So here I am, putzing around the internet, reading various news and gaming sites, and I go to Game Informer’s website. I see an article that interests me; Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is now out on the Wii U Virtual Console. The Wii U only. Not the 3DS Virtual Console, despite the fact it was a game originally for the Gameboy Advance, a handheld system. Also weird, considering I actually own Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones on my 3DS, because I was one of the idiots who bought a 3DS at launch, when there were no games for the system. Nintendo did make nice-nice with the early adopters by giving us 10 NES games and 10 GBA games for free. However, sadly this is the only instance GBA games have been offered on the handheld. At no time since has anyone else gotten the chance to pick up some great games, like Metroid Fusion; at least not on the 3DS.
The Wii U is a great system, and the gamepad controller is a perfect medium by which to play the multitude of GBA games offered by the Virtual Console service. However, not many people own a Wii U, especially compared to the 3DS. Checking some figures on Wikipedia, it seems the 3DS has sold over 50 million units, compared to the Wii U’s 9.5 million. Even if one assumes the average 3DS user buys 2 of the units in the life of the system, that’s still a 3DS install base of 25 million, easily eclipsing the Wii U install base. So why does Nintendo still persist in only offering legacy handheld software on its second place system? I seriously have no idea, and would love it if someone had an answer for this. Especially considering Nintendo clearly has no problem putting the games on the 3DS from a technical standpoint. My Ambassador Pass games are proof of that.
Nintendo, start putting your GBA games out on 3DS Virtual Console. People would buy them, I promise. Also, you should really put SNES games on the system too, would be a great bonus.