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Advance Wars is first GBA game on Wii U Virtual Console

Service launches on April 3, Nintendo of Europe confirms

Nintendo is to begin rolling out Game Boy Advance games on Wii U Virtual Console on April 3 in Europe, starting with Advance Wars.

President Satoru Iwata announced plans to launch GBA games on Wii U Virtual Console during a Nintendo Direct presentation in February.


The first batch of games will include Metroid Fusion, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3.

"Over time, we will continue to release more titles, so please stay tuned," Iwata said.

Later in February, two Namco games previously released on GBA were certified by the Australian Classification Board. Nintendo was listed as the publisher of Mr Driller 2 and Klonoa: Empire of Dreams, which have never been re-released since they originally hit GBA, suggesting they're likely to be among the first batch of third-party GBA titles released on Wii U Virtual Console.

Nintendo has yet to confirm whether 3DS will also receive GBA titles through its Virtual Console service.

Ten free GBA games were given to early 3DS adopters as part of Nintendo's 3DS Ambassador Program, but at the time the company said it had no plans to make them available for general sale.