After the disappointing news that the initial wave of Virtual Console games will not be playable solely on the Wii U GamePad, it seems there is a glimmer of hope for those looking to do some console gaming away from their televisions.
In the most recent installment of Nintendo Direct, President Satoru Iwata reconfirmed that gamers will not be able to play Virtual Console or Wii and WiiWare games on the GamePad screen. He does, however, mention that Wii U owners will have this option sometime in the near future:
“We understand that there are people who were looking forward to playing Wii games, Virtual Console games, and so forth on the GamePad, but unfortunately we cannot accommodate those users’ expectations. There are plans for a Wii U Virtual Console that will be compatible with the Wii U GamePad. Please look forward to it in the future.”
Whether this will be a completely new service exclusive to the console, or simply an update to existing Virtual Console titles, has yet to be revealed, but Iwata’s comments seems to suggest that it will be the former. In any case, we’ll likely find out the answer to this question in an upcoming installment of Nintendo Direct.
Wii U will be hitting North America on November 18, with a European and Japanese launch on November 30 and December 8, respectively. Nintendo plans to release a handy tutorial video on how to transfer your Wii save data to your brand new console before it hits store shelves, allowing you to keep all of the Virtual Console titles you’ve purchased over the past few years. Here’s hoping we won’t also have to re-buy them to play them on the GamePad.
Source: Official Nintendo Magazine