A Link to the Past heading over to the UK Wii U Virtual Console!

BastianApril 30th, 2013 by Bastian

Nintendo couldn’t have timed it better had they tried… which they likely did! Holding off on releasing A Link to the Past on the Wii U’s Virtual Console until after announcing the sequel coming out for the 3DS seems like brilliant and intenional martketing to us!

If you live in the UK and have been waiting to play A Link to the Past until its inevitable release on the Wii U Virtual Console, first of all: why?! But second of all: your wait is over because it’s heading over there soon.

Just how soon? Jump inside for the details!

Less than two weeks ago Nintendo announced what many are calling “A Link to the Past 2″–but which we here at ZD are calling “Zelda 3DS” until an actual title is revealed. It seems only fitting that now people will get a chance to play the original game on their Wii U before the sequel arrives.

While this hasn’t been actually announced by Nintendo in so many words, Nintendo UK released a “Wii U Virtual Console Launch Trailer” showcasing all of the games available at launch, and then at the end a message saying: “There are many more yet to come” showing images of many more games, A Link to the Past being one of them. You can see for yourself in the video below at the 1:35 mark.

So when exactly will A Link to the Past be out on the Wii U Virtual Console? There’s no way to know, but you can count on it being at some point before Zelda 3DS. And while other territories haven’t yet posted similar trailers, you can bet that they will have A Link to the Past out before the sequel as well.

Are you one of those rare people who have yet to play A Link to the Past? Are you excited to soon be playing it on your Wii U Virtual Console? Let us know in the comments!

Source: Nintendo UK

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  • D-Rock

    I’m checking my Wii U, clicked on eShop and said there was an update but dunno what it will do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/RyanF.Hullstrunk Ryan F. Hullstrunk

    Damn it. i wanted A Link to the Past as a 3DS Virtual Console to go with the 3DS sequel.

    • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

      Hopefully they’ll have the “better” GBA version for it (better is in quotes, ’cause, you know, purists). Doing that would also make you be able to play Four Swords, nad ruin its reputaion of being the hardest game to play…. hmm… that’s it. Thye won’t now.

      • http://ZeldaDungeon.net/ Jordan D.

        GBA games on the 3DS can’t do multiplayer as far as I know, so the Four Swords part of ALttP GBA would be kind of pointless. Especially considering they’ve already released Four Swords as a DSi game.

        • DarkKyo64

          Well they modified Four Swords into a DSi title, So they can convert A Link to the Past GBA into a 3DS title and include the DSi Four Swords with it.

          • http://www.facebook.com/RyanF.Hullstrunk Ryan F. Hullstrunk

            That would be cool, even though I already have Four Swords. I just really want A Link to the Past on my 3DS. Whether that be a virtual console, or on the same cartridge as the sequel, or remade separately.

        • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

          Can’t currently. It makes no sense though, because DS’s were made for with multiplayer functionality, as were the GBA games. It only makes sense. And they have released Four Swords as a DSi game, but you can’t get it any more. That’s why it still has the reputation of being the hardest Zelda game to play.

          • http://ZeldaDungeon.net/ Jordan D.

            Are you sure? I thought it was still available but no longer a free download.

  • A Link in Time

    It makes no sense that they are releasing ALttP on the Wii U virtual console and GBA games, but not for the 3DS ehop. I can’t stand the fact that the only GBA games available on the 3DS are the ambassador ones. I mean GBA games are handheld games why wouldn’t they sell them on the 3DS ehop it just makes no sense at all! >_>

    • Link_The_Ultimate_Chronomancer

      Because Nintendo is bad at giving fans what they want. *coughs Mother 3 translation/Mother 4 coughs*

      • VladNorris

        The lack of Mother 4 is not Nintendo’s fault, but THE CREATOR’S WILL. If Shigesato Itoi doesn’t want another Mother game, then suck it, because he won’t.

        I agree not translating Mother 3 was stupid though.

  • http://twitter.com/patrickSluss Patrick Slusser

    I hope it comes to North America, I would give Nintendo all my rupees for legitimate means of playing A Link to the Past again. (My poor SNES cart is dead.)

    • http://ZeldaDungeon.net/ Jordan D.

      It’s available on the Wii Virtual Console, so you can just download it there for now. Even if you were holding off in hopes of getting the Wii U version, you could still download it in Wii mode and then upgrade it when the U version launches.

      • http://twitter.com/patrickSluss Patrick Slusser

        Good thinking! How could I have over looked this! Thanks!

        • http://ZeldaDungeon.net/ Jordan D.

          I played through all the Zelda games this past year, and in doing so I found as many options for playing each game as I could. Happy to pass the knowledge along :)

  • http://ZeldaDungeon.net/ Jordan D.

    We don’t know yet. Nintendo hasn’t given any such news for America, but I’d expect something in the relatively near future.

