Don’t Panic! Virtual Console Plans in the Works

Despite the roaring success Nintendo had at E3, one notably absent area of discussion was the future of the Virtual Console. Some people were expecting to hear that GameCube games would be confirmed for the Wii U’s VC—especially coming just after the announcement of the GameCube controller adapter—but it simply didn’t happen.

Does this mean Nintendo doesn’t care about the Virtual Console anymore? Not at all. In speaking to Kotaku, Nintendo of America’s chief Reggie Fils-Aime emphasized that Nintendo has absolutely not lost interest in the Virtual Console, but is trying to put forth the best quality version of the product possible:

“Our commitment to virtual console is exceptionally strong. We just launched some of the Game Boy Advance games. Those are doing exceptionally well in our market. We’ve announced the intention to have a DS library of games in the Wii U eShop. We’re looking forward to that, so the pipeline is there. I do think what many of your readers don’t recognize is there is significant work to take a game that was launched on a previous platform and make it compatible on the current platform, whether we’re talking Wii U or 3DS, but we’re committed to Virtual Console. I’m fortunate that the Americas are the strongest region in terms of driving Virtual Console sales, so for us it’s a vibrant piece of the business.”

They’re working on the VC library, but that sounds like no firm date as of yet for any of these major plans—but it’s coming. Sit tight, and go play some Mario Kart 8 while you wait.


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