See Game Boy Advance games running on the Wii U, Japanese launch details and lineup confirmed


Nintendo has published to its Japanese Youtube channel the first footage of how Game Boy Advance games will look on the Wii U.

Now we know that most of the games that are coming out are pretty great, but how is that emulation? Well as expected the games are a little darker that you’d expect, this is due to Nintendo adjusting the contrast and brightness of the games originally to suit a screen which wasn’t back lit. Hopefully it’s not too distracting when it’s on the TV or GamePad.

Next week Japan will receive Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, Kirby & the Amazing Mirror, Golden Sun, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity and Advance Wars 1+2. In Japan the first two Advance Wars titles were bundled onto one cartridge. All of the GBA games on the Wii U Virtual Console are 700 Yen which is about $8 AUD.

Nintendo Japan is even offering a deal, if you buy two you get the second one 30% off.

While this all sounds cool, at this stage in Australia (and in Europe) we’re only getting the one title on April 4th РAdvance Wars. But we’re still a week away, Nintendo could add more games to the launch week.

Game Boy Wars Advance 1+2 (Advance Wars 1 + 2)

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!

Kirby & the Amazing Mirror


F-Zero: Maximum Velocity

Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2

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  • Kyal
    March 26, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    I’m gonna be honest here.. I couldn’t care less for GBA games on Wii U. I mean yeah, sure I’ll take ’em but why it comes before N64 and GCN games is beyond me. If they don’t do a cross-play service for VC games then give the GAMEBOY games to 3DS and keep all the home console ones on Wii U, but bloody hurry up and release them faster.

    The Wii Shop channel N64 game selection is terrible. There is no reason why every Nintendo published game isn’t available on it right now (apart from some licences they may no longer have). Wii U I know they have to re-do em all for Miiverse etc but dedicate more ppl towards it and get the titles out there. There’s a lot of money to be made and it boost the consoles library to huge numbers. C’mon Nintendo! Do it already!

  • Signore Bravo
    March 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    @Kyal @Tom I agree…

  • Jolly
    March 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I agree too, but I reckon they are PROBABLY saving really good GameCube and N64 games so they can re-release them, ala (or however you spell that) wind waker…

  • mikeeeey
    March 26, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    They only aren’t releasing VC games all at once because the library is so vast that most games can’t even compete. Most current Wii U VC games are probably only selling the week they’re released or if they’re on sale, but they should be releasing maybe 4 or so per week to keep a more balanced onslaught of games to the eshop. More than that seems impractical, but they’re barely releasing 1 per week so they can definitely speed things up.

    Regarding whether GBA should be on the Wii U as opposed to the 3DS, I think that the gamepad screen is a great for GBA games, though there definitely needs to be a cross-play integration between Wii U and 3DS.

    With the N64 and GameCube game, I don’t really know what to say. I don’t think they’re going to remaster games. Wind Waker was accidental wasn’t it? But from memory the Wii hardly had any N64 games anyway. They’re probably holding off on adding games like Pokemon Snap to Wii U incase they end up actually making Pokemon Snap U so they can have an eshop bundle deal like with Dr. Mario/Luigi and Mario Kart right now, etc.

  • Tom
    March 26, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    That would be cool. It’s weird to me that there is such a large and amazing back catalog of games, yet they release 1 or 2 nes games per week that I have little interest in, yet I will repurchase and replay so many games if they were available. Once the games are in the eshop they can just sit there and generate revenue for Nintendo. Surely it’s not too difficult to emulate for different games that all ran on the same old console.

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