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To boost Wii U, Nintendo calls in the usual suspects: Mario, Yoshi, Link

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(Read caption) Nintendo Co's President Satoru Iwata speaks next to the company's Wii U game controller during an interview with Reuters at the company headquarters in Kyoto, western Japan.

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Mario, Link, Yoshi, and other heroes are getting a Wii U makeover, according to Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. The Nintendo Direct webcast, released on Jan. 23, revealed the company's next round of big releases for the Wii U.

The long-awaited Virtual Console will be available on the Wii U this coming spring, announced Mr. Iwata. The service will resurrect classic games from Nintendo's past. Virtual Console will start with a limited selection of NES and SNES games before broadening to include Game Boy Advance games and other retro revivals. VC also includes what Iwata called, “special pricing,” for those who already own Wii versions of each Virtual Console game. The cost: $1 for NES and $1.50 for SNES games. Wii U gamers must first transfer the Wii VC games to the Wii U, in order to receive the discount.

 

Nintendo also kicked off a special discount program at the end of the webcast. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii U owners will be able to rent certain downloadable titles for $0.30 for 30 days. Buyer beware, warns Engadget: the games will only be available at that price for a limited time. After that, the download will, in a way, self destruct. The first game with the $0.30 price tag is Balloon Fight, the 1984 classic. According to Kotaku.com, upcoming titles for the discounted program include Kirby’s Big Adventure, Super Metroid, and Donkey Kong.

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