As the Wii U sits, users who ported their standard Wii Virtual Console games over to the new hardware need to access a raw Wii back-end to access their games. The process is a little slow.
Nintendo sees a way to make that process easier, and make a few bucks in the process. The Wii U’s emulator will upgraded over its predecessor, which means save states and the ability to play directly on the Wii U Gamepad. Those abilities come with a small cost though.
Previously purchased NES games users wish to see on their Wii U menus will carry a $1 charge, and SNES titles will run $1.50 for the upgrade, prices stated in the latest Nintendo Direct.
Purchasing direct from the Wii U marketplace (which will be limited to SNES and NES games to start) will automatically unlock the new features of course. Games will be similarly priced too, ranging from $5-$6 for NES ports and $8-$9 for SNES games.