Wii U Virtual Console to support standalone GamePad play

The Wii U Virtual Console will allow users to play classic titles solely on the GamePad if they choose, Nintendo has confirmed.

In a brief status update regarding its Virtual Console plans for the new system, a representative for the company told Kotaku that development of the service is progressing.

"We are moving ahead with development of Virtual Console for Wii U, and we plan to make it so you can play it on the Wii U GamePad alone,” they said.

Unfortunately Nintendo wouldn’t reveal any more details about the service, such as a launch window or which platforms it will support, only noting that it does “not have any specifics to share at this time".

It’s possible to access Wii Virtual Console purchases and save games by transferring them to Wii U, although it’s a somewhat convoluted process and currently they can only be played on a TV using a Wii Remote.


  • NeoTechni - January 10, 2013 1:55 a.m.

    Its called RemotePlay Both from when sony invented it six years ago and wii u game manuals
  • shawksta - January 9, 2013 10:06 a.m.

    Cool, wonder how long it can go, N64 games would be awesome on it if it's possible and it's not confirmed yet but Gamecube games would especially be on the Wii U, not sure about gamepad but that's what waiting is for.
  • DragonLord23 - January 9, 2013 9:49 a.m.

    Glad this is coming. Hope it is not a giant update and becomes standard.
  • jackthemenace - January 9, 2013 8:47 a.m.

    That's actually pretty sweet. Will be be, like, an option to transfer them to the gamepad's memory- if it has any, that is- and use it like one giant portable NES/SNES?
  • NeoTechni - January 10, 2013 1:55 a.m.

    Thats not possible. It has as much memory as a wiimote
  • jackthemenace - January 10, 2013 1:23 p.m.

    Ah, that's a pity. Wasted potential there, Nintendo.

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