Last month, Nintendo announced that Gameboy Advance games would finally be coming to the virtual console. Oddly enough, however, the games would be appearing on the Wii U instead of the 3DS. Despite that one odd decision, Nintendo has a great lineup of GBA classics that fans won't want to ignore.
Starting April 3, Nintendo will start releasing at least two GBA games on the Wii U each week. The titles currently planned represent some of the very best games from the GBA platform. For example, the first week will see the release of fan favorite - Advance Wars. Each game costs $6.99 to $7.99, supports off-TV play and save states, and features Miiverse functionality.
Here's the full list of GBA titles coming to Wii U next month:
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
Kirby & The Amazing Mirror
WarioWare, Inc: Mega Microgame$!
F-Zero: Maximum Velocity
Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3
Outside of GBA games, Nintendo also announced that Super Mario Bros. 3 would finally hit both the Wii U and 3DS virtual consoles on April 17. The title, which made its North American debut in the classic film The Wizard, has been a requested virtual console title for quite some time now. Nintendo has finally answered the fans' prayers and will be releasing it alongside GBA games that may steal its thunder.
At this point, it seems that GBA games will only be available on the Wii U virtual console despite Nintendo giving away GBA games as part of the 3DS ambassador program. It could be part of a ploy to get people to buy a Wii U, but I find it hard to believe that consumers will spend $300 just to play some GBA games. Still, it's a nice perk for Wii U owners, especially since they can now play Advance Wars without giving up an arm and a leg for a physical copy.
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