According to Nintendo Pressroom, Nintendo will be releasing Gameboy Advance titles on a weekly basis throughout April, on the Virtual Console through the Nintendo eShop on Wii U. As with previous Virtual Console installments on the Wii U, “save-states” or “Restore Points” will be usable in order to hold one’s place in a game without need of the usual methods of saving unique to each game. Off-television play can emulate the activity of playing a portable console, which might be preferable to some returning fans.
On April 3rd, the weekly lineup will be:
- Advance Wars, a turn-based strategy game based on the technologies and tactics of modern war, complete with tanks, planes, and foot soldiers.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga, the beginning of the successful AlphaDream RPG franchise featuring both of the Mario Bros. in a turn based battle system and hugely bizarre overworld.
- Metroid Fusion, an eerie and very isolated adventure in which the player controls Samus Aran aboard a strangely desolate research station, which turns out to be inhabited by the voracious X parasite.
A week later, on April 10th, players will see classics such as:
- Kirby & The Amazing Mirror, a fan favorite due to its uncharacteristically longer completion time, complete with collectibles and varying stages. When Dark Meta Night seeks to take the Mirror Kingdom, Kirby shows up to clumsily play hero with the same zest as any classic Kirby platformer.
- WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames, which, as the title states, is much more than one game — in Mega Microgames, the player must complete a flurry of fast paced minigames in order to score points, ranging from the absurd to the teasingly addictive.
On April 17th, joining the catalog will be:
- F-Zero: Maximum Velocity, the return of the famed racing series, only this time, not featuring the just-as-famed Captain Falcon. Navigate through a variety of courses as quickly as possible, while avoiding traps and other vehicles — or aggressively pushing them aside to make your own path and establish road superiority.
- Golden Sun, the beginning of the acclaimed RPG series where the player must defeat incredibly powerful beings to harness their might to use in battle, along with psychic powers and powerful weapons.
And for the final week, April 24th marks the last known release:
- Yoshi’s Island: Super Mario Advance 3, a platformer prequel to the famous plumbers’ own stories, in which a group of Yoshis tasks themselves with the noble delivery of the infant Mario, who was dropped by a stork, as well as the rescue of his younger brother Luigi from the also infantile Bowser, who seeks a playmate. He also orders his babysitter, Kamek, to stop the Yoshis from interfering.
Player can look forward to these games and many more to come, as well as the critically-acclaimed and highly successful Super Mario Bros. 3 to be released on the 17th alongside the aforementioned GBA games.
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