At last! Nintendo has been able to retool the Wii U’s interface to allow Wii games to be playable natively through the Wii U’s main screen, bringing us ever so closer to the long-overdue death of “Wii Mode.” Nintendo President Satoru Iwata announced the shake up during this morning’s Nintendo Direct.
In addition, Nintendo also announced plans to begin distributing Wii games digitally through the Wii U eShop. The first wave of these games includes the trio of Wii hits Super Mario Galaxy 2, Punch Out!! and the incredibly rare Metroid Prime Trilogy. Now, you won’t have to cough up $70+ dollars to GameStop if you want to play Metroid Prime with motion controls and in a much more fitting resolution.
Super Mario Galaxy 2 will be available this afternoon when the eShop updates. Punch Out!! launches next week on Jan. 22, and Metroid Prime Trilogy will follow the following week on Jan. 29.
Wii games which required the use of the Classic Controller will now be able to be controlled by the Wii U’s Classic Controller Pro or the Wii U gamepad. Now, if only the same will work for my Virtual Console games. I would love to control ActRaiser with the Wii U Gamepad!