Nintendo's classic download service will return with some new surprises.
Wii U's Virtual Console service will begin immediately after a system update to the console scheduled for this spring.
Because titles are being reworked for off-screen use on the console's GamePad controller, Nintendo is unable to provide the entire existing list from the very start. However, a selection of NES and SNES titles will be available to start things off.
Prices will be the same as they were on the Wii Shop, though those who have already purchased titles on the Wii and used the System Transfer to move their data to Wii U will be able to purchase the upgraded versions for a significant discount. In the U.S., the discounted price will be $1 for NES and $1.50 for SNES games.
Furthermore, Game Boy Advance titles will be added to the eShop in the near future following the launch of the Virtual Console service, the first handheld Nintendo games to receive a Virtual Console version on a home console. No statement has been made whether these titles will also become available on the 3DS eShop to go with their Game Boy and Game Boy Color relatives.