On the whole, I love the Wii U. In fact, it’s how I want to play games from now on. I’m a big supporter of it and I hope it gets the recognition that it truely deserves. That being said, I (along with most fans) have two main gripes: it takes a ridiculously long time to load on start up and between programs, and there’s no Virtual Console like the Wii had. Thankfully, both of those are about to change come Spring time!
In today’s Nintendo Direct, the Nintendo head honcho Satoru Iwata announced that the Wii U will get it’s own version of the Virtual Console where you can download NES and SNES games to play. Even better, you’ll be able to play these directly on you gamepad as well! So you can throw down some old school gaming without having to change the channel. The service is going to start off with a limited selection (sadly), but more will be coming soon, along with some GBA games apparently.
The only bummer here is that even if you already owned certain games on the Wii’s Virtual Console, you’ll have to re-purchased them. It sucks, but at least they’re giving you a discounted price for doing so ($1 for NES, $1.50 for SNES). There will also be a discount program in order to celebrate the NES’s 30th anniversary, starting with Balloon Fight (right now!) for a peasly 30 cents. Others to look forward to on this program are:
The other main system announcement was that an update is coming soon that will cut short the load times when firing up games and coming back to the main menu. This can’t come soon enough. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as bad as load times were back in the day, but considering it’s a new console, with updated hardware, it should be working much faster.
So what are you excited about most for the Wii U?