Bring these games to the Virtual Console... now!

All this week, I compiled a list of games I would love to see on Nintendo's Virtual Console... because I'm a selfish bastard and I want more from the Mario Factory.  As I put together the list, it turned into this big nostalgia trip and I really hope everybody gets a chance to play some of these classics someday... on whatever console you can get your hands on.  Microsoft is sitting on some impressive Rare games that I once played (and still can play) on my N64 and I'd like to see Microsoft take more advantage of Rare's big titles like Perfect Dark and Killer Instinct.  But since my allegiance is with Nintendo, I'm pulling for them to bring more goodness to the Wii Shop.

Anyway, here's the final six of my list of 30.  Scroll down to the bottom for links to the rest of my list.

6. Perfect Dark

You'll notice that my list features games that have zero chance of coming to the Wii.  Perfect Dark is one of those games.  Rare decided to take what made GoldenEye 007 amazing and add a new paint job, some new tires, and other car analogies.  Whether it's better than GoldenEye is up to interpretation, but there's no denying the quality product Rare made.

Chrono Trigger, now available on the DS.
5. Chrono Trigger

Another pipe dream.  First, Chrono Trigger is out on the DS.  Second, charging $40 for a DS version makes more business sense.  Third, charging $8 for a VC port is probably a dumb decision due to my second point.  And fourth, it's Square Enix.  So as we all wait for a sequel, we'll have to settle for the probably awesome DS port with stylus controls or your old SNES cartridge or PS1 versions for your Chrono fix.

4. Mother

Mother is another pipe dream because Nintendo of Japan can be scared little bastards at times.  Mother was about ready to be shipped to America, but delays and the SNES squashed any chance of an American release.  And then Earthbound's lack of success killed the series here in the states.  People are praying for Mother to show up on the Virtual Console, even at the $6 import price... and it's worth every penny.

3. Contra

Xbox 360 owners can enjoy this if they wish, but Nintendo Wii owners?  We're stuck with Super C and Contra III: The Alien Wars... wait, those games are pretty damn good.  Well anyway, Contra brings back many great childhood memories and I learned the most important button combination in the industry.  What I would give to grab myself a spread gun and just blast the shit out of everything in sight.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Majora's Mask has the distinction of being the only major console Zelda yet to be released.  Nintendo rushed to get every other Zelda out there for purchase, but is Majora's Mask such an oddity that it has to wait?  Even Zelda II, the side-scrolling black sheep of the family is on the VC.  Majora's Mask is high on almost everybody's list of most wanted VC games and it's easy to see why.

You cannot grasp the true form of Giygas' attack.
1. Earthbound

The Earthbound issue came up very recently and it's unlikely that Earthbound will ever show up again in the Western world.  There's not much to say about Earthbound that hasn't been said by the thousands of Earthbound fanboys scattered across the net.  It seems that every publication has placed Earthbound atop many most wanted VC games lists so unless Nintendo of Japan has a change of heart, there will be a whole lot of disappointed Eathbound fans out there.  As for me, all I need is a SNES that works.  I've got the old SNES cartridge currently in my closet and I'm not willing to give it up just yet.

There are a lot of honorable mentions that need some love on the Virtual Console: Illusion of Gaia, Donkey Kong 64, Flicky, Stinger, Batman, Kung Fu, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Cool Spot, Animaniacs, Clayfighter, Strider, Mega Man X, RBI Baseball, Smash TV, Ducktales, Top Gun, Syndicate, and even some Lethal Enforcers since light gun games are all the rage now.

Now if you excuse me, I must find a way to control my list fetish.

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Posted by Dalai

All this week, I compiled a list of games I would love to see on Nintendo's Virtual Console... because I'm a selfish bastard and I want more from the Mario Factory.  As I put together the list, it turned into this big nostalgia trip and I really hope everybody gets a chance to play some of these classics someday... on whatever console you can get your hands on.  Microsoft is sitting on some impressive Rare games that I once played (and still can play) on my N64 and I'd like to see Microsoft take more advantage of Rare's big titles like Perfect Dark and Killer Instinct.  But since my allegiance is with Nintendo, I'm pulling for them to bring more goodness to the Wii Shop.

Anyway, here's the final six of my list of 30.  Scroll down to the bottom for links to the rest of my list.

6. Perfect Dark

You'll notice that my list features games that have zero chance of coming to the Wii.  Perfect Dark is one of those games.  Rare decided to take what made GoldenEye 007 amazing and add a new paint job, some new tires, and other car analogies.  Whether it's better than GoldenEye is up to interpretation, but there's no denying the quality product Rare made.

Chrono Trigger, now available on the DS.
5. Chrono Trigger

Another pipe dream.  First, Chrono Trigger is out on the DS.  Second, charging $40 for a DS version makes more business sense.  Third, charging $8 for a VC port is probably a dumb decision due to my second point.  And fourth, it's Square Enix.  So as we all wait for a sequel, we'll have to settle for the probably awesome DS port with stylus controls or your old SNES cartridge or PS1 versions for your Chrono fix.

4. Mother

Mother is another pipe dream because Nintendo of Japan can be scared little bastards at times.  Mother was about ready to be shipped to America, but delays and the SNES squashed any chance of an American release.  And then Earthbound's lack of success killed the series here in the states.  People are praying for Mother to show up on the Virtual Console, even at the $6 import price... and it's worth every penny.

3. Contra

Xbox 360 owners can enjoy this if they wish, but Nintendo Wii owners?  We're stuck with Super C and Contra III: The Alien Wars... wait, those games are pretty damn good.  Well anyway, Contra brings back many great childhood memories and I learned the most important button combination in the industry.  What I would give to grab myself a spread gun and just blast the shit out of everything in sight.

2. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

Majora's Mask has the distinction of being the only major console Zelda yet to be released.  Nintendo rushed to get every other Zelda out there for purchase, but is Majora's Mask such an oddity that it has to wait?  Even Zelda II, the side-scrolling black sheep of the family is on the VC.  Majora's Mask is high on almost everybody's list of most wanted VC games and it's easy to see why.

You cannot grasp the true form of Giygas' attack.
1. Earthbound

The Earthbound issue came up very recently and it's unlikely that Earthbound will ever show up again in the Western world.  There's not much to say about Earthbound that hasn't been said by the thousands of Earthbound fanboys scattered across the net.  It seems that every publication has placed Earthbound atop many most wanted VC games lists so unless Nintendo of Japan has a change of heart, there will be a whole lot of disappointed Eathbound fans out there.  As for me, all I need is a SNES that works.  I've got the old SNES cartridge currently in my closet and I'm not willing to give it up just yet.

There are a lot of honorable mentions that need some love on the Virtual Console: Illusion of Gaia, Donkey Kong 64, Flicky, Stinger, Batman, Kung Fu, Zombies Ate My Neighbors, Cool Spot, Animaniacs, Clayfighter, Strider, Mega Man X, RBI Baseball, Smash TV, Ducktales, Top Gun, Syndicate, and even some Lethal Enforcers since light gun games are all the rage now.

Now if you excuse me, I must find a way to control my list fetish.

Blog Till You Drop


Yak.
Do.
Se.
Chaha:r.
Posted by LordXavierBritish

Perfect Dark is never going to happen, so let's just get that out of the way.

And furthermore, Ducktales should be no mere honorable mention sir.

You belittle the importance of this masterpiece.

Posted by CactusWolf

I'm pretty sure my Earthbound cartridge is still in my SNES at home. Maybe I'll go back to that some time soon.

Posted by Claude

Majora's Mask... now! Thanks.

Posted by Tovan

Earthbound needs to happen somehow.

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Posted by TeflonBilly

Man, I love Majora's Mask. I replayed it a few years ago when that Limited Edition Gamecube disc with Zelda 1, Zelda 2, Ocarina Of Time and Majora's Mask came out in conjunction with Wind Waker.

The mood in that game is so dark and fantastic. And I don't mean dark in a oooh Spawn way.
I mean this overhanging sense of dread from that fucked up moon to the movement of the Mask Salesman, there's something very off kilter almost Lynchian about it. I fucking love that game.

Posted by TeflonBilly
LordXavierBritish said:
"And furthermore, Ducktales should be no mere honorable mention sir.

You belittle the importance of this masterpiece.
"
I've mentioned this before, but the Moon theme from Ducktales may very well be my favorite game music of all time.

Man, that game was fantastic. I can't even count the amount of times I played through it.
Posted by Dalai
LordXavierBritish said:
"Perfect Dark is never going to happen, so let's just get that out of the way.

And furthermore, Ducktales should be no mere honorable mention sir.

You belittle the importance of this masterpiece.
"
When you look at the massive lineup of games from the early 1980s to 2000, an honorable mention is quite an awesome feat.  If Ducktales were to come out on the VC, I'd buy it on day one.
Edited by PureRok

Spoilers!!!!

Giygas is a fetus and pornstar.

Posted by Luke

Good sugestions, but yeah Perfect Dark and Earthbound probably won't ever happen.

Earthbound will most likely never come-out on VC due to the soundtrack and the samples used.  Nintendo would have to change the music for nearly every song and they probably won't (and it'd probably be an inferior game after that anyway).

Majora's Mask should just be a damn remake, on the Wii, with better graphics and shit!  That would be hella sick! :p

Posted by auspiciousqueue

Earthbound, great game.

Posted by brukaoru

Would love to see Mother and Earthbound on the Virtual Console. I never played Majora's Mask but some people claim it's better than Ocarina of Time, which sounds downright unbelievable! I need to play it to see if that's true!

Posted by Red

I actually would probably prefer those JRPGs like Mother and Earthbound as DS ports. I can take it anywhere, and I don't mind the graphics, and the controllers on the Wii totally blow for VC games.

Posted by Kush

Wait...the original Contra isn't on Virtual Console!? WTF! ...And X360 don't get to enjoy it because we're stuck with a port of the arcade version and not the NES version...it's not as good.

Posted by GamesWarden

Perfect Dark almost cost me my degree, brilliant stuff. Not sure how well it would port to the wii controller though.

Posted by Snail

Completely agree. Majora's Mask and Earthbound must come to the VC (I think Earthbound has been released for the VC in Japan).

Posted by NukeGoBoom

/Thinking nintendo cares about Mother franchise
How cute.

Edited by AgentJ

Dont worry guys, Majoras mask will be here soon. It would already be here had Nintendo decided to only do one VC game a week, but they've been working on putting it on since october.

Other than the games you listed:
Donkey Kong 64
Killer Instinct
Blast Corps
Jet Force Gemini
Rayman 2
Orge Battle 64
Game Boy Games (like mother 3)
The rest of the Megaman games numbered 4-8
Posted by AndrewGaspar

If they release Earthbound for $8 on the VC, they won't be able to simply add touch controls and charge $40 for it on the DS.