Creating the Ultimate Nintendo Console

As a gamer lucky enough to own all three consoles I am able to enjoy all the great games on the other systems while I wait with excited anticipation for the Wii U. As a Nintendo fan I have to hear about what a failure Nintendo has been for “hardcore” gamers over the last 10 years. Those arguments spurred me to create The Ultimate Wii user experience. One of the great things about the system is that it has the ability to not only play Gamecube games, but it has access to the richest back catalog on the market: the Virtual Console. I’ve limited myself to ten Wii games, ten Gamecube games, and ten Virtual Console games. Creating this list was difficult, as even though I constantly hear how terrible Nintendo is and has been, there are many more than 30 great games that you can play on the Wii. To start with, here are my selections for the ten Wii games every gamer should pick up. I’m assuming that when you bought your system it came with Wii Sports and thus am not counting it against the ten.

Wii Games

Your Wi collection is not complete without Super Mario Galaxy

  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2
  • The Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy
  • Mario: 25th Anniversary Collection
  • Boom Blox
  • New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  • Super Smash Bros.
  • Resident Evil 4

This list was tough as some of my favorite Wii experiences missed the cut. Dr. Mario RX: Online is probably the hardest to leave off. This is the best “online” experience on the Wii and a fantastic game. Zack & Wiki, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and Wii Sports Resort easily could have made this list as well. I chose Resident Evil 4 on the Wii over it’s original system, the Gamecube, for the graphical upgrade and the better controls. Similarly, the visual upgrades helped rationalize selecting the Metroid Prime Trilogy instead of Metroid Prime on Gamecube. As an added bonus, the trilogy is a great package that provides all three of the Metroid Prime games upgraded with the fantastic Wii controls. With a similar goal of combining multiple games onto one disc, I choose the Mario: 25th Anniversary Collection as that allowed me to select other games in the Virtual Console section. While I hate the collection as it was decidedly lazy, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, 3, and the Lost Levels on one disc. I feel the other games on this list speak for themselves and are all great Wii experiences.

As I mentioned in the opening, one of the greatest hidden benefits of the Wii is that it is has backwards capability with all Gamecube games. Many gamers missed the Gamecube altogether and as such there are a great number of titles that are completely playable today and should not be missed. Without further ado, here are the ten Gamecube games I selected.

Gamecube Games

Wind Waker’s graphical style is amazing.

  • The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker
  • The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition
  • Eternal Darkness
  • Super Mario Sunshine
  • Pikmin
  • Mario Party 5
  • Super Monkey Ball
  • Star Fox Adventures
  • Animal Crossing
  • Mega Man Anniversary Collection

This list again was a struggle as two of my favorite Gamecube games: Donkey Kong: Jungle Beat and Beach Spikers just missed the cut. Animal Crossing, while a great game in and of itself was chosen also due to the hidden NES games. This allowed additional room on the Virtual Console’s list. The Legend of Zelda Collector’s Edition includes The Legend of Zelda, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, The Ocarina of Time and Majora’s Mask. This is a great collection and frees up additional room on the Virtual Console as well. The same can be said for Mega Man’s Anniversary Collection as that game gives us all of the first eight Mega Man games. While Gamecube is not home to the definitive Monkey Ball collection (that honor belongs to the original Xbox) this list would not be complete without one of the Wii’s most original games. Super Monkey Ball 2 could have easily made this list as well. One of my more controversial selections could be Star Fox Adventures, however, I loved the Zelda-like gameplay and thought it was more than a fitting farewell from Rare on Nintendo’s systems.

When the Wii was first announced I may have been more excited to play the games released on the Virtual Console than I was to actually play the new system. The thought of having every Nintendo game at my disposal seemed too good to be true. This list is almost impossible to make due to the vast selection available to you, and will almost by default boil down to personal preference. With that, here are my choices:

Wii: Virtual Console Games

There are a large number of GREAT RPGs available on the Virtual Console including Final Fantasy III

  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • Final Fantasy VI (Final Fantasy III)
  • Super Metroid
  • Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!!
  • Super Mario World
  • Super Mario Kart
  • Chrono Trigger
  • Sim City
  • Bomberman ‘94
  • F-Zero

Leaving Donkey Kong Country and Star Fox 64 off this list was incredibly difficult, however, I felt that F-Zero and Sim City deserved those spots. I never played the original Sim City on the PC and to this day the version on the Super Nintendo (the one ported to the virtual console) has been my favorite Sim City game. While Bomberman ‘94 was never my favorite Bomberman (Super Bomberman 2 was) I felt that for a system that specializes in multiplayer gaming Bomberman ‘94 was a must. The first seven games are a no-brainer for any retro gaming fan, in my opinion. It’s those bottom three that I can understand a healthy amount of disagreement on.

So there you have it, The Ultimate Wii Experience. Thirty games that could easily keep you entertained for the next five years and would provide you with fun for both you and three of your closest friends. So what do you think? What games did I miss? What games would you need to have from the Virtual Console? Let me know in the comments below.

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