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Where are WiiWare and Virtual Console on the Wii U eShop?

Where are WiiWare and Virtual Console on the Wii U eShop?

by Steve CullumJanuary 4, 2013

UPDATE (1/23/2013): Well, it looks like Virtual Console titles are coming to the eShop soon! Now, what about WiiWare, Nintendo?


Since the Wii U launched in November 2012, customers have been jumping on the digital-download bandwagon. Following the decision to offer many “full-price” games on the eShop for Nintendo 3DS, this time around, Nintendo has decided to make the vast majority of its console retail releases also available via the eShop. In addition, they have their own digital-only games available.

In my opinion, this is a great move. However, two things that are obviously missing are WiiWare and Virtual Console. On the surface, one might think this is just something Nintendo is not able to do, and we just have to deal with it. That sounds okay, except they have moved DSiWare over to the eShop on the Nintendo 3DS, so why not do the same for the eShop on the Wii U? Sure, you can still access WiiWare and Virtual Console games via the Wii Shop on the Wii channel, but who wants to go through all that trouble just to play a game? In fact, I assume it only hurts the digital market for those games.

I really enjoy playing my digitally downloaded Wii games, but I find myself not playing them lately, because the process to do so is so clunky and inconvenient. Nintendo, please move WiiWare and Virtual Console games to the eShop on Wii U!

What do you think? Should Nintendo offer all digital Wii games on the eShop for Wii U? Should the Wii be offered as a Wii U channel, as it is now? Should they do something else? Chime in via the comments below or in our forums.

About The Author
Steve Cullum
Steve is a Senior Editor for NintendoFuse. He has been a Nintendo fan since the NES and Game Boy. His favorite types of games are action platformers, multiplayer “party” games, and any game that is pure fun and pulls him in for hours. Steve has been blogging for NintendoFuse since 2008.
  • January 5, 2013 at 7:22 am

    They should bring them into the WiiU eShop. It is too clunky going to the Wii mode to play these games.

  • January 5, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I’m not sure which route they should go, but one thing they do need to do…is make all Virtual Console games playable on just the GamePad. Unfortunately, when the Wii Channel is accessed the GamePad turns off I believe, and can’t be used to do anything (maybe it stays on for the TV remote function?).

    I think Nintendo is probably trying to figure it out. I mean if they want to be third party friendly for NEW indie games, how do you offer older “Mario” titles that sell because of the name alone, and encourage “new” titles to release and compete with that?

    I hope they can come up with a good solution, and seeing it not available when the system launched though is quite odd.

  • January 6, 2013 at 12:16 am

    i just want them to get gamecube games so i can play wind waker!

  • amak11
    January 7, 2013 at 8:14 am

    To be honest, they have to add gamepad and wii u pro controller support to some games to add them to the wii shop. DS is much more simple compared to this.

  • ima420r
    January 8, 2013 at 1:37 am

    I want to play WiiWare and VC games on the WiiU gamepad screen.

  • January 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    Dude,Wiiware and Virtual console was available since day 1 on Wii U.You have to go in the Wii section.Right where you play your Wii games. 😉

    • January 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

      You are correct. But I think the issue here is that we would like to see these games incorporated into the Wii U eShop, rather than having to go into the Wii section.

      • samljer22
        February 25, 2013 at 7:30 pm

        What for? That would put the prices up farther as more work is needed.
        This way it keeps costs down and it doesnt alienate classic Wii Owners.

        I for one dont wanna repay again for the same games, this is fine
        and the most sensible solution.
        People like you are never happy.

        Be thankful your WiiU has a fully functional wii built into it.

    • Steve
      January 11, 2013 at 11:36 am

      Yes, they have been available via the Wii Channel, but no on the Wii U eShop, which is mentioned in my article. In fact, here is a quote from the 2nd paragraph:
      “Sure, you can still access WiiWare and Virtual Console games via the Wii Shop on the Wii channel, but who wants to go through all that trouble just to play a game?”

  • Joe
    January 11, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I would like all VC game purchases to be cross-platform Wii, WiiU, 3DS… they cost enough for that I’d say. Id buy tons if they did that. But I certainly will not be getting any for Wii anymore.

    • Steve
      January 11, 2013 at 11:37 am

      That would be fantastic, in my opinion! I’d love to be able to play the VC games on whatever Nintendo device I own.

  • samljer22
    February 25, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    stupid ass article… listen;

    Go to WII MODE


    the eShop in WiiU menu isnt the same one as in Wii Mode Menu.

    Wii Mode connects to the classic eShop. And theres your WiiWare/VirtualConsole.

    Smart move too, this means WiiU and Wii both have access to that stuff.

    • Steve
      February 26, 2013 at 9:20 am

      The main issue, sir, is the fragmented system they have created. Think about it for a second. How much nicer would it be to have it all in ONE shop instead of having to jump through hoops to get to the Wii Shop on the Wii Channel on the Wii U? I find it hard to believe that you can tell me you would not prefer a less fragmented system. Not to mention, the Points system and the inability to share cost. I think 99.9% of society would say they would prefer it altogether under one common system, which is their goal moving forward.

      You can see this evident, because they now have started putting Virtual Console games in the Wii U eShop. 🙂

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