Apr 29th, 2013 publishUpdated   Jul 18th, 2013, 9:45 am

Wii U and 3DS

Long time rumor-monger Emily Rogers has speculated that, in the future, the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Consoles will be compatible.

What this means is that, commencing from a to-be-confirmed date, consumers who own both a Wii U and a 3DS will benefit by being able to play their Wii U or 3DS Virtual Console titles on either system.

Despite the enhanced freedom, there are several limitations. Rogers states that:

  1. Only some VC games will be compatible in this way.
  2. There will be a small fee to pay for transferring selected titles, not unlike the fee to play Wii VC games on your Wii U.
  3. VC games released on Wii U and not on 3DS (or vice versa) will not be compatible. Transferable titles will be only those  released on both platforms.

Some of these restrictions may seem upsetting at first, but it should be noted that Nintendo does not have to provide us this service. While some hardware developers do indeed make it easy to synchronize applications on multiple platforms, it can’t be denied that any compatibility between the Wii U and 3DS Virtual Consoles is better than no compatibility at all.

What are your thoughts on this supposed compatibility? Do you own both consoles, and are you likely to benefit from this service?

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  • JB

    So if this does commute to light, then Nintendo would basically here getting into the micro transaction business… Though it would be pretty sweet to cross play.

  • It’d be nice to have but I don’t think I’ll every pay for it. Especially not if it’s just a one-time transfer.
    Being able to start a game on the WiiU, play it on my 3DS when I have to go somewhere, then finish it on the WiiU would be amazing!

  • Andrew Forza

    not trying to be greedy, like i was fine with having to pay the $2.95 to play super mario world on my tv but if i gotta pay again for the ds i’m not sure… nintendo is getting a bit silly with that considering i have about 30+ games i’d be transferring around. given there are some i will never play again but the option would be nice.

  • Saul Rivera

    They should so it like the PS3 and Vita where you download a PS1 game on the PS3 and play it on the Vita if you want for free =_=

    • Zizo47

      Exactly. I love Nintendo and all but making me pay for the same thing twice is unfair.

      • Kinda like apple

        • [000]

          Apple does it on an exponentially larger scale though, so in their case, it’s almost draconian.

          • jay

            Organic food is more expensive.

            But it’s also WORTH more.

          • Adrian

            That’s arguable.

          • That’s not even true. I have multiple iPads, iPods, etc, all running the same software for no added cost. I just use the same account on them all

          • [000]

            He was talking about hardware…

        • bizzy gie

          Too many people I know who own an iPod, iPad, and iPhone. I’m sure that’s why they don’t have expandable memory. So people HAVE to buy the same thing over again when they run out of memory.

    • Ahahaha very funny. Not likely to happen until they stop 3DS and Wii U digital games being attached to the specific hardware.

      • JumpMan

        but the Nintendo Network and Miiverse are coming to 3DS sometime, so they could utilize that and make it a unified account to use on both Wii U and 3DS!

    • jay

      I have ZER0 problem paying the developer for their hard work.

      Too many kids want everything for free nowadays.

  • Guest

    I read else where that if it does come to that,it would be great but you would have to pay for it again just like it was for Wii VC to Wii U VC. Kind of a pain.

    • Cesar Barroso

      no, if they fuse the Nintendo accounts

  • José Abraham Cervantes Posadas

    I cant understand why is it so hard. Today in the era of the smartphones it must be a must have feature, I really like the case of the PS3 and the PS Vita compatibility with PSX games for free

  • Zuxs13

    I love this Idea it sounds pretty awesome to me. I hope that saves can be transferred though otherwise it would probably be pointless. I dont mind the fee so much if its like the Wii – WiiU price, but if they are going to have more of these fees, they need to have more sales of VC games.

  • Nintedward

    i just buy different VC games on Each console. I’ve already got Mario bros on 3DS so I don’t want it on Wiiu.

    • steinhauershawn

      Those old NES games look better on Handhelds these days anyway.

  • Nintendo needs to rethink this. I love the virtual console service and I hope they will unify the experience between the Wii U and 3DS when it comes to online features like MiiVerse, the eShop, and other areas but I have to agree that if you pay for digital content under a NintendoID that there should be some leeway on allowing it on multiple devices.

    They need to find a better way to associating the digital content with the NintendoID and the Device if they want that added security.

  • José Abraham Cervantes Posadas

    With an iPod and an iPad I need to pay only $3 usd to get Sonic the Hedgehog on my devices, Nintendo must add this feature on the Wii U and 3DS.

  • Wayne Beck

    Concept is cool, can’t really defend the fee. Maybe 50 cents?

    Of course, implementing the feature costs money, but I would think they could come up with a way to automate it.

  • steinhauershawn

    Right now the 3DS and Wi U both support NES but “locked out” from accessing each others libraries treayed as if the Handheld VC and Home Console VC are different Regions despite being in the same region. I bet only 2D systems like NES GB SNES, GBA and any Sega before Saturn will be supported on 3DS as it’s CPU is too slow for N64 and up.

  • Andy Samson

    This is not like making the same iOS game run on different apple devices since those games were developed to run on the same OS.

  • ejownz6

    Nintendo will make us buy the same thing over and over. Sony has a much better policy.

  • J Man

    I think Nintendo should make a unified Virtual Console library. It would add value to both systems instantly. I would play the same game on both consoles in a heartbeat. The smartphone/tablet users of the world have this functionality through Apple’s app store and Google’s Play Store. I have paid versions of apps on both my smartphone and my tablet and I use both quite regularly. I think it would be a smart business move for Nintendo to offer this sort of access to classic games to their customers. Of course that doesn’t mean they have to offer every game on both. But if they are going to offer the same NES games on 3DS that are already offered on Wii/Wii U then I should not have to pay $5 for the same game again. If I had to pay a little extra to have a “license” to play on both devices, I would be fine with that. Let’s say I paid $5 for Donkey Kong Jr on the Wii. If I was offered a discounted cost to buy the game on the 3DS as well, like $2 or $3, I would do it. But the fact that I currently have to pay full price for the same game twice has kept me from downloading any NES titles for the 3DS. I feel if this type of service was offered, it may also aid in the fight against software piracy. I think playing an official VC title over a hacking a console and using a 3rd party emulator is a better experience hands down. I have no problem paying for games. I just don’t want to have to pay twice for digital content, especially when similar services already exist.

  • Guest

    I hope they eventually let us redownload titles or charge a more reasonable price for digital dl. It’s funny seeing stores selling hardcopies with nintendo dlc right beside it for the same price. Why would anyone buy instore dlc from nintendo? At least if you buy the physical game you can use it on any system, sell it later, or give it to a friend when you suddenly realize that you’ve forgotten to a buy them a b-day present, among other things

  • it’s too bad they’re taking away the opportunity for us to pay for the same game twice

  • Auvers

    What do they mean a fee for transferring Wii games to the Wii U? I only owned Paper Mario on the wii and when I transferred it I wasn’t prompted to pay anything.

  • Ryan House

    Wish it worked the other way around. 3DS VC games working on Wii U gamepad