The Wii U will get its own Virtual Console, Nintendo announced this morning via Nintendo Direct.

The Virtual Console allows gamers to download and play games made for older machines.

Nintendo has said that the Wii U’s version will support NES, SNES, and Game Boy Advance titles. Surprisingly, there was no mention of the GameCube.

It’s worth noting that the Wii’s Virtual Console supported games from the N64, NES, SNES, Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Sega Master System, Genesis, Turbografx-16, Game Gear, Commodore 64, Neo Geo, and arcade platforms.

Although the Wii's Virtual Console may be accessed on the Wii U via "Wii mode", the GamePad cannot to be used.

Wii U Virtual Console games will remedy this and also include Miiverse functionality, although games already purchased for the Wii’s Virtual Console will need to be purchased again, albeit at a discount.

Speaking of the Miiverse, users will soon be able to create their own communities, according to Nintendo.

In addition, the service is coming to browsers this autumn. A smartphone app is expected to arrive at a later date.