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GameBoy Advance games finally coming to Virtual Console on Wii U in April

Just over a year ago, Nintendo mentioned that Gameboy Advance games will eventually be making their way to the Wii U virtual console.

Today it was announced that we will finally see them in our living room soon. Scheduled to start releasing this April, some killer titles are lined up to mark the debut of the Game Boy Advance hitting the virtual console.

The excellent Metroid Fusion was first to be named, along with Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3. If it’s any indication of what the future holds for us, Japan’s initial line-up includes The Legend of Zelda: Minish Cap, Wario Land 4, Mario Tennis Advance, Advance Wars, Wario Ware, F-Zero and Golden Sun.

Hopefully Nintendo can keep up the slew of great handheld titles to make their way to the Wii U Virtual Console when they start hitting this Autumn. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on which Game Boy Advance games make the cut in our weekly eShop updates.

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9 Comments
  • aFRoeVaN
    February 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I really dont understand why these would be appearing on Wii U and not on 3DS other than them trying to get more people onto Wii U?! I mean they already have 10 GBA games running on 3DS from the ambassador program, so they can’t blame technical issues…. They needed to announce N64 and GCN VC games for Wii U… Sigh ūüôĀ

    • MysticLegacy
      February 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      VC means proper support – you can use the Wii U features to play the game. Ambassador titles aren’t VC titles, as they can’t utilise the 3D from the 3DS.

      • Taceus
        February 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm

        ‘Ambassador titles aren’t VC titles, as they can’t utilise the 3D from the 3DS’. That doesn’t sound right to me sorry. All VC on the 3DS lacks 3D unless they were ‘remastered’ for example Nintendo’s 3D Classics which include Kid Icarus, Excitebike and Twinbee and Sega’s 3D range with Space Harrier, Shinobi III and Galaxy Force II, to name a few.

        • Jargy
          February 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm

          You’re right no VC titles use 3D.But the Ambassador titles are missing features like save states and the ability to keep them open in sleep mode.

          But the ‘technical hurdles’ are that they run on the DS mode not in 3DS mode..

  • Taceus
    February 14, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    As much as I like this, being a 3DS ambassador it stumps me as to why GBA VC is skipping (that we know of atm) 3DS, unless it is a means to increase Wii U sales. But even then, how effective do they think that will be?
    I feel bad for the 3DS owners wanting this, good things should be shared(considering there doesn’t appear to be any technical hurdles). And their silence on N64 and GCN VC is….concerning.
    Nevertheless, can’t wait to play M&L:SS and hopefully Golden Sun.

  • Dan
    February 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I’ve had two customers come into my store this week to buy a PS3/x360 to “upgrade” from the Wii because the kids ( 5 & 7 ) are over it and want to play halo etc with thier mates. Asked them about the wiiU and they both thought the wiiU had been axed by Nintendo. The general public think the wiiU is dead or has been axed. They need to fix their message to the general public. not release gameboy advance games.

    Nintendo Directs are great. But they are messages to the converted. not the average joe. The panic merchant press has destroyed nintendo with thier bullshit and lies. they need to address this.

  • Arcloxs
    February 15, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Would’nt it be great if we lived in a world where out VC purchases could be played on any Nintendo device.

  • spraulin
    February 15, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Yeah well Nintendo does not have cross-buy yet. On principle I refuse to pay for the same game on both my 3DS and Wii U. So I do not buy either if they are on the same system.

    Sadly I strongly suspect we will have to wait for the next Nintendo handheld/home console for this to be a feature.

  • jakrabbit
    February 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Unfortunately i think Nintendo australia has given up on the Wii U or they have zero advertising funds left for this finacial year.

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