Looking at which Virtual Console game to pick up

#1 Posted by Godwind (2597 posts) -

A while ago, I put 2000 points on my VC account in the expectation of Castlevania Rebirth was coming on within the immediate future.  However, it is being released in the 4th quarter which is not a definitive choice.  That being said, I was looking at some virtual console games I would interested in picking up.  Keep in mind this is a North American Wii.   Try to break down the list to a smaller list of 10 to 20 games.
 
 NES
-Castlevania 2
-Castlevania 3
-Kid Icarus
-Ninja Gaiden
-Ninja Gaiden 2
-Ninja Gaiden 3
-Super C
-Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels
-Ghosts 'n Goblins
-King's Knight
-River City Ransom
-Life Force

SNES
-Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior
-Street Fighter 2 Turbo: Hyper Fighting
-Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers
-Super Castlevania IV
-Contra 3: The Alien Wars
-Donkey Kong Country
-Donkey Kong Country 2
-Donkey Kong Country 3
-Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts
-ActRaiser
-Super Turrican
-Super Turrican 2
-Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
-Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
-Super Star Wars
-Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
-Super Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
-Zombies Ate My Neighbors

N64
-WaveRace 64
-Pokemon Snap
-1080 Snowboarding
-Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards

Sega Master System
-Wonder Boy
-Wonder Boy in Monster Land
-Fantasy Zone
-Alex Kidd in Miracle World
-Alex Kidd: The Lost Stars
-Phantasy Star

Genesis
-Golden Axe
-Golden Axe 2
-Golden Axe 3
-Ristar
-Gunstar Heroes
-Streets of Rage
-Streets of Rage 2
-Streets of Rage 3
-Sword of Vermillion
-ToeJam & Earl
-ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron
-Beyond Oasis
-Alex Kidd in the Enchanted Castle
-Wonder Boy in Monster World
-Shining Force
-Shining Force 2
-Dynamite Headdy
-Shining in the Darkness
-The Revenge of Shinobi
-Shinobi 3
-Light Crusader
-Phantasy Star 2
-Phantasy Star 3
-Phantasy Star 4
-Mega Turrican

TurboGrafx-16
-Bonk's Adventure
-Bonk's Revenge
-Bonk 3
-Dungeon Explorer
-Ninja Spirit
-Air Zonk
-Legend of Hero Tonma
-Lords of Thunder
-Neutopia
-Neutopia 2

Neo Geo
-Magician Lord

#2 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6155 posts) -

And on to legitimate answers... 
 
I'd pick up the Donkey Kong Country games, Super Castlevania 4, Super Mario RPG (probably my number #1 pick for recommendations), the Shining Force games, and the ToeJam and Earl games.
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#3 Posted by Driadon (2997 posts) -

Dude, River City Ransom,  Shining Force series and Pokemon Snap = GET

#4 Edited by Godwind (2597 posts) -
@trophyhunter said:

" you know you can easily get every single NES and SNES game on a SD card for free and play them all on the wii "


I don't like the emulators personally.  They kind of suck as emulators. 
 
The One thing I will say is that the Virtual Console feels a bit too pricey.  It should about 300 Wii Points for NES games, 500 Wii Points for SNES, GEN, TG-16 games and 800 Wii Points for N64 games.
 
 
@Meowayne said:

" Do you already have Sin&Punishment? I found that to be my best VC purchase.
 
However, I agree with the following statement:

 if you have a wii and are not homebrewing you are wasting your life and money 

"

You'll notice that I have a lot of games not listed there.  Sin and Punishment is the many titles that I have downloaded hence, why it is not included.  I'll list the titles I have Already downloaded.
 
NES
-Adventure Island
-Balloon Fight
-Castlevania
-Donkey Kong
-Donkey Kong Jr. 
-Galaga
-Ice Climbers
-Kirby's Adventure
-Pac-Man
-Punch-Out!!
-Star Tropics
-Super Mario Bros.
-Super Mario Bros. 2
-Super Mario Bros. 3
-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

SNES
-Castlevania 
-Breath of Fire 2 
-Secret of Mana
-Super Mario World
-Super Metroid
-The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

N64
-FZero X
-Mario Kart 64
-Paper Mario
-Sin and Punishment 
-Star Fox 64 
-Super Mario 64
-Yoshi's Story

Gen
-Pulseman
 
Virtual Console Arcade
 -Space Harrier
 
 
@Sparky_Buzzsaw:
@Driadon:
Thanks for responding Mates.
 
 
Otherwise, no love from the rest of the GB community?  Come on, I know all you haters stopped caring about Nintendo AFTER the N64.  Hell, what about the Sega Master System and the Sega Genesis.
#5 Edited by trophyhunter (5800 posts) -

the Sega Genesis was like the first xbox
it was more powerful but no one gave a shit about it because because everyone already had a SNES
to be clear I mean snes=ps2 first xbox=Sega Genesis. 

#6 Edited by dbz1995 (4790 posts) -

Shinobi III????
 
I love that game.
 
Also, Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels and Streets of Rage 2 would be decent buys.

#7 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -

Get Actraiser

#8 Edited by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Wave Race 64 is pretty fun for a game to screw around in. Well it was back when the N64 was new and sandbox games hadn't come out yet. But I'm not so much of a fan of the racing aspect.
 
ActRaiser is a great game that offers differing styles of gameplay.
 
The Phantasy Star games were fine back in the day but have not aged well.
 
Heard good things about Shining Force series.
 
Gunstar Heroes is also a great sidescroller shooter.
 
River City Ransom is also a fun brawler that kinda has an open world aspect. Was awesome back in the day and hasn't aged horribly.   
 
The last two should be played in co-op.
 
