Game Boy Advance games to be available for Wii U in April

Nintendo Wii U is set to get the classic titles from the Game Boy Advance through Virtual Console starting in April in US and Japan.

In the Nintendo Direct video, the company's president, Satoru Iwata, announced that, Wii U users will get access to popular games such as Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3 in the US in April. Japanese users will be able to play Super Mario World, WarioWare, Golden Sun, F-Zero and Advance Wars starting April 3. More titles will be added around 30th April.

Nintendo will be adding more games from their older consoles to the Virtual Console marketplace every month. This could turn out to be a good move as the company tries to bring developers to create games for the struggling Wii U console.

PlayStation 4 has been rumored to get the ability to play games from the PlayStation 1 and 2 using emulation, but the classic titles available from Nintendo could be of more interest for casual gamers.

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I think the Wii-U is a great console it is just not marketed by Nintendo very well, while not as powerful as ps4/Xbone (it is more powerful than ps3/xb360). I bought for my 6 year old son but love playing myself (the GamePad is great) and I played PC games for 15+ years before anyone flames me...

Edited by Simon Fowkes, Feb 17 2014, 2:46pm :

Great news. There are four things that need to happen before I really open my wallet floodgates to Nintendo for digital releases- 1)They need to make my Nintendo account a proper persistent online account instead of still tying my purchases to one console- hell if they did that I'd even buy another WiiU. 2) They need to properly unify the account so that I don't have to buy the same game twice for 3DS and WiiU. 3) They need to dramatically increase the number of games they add every week, this slow trickle is embarassing. 4) They need to quit making games and system software that require the GamePad, it should be strictly optional. And Nintendo games are not necessarily casual, awesome games like Advance Wars and Metroid Fusion are way more hardcore than the usual touchscreen phone garbage.

Reminds me of the Super Game Boy for the Super NES, the Intelligent Systems Game Boy Development cart for the Nintendo 64, and the Game Boy Player for the Game Cube. Had the Super Game Boy and Game Boy Player units. Good times!

How about some Wii-U games for the Wii-U.
I've only had mine just over a year and have 2 games. Other than that, it sits there gathering dust, because the few games that are available are frankly rubbish.
Biggest waste of money so far.
........other than my ex.

Treat her like a prostitute, don't treat no girlie well until you're sure of the scoop. 'Cause all they do is hurt and trample! Listen up close here comes my first example.

Only two games, what about:-

Super Mario 3d world
Need for Speed Most Wanted U
Pikmin 3
Wonderful 101
Zombi U
Rayman
Assassin's Creed (Black Flag)
Batman
Deus Ex
Zelda
Lego City Undercover
Skylander SwapForce (kids)
Disney Infinity (kids)
All the old Wii software (Sports Resort / Mario Kart 7)

Soon to be released:-
Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze
Mario Kart 8
Smash Bros
Project Cars
Bayonetta 2

more than ps4/xbone has at the moment, check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Wii_U_games

Why bother? Most of the GBA first party games such as super Mario advance 2 were just ports if SNES games anyways, wouldn't it be cheaper and easier just to port those over?

would this support game linking?

in real GBA you can have up to 4 GBAs linked for multiplayer games without the need of internet.

Not that much of a biggie, half the games are just ports of SNES games anyway, and they're much worse due to the smaller screen size, so the SNES equivalents are better anyway...

LimeMaster92 said,
Yeah, you probably played a remake then.

Either way its a great game to play on the go Glad cell phones with emulators replaced that.

There's enough original content for it to be worthwhile, and the games are in wide screen which will be a good fit for current TVs.

Advance Wars, Golden Sun, Castlevania, Astro Boy, Final Fantasy Tactics Advance, Metroid Zero Mission. & Fusion, Sonic Advance, F-Zero Maximum Velocity & GP Legend, Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mega Man Battle Network, Mega Man Zero, Metal Slug Advance, Chu Chu Rocket, Wario Land 4, etc. There's hundreds of games to tap into for each region.

Shadowzz said,

Either way its a great game to play on the go Glad cell phones with emulators replaced that.

I wouldn't say touch screen is very good for most games.

LimeMaster92 said,

I wouldn't say touch screen is very good for most games.

It works really similar to the old gameboys in portrait mode. Just no physical buttons, but I personally have no big issue with that.

Shadowzz said,

It works really similar to the old gameboys in portrait mode. Just no physical buttons, but I personally have no big issue with that.

It's less accurate than physical buttons and is usually over sensitive. I couldn't get used to it, so I'll probably always prefer buttons over touch.

LimeMaster92 said,

It's less accurate than physical buttons and is usually over sensitive. I couldn't get used to it, so I'll probably always prefer buttons over touch.

Same here, it works well for some games where you need to move in one direction and jump every so often. However for anything more than that where the game makes heavy use of the dpad I don't find a touch screen to be that great.

Geezy said,
The Wii U isn't failing, it doesn't need saving. It needs help for sure, but it's far from unprofitable.

Ooh didn't know that. Could you provide a source for their profits on the Wii U?

Just because each unit becomes profitable after one game sale doesn't mean the Wii U as a whole will be profitable -- there are R&D expenses that need to be recouped, and with sales so much less than projected, I would presume that this is why the company is continuing to lose money. I would love to see an article to this effect...

Yeah, would be interesting. It would be silly to forecast doom for Nintendo in the long term though, they've been able to turn the 3DS around, and have always managed to pull through with their other systems even in dire times.

Nintendo have a lot of cash in the bank; they can afford for the Wii U not to be successful. But they need to come up with something more compelling for consumers next time around. I don't think keeping the Wii branding is a great idea, there are still people who think the Wii U is just an new controller for the Wii.