Today may not have been the day that Nintendo kicked off the Virtual Console service on Wii U (as its Facebook posts initially suggested), but we did get the full launch lineup for the service when it does eventually go live, which I suppose is better than nothing.
According to the Wii U Facebook page, there will be eight titles up for download when the service makes its debut, which will presumably be soon considering the amount of attention Nintendo is bringing to it. The full list, divided up by platform, is as follows:
- Balloon Fight
- Donkey Kong Jr.
- Ice Climber
- Kirby’s Adventure
- Super Mario World
As you may have noticed, the launch list is considerably smaller than the list of Virtual Console titles that have already been announced, so it’s likely that other classic games, like Mega Man and Super Mario Bros. 2, will be added to the service soon after it launches. There’s also the ongoing Famicom Anniversary promotion to remember, which offers a specific Virtual Console game each month on the Wii U eShop for 30 cents. Kirby’s Adventure is the current featured title, while next month will bring the SNES masterpiece Super Metroid to the service. Yoshi and Donkey Kong will round out the promotion in June and July, respectively.
Are you disappointed with the Virtual Console’s launch lineup? Share your thoughts in the comments!