The only three VC games I own are Secret of Mana, Super Metroid, and River City Ransom.

#9 Posted by Godwind (2597 posts) -
@trophyhunter said:
" the Sega Genesis was like the first xboxit was more powerful but no one gave a shit about it because because everyone already had a SNES to be clear I mean snes=ps2 first xbox=Sega Genesis.  "
Wrong.  SNES came after the Genesis 2 years later.
 
In addition, there is a fair size of Sega fans including myself.
#10 Edited by Rallier (1739 posts) -

Donkey Kong Country is a game that you really should have played it is great in every aspect. Quite lengthy also if i remember correctly and stuffed with secrets.
 
Street Fighter 2 the world warriors is a nice game to have around if you have a second classic controller and a friend to play it with. 
 
 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is a fantastic game, i fondly remember playing it. 
 
Pokemon Snap is also a game i would recommend, i had such a great time trying to find all the pokemon in that game.

#11 Posted by MrKlorox (11209 posts) -

Oh, also Castlevania 3 is the best one available for VC.

#12 Posted by trophyhunter (5800 posts) -
@Godwind said:
" @trophyhunter said:
" the Sega Genesis was like the first xboxit was more powerful but no one gave a shit about it because because everyone already had a SNES to be clear I mean snes=ps2 first xbox=Sega Genesis.  "
Wrong.  SNES came after the Genesis 2 years later.  In addition, there is a fair size of Sega fans including myself. "
really I totally remember people back in the day saying yay snes boo genesis 
and hey the dreamcast was fucking awesome and ps3 is in talks with sega to get those games for download
#13 Posted by Mikemcn (6982 posts) -

Everytime i go on VC i always get a NES game, i like the price, and NES was my favorite system
#14 Posted by Godwind (2597 posts) -
@trophyhunter said:
" @Godwind said:
" @trophyhunter said:
" the Sega Genesis was like the first xboxit was more powerful but no one gave a shit about it because because everyone already had a SNES to be clear I mean snes=ps2 first xbox=Sega Genesis.  "
Wrong.  SNES came after the Genesis 2 years later.  In addition, there is a fair size of Sega fans including myself. "
really I totally remember people back in the day saying yay snes boo genesis  and hey the dreamcast was fucking awesome and ps3 is in talks with sega to get those games for download "
 
Probably because you were a young lad at the time.  In fact, only late in the Genesis' life cycle did it obtain a bad reputation with people generally speaking.  Early on, the Genesis was looked at as the "cooler" console.  Most people who not admit to owning a Super Nintendo over the Genesis because Nintendo was considered more childish.  In addition, Both the SNES and Genesis were holding their own in the market.
#15 Posted by trophyhunter (5800 posts) -
@Godwind said:
" @trophyhunter said:
" @Godwind said:
" @trophyhunter said:
" the Sega Genesis was like the first xboxit was more powerful but no one gave a shit about it because because everyone already had a SNES to be clear I mean snes=ps2 first xbox=Sega Genesis.  "
Wrong.  SNES came after the Genesis 2 years later.  In addition, there is a fair size of Sega fans including myself. "
really I totally remember people back in the day saying yay snes boo genesis  and hey the dreamcast was fucking awesome and ps3 is in talks with sega to get those games for download "
 Probably because you were a young lad at the time.  In fact, only late in the Genesis' life cycle did it obtain a bad reputation with people generally speaking.  Early on, the Genesis was looked at as the "cooler" console.  Most people who not admit to owning a Super Nintendo over the Genesis because Nintendo was considered more childish.  In addition, Both the SNES and Genesis were holding their own in the market. "
the snes came out in 1990 right? I was 7 years old then
#16 Edited by TheGreatGuero (9130 posts) -

Unless you have a Wii Classic Controller, totally stay away from the DKC games. They're virtually unplayable with how poorly the controls are mapped, and the controls can't be altered. I wouldn't borrow with Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels. It's basically SMB turned into game torture. River City Ransom is a classic, though I'm not sure how well it's holding up these days.

#17 Edited by Godwind (2597 posts) -
@trophyhunter said:

" @Godwind said:

" @trophyhunter said:
" @Godwind said:
" @trophyhunter said:
" the Sega Genesis was like the first xboxit was more powerful but no one gave a shit about it because because everyone already had a SNES to be clear I mean snes=ps2 first xbox=Sega Genesis.  "
Wrong.  SNES came after the Genesis 2 years later.  In addition, there is a fair size of Sega fans including myself. "
really I totally remember people back in the day saying yay snes boo genesis  and hey the dreamcast was fucking awesome and ps3 is in talks with sega to get those games for download "
 Probably because you were a young lad at the time.  In fact, only late in the Genesis' life cycle did it obtain a bad reputation with people generally speaking.  Early on, the Genesis was looked at as the "cooler" console.  Most people who not admit to owning a Super Nintendo over the Genesis because Nintendo was considered more childish.  In addition, Both the SNES and Genesis were holding their own in the market. "
the snes came out in 1990 right? I was 7 years old then "
And the Genesis came out in 1988.  In addition since you were 7, then you would naturally "boo" the genesis and the same would be true of your peers.
#18 Edited by MattyFTM (14369 posts) -

Removed all the posts talking about piracy - It's breaking the rules and it was derailing this thread. Say no to piracy (and drugs) people!!!
 
EDIT: and to answer the question, I'd go for the Bonk games. They're awesome games.

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#19 Posted by Willy105 (4690 posts) -

Idiots talking about piracy. The games work and play better on the VC. Always will.
 
As for recommendations, I suggest out of the list you have written, pick one at random. They are all awesome games, and if you willingly choose one, you will be sad for leaving the rest out.

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