Nintendo 64 Games Coming to Wii U Virtual Console

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Nintendo 64 Games Wii U Virtual Console

It’s no secret that the Wii U is lacking in terms of software. While great games like Mario Kart 8 and Super Mario 3D World have managed to garner some attention for the struggling platform as of late, those that have invested in the console are still hungry for more.

One way Nintendo has been providing the Wii U install base with content is via its Virtual Console service, and (after releasing Game Boy Advance titles for the hardware) it looks as if the Nintendo 64 library will finally be making an appearance.

Previously available on the Wii, the Nintendo 64 was once a highlight on the Virtual Console service before failing to make the transition to the system’s successor. Gamers have eagerly been awaiting the debut of 64 software on the Wii U for quite some time, and now the official Nintendo website has informed fans that they should stay tuned for updates on which titles will be appearing on the console in the near future.

“Check back regularly for the latest releases, including the future addition of titles from the Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 systems.”

There’s no question that there are some beloved games that released on the Nintendo 64 and that it’ll be great for longtime fans and Wii U owners to re-experience those classics again, but the premise of releasing these games for download on the console is something that should have happened a long time ago.

Regardless, the opportunity to play through favorites such as Super Mario 64, Super Smash Bros., and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask makes for a tantalizing prospect. Just what games will kick off the Nintendo 64’s presence on the Wii U Virtual Console remains to be seen, but it sounds as if fans won’t be waiting too long to get an official update.

Now, if only Nintendo could get to work on releasing Gamecube games on the Wii U Virtual Console. There are some great games on that platform that, if re-released, could easily secure some hard-earned money from this editor’s pockets.

Which N64 titles would you like to play on the Wii U? Will you be investing in any games from the classic console on Nintendo’s new format?


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Source: Nintendo

TAGS: Nintendo, Nintendo 64, Virtual Console, Wii U

  • Jake Strife

    I just want trophies or achievements of some sort on Nintendo! Then I’ll go crazy replaying all the old games and current ones as well. I know such a thing is not important to a lot of people, but the opposite can be said too!

    • Riley Little

      I think they should make Stamps their achievement system. They are already earned in several games for use in Miiverse, but if you could gather a stamp collection (perhaps in a digital book or something) that you could compare to your friends’ accomplishments? That would add so much replay incentive to all of these classic and new games.

      • SDM



        Why has no one thought of this yet??

        • Daniel Carlson

          they did but ninty expressed there NON interest in having such a system.

  • cidgrad

    Would love to get a touched-up version of Mario Kart 64. So classic. I almost picked it up when it was advertised at Club Nintendo but noticed you have to launch the system in “Wii Mode” and can only use the old “classic” Wii controller with it. The graphics were also reportedly terrible.

    Other than that, I dunno. I was never a big fan of the N64. It’s hard to go back and play any of that stuff unless you already have some nostalgic attachment to it.

  • Quentin

    I WANT THE GOEMON GAMES!!!! I love mystical ninja games

    • Kenny

      *High Five* Didn’t know anyone besides me were aware of their exsistance! haha

  • Josh Calkins

    Goldeneye 007, Shadows of the Empire, Shadowman 1, Episode One Racer, Majoras Mask (unless a remake is really in the works…), Star Fox 64, etc.

  • Hector Castro

    Donkey Kong 64 and Jet Force Gemini is all I care about..

  • Sukhvinder Singh

    There’s to many games on wiiu inc. tekken tag,ninja gaiden 3,mk8,super mario 3d world,nintendoland and many others, how can people say there’s no games on the system they must be blind or don’t care about other developers games release on this great platform.

    N64 is one of my favourite console before wiiu and the games i really want f-zero x,blast corps,top gear rally,dk64,lylatwars,killer instict gold,fighters destiny 2,zelda majora’s mask,hybrid heaven.

  • majora

    How fitting the console with no metriod now getting its games on a system with no metriod in the near future .

  • truheartreborn

    Besides the ones mentioned above I’ll go with Wrestlemania 2000, WCW revenge, WWF No Mercy and Conkers Bad Fur Day

  • Sara Anderson

    Pokemon Snap, Perfect Dark, Zelda: Ocarina of time, Zelda: Majora’s Mask, Super Mario 64, and a whole lot more. I love n64 games, I will definitely buy em if they ever get released!

  • Luke

    I’d really like to play Super Smash Bros. and Super Mario 64.

  • Agis

    6 Months on and still No Nintendo 64 games available – I thik they were lying saying its not long to wait, bet ya The Legend of Zelda Wii U will be released before i can play the classic Ocarina of Time Again. Cmon Nintendo :(

  • Zeb

    Snowboard kids

  • Hoang

    Wave race 64, top gear, crusin usa, and diddy kong racing

  • Andrew Kuhn

    Super Mario 64 and Donkey Kong 64.

  • William

    I would love to play yoshi’s story again I loved that game so much