what he said

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 02:39:00

    If it was must haves there'd be SMB, SMB3, LOZ, LttP, etc., etc., etc. We're fucked.

    Posted by 
     on: 04/24/13, 02:40:37
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