Nintendo has announced that it will release select Wii games in downloadable versions for the Wii U starting today. Super Mario Galaxy 2, available later today, will be the first game to get the downloadable treatment, followed by the Wii version of Punch-Out!! on January 22 and Metroid Prime Trilogy on January 29.
All three games will be available for $19.99 in the US, but early adopters can download them for half price during their first week of availability. Wii game downloads will cost ¥2500 (about $25) in Japan and £17.99 or €19.99 in Europe (About $23 to $27).
While all original Wii game discs can already be played on the Wii U by switching the new console to "Wii mode," the new downloadable versions can be played entirely on the Wii U GamePad if the original game supported the Wii Classic Controller. The downloads also won't be subject to the supply constraints of some of the more collectible Wii discs; the limited-edition Metroid Prime Trilogyroutinely goes for $60 or higher on auction sites.