Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Virtual Console Wish List

As you may be aware, I have a Wii, got it on launch day. Wii has a channel called the Virtual Console, which is much like the X-Box Live Arcade. The Wii's Virtual Console has a library consisting of games from the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Super Nintendo (SNES), Nintendo 64 (N64), Sega Genesis (SGEN) and TubroGrafx-16. Quite the library of games. On Monday, January 29th I bought my first game from the Virtual Console: Mario Kart 64. So in other words, I was playing a Nintendo 64 game on my Wii with a GameCube controller. Odd isn't it? Today I came home from school, played Mario Kart then dug around my Lego collection. Yeah, felt like I went back in time. No wonder why they used to burry people alive if they felt nostalgic....

Anyway, back to the main point. With my first Wii purchase being Mario Kart 64, what other games would I buy...?

2 (or 3) in 1 - Super Mario Brothers with Duck Hunt (and World Class Track Meet) - I'd be great to own these two. Super Mario Brothers with Duck hunt was my first NES game. I already have Super Mario Brothers on my GameBoy Advance, so it'd be better if it got bundled with Duck Hunt or World Class Track Meet.... but I wonder how you'd control those games? You could use the Wii-mote as a light gun, but World Class Track Meet came with a giant pad to run on...

Darkwing Duck - I have to admit, I liked this old game, but never got a chance to beat it. I'd be great to own it for 5 bucks or less.

Dr. Mario - The great puzzle game. I liked this game, but never owned the original, I have the N64 version, which is just a SNES game with 4 players.

Dragon Warrior 1-4 - These games are legendary, some of the best ground work for RPGs to come. I have yet to play them, you'll find out what was my first RPG later.

Star Tropics - Dubbed the Legend of Zelda set in the present, I've seen ads for this game when I was younger, but never got to play it. (Released on January 7th, 08)

Super Mario Brothers 3 - Considered to be the BEST game of all time, as well with one of the best selling games of all time. I've spent countless hours playing this game and it would be great to play it again. (got on Nov 5th, 07)

Tetris - The big puzzle break out smash! This game revolutionized that puzzle genre. No one can forget the music or the shapes. Try it!


Chrono Trigger - Yet again, another legendary RPG I have yet to play.

Earth Bound - A game with possibly the biggest cult following ever. I've been curious about this game ever since Smash Brother for the N64, but now I REALLY WANT TO PLAY IT! And it's prequel and sequel..

Final Fantasy 3 (6 now) - See above.

The Legend of the Mystical Ninja - Give it up for Goemon and his blue pineapple hair! I own the N64 version and know that this game will be just as silly and as fun. (released on April 30th, 07)

Mario Paint - There's a Wii version coming, you know it! The original Mario Paint had lots to do and was a blast.

Ogre Battle - The original Ogre Battle, the series is epic and very tough. Never got to play this one either!

Super Mario All Stars - An even better combo, Mario Brothers 1, 2, 3 and Lost Levels all rolled into one. Chances are we'll have to buy all 4 separately. Le sigh.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars - Once again another RPG with huge acclaim and cult following. I didn't have an SNES! (released on September 1st, 08)

Super Mario World - My cousins did have a SNES and got to play this game a lot. Sadly, they would always complete the game and I never got to myself. (got on Feb 5th, 07)


Aidyn Chronicles: The First Mage - A game I saw advertised near the end of the N64 life, but being in a small town with only locally owned video store, I never got to play it.

Battle Tanx + Battle Tanx: Global Assault - What could be better then driving tanks and destroying other tanks and buildings?! It was a blast.

Beetle Adventure Racing - A fun little racing game about the VW Bug. It has been spotted on the ESRB site...

Bomberman 64 + Bomberman 64: The Second Attack - One of my first 10 (out of 26) N64 games that I owned and played. Bomberman 64 is a blast to play with 4 players. Much like Aidyn Chronicles, Bomberman 64: The Second Attack came out late in the system and never got to play it.

Castlevania 64 + Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness - You must think I'm crazy right? I do admit, Castlevania in 3D has problems... But it was still fun to play with some interesting music. I never got to play its sequel Legacy of Darkness.

Cruis'n World - A very fun racer, my sister and I beat it, but it'd be great to take another spin around the world and to the moon, oops, spoiler.. Never got to play Cruis'n Exotica..

Destruction Derby 64 - A Surprisingly well done racing game. My sister and one of my cousins were watching TV one night and sure enough a Destruction Derby was on TV and we were getting into it and wonder who would come out on top. 6 months later this game comes out.

ExciteBike 64 - I thought the original ExciteBike was ok, but this one was a blast to play. Its print ad was simply a picture of a nutcracker on a white surface then 3 shots of the game and the name and the little legal blurb. So true. The game is also an awesome multiplayer game and has the original Excitebike on it!

