One feature of the Nintendo Wii that few people give credit to it it's Virtual Console. The VC allowed gamers to download older Nintendo games, from the NES through the Nintendo 64 and even some TurboGrafx-16 games. Players could easily dump hundreds of dollars into the service to relive the glory days of video gaming.
When the Nintendo Wii U was announced and then released, few people asked if the Virtual Console would be tagging along. Those who picked up the console soon learned that the Virtual Console wasn't included, but today Nintendo announced that it's on the way.
While hosting the latest Nintendo Direct Presentation, Satoru Iwata, Nintendo President, announced that the Virtual Console is coming to the Wii U soon. The app will launch in the spring, after a sizable Wii U update will launch that will help improve the speed of launching software on the system.
The Virtual Console will launch with a number of NES and SNES games. Iwata made sure to note that the VC will not be launching with the entire library that's already available on the Wii console.
The VC games are being specifically developed for the Nintendo Wii U. The games will allow players to save their progress and play games on the GamePad itself. Also, the Wii U's Virtual Console will at some point carry Gameboy Advance games.
The Virtual Console games will run cheap as well. NES games will run between $5-$6 and Super Nintendo games will run between $8-$9. However if you've already purchased a specific game on the Wii's Virtual Console, you can get the same one on the Wii U for $1.00-$1.50 depending on the console.
It's understandable why they aren't making the games free for those who already bought them, but most gamers are not going to be understanding of that. There's more news coming from Nintendo today, keep your browsers locked here.