Virtual Console coming to Wii U

Wii U eShop

Wii U eShop

NES and SNES games are coming to Wii U, Satoru Iwata confirmed in today’s Nintendo Direct broadcast.

Wii U versions of selected retro Nintendo titles are being developed specifically for the platform, Iwata said, and Nintendo is adding save game functionality and extra Miiverse features to the titles. Players will also be able to play the games on the Wii U GamePad screen.

Iwata also confirmed that Nintendo would be bringing Game Boy Advance titles to the service soon, and that NES and SNES games will be priced the same as their counterparts on Wii’s Virtual Console. Wii owners that have already the downloaded titles on that platform will get the NES and SNES games on Wii U at a discounted price.

Iwata also announced that a series of limited edition releases would be available for 30 pence, for 30 days only, to celebrate the Famicom’s 30th anniversary.