News Desk: Nintendo Reveals Launch Lineup for Wii U Virtual Console

We still don’t know when the service will go live, but at least we know which games will be there on day one!

By Kevin Knezevic. Posted 04/23/2013 14:30 4 Comments     ShareThis

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.
  • Excitebike
  • Ice Climber
  • Kirby’s Adventure
  • Punch-Out!!


  • F-Zero
  • 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!

Source: Facebook

4 Responses to “News Desk: Nintendo Reveals Launch Lineup for Wii U Virtual Console”

  • 24 points
    HairyChest says...

    Once again Nintendo gives me no reason to buy a Wii U. This coming from a person who owns new super mario bros u in anticipation of buying the system yet couldnt justify the purchase for 1 game. A few amazing VC titles wouldve pushed me to purchase. smh

    • 1 points
      Kevin Knezevic says...

      Yeah, the software situation on Wii U right now is pretty dire, but it is *very slowly* getting better. Certainly not as quickly as it should, but there are a few great games starting to trickle in. Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate in particular is really excellent, especially if you’ve never played the Wii version!

  • 318 points
    Greg Wampler says...

    Let’s also not forget that Earthbound will most likely release for the service relatively soon after it launches, too.

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