Game Boy Advance games land on Wii U eShop, ‘Dr. Luigi’ sale

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The first batch of Game Boy Advance titles are finally available on Thursday on the Wii U Virtual Console service after a long wait.

Wii U owners can purchase Advance Wars, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, and Metroid Fusion at a $7.99 entry point. Like all Virtual Console titles, each game offers off-television play via the GamePad as well as individual pages on Miiverse, Nintendo’s community forum. The next batch will presumably include the RPG Golden Sun, F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, and Super Mario Advance 3: Yoshi’s Island. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced the April date in a February Nintendo Direct presentation.

In addition, players who purchase the NES title Dr. Mario on the Wii U eShop get $5 off the purchase of Dr. Luigi, bringing the price to $9.99. Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate РDeluxe Edition and Evofish are also available.

While the 3DS does not see the Game Boy Advance releases, owners can download¬†Rusty’s Real Deal Baseball, Nintendo’s second attempt at the free-to-play market (along with Steel Diver: Sub Wars) as well as Sega’s Super Monkey Ball 3D at a $19.99 price.

About Gustavo Lazo

Gustavo Lazo was born and raised in the deep jungles of New Jersey. He loves playing video games as well as cursing their names when they give him a hard time. In the past, Gustavo has written reviews for sites like New Game Network and Examiner.


  1. I’d still much, much rather have these handheld games released on a handheld platform. Playing them on my Wii U just doesn’t appeal to me, the same way playing NES games on my 3DS just doesn’t *feel* right.

    GBA games on 3DS, and N64\GCN games on Wii U, and Virtual Console would be a force to be reckoned with. Well, to me anyway. Plenty of classic Nintendo material I’d love to revisit without digging out the original console.

    • My general understanding is that the 3DS is in essence turning into a simulated GBA that allows for the Ambassador GBA games to be played though lacking in features such as mappable controls, Miiverse, save states, etc. It has, in retrospect, become a huge oversight in the design of the 3DS. Wii U’s architecture seems to allow for this, however. I think a better explanation is here: http://www.vooks.net/why-the-game-boy-advance-isnt-on-the-3ds-virtual-console/

      But yeah, would have loved to have been able to play Super Metroid and Earthbound on 3DS.

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