  • Justac00lguy

    Nice addition for sure, still makes more sense for the E-Shop in my opinion however I will be looking to buy this soon. I’m stuck on whether to relive this great game or wait until after A Link to the Past 2 as I don’t want to be too familiar with the overworld. Dilemmas :p

    • NFeZ

      Don’t have to tell you whether you should or should not buy/play aLttP, just wanted to mention to you that both the 3DS & Wii U online stores are called eShop.

  • Nikki

    I’m one of those rare people who have yet to play A Link to the Past. I can only play GBA/GBC, Gamecube, DS/3DS or Wii/Wii U games.

    • Clash

      A Link to the Past is on GBA.

      • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

        …and….. and Virtual Console.

    • http://ZeldaDungeon.net/ Jordan D.

      Funny you should say that, ’cause out of the seven consoles you listed only three of them CAN’T play A Link to the Past.

      GBA – There’s a port of A Link to the Past on GBA, with minor changes from the original.
      Gamecube – It’s hard to come by nowadays, but there was a Zelda Collector’s Disc on the Gamecube that included A Link to the Past as well as several other classics.
      Wii/Wii U – A Link to the Past is available on the Wii Virtual Console, which is also accessable on Wii U.

      Pick one. The Virtual Console is probably your cheapest bet at around $8, followed by the GBA game which can be found for $20-$30 online, and finally the Collector’s Disc which seems to go for around $70+ now.

      • Twilli Link

        Zelda: collector’s edition doesn’t have A Link to the Past on it, the game on that disk are: the first 2 nes games, and the two N64 games along with a demo of Wind Waker. It advertised the Game Boy Player so that you can play the GBA version.

        • http://ZeldaDungeon.net/ Jordan D.

          Oh shoot, I forgot that. I don’t know why I got that mixed up… thanks for the catch.

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      Yeah. That’s hilarious. Both the GBA and the Wii can play ALttP.


      • Nikki

        I didn’t realize that it was on the GBA and on the Wii. I’ll hope that it gets for the Wii U Virtual Console. I’m not quite willing to buy anything on the Wii. Wii is shared, while the Wii U is mine(but I’m sharing it). I have two for the GBA, but neither of them are ALTTP. One is Adventure of Link and the other is The Legend of Zelda(only ones I have for GBA/DS).

        • http://ZeldaDungeon.net/ Jordan D.

          1. Boot up your Wii U
          2. Go to Wii mode
          3. Load up the shop channel
          4. Boom. Wii Virtual Console at your disposal.

        • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

          You can buy it through the Wii Virtual console on your Wii U.

          The same way you play Wii games on your Wii U… In the Wii home screen.

    • anonymous

      I’m not 100% sure which version the wii virtual console is more like. I have only ever played the SNES and GBA version.

      Either you need to put up with the yell but keep the shovel, or remove the yell but lose the shovel when you get the ocarina/flute. There are a lot more changes, but to me it comes down to that choice.

    • http://twitter.com/patrickSluss Patrick Slusser

      Well, when you get to play it I hope you have a kick-ass time!

  • god like games

    how is that brilliant link to the past more like link to the fags

    • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

      I don’t understand the relevance of your comment. At all.

      • god like games

        fags only like this game

        • http://twitter.com/patrickSluss Patrick Slusser

          I disagree with your statement, but I respect your ability to have an opinion…

          • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

            Clearly, he doesn’t respect yours.

          • http://twitter.com/patrickSluss Patrick Slusser

            True, but I don’t need anyone’s validation to know ALttP is amazing. :D

        • http://ZeldaDungeon.net/ Jordan D.

          That’s a rather peculiar observation, considering I and at least a dozen other people I know all love this game and to the best of my knowledge we are not “fags.”

          Unless you meant that fags are only capable of liking this game and no others? In which case, I still don’t quite think you’re right but nonetheless that wouldn’t be such a terrible fate.

        • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

          I don’t understand what you mean. If you are saying that the only people who like this games are “fags”, then that is not true. It’s an opinion whether or not you like this game, and it has the second highest rating of all Zelda games, so it looks like you’re in the minority on your opinion.

          However, if you are implying that the only thing that “fags” do is like this game (by saying “fags only like this game”), then that might be true, but I’m not sure. It rather sounds like you’re saying “‘fags’ only like this game, and they do nothing else but like this game”, but I can’t be sure due to your extremely poor word choice.

    • Life

      XDDDAnd Ocarina of Tiem more like Ocarina of Lime LOL!

      • Life

        O-or strawberry.

      • http://www.triforcetalk9.blogspot.com/ Linkfan99

        That’s….. not….. a lime……

  • Zzen

    I’ve actually been waiting to play it on wii u but live in america just my luck i guess

  • oozy the wolf

    i should replay link to the past. i did love it

  • finestuff

    I prefer my emulator.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MrKaiShepherd Kai Shepherd


  • Skelterz

    is a link to the past coming to uk as well as europe if so what bloody time its the 12th and i want to buy im throwing money at my tv but still no game….