Virtual Console GBA Games Coming Soon to Wii U

The latest Nintendo Direct shows off which GBA games you can play when they come to the Wii U Virtual Console.

By Jon Stevens. Posted 02/13/2014 15:45 3 Comments     ShareThis

It was originally announced in January of last year that Game Boy Advance games will be coming to Wii U’s Virtual Console, but today’s Nintendo Direct has finally told us when and what we would be able to play.

The games shown off included Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, Metroid Fusion, and Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3.

You can look forward to playing these initial three Virtual Console games on either your TV or GamePad in April, with information on more games coming soon.

Source: Nintendo Direct

3 Responses to “Virtual Console GBA Games Coming Soon to Wii U”

  • 819 points
    Toadlord says...

    So, putting it bluntly, the eshop will continue to linger in mediocrity until April?

    What I would love to see is an increased pace for the next six weeks or so in the output of NES/SNES titles leading up to the GBA titles becoming available. From there, they could launch those initial three GBA games, plus one a week until E3, where they could announce a release date for DS game availability. That’s just a dream though.

  • 784 points
    Marc Deschamps says...

    Really unexpected. I assumed these would land on 3DS. But since I played Superstar Saga mainly on my Game Boy Player, I’m also very happy with the decision, too!

    The fact that we’re getting the GBA version of Yoshi’s Island seems to lend some credence to the theory that Nintendo has had some difficulty emulating the Super FX chip on the Virtual Console, too. Funny how we haven’t seen the SNES version, or the original Star Fox, isn’t it?

    • 1561 points
      penduin says...

      Yeah, I’m afraid Nintendo doesn’t think it’s worth their time to figure out good emulation of the Super FX chip. Which is completely sad, given that a number of individual and teams of enthusiasts have managed the task (in some cases with seemingly perfect accuracy) even without Nintendo’s inside knowledge of the technology.

      Those Super FX games are at the top of my VC wish list, and are part of the reason I have a SNES hooked up to this day. After playing Sega’s excellent 3D Galaxy Force, what I wouldn’t give for a similarly-faithful rendition of Star Fox.

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