I’ve been playing with the Wii’s Virtual Console in the last few days and it gave me split impressions.
Although it’s a good idea to revive some of yesterday’s great classics from Nintendo, Sega, Nec and allow people to play these in a very convenient way even on modern LCD tv’s, I’ve found the whole process could have been better. In a way Nintendo tried to faithfully recriate the original games to the last detail (or flaw) and that’s good but couldn’t they just added a way of playing some of these games in multiplayer over the Internet?
Street Fighter 2 and Ultimate Mortal Kombat are both availability on Xbox Live with online multiplayer, I think this adds value to the game since you can play with your friends without them being on the same room as you.
There’s alot of games with multiplayer potential, F-Zero, Street Fighter 2, Gunstar Heroes, Donkey Kong and so on, it’s a poty Nintendo blew this opportunity (for now, we never know if a potential update could turn things around).
In fact, if you switch from Xbox Live to the Wii Online system you tend to miss alot of things, it feels as if you’re playing a previous generation console because you’re alone, you don’t know if your friends are online, how’s your score compared to them, no instant messages and no online play for now.
It’s a bit disappointing, you can invite your “friends” by writing down your friend-code and giving it to them (personally, by phone, e-mail,etc) and then waiting for their to send you a message (which you’ll have to reply). What’s more, my Wii takes a while to receive online messages sent to her.
Moving on to other aspects, there’s no demos to download (so you don’t know if you’re going to like the game for Turbograx that you’re spending 8 bucks on) and some games are clearly overpriced (c’mon, 5 bucks for Ice Hockey?…), on the other side, the promised Wii/Nintendo DS connectivity details are still unknown (but promised along time ago).
Some of these flaws will surely be addressed by Nintendo in the future I believe, after all, Microsoft took a while to get the Live structure up and running as it is now, it’s something that takes time and effort but Nintendo has to push the envelope because Sony’s online system is already looking more robust and ready.
In the meantime the games using the WiiRemote are very fun to play with, specially with friends (WarioWare Smooth Moves, Wii Sports, Rayman to name a few) and there’s already a wide collection of classics available to buy and download, including the first Sonic game for Megadrive, Super Mario 64, Zelda (Nes) and many others which you can get a better impression at Retro Roundup.
Anyway, here’s my list of wanted games for the Wii Virtual Console:
* Chrono Trigger (Snes)
The best RPG for the Snes, period. Great story, character design by Akira Toryama, dozens of endings, fantastic battle system and beautiful looks (for the time).
A must have!
* Streets of Rage 2 (Mega drive)
Kick the yellow of your (generic) opponents teeth in a series of never ending levels, for more fun invite a friend to help you endure the long hours of slapping bad guys around and trowing trash cans at them.
* Secret of Mana (Snes)
An action rpg where you could play with another person although it’s somewhat tough to endure the long hours it takes to finish the game. A pity that we never got the sequel translated to English.
* Super Probotector (Snes)
Very difficult to finish unless you play for many hours with a friend and memorize all the enemy’s movements patterns but it’s worth it due to the strange but very detailed level design, lots of different powerups and hard to defeat enemies.
* Starfox (Snes)
When Starfox was released for the Snes, gamers watched and gazed at one of the
first games to use the 3D graphics environment for the console. It was a instant success. A space shooter with various paths to choose, non-stopping action and alot of surprises along the way.
* Nintendo World Cup (Nes)
A fun and loose soccer game. Comical players and funny moves to pull off.