Nintendo DS games coming to Virtual Console …on Wii U


During Nintendo’s investor briefing today Satoru Iwata detailed four steps they would take to get the Wii U more exposure and hopefully more sales (more on that soon). The fourth point on that list was bringing Nintendo DS games to the Wii U Virtual Console.

Yes, Nintendo DS games on the Wii U Virtual Console.

Iwata told investors and the media that they had recently overcome technical hurdles that had been stopping them from bringing the¬† titles to Virtual Console. Nintendo will draw on the rich library of the Nintendo DS¬† and boost the Virtual Console library. Brain Training was shown on a slide at the event being played solely on the Wii U GamePad. That game plays in ‘portrait’ or ‘book’ mode however.


Yes, Nintendo DS games on the Wii U Virtual Console.

It is possible they’ll be coming to the Nintendo 3DS as well, which would make sense… But only the Wii U GamePad was mentioned.

Source: Nintendo

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  • Mucrush
    January 30, 2014 at 10:24 am

    The 3DS can already play DS games, there is no need for VC DS games on it looool

  • Nin2000
    January 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Nintendo are increasingly making illogical steps! Yes I think that Ds games should be playable on the wii u, but no through downloads. Instead, they should release a hardware add on (not unlike the gameboy player) allow people to play both their Ds and 3DS games on the big screen.

    More importantly though, unified eshop!! Seriously, we should not have to pay twice for the same game! They need to set up an account and device system similar to Apple! I guarantee they’d instantly increase sales from such a move.

  • Tom
    January 30, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    This is cool, however it would be better if games which can not be put into a current system (3ds) and be played, where up on the virtual console, eg. Nintendo 64 and Gamecube. It is baffling to me that for exmaple a game like Zelda OOT is not on there at the moment.

  • January 30, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    As if! I don’t believe a word of it from Nintendo. More than a year ago they also promised GBA games on the Wii U virtual console. Still waiting.

  • Arkhe
    January 31, 2014 at 10:28 am

    Yes, I’d like to play TWEWY on my Wii U. Thank you.

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