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Wii U Virtual Console launches on Saturday

Seven games available on day one in the UK, more coming "soon"

Nintendo will launch the Wii U Virtual Console tomorrow.

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Seven classic games will be available in the UK on day one, compared to eight in the US.

NES and SNES titles Super Mario World, Excitebike, Mario's Super Picross, F-Zero, Ice Climber, Donkey Kong Jr. and Punch-Out!! will be downloadable tomorrow, priced between £3.49 and £5.49. Each game will support off-TV play on the Wii U GamePad, customisable controls, Miiverse community support and instant saves.

Those who have already bought any of the games for Wii can transfer them to Wii U and play them in Wii Mode at no charge. To upgrade them and take advantage of the Wii U features, the games can be purchased at the discount price of €/£0.99 for NES titles and €/£ 1.49 for SNES ones.

Nintendo says: "Many other gaming classics such as Pac Man, Super Metroid and games from the Mega Man, Street Fighter and Super Mario Bros. series will be available soon, while popular Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 games will also be added in the future."

  • Super Mario World (Nintendo), Wii U (Virtual Console), Nintendo eShop from 27/4/13, €7.99 (£5.49), this is the US version of the game.
  • Ice Climber (Nintendo), Wii U (Virtual Console), Nintendo eShop from 27/4/13, €4.99 (£3.49), this is the US version of the game.
  • Mario's Super Picross (Nintendo), Wii U (Virtual Console), Nintendo eShop from 27/4/13, €7.99 (£5.49), this is the Japanese version of the game.
  • Donkey Kong Jr. (Nintendo), Wii U (Virtual Console), Nintendo eShop from 27/4/13, €4.99 (£3.49), this is the US version of the game.
  • Excitebike (Nintendo), Wii U (Virtual Console), Nintendo eShop from 27/4/13, €4.99 (£3.49), this is the US version of the game.
  • Punch-Out!! (Nintendo), Wii U (Virtual Console), Nintendo eShop from 27/4/13, €4.99 (£3.49), this is the US version of the game.
  • F-Zero (Nintendo) Wii U (Virtual Console), Nintendo eShop from 27/4/13, €7.99
    (£5.49), this is the US version of the game.

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