The Wii U eShop isn’t really jumping at the moment. It has some games, mainly downloads of retail copies, but very few exclusives and no Virtual Console games. Nintendo’s changing that by adding Virtual Console to the system though, and to get people buying it has started the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign. To convince people that Wii U Virtual Console games are worthwhile, select NES and SNES games will be 30¢ for about a month each to convince people to buy.
For example, Balloon Fight is now 30¢. It was originally a NES game and is fairly simple. Your character pops the balloons of enemy characters so they drop, then bops them on the head so they die. You win a stage if you’re the last one standing. It’s only the first of six, however, that will arrive on the system and will only be 30¢ until February 21, 2013. Let’s see the rest of the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign lineup.
- F-Zero (SNES) – 30¢ from February 20-March 21, 2013
- Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES) – 30¢ from March 20-April 18, 2013
- Kirby’s Adventure (NES) – 30¢ from April 17-May 16, 2013
- Super Metroid (SNES) – 30¢ from May 15-June 13, 2013
- Yoshi (NES) – 30¢ from June 12-July 11, 2013
- Donkey Kong (NES) – 30¢ from July 15-August 13, 2013
If you want to get technical, the Wii U Virtual Console Trial Campaign games aren’t 30¢ each. They’re more like 35¢ or so, because you have to factor in tax. Keep that in mind in case you recharge your account to pick all of them up.
Really though, Wii U Virtual Console has quite a few pitfalls to face. To start, if you already own a Wii Virtual Console game and it comes to the Wii U Virtual Console, you’d have to buy it again to not have to switch to the virtual Wii interface to play it. It’ll be discounted, yes, but it’s still pretty low to have to rebuy a game just to see it on the Wii U menu instead of the virtual Wii menu and I doubt many people will be doing that. Also, save files can’t be transferred between Wii and Wii U Virtual Console games. So, say The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask, which you bought on the Wii Virtual Console, comes to the Wii U Virtual Console. If you rebought it, your old save file would be incompatible. But as I said before, rebuying would be absolutely crazy, so I doubt this will pose much of a problem to anyone.