Nintendo has announced that Virtual Console is coming to the Wii U. Speaking during a Nintendo Direct this morning, Nintendo's Satoru Iwata said that the Virtual Console service would go live sometime in the spring. Specifically, a spring software update will add Virtual Console software to the Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The Virtual Console service will launch soon after the spring update and will include NES and SNES games with Game Boy Advance games to be added at a later stage.
As far as pricing is concerned, users who have already purchased the Wii version of select NES or Super NES Virtual Console games and transferred them to their Wii U can buy an 'enhanced' version for the Wii U at a discounted price of $1 for NES games or $1.50 for SNES games. Nintendo will also sell one NES or SNES game at a special price of $0.30 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Famicom in Japan. The offer will see a new game discounted each month, and the deal for each game will be good for 30 days. January's title is Balloon Fight.
Nintendo also said that there are two Wii U updates scheduled for the first half of this year. The first will come in spring, and the second in summer. These updates aim to improve load times, which have been a source of complaint for some users, as well as provide new features, like the Virtual Console service that will arrive shortly after the spring update.
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Yeah I noticed that, but do they charge an upgrade price or full purchase price to switch to the enhanced version?
I thought the HD versions of games just run at a higher resolution to look better on tablets. Do you know if they add extra content over the non-HD versions?
Also, if you have the iPhone version of app you then don't get any sort of discount on the iPad version.
A good example is Google's map app for iOS. Right now it is only optimized for iPhone (5 included) and not designed to be universal and optimized for iPad. Now Google could do one of two things. One, they could release a separate iPad only app which would be. Stupid or they could update their already available app to be optimized or "enhanced" for iPads.
Point is... If I bought a virtual console title I should automatically receive it in the Wii U when the VC platform for that console launches. Also if Nintendo decides to enhance its Ames to look be tater on HD display or add online multiplayer then said enhancements should be free. I mean think of these enhancements as a patch for the games not DLC. You can't charge for updates but you can charge for DLC but this is not DLC.
I've heard they're going to have save states and button mapping in this version of VC, so that, Miiverse communities, and playing on the gamepad are probably the main enhancements. Virtual Console's always been OPed to me, sooo just get to work on those interface speed ups, thanks.