The Virtual Console (バーチャルコンソール, Virtual Console), sometimes abbreviated as VC, is a feature of the Wii, the Nintendo 3DS, and the Wii U that emulates older video game consoles and allows one to play games originally released for those consoles. This feature is supported by the Wii Shop Channel and Nintendo eShop. The Wii's Virtual Console currently emulates the Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Nintendo 64, as well as the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, NEC's TurboGrafx-16/PC Engine, the MSX computer, and the Neo Geo home system. The Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console currently runs Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance (Ambassadors only), Sega Game Gear, and NES, TurboGrafx16, Famicom Disk System (Japan only, Marketed as NES import games in other regions) games and Super NES (New Nintendo 3DS only). The Wii U Virtual Console currently has NES, Super NES, N64, TurboGrafx16, GBA, Nintendo DS, and Wii games.
In the Super Smash Bros. series
Many of the Masterpieces featured in Brawl work on the Wii Virtual Console engine. Masterpieces are demos of existing Virtual Console games (at the time Brawl was released) and share many of the same attributes of games on the Virtual Console. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U includes Virtual Console games as its masterpieces, as well. Wii U masterpieces also include Game Boy Games only available on the 3DS. When time runs out or when the game is paused a message appears talking about the 3DS version instead of a link to the Nintendo eShop.
Super Smash Bros. was released to the Wii Virtual Console for Japan on January 20, 2009 to celebrate its tenth anniversary there since it was released for the Nintendo 64 on January 21, 1999 in Japan. It has since been released in Europe and Australia on June 12, 2009, and North America on December 21, 2009.