Top 10 platform games we want to come to the Virtual Console
Posted by Marcel van Duyn
Platformers. They're one of the most popular videogame genres, and for a good reason: They're simple, fun and easy to get in to. VC's already packed with quite a bit of them, but there's still many greats that are missing. Here's a selection of platformers I feel should be added to VC soon, because it'd be a shame to not have them on there:
10. The Addams Family (SNES)
A game based on a movie that's good? Impossible! The Addams Family manages to pull it off though. You play as Gomez and explore the family's mansion to rescue kidnapped family members, which leads up to you rescuing Morticia. The game plays somewhat similar to Mario, but it's got a few neat differences as well, such as a life bar and the ability to tackle the levels in any order you want. This one's really an overlooked little gem.
9. Adventure Island (NES)
Hudson's already put New Adventure Island on VC, so why not put on the game that started it all? It is a Wonder Boy modification, but that doesn't make it any less good. Plus, even though it's the first Adventure Island, it's one of the best (Topped only by the two Super Nintendo installments if you ask me!).
8. Prince of Persia (SNES)
The SNES version of Prince of Persia's highly unique - It took the original game, ditched some of the more boring levels, expanded the rest and added new ones for a total of 20 levels. The time limit to rescue the princess has been upped to 2 hours instead of 1, there's a whole slew of new traps and enemies, and it's a lot more challenging as well. The game never strays far from the original, which does it great good as well. Coupled with a very Persian-sounding soundtrack, this is truly the best remake of Prince of Persia, possibly only being beaten by the next-gen Prince of Persia.
7. Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (GEN/MD)
Come on, Sega's released 1 and 2, they're hardly going to stop there, are they? While not as good as the second game, it's definately not a title to overlook either. The game's much larger than the other two games, which bigger levels and such. While Sonic 3 & Knuckles, which is basically an expansion of the game, is even bigger, it originally required cartridge lock-on technology to work. Seeing as it's not yet known if Sega can handle this on VC, I'd rule it out for now though.
6. The Lost Vikings (SNES, GEN/MD)
This is more of a puzzle platformer than a traditional platformer, but what it does, it does well. Before Silicon & Synapse changed names to Blizzard Entertainment and struck gold with Starcraft and Warcraft, they made The Lost Vikings. It's one of the most unique puzzlers ever made - Your goal is to guide three vikings to the end of the stage after they're kidnapped by a space invader. Each has different abilities that you have to use in order to solve puzzles along the way. It's a bit of a problem deciding what version would be best on VC though - The SNES version has better graphics and music, but the GEN/MD version features a couple of extra levels. There's also a sequel, which, though not as good, is still pretty awesome.
5. Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble (SNES)
DKC3 came out near the end of the SNES's life cycle, and is one of, if not the, best-looking games released for it. Multi-layered background scrolling and beautiful effects really add to the atmosphere. The music's the worst of the trilogy, but there's still some good songs in there. The game is the first DK game to have a free-roaming overworld map and some sidequests - You can freely explore the world map to find some secrets, interact with characters, and even start a trade quest. When you're done with that, you can head off into a sub-map, where it's more like DKC and DKC2 - Work your way through levels and beat the world boss. After each one you beat you get an item that lets you access more of the map. DKC3's got some very interesting ideas and, while not as good as DKC2, is still a very good game in it's own right.
4. Duck Tales (NES)
Back in the 80's and 90's, Capcom somehow struck a deal with Disney to produce videogames based on their licenses. And somehow, pretty much all of them are extremely good title. One of the most well known ones is Duck Tales, which features a level select ala Mega Man, a kickass soundtrack and more stuff you've come to expect from Capcom. The game's so damn good it even got a sequel, which, if you ask me, is even better (Yes, that's actually possible!). Let's just settle with the first game for now though.
3. Banjo-Kazooie (N64)
Banjo-Kazooie is, in essence, a Super Mario 64 clone. That's where the similarities between the two games end though, because the bear and bird learn loads of new moves during the game, transform and do all kinds of crazy stuff Mario couldn't ever dream of. A lot of people, myself included, would go as far as to say Banjo's better than Mario 64! Sadly, the game's sequel, Banjo-Tooie, overdid some stuff way too much, which means it ended up much less good than it's predecessor. The only problem with this game is that Rare owns the rights to it - As Rare's now owned by Microsoft, there's pretty much a 0.01% chance of it appearing on VC, but you never know!
2. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES)
Hailed by many as the best game ever made, and for good reason! SMB3 ditched the gameplay of SMB2 (Which we all know is just a modification of the Japanese game Doki Doki Panic) in favour of that of the original game, and expanded upon it tremendously. With world maps featuring tons of levels, loads of transformations, secret areas/exits, items and one of the most memorable Mario soundtracks, it can still hold it's own today. A 100% playthrough can take hours to complete, and that was quite a challenge on the NES, as turning the console off would erase your progress. This is one game that would benefit greatly from the Wii's suspend feature.
1. Kirby's Fun Pak/Kirby Super Star (SNES)
The compilation to end all compilations, Kirby Super Star includes a multitude of different games, ranging from a remake of Kirby's Dream Land, to an adventure where you have to defeat Meta Knight, to a treasure hunt through a cave, where you've got to find hidden treasure chests and try to loot them all (Sort of Wario-esque, I guess!). There's also a boss mode where you battