In order for Nintendo to find a future for its Wii U console, the company is tapping into its past. During the Nintendo Direct on Thursday, the company unveiled that it was bringing classic games from the Gameboy Advance era along with an NES Remix 2 to the next generation console.
The first NES Remix brought a ton of great throwback games from its first console heydays. The second Remix will bring another slate of the most beloved games from when the company ruled the roost in the video game world. "Super Mario Bros 3", "Kirby’s Adventure" and "Metroid" will join games like "Super Mario Bros" and the original "Legend of Zelda."
Nintendo is doubling down on trying to get people who loved the first generations of their games, both for the console and for the handheld on board with the Wii U by also announcing that it will be bringing former Gameboy Advance titles to the console in April, around the same time that NES Remix 2 is slated to hit.
"Metroid Fusion", "Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga" and "Yoshi's Island: Super Mario Advance 3" are all going to make an appearance on the the Wii U's virtual console. The company says there will be additional classic titles added to the virtual console every month after these first games are launched.
Considering the massive problems Nintendo has encountered getting people interested in their competitor to the Xbox One and the Playstation 4 playing on gamers' heartstrings is a valid approach. The failure to bring the newest games (with the apparent exception of "Assassin's Creed 4" and "Watchdogs") to its lineup has been a thorn in Nintendo's side.
It doesn't seem likely that Nintendo can make a living bringing old games back to life but the approach could serve as a lifeline for the Wii U until it can find more solid footing or be replaced all together.