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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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  1. KH81314 Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 14:22

    I haven't played that many Gamecube games so I'm super excited to play some of the games that I missed.

  2. Dwarph Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 14:33

    huh? why is there a windwaker picture... i wasnt watching the nintendo direct due to being at school but no sites seem to have reported gc games for download :/

  3. shy guy 64 Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 14:36

    that's cool

  4. 5OUNDWAVE Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 14:39

    huh? why is there a windwaker picture... i wasnt watching the nintendo direct due to being at school but no sites seem to have reported gc games for download :/

    it's getting a hd remake

  5. NP Chilla Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 14:40

    huh? why is there a windwaker picture... i wasnt watching the nintendo direct due to being at school but no sites seem to have reported gc games for download :/

    Because Wind Waker is receiving a HD remake this autumn!! :D Hurrah!!!!

  6. lui_gui Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 14:42

    huh? why is there a windwaker picture... i wasnt watching the nintendo direct due to being at school but no sites seem to have reported gc games for download :/

    They forgot to mention the HD Remake of Wind Waker for WiiU. It looks stunning.

  7. Dwarph Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 14:42

    huh? why is there a windwaker picture... i wasnt watching the nintendo direct due to being at school but no sites seem to have reported gc games for download :/

    Because Wind Waker is receiving a HD remake this autumn!! :D Hurrah!!!!

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  8. RobertK Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 14:44

    Wait I'm confused, is this Gameboy advance or Gamecube games???
    Title in tab says gamecube where in the article all the games reffered to are GBA and then a Wind Waker picture??

    Confusing isn't even the word :p

  9. LavaTwilight Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 14:49

    That link takes you to best Gamecube games, not Gameboy Advance!

  10. MartinIsAwesome Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 14:51

    huh? why is there a windwaker picture... i wasnt watching the nintendo direct due to being at school but no sites seem to have reported gc games for download :/


    It's probably a mistake because of Minish Cap also featuring Toon Link. Still Wind aker IS getting a HD remake, so yeah, it's not entirely irrelevant... just irrelevan to this particular story.

    Good news for all those who wanted GBA on Virtual Console, though it makes me wonder why they're coming to Wii U instead of 3DS.

  11. tomonm Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 16:10

    Okay, I'll come clean! I was expecting GameCube games to be announced for VC and prepared a story. Then it turned out to be GBA and I changed everythinga part from the Wind Waker picture! Whoops!

  12. Pyron12 Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 16:13

    I agree Martini. Why should the Wii U get it when the 3DS is absolutely perfect for GBA.
    On the flip side, hope they release Mother 3!

  13. KoreeluStromboli Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 16:19

    Why hasn't Nintendo made GBA games available for the 3DS Virtual Console yet?! DX What the heck?! >n<;

  14. goldeneye Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 16:30

    It seems a bit weird to be adding GBA games to a home console, but then I wonder if this'll be part of Nintendo Network. I remember seeing 3DS games advertised on the WiiU eShop, so I wonder if you'll be able to buy a virtual console game on one console and play it on any of them in the future, if and when the 3DS is updated to work fully with NN.

  15. Herbert_Rarr Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 18:05

    More exciting stuff, but I'm confused why GBA games still aren't on the 3DS virtual console.
    And if anyone wants to know a site where you can get Wii U and 3DS eShop codes as well as Nintendo Points codes (and lots more) for free, then PM me :) . I can guarantee it's not a scam since I've already got 30 for 3DS.

  16. Dougtendo Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 18:48

    So many games will be improved with the Wii U analogue stick, Gamecube games next, please!

  17. TheRexFactor Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 19:39

    I would hope 3DS sees the GBA games as well. It would be silly to have old handheld games... not available on the handheld system

  18. lrwr14 Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 21:22

    I would rather have GBA games on my 3DS- on a portable system, the way they were original intended. I do hope they add GC games as well.

  19. Riverlution Wednesday 23rd Jan 2013 at 21:51

    Why are these not coming to the 3DS?

  20. plaing2411 Thursday 28th Feb 2013 at 18:10

    5.49 for SNES games seems a bit much.

  21. bluesclues007 Saturday 1st Jun 2013 at 05:01

    I truly don't get how so many video game companies hate people buying used games or pirating their games, but at the end of the day, it takes them years to finally do something like this. Why haven't GBA games been sold on the Wii from the beginning. It had N64 games. I have so many friends who just got sick of waiting and just got emulators. Heck, emulators run on phones nowadays so portable hand held right there. It's like they don't want my money. Same with other companies. All square-enix does is complain their games either don't sell (I'm looking a you 11 and 14) or they get trashed for poor design (13 and kinda 12) Why not just give people what they want a remake of 7. Just make money off of it, and then use said money to finally make a new good FF.

  22. neosureshot Tuesday 20th Aug 2013 at 15:09

    Not happy they the 3ds is not getting GBA or SNES games or that there is no news that it is because I allready have 10 gba games on my 3ds so why not just add them to the eShop for 3ds. Seems like the WiiU is gunna get everything while 3ds owners wont

  23. Phirst Wednesday 26th Mar 2014 at 15:20

    Well its been 15 months since it was announced but GBA games are coming next month!!

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