Let me make it clear: I LOVE the Wii’s Virtual Console. Being able to play NES, SNES, N64, Genesis and Turbografx-16 games all on one box — with modern controllers and improved video output — is something that puts a little tickle in my pickle. Sure, I already have these systems, ready to be pulled from the dusty grip of closet-storage, but as any long-time gamer knows, having a slew of consoles hooked up and ready for action is a pain in the ass. Throw a three-and-a-half year-old toddler into the mix (who can’t keep her hands off of anything), and it’s ultimately more trouble than it’s worth. The Virtual Console promises to eliminate the need for keeping antiquated consoles around, and I’m totally down with that. (Especially since I long gave up the need for holding onto every little piece of console-related hardware and software that I’ve ever owned.)
So with that wang-suckery out of the way, what in THE HELL is going on with the titles that have been, and are going to be, added to the Virtual Console service? Granted, the non-Nintendo games have been pretty kick-ass (e.g., Gunstar Heroes — RAWK!), but the games Nintendo have been putting up are pretty lacking. Without a doubt, Super Mario 64 and The Legend of Zelda are totally rad, but what about titles like Tennis, Pinball and Soccer? While all decent games for their time, none of them were especially fantastic and hardly worth the $5 cost to download to the Wii. I appreciate the inclusion of such titles for the sake of completeness, but c’mon, where are the NES and SNES Super Mario titles? The SNES and N64 Zelda games? One would think that these titles would have been given priority from the beginning, but instead, they seem to be put on the back burner. If Nintendo wants to keep raking in the big bucks from VC downloads (and I maintain that these ROMs are seriously overpriced), they’re going to have to give us fans the games we want — NOT tripe like the soon-to-be-available Urban Champion for Christ’s sake.
In all fairness, though, Super Mario Bros. (NES) is supposedly set to become available at the same time as Urban Champion, so that’s at least a little comforting. But, again…Urban Champion? C’mon, Nintendo! Who in the hell’s calling the shots on porting these shite titles?
Oh well, at least it may end up being free.