Nintendo hasn’t had the best success getting first and third party games onto the Wii U console, after falling into a “catch-22” situation where no games are being made because nobody is buying the console and nobody is buying the console because there are no games being made.
To beef up the games available, Nintendo launched a Virtual Console where players could try out older titles from Nintendo’s consoles, including titles from the NES and SNES. Nintendo did confirm Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 games would be available soon, but still aren’t available a year into launch.
Nintendo has reconfirmed the titles will be coming from the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance, asking players to “check back future addition of titles from the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 systems.”
This does at least confirm the Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance games will be coming soon, although there is no launch date. Nintendo will also be bringing more Nintendo DS titles onto the Wii U, the first already available in Japan, called Brain Age.
Virtual Console works in the same way as any emulation device, the emulator will take the old controls and maps them on the Wii U. The list of titles available is pretty low at the moment and we cannot see virtual games being a big seller for people considering the PS4 and Xbox One.
Nintendo 64 is probably Nintendo’s most popular console of all time, excluding the Game Boy, which created the handheld console and made companies like Sony develop the PSP and Vita. It did have some classic titles we are sure Nintendo fans will want to play once again on the Wii U, but not a lot for new buyers.