Missing In Action – Virtual Console

Posted: January 16, 2008 in Video Games

I’ve been a Wii owner for just over a year now and have enjoyed titles like Metroid Prime 3, and am looking forward to Smash Bros. Brawl, and Mario Kart and have downloaded a number of games from Nintendo’s Virtual Console which is of course the place to buy retro games. Though the Virtual Console thus far hasn’t been to shabby in terms of the games being offered, I feel there are many big games Nintendo may never release during the life cycle of its Wii. I was also hoping we’d get all the classic games with at least updated graphic but that’s not the case, but I digress. I know there are many factors that go into deciding whether or not a game will become available through the Virtual Console and though I’m not a business man I’m sure there are some cross company issues keeping some of the bigger games off the system. So far the Virtual Console has generated $33 million for Nintendo and has had 7.8 million downloads completed by its customers. I want to buy more games but the ones I’ve been hoping for are no where to be found. I don’t hear to much complaining about the lack of big retro titles available but at least from my view the Virtual Console is a little light. Furthermore some of the games being offered make me scratch my head and go “huh? What the hell is this”. These are games I don’t remember being popular as neither myself nor any of my friends had any of them when the NES, and SNES eras where running their course. So which games am I waiting for? Here’s a wish list in no particular order.

Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES)

Chrono Trigger
Final Fantasy II (FF IV)
Final Fantasy III (FF VI)

Nintnedo Entertainment System (NES)
3D World Runner
Section Z
Clash At Demonhead
Ultima III Exodus
Deadly Towers
The Adventures of Bayou Billy
Blaster Master
Bionic Commando
Blaster Master
Dragon Warrior I-IV
Legacy of the Wizard
Final Fantasy I-III
The Goonies
Kid Niki
Ikari Warriors
Wizards and Warriors I-II
Adventures of Lolo I & II
R.C. Pro-am
Rad Racer
Double Dragon
Super Dodgeball
Skate Or Die
Super Punchout!!
Ring King


    Nintendo 64

Earthbound (Mother 3)
The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
Beetle Adventure Racing!
Star Fox 64


In addition to Nintendo home console efforts there are a host of arcade games published by Nintendo that I’d like to see hit the Virtual Console. As to why they are not included now or why they’d offer inferior home console versions of these games…who knows.

Nintendo Aracde

Arm Wrestling
Super Punchout!!
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.


Curiously missing from the Wii’s Virtual Console are Sega Master System Games as are Sega CD games. Currently the Virtual Console offers Eternal Champions but not the far far superior Sega CD version, Eternal Champions: Challenge From The Dark Side. Here’s a short list of additional Sega Games (from all Sega Consoles) I’d like to see make their way to the Wii.

Sega Master System
Phantasy Star
Y’s – Vanished Omen
Alex Kidd In Miracle World
Miracle Warriors
Time Soldiers


Sega CD
Eternal Champions: Challenge From The Dark Side
Sewer Shark (clean up graphics)
Lunar: The Silver Star
Lunar: Eternal Blue


Sega Genesis
Phantasy Star II, III, IV
Super Hydlide


    Miscellaneous Sega Games  Offered Through “Wii Ware” 
Phantasy Star Remakes (Sega Ages)
Virtual Hydlide


So this is more or less my short wish list. I’m sure Nintendo and the actual publishers have both good and not so good reasons for keeping these games off the Wii’s Virtual Console and while yes some of these games are only games I’ve enjoyed many were huge hits but are mysteriously absent from the console. With Nintendo only dropping two or three games a week on us through the Virtual Console it might be a long, long while before we see any of these if we do at all.

Now in addition to retro gaming, Nintendo has stated that they will be offering new original games through their Wii Ware channel, which is also part of the Virtual Console. Now mind you my list is composed of games I’d prefer to see get a retail release and push the Wii to it’s technical limits but if that’s not to be I’d settle for original Virtual Console content. I too have a small wish list for games I hope are in the works for this channel. One can only hope these original games are not far off no matter what the titles.

* Kid Icarus Sequel – After 20 years and it’s original audience (supposedly) long gone from the world of gaming, Nintendo, with the exception of a gameboy release has never given Kid Icarus a proper sequel. Yes Pit is set to appear in Smash Bros. Brawl this year but where is his true sequel? My guess is that if Nintendo hasn’t done it in 20 years they aren’t ever going to. I got this game when it was released and I was 14 years of age.  I beat it repeatedly and began waiting for a sequel….I’m still waiting. If a full blown retail version isn’t in the works the Virtual Console would be a great place to make this sequel a reality. If this is the case, hopefully we’ll see a 2.5D side and vertical scroller or a plain old fashioned side and vertical scroller with incredible, updated graphics and music. Chances we’ll see this happen: slim to none, if at all. (at this point, I’d literally settle for an 8 bit sequel)
* Metroid Dread/Metroid V – Near the end of Metroid Prime 3, Samus scans a Pirate log that reads something to the effect of “Project Metroid Dread is complete…..” When I saw this I wondered immediately if this was a hint at a plan to release an old school style Metroid with fancy 2D graphics through the Virtual Console. Though I love the Prime series I still prefer my Samus adventures in 2D. Here’s another opportunity to make another classic side scroller! I will also dream of Hip Tanaka scoring this game! Oh by the way, isn’t it time for Samus to hunt a new bounty? Chances well see this happen: slim to none

* Super Mario Bros. 4 – Ok sure the New Mario Bros. has only been out for the DS for just over a year or so but the Virtual Console provides Nintendo with a way to make another excellent Mario Bros. adventure that doesn’t have to be to fancy. I’m thinking of course, nice/updated 2D graphics but more than 8 worlds, lots of secrets (time to make the -worlds legitimate) but with a look similarto the original game. Chances well see this happen: Never. Mario games are just to big to not receive a retail release.

I’m hoping that all publishers not just small and independent firms release games for the Wii Ware channel. This would be a great way not just to get some fresh and original material out there, but could also provide a cheap way to breathe life into older saga’s or series. Will anything like this happen? I doubt it but I’m anxious to see how this all plays out over the next four or five years.

  1. Deity Rob says:

    Dude even tho the Wii sux and is phallic you forgot Earthworm Jim.

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