Extreme G 1 + 2 - Fast and fun with some great tracks. Multiplayer is fun as well.

F-Zero X - A classic with great tracks and one feature I miss in F-Zero GX for my GameCube: Death Race. You had to get rid of the other 29 racers while going in a loop course. Unlimited time and laps. (released on June 25th, 07)

Goemon's Great Adventure - the sequel to Mystical Ninja: Starring Goemon. I never got to play this side scroller.

GoldenEye 007 - This game revolutionized console shooters and is still considered to be one of the best movie adaptations ever made, as well as one of the best selling games as well. I've spent hours upon hours playing multiplayer mode. The joys of hunting...

Harvest Moon 64 - The best Harvest Moon ever. The quirky little farming RPG (still not my first RPG!) with characters that looked like Lego men. Almost anyone who plays this game gets addicted!

Hybrid Heaven - An interesting fighting game I never got to try, it'd be neat to download it and give it a try.

Megaman 64 - aka Megaman Legends. This game was the first Megaman game I really liked. It had adventure, RPG elements and an interesting story.

Mystical Ninja: Starring Goemon - This game is proof that you shouldn't do drugs... A guy with blue pineapple hair, a ninja girl with green hair who can change into a mermaid, a giant peach spaceship, giant robots in feudal Japan, aliens trying to turn Japan into a giant theatre stage, a pipe is your main weapon and this game comes complete with music videos! It's insane and fun as hell!

The New Tetris - The best version of Tetris hands down! This game is awesome. The graphics are beautiful, the game play is tweaked so you can make boxes to clear more lines, and the soundtrack is absolutely stunning and is one of the best ever. Made in Vancouver too!

Ogre Battle 64: Person of Lordly Caliber - An awesome strategy/RPG with an epic story. I didn't get very far in this game, but it was so fun.

Paper Mario 64 - The "sequel" to Mario RPG for the SNES. Paper Mario was a different take on Mario, where he was placed in a 2 1/2 D game (2D characters moving around in a 3D area in this case). The game has plenty of crazy jokes, the plot if fun and is a great game. I got through 70% of the game, and then I had to return it to the video store. (got on July 16th, 07)

Pokémon Puzzle League - aka Tetris Attack 64. This game really is Tetris Attack with a Pokemon coat of paint. The puzzles are fun and multiplayer is crazy. My sisters and I have 6 - 7 minute long matches! 6 TO 7 MINUTES! Play the game, see how long you last! (Released on May 5th, 08)

Quest 64 - Here it is.... my first real RPG..... Laugh if you must, but this game was a great introduction to RPGs. It was challenging and very adventurous.

Rush 2: Extreme Racing USA - A classic arcade game. The multiplayer mode is great. There have been several games where it came down to the last roll in stunt mode. My sister and friend Cole were playing against each other and my sister was winning and with just 1 second to go, Cole flung his car against one of the small square jumps in a last ditch effort to get some points. He took it and flew and begun to roll.... and roll and roll. The game ended 15 seconds ago, but he was still rolling into the uneven grounds. Cole, my sister and ..... whoever else was there... were all on the edges of our seats to see if Cole could possibly land this insane rolling spree. The car came to a slow and landed on it's wheels and Cole got 1425 points... I think. I have a picture of it somewhere...

Sin and Punishment: Successor of the Earth - Never released in North America, but it looked soooo cool! (got on September 12th, 07)

Starcraft 64 - Awesome game, I should really get it for my PC.... once I'm done school and have a job as an animator. Can't get distracted.

Turok 3: Shadows of Oblivion - In my eyes, the best Turok game yet. The game had a much better storyline and was more straight foreword and didn't require a ton of backtracking. Backtracking is interesting if done right (Metroid series). Too bad the raptors in this game looked horrible compared to Turok 2.


(ummm.... Sonic? Actually, I never really got to play Sega Genesis or TurboGrafx... I guess the Virtual Console is a great tool to get to learn about video game history!)

What’s missing:
By now you’ve noticed some titles mission, like The Legend of Zelda series. I have Zelda 1, Zelda 2: Adventures of Link, Ocarina of Time (twice) and Majora’s Mask on a special collector’s GameCube disc. I also have Zelda: Link to the Past on my GameBoy Advance.

Huge list, isn't it? But that's not all. Original games are being developed for the Virtual Console, much like X-Box Live Arcade. So other brand new games will also be released. Who knows what else will come to the Virtual Console. Could Sony allow Square-Enix to release Final Fantasy VII on it? How about other PlayStation 1 games? Sega CD games? Gameboy games? PC games? This will be fun to watch.

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