Backwards compatibility has long been a core tenet of Nintendo’s hardware, with the Wii U able to switch into a Wii mode and play the titles from that console, as well as the eShop featuring games from the NES, SNES and GBA. Now Nintendo have figured out a way to combine those two together and start to offer Wii games for download, skipping the previous step of needing to load the Wii menu. On top of this, you’ll be able to use the Wii U gamepad as a controller, in games that previously required the Classic Controller.
To celebrate this, the next three weeks will see three of the best Wii games arrive on the eShop with a one week long half price discount. Super Mario Galaxy 2 arrives today, Donkey Kong Country Returns lands on January 22nd and Metroid Prime Trilogy on January 29th, for €9.99/£8.99 rather than the regular €19.99/£17.99 pricing.
Those three games are just the start, though, with Kirby’s Adventure Wii, Punch-Out, Pandora’s Tower and Sin And Punishment: Successor Of The Skies set to arrive in the coming months.
Update: Wii game pricing confirmed.