Wii U Virtual Console Upgrades and Me

So as we’ve discussed previously. What is the cost of the Wii U to me?

We’ve also talked about the upgrade fees as though it was a dead horse.

It’s time to saddle up just one more time.

Let’s first look at their chart, I grabbed this right off of Nintendo (though I had to download the image to see it clearly in Safari for some reason).

So what is the state of my Virtual Console right now? If I was to transfer we know that the saves wouldn’t go either.

Something seems to be missing from this little chart from Nintendo… like the rest of the systems that are represented on the Wii Shop Channel.

Not a big deal for any of the NES games but let’s look at my old school list real quick:


  • Mario Bros
  • Super Mario Bros
  • Super Mario Bros 2 (Japan)
  • Super Mario Bros 2 (US)
  • Super Mario Bros 3
  • Donkey Kong
  • Donkey Kong Jr.
  • Wrecking Crew
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Excitebike
  • The Adventures of Link: Zelda II
  • Elevator Action

Total Upgrade: $12


  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Secret of Mana
  • Donkey Kong Country
  • Diddy’s Kong Quest
  • Dixie Kong Double Trouble

Total Upgrade: $9


  • Mario Kart 64
  • Yoshi’s Story
  • Mario Party 2

Total Upgrade: …!?

Commodore 64

  • Summer Games II

Total Upgrade: …!?

Turbo GrafX 16

  • Battle Lode Runner
  • W.S.C. (World Sports Competition)

Total Upgrade: …!?

Sega Genesis

  • Ecco the Dolphin

Total Upgrade: …!?


  • Dr. Mario Online Rx
  • Tetris Party
  • Excitebike World Rally
  • World of Goo
  • Bubble Bobble Plus

Total Upgrade: …!?

Nintendo is screwing up again in my opinion. There is not enough information for consumers to make an informed choice when transferring.

Like I’ve said before, those (which wouldn’t include me) who transfer before this announcement shouldn’t have to pay at all because they transferred (with no possibility of return) prior to this information being known.

It again keeps me from transferring my Wii information to the Wii U and effectively removes the backward compatibility.

I know I can’t be the only one in this boat… so why is Nintendo so willfully serving its customers so poorly?

I think it upsets me so much because I like the Wii U. I want to buy it. There are some really neat games for my family already out and there are more on their way.

Nintendo isn’t giving me the informational tools to do so though. There’s still too little information available to consumers and this, as the PS4 and Xbox Next arrive on the market, will kill the Wii U’s desirability.

Hopefully Nintendo gets its act together sooner rather than later.

Me? $21 to get all the Wii U features on my NES/SNES games sounds like a good deal… it’s unfortunate that they won’t release any further information so I can weigh the costs and benefits to their full potential.


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