There is just one day to go until you can play Super Mario World on your Wii U GamePad. Yes, the Wii U System Update has gone live which means, as promised, the Virtual Console will follow a day later on 27 April. As well as confirming the release date, Nintendo has also confirmed the list of launch games for the UK and Europe.
Here's what you'll be able to download for your Wii U from 27 April.
Wii U Virtual Console launch games
- Super Mario World
- Mario's Super Picross
- Ice Climber
- Donkey Kong Jr.
This is slightly different from the US Wii U Virtual Console launch line-up which includes Kirby's Adventure but not Mario's Super Picross. This makes sense as Kirby's Adventure is currently available for 30p as part of the Famicom 30th anniversary celebrations.
Aside from Mario's Super Picross, all the downloads are the US versions of the game, meaning they'll run at 60Hz rather than 50Hz as was the standard when they were originally released in the UK.
Nintendo say that Pac Man, Super Metroid and games from the Mega Man, Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros. series will be available soon, and popular Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 games will also be added in the future.
As for the price of these games, NES games will cost £3.49 while SNES games are £5.49.
If you've already downloaded them for Wii, you won't have to pay the full price to download them again and take advantage of the Wii U Virtual Console features such as the ability to play the games on the GamePad, customisable controls, Miiverse community support and the ability to instantly save game progress. If you already have downloaded one of these games for Wii, it will cost 99p to download a NES game again and £1.49 to purchase a SNES game.
Of course, if you don't want to pay extra, you can still play your old Virtual Console games in Wii mode.
What do you think of the launch line-up? Which games will you download?