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Game Boy Advance games confirmed for Wii U Virtual Console

Download old classics on the Wii U's retro service

You will be able to download Game Boy Advance games via the Wii U Virtual Console. Yes, Satoru Iwata has announced that classic games from Nintendo's old handheld will be available to download when the service launches on Wii U in the Spring after a System Update.

That means games such as Advance Wars, Metroid Fusion and The Legend Of Zelda: Minish Cap could be available to download in the future alongside NES, SNES and N64 games.

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You can play Virtual Console games right now on Wii U but you have to go into Wii mode and download them from the Wii Shopping Channel. What's more, you can't play retro games on the Wii U GamePad. However, the new Wii U Virtual Console promises to change all that as you'll be able to play the games off-screen on your GamePad.

However, Satoru Iwata has confirmed that the full line-up of NES, SNES and N64 games won't be available to download at launch.

Only a selection of NES and SNES titles will be ready to purchase and all these games will be reprogrammed for the Wii U, meaning that redownloading the games you have already downloaded on the Wii Virtual Console won't be free. NES games will cost 99p to redownload while SNES games will cost £1.49.

In other news, to celebrate the NES's 30 year anniversary, during each month from now until July Nintendo will reduce the cost of one SNES or NES game to 30p each for 30 days. Balloon Fight is now available for 30p on the Wii U and is playable on the GamePad even though the full Wii U Virtual Console service has yet to launch. You can download it from the Wii U eShop> Here are the rest of the games that are on the way...

Feb: F-Zero

Mar: Punch Out! Featuring Mr. Dream

Apr: Kirby's Adventure

May: Super Metroid

Jun: Yoshi

Jul: Donkey Kong

Satoru Iwata announced the news during Nintendo Direct which you can watch again on ONM.

In the meantime, check out our list of the best Game Boy Advance games.

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