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Nintendo DS games coming to Wii U Virtual Console

by Steve Watts, shacknews.com, Jan 30, 2014 6:20AM PST

The dual-screen experience of the Wii U harkens back to Nintendo's surprise hit, the DS, and the company plans to capitalize on those similarities. At its financial results meeting, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata announced that the company will be bringing DS games to the Virtual Console service on the Wii U.

"We are now sure that we can solve the technical problem of displaying Virtual Console software from Nintendo DS on the GamePad," Iwata said in the briefing. "The dual-screen Nintendo DS, one of which is a touch screen, has a very strong software lineup, and so we plan to add the Virtual Console titles from Nintendo DS software to the future Virtual Console lineup for Wii U."

Iwata said this is part of a larger plan to "focus on enriching the value of the GamePad to give momentum to Wii U this year." He didn't mention which games would be coming to the service by name, though as IGN notes, the presentation slide shows how a game like Brain Age might look on the GamePad.