Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign's 30-cent classics

Gamers can catch up with Nintendo classics from Donkey Kong to Super Metroid on the cheap with the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign. The campaign ties into the Famicom's 30th anniversary, offering a new game at 30 cents for 30 days through August.

The featured games will preview the upcoming spring roll-out of Wii U Virtual Console, with GamePad-only support and Miiverse functionality. The discounts began with NES classic Balloon Fight, which will remain on sale until February 21, then move on to:

F-Zero (SNES) from Feb. 20 to March 21
Punch-Out!!! (NES) from March 20 to April 18
Kirby's Adventure (NES) from April 17 to May 16
Super Metroid (SNES) from May 15 to June 13
Yoshi (NES) from June 12 to July 11
Donkey Kong (NES) from July 15 to August 13

Those titles are yours for good when you buy them, by the way. We were a bit confused by that "Trial" bit in the title, but it seems to refer to a trial of the Wii U Virtual Console service rather than the individual games.


  • dcobs123 - January 29, 2013 10:09 a.m.

    Pretty smart move, like a retro humble bundle.
  • thefreakysurgeon - January 28, 2013 6:55 p.m.

    The only thing that pisses me off about this Virtual Console is the fact that only Japan gets Mother 2/EarthBound and no one else in the world does. But I don't have to go in depth as to why it's Japan-only.
  • Imgema - January 28, 2013 6:41 p.m.

    And in Europe/Australia, all these don't matter because we get the 50hz JUNK versions.... again. The VC service is completely useless for these continents. Emulators/pirated roms exist for how long, 20 years now? The guys at Nintendo haven't noticed them yet? Don't they know already how easy is for anyone to just use a homebrew emulator to his PC/smartphone and get the 60hz versions for free? Personally, i have full rom collections on my PC (pal versions of US available games are considered junk btw) but i wanted so badly to give my money to Nintendo anyway and make a nice collection of retro games on Wii/WiiU. But they do everything to prevent me. Why would i pay for a slow speed - wrong tempo music - black borders Sonic? I will continue using my trusty, superior PC emulators, thank you very much. This whole stupidity was bad enough with the PAL Wii. Now its 2013. Its getting ridiculous. I know its the same thing with PSN but there at least you have the choice to make a US account and d/l the NTSC US versions. Would it be so bad for Nintendo to give us an option at least?
  • Redeater - January 28, 2013 2:48 p.m.

    Even if you already own these you will save money on the "transfer fee" if you just buy them again.
  • shawksta - January 28, 2013 3:04 p.m.

    That's a huge misunderstanding people.didn't understand and got the.wrong way.Some people thought this is the only way to play your virtual.console games on the Wii U when its not. The whole transfer fee thing is to.give it Future service and being able to play it on the gamepad, otherwise you can simply go to the Wii section and play the.virtual console game you already bought
  • Redeater - January 28, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    Yeah I was referring to the $1 per game to play with the updated features. In the case of something like punch out it would be 70 cents cheaper to just buy it again instead of paying for the transfer. People are overreacting to that transfer fee. I have about 15 games I am definitely updating which amounts to the price of an XBLA game. Games like Star Tropics? I think I can take the extra 20 seconds to click the Wii format.
  • shawksta - January 28, 2013 8:52 p.m.

    Exactly Speaking of Star Tropics, Mike Jones needs to come back. Sakurai DID say he wants to give the Pit Treatment to someone else, i wonder if its Star Tropics.
  • Redeater - January 28, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    I was reading about this earlier today. A great deal no matter how you cut it.

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