Wii U Virtual Console development 'moving ahead'

Nintendo says classic titles will soon be playable on the GamePad without the need for the TV

Development of a native Wii U Virtual Console is progressing, according to Nintendo.


While Wii and 3DS Virtual Consoles already offer owners access to libraries of downloadable classic games from older systems, that's not yet the case on Nintendo's new console.

Wii's Virtual Console can be accessed on the Wii U by transferring over files and dusting off a Wii Remote to play on the TV, but a better solution is in the works.

A Nintendo representative told Kotaku: "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."

Asked which platforms the Wii U Virtual Console will support (we're hoping GameCube is included), the spokesperson said "we do not have any specifics to share at this time."

Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said earlier this week that Wii U sales "are not bad, and I feel it's been selling steadily", although he admitted to unbalanced inventory levels after the company failed to anticipate the amount of demand for the premium version of the console.