The Virtual Console is a feature implmented in Nintendo's consoles that allows for you to purchase, download and play various games from older systems. These games often come exactly as they originally were, but some do include various changes and tweaks to enhance the user experience.
The 3DS Virtual Console continued on from the idea of the Virtual Console introduced in the Nintendo Wii, but expanded on it. It added the feature of save states to the games, allowing for you to create a restore point and go back to it. The 3DS Virtual Console mostly focused on portable games in the past, having compatibility for GameBoy and GameBoy Color games
The Wii U Virtual Console continued on from the framework of the Nintendo Wii Virtual Console. While containing the same consoles as the Wii, it then added the Nintendo DS and GameBoy Advance devices to its capabilities, and even added some Wii games as download software, allowing for more games. It also added the save state feature which was introduced in the 3DS Virtual Console. The Wii downloads do not have this, however.
The Wii Virtual Console introduced the entire Virtual Console feature in an effort to bring as many older games to the forefront as possible. This is accessible in the Wii and in the Wii Menu on Wii U consoles.
|Pokémon Puzzle League
||US: 5th May 2008
EU: 30th May 2008
||JP: 4th December 2007
US: 10th December 2007
EU: 17th December 2007