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Wii U Virtual Console Officially Releases Next Week, Long Lost Classics Making a Comeback

Until now Nintendo has only released a handful of budget priced Virtual Console games on their Wii U like F-Zero and Punch-Out. However, all that changes now because Nintendo is finally opening its flood gates and fulfilling their promise of bringing back classic titles.

During a Nintendo Direct presentation yesterday, president Iwata confirmed that the Wii U Virtual Console be officially released on April 24.

The launch line up will include a selection of early NES titles like Ice Climber, Donkey Kong Jr., Excitebike, Balloon Fight, Kirby’s Adventure, and the iconic Super Nintendo title Super Mario World.

By the end of the year Earthbound will also be re-released, a title which was facing delays transferring from the Wii because of licensing rights over the in-game music.

Titles from other platforms like Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance will also be brought out for the Virtual Console but at a later date.

Nintendo clarified earlier this year that Wii users who have already bought these games will have to pay a small fee to re-purchase them on the Wii U. NES games will cost $1 and Super Nintendo games will be priced at $1.50.