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  • Grab a classic NES game on Wii U Virtual Console for a very special price!


    To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Famicom in Japan (known as the NES in Europe), Nintendo is making one NES or Super NES game available each month from now through to July at the anniversary price of just £0.30. After 30 days the game will be unavailable to purchase for a time, before returning at a later point at its standard price, but don’t worry – if you pick it up for 30p you’ll be able to keep playing it for as long as you like, even after the end of the title's promotional period.

    The first game on offer is the NES title Balloon Fight, which may ring a bell for fans of the Balloon Trip Breeze attraction in Nintendo Land. Balloon Fight is available now in Nintendo eShop for Wii U. The other games featured in the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign are:

    • 21st February: F-Zero (Super NES) (until 10:59pm UK time on 22nd March)
    • 21st March: Punch-Out!! (NES) (until 10:59pm UK time on 19th April)
    • 18th April: Kirby’s Adventure (NES) (until 10:59pm UK time on 17th May)
    • 16th May: Super Metroid (Super NES) (until 10:59pm UK time on 14th June)
    • 13th June: Mario & Yoshi (NES) (until 10:59pm UK time on 12th July)
    • 15th July: Donkey Kong (NES) (until 10:59pm UK time on 13th August)

    Wii U Virtual Console games arrive with new features to further enhance players’ enjoyment. You’ll be able to save a backup of your game progress, play on the Wii U GamePad screen alone, and even access an official community in Miiverse where you can post screenshots of your high scores, ask for help or share strategies with other players around the world.

    That’s not all the Wii U Virtual Console news, though. A system update in spring will add more Virtual Console software, including NES and Super NES games, while games for other formats including Game Boy Advance will also become available in the future.

    Prices for these enhanced Wii U Virtual Console versions of NES and Super NES titles will be the same as they were on Wii Virtual Console. Players who have purchased the Wii version of a certain NES or Super NES Virtual Console game and transferred it to their Wii U console will be able to buy the enhanced Wii U version of the same game for the reduced price of £0.99 for NES games and £1.49 for Super NES games. Please visit our Support section for more information about Wii to Wii U system transfers.

    Wii U Virtual Console was just one of the announcements made in a Nintendo Direct, hosted by Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. To watch the complete broadcast, please visit the Nintendo Direct page, and for more information about Wii U, our brand new, high-definition home console, visit the official Wii U website.