Game Boy Advance Games Finally Make Their Way To The Wii U Virtual Console

It’s been a long time coming for the Wii U Virtual Console. After the virtual (no pun intended) reset of emulation progress compared to the Wii, the Wii U is now getting the support it needs. The Game Boy Advance Virtual Console library has debuted with 3 titles, with the remainder coming later in the month.

Advance Wars

Release Date: April 3rd



Price: $7.99

This turn-based tactics game has you commanding ground, air, and naval forces in an attempt to repel invading armies lead by several scheming generals. The key to victory is to give orders carefully, knowing that the wrong move can mean defeat. Each attack move plays out in a small cutscene reminiscent of Fire Emblem, with the takeover of the enemy base as the key to victory.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga

Release Date: April 3rd

Price: $7.99

The world of the RPG isn’t new to Mario, but Superstar Saga marks the first time that his brother Luigi gets a shot at battling. When an evil witch replaces Peach’s voice with explosives, the Mario Bros. must venture beyond the Mushroom Kingdom to rescue her. While the RPG standard are present, the combat system used differs from other games in the genre in that precise timing allows for elaborate and powerful attacks.

Metroid Fusion

Release Date: April 3rd

Price: $7.99

Taking place after the events of Super Metroid, this game involves destroying the X parasites that have run rampant on an isolated space station. Having been infected by the X parasites, Samus Aran needed to be cured by fusing her Varia Suit with the parasite strain to her body to prevent it from killing her. With the help of her new Fusion Suit, Samus Aran can absorb the powers of the X parasites to help her uncover the truth behind the events of the space station’s ruination.

Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Release Date: April 10th

Price: $6.99

The last Kirby title to come to the Game Boy Advance, Kirby & The Amazing Mirror brings new powers and a new gameplay style to the mix. In this game, the player navigates a Metroid-style 2D world called the Mirror Kingdom on a mission to stop Dark Meta Knight from corrupting it. The design of The Amazing Mirror draws inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords, with computer-controlled clones to aid Kirby in his adventure. Although the original release for the GBA had multiplayer capabilities with other human players, the Virtual Console port will most likely not have this support.

Warioware, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!

Release Date: April 10th

Price: $6.99

This title was the first game in the series that popularized the rapid-fire microgame genre. The main game involves players going through several levels guided by Wario or one of his friends, separated by various tiers of difficulty. The “microgames” in each level are completed by the player figuring out what to do, usually being helped by a brief word or phrase, before the small amount of time runs out. The combination of rapid-fire gameplay and a wacky aesthetic makes Warioware Inc. an incredibly fun game.

F-Zero: Maximum Velocity

Release Date: April 17th

Price: $6.99

The ultra-fast gameplay of the F-Zero series makes its handheld debut with Maximum Velocity. The gameplay is similar to the original F-Zero, with 2D sprites of vehicles racing in 3D thanks to “Mode 7” visuals. As you race futuristic machines, you’ll work to climb up your standing in the Grand Prix to unlock more tracks and vehicles.

Golden Sun

Release Date: April 17th

Price: $7.99

The premiere title in the RPG series has you striving to do your best to protect the world. Obtain powerful weapons and abilities, including being able to bend reality with magical Psynergy using your mind. You play a group of magic-attuned Adepts, fighting to prevent the world of Weyard from an ancient destructive force. Seeking out the creatures known as the Djinn will help you on your quest, but their power can only be obtained after defeating them.

Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3

Release Date: April 24th

Price: $7.99

The loveable Yoshi is back in the GBA remake of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island. Yoshi’s ready to romp through a crayon-colored world, protecting Baby Mario from the evil Magikoopa Kamek and his minions. In order to save the day, Yoshi will eat enemies to turn them into eggs, transform into vehicles, and use the power of the Super Stars to take out his foes.

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