The Wii U Virtual Console is a feature consumers have been begging for since the Wii U’s launch, and Nintendo lit our faces up this morning with the announcement that the Virtual Console will roll out this Spring. The Wii U Virtual Console will feature Miiverse integration and data saves in a similar vein to the 3DS Virtual Console. The Wii U Virtual Console will feature off-TV play for all games, as well. The Wii U Virtual Console will offer a special reduced price those who purchased titles on the original Virtual Console and wish to upgrade to the Wii U’s capabilities. Games will be priced as they currently are on the Wii Shop Channel, while upgrading a game will cost the low prices of $1.00 for NES titles and $1.50 for SNES titles.
The Virtual Console is set to be released this Spring, following the first of two system updates. The catalogue for the Wii U Virtual Console will not be quite as wide as that of the original Wii’s at launch, but Nintendo plans to expand on this content in the future. The service will launch with a select few NES and SNES titles with several expansions planned to follow, including the introduction of Game Boy Advance games.