The Nintendo Wii U is a console that has recently been overshadowed by bigger more flashy consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but that does not mean it has nothing to offer. In fact, More so now that at release, the Wii U is growing and constantly adding classics to their repertoire of games. In April, Nintendo will be releasing eight different Game Boy Advance titles that can be purchased through the Nintendo Wii U eShop. A few titles to look forward to include Metroid Fusion, Advance Wars, and Super Mario Bros. 3.
The Wii U Virtual Console is a way to get a hold of and play older Nintendo games via the Nintendo Wii U. To clear up any possible confusion, the Wii U Virtual Console is really just a way of saying that gamers can use the eShop accessed through the Nintendo Wiii U to purchase older games. According to Satoru Iwata, Nintendo president, the Wii U Virtual Console will soon be getting a number of Game Boy Advance titles. If you happen to have missed the Game Boy Advance era, here is your chance to play a few real gems from the system.
Additional Game Boy Advance titles will be added to the Wii U Virtual Console for a number of weeks. For the month of April you can expect a few new games each week. Starting on April 3 you can expect to see:
- 4-3-14: Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Advance Wars ($7.99 each)
- 4-10-14: WarioWare, Inc.: Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, and Mega Microgames$! ($6.99 each)
- 4-17-14: F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, ($6.99) Golden Sun, ($7.99) and Super Mario Bros.3 ($4.99)
- 4-24-14: Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3 ($7.99)
The release of Super Mario Bros. 3 is an exception to the rest of the list because it is not only arriving on the Wii U eShop, but also the 3DS eShop. Unfortunately, none of the other titles have received such treatment. Hopefully they will be added to the 3DS, after all they are excellent games to play on a portable system and the 3DS is the most recent Nintendo portable console.
Is this idea a good one for Nintendo? If they are concerned with giving gamers more great games then yes! Maybe it will lead to ports of more older games that some of the newer generation have yet to play. Honestly, the 3DS eShop could greatly benefit from the addition of Super Nintendo games. Such titles as Bravely Default and Fire Emblem Awakening are proving that the 3DS is the audience to receive such classics as Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. Heck! Roughly half of the Fire Emblem games didn’t make it over to North America, now would be a great time to port them as well.
The Nintendo Wii U has a library that is expanding in more than one way. As new releases such as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze expand the Wii U exclusives, games like Kirby & the Amazing Mirror expand the number of titles available on the Wii U Virtual Console. Expect to see more Game Boy Advance titles weekly for the month of April.
By Garrett Jutte