News: Wii U Virtual Console and system updates inbound

wii_u_virtual_consoleNintendo’s clearly been listening to feedback during the Wii U’s first months on the market, as two firmware updates are on the way, incrementally increasing its operating system’s load speeds and adding new functionality to the Miiverse.

With the first coming in Spring, the Wii U’s eShop will finally get its own Virtual Console service, although this one’s kind of confusing to explain – we’ll let Nintendo’s official press release do the talking:

Virtual Console for Wii U: A Spring system update will add Virtual Console software to Nintendo eShop on Wii U. The service will launch right after the spring update and will include and selection of NES and Super NES games, with Game Boy Advance games to be added in the future. The prices for NES and Super NES Virtual Console games for Wii U will be the same as they were for the Virtual Console on Wii. People who have already purchased the Wii version of a certain NES or Super NES Virtual Console game and transferred it to their Wii U console can buy the enhanced Wii U version of the game for the reduced price of £0.99 for NES games and £1.49 for Super NES games.

Classic Games for 30 Pence: To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Famicon in Japan (which was known as the NES in Europe), Nintendo is making one NES or Super NES game available each month now through to July at the anniversary price of just £0.30. Each game will be available at that price for 30 days, and the first is the NES game Balloon Fight, which is now available in the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.

On the Miiverse, Mario Kart 7′s Communities feature will make a return, with the ability to create closed forums within Nintendo’s Wii U message board, dedicated to you and friends you decide to share your community’s code with.

Also, Miiverse will eventually become available on smartphones via a web-app, also sometime in the Spring. Following that, Nintendo will release an official Miiverse application.

Nintendo an authorised iOS/Android developer? The irony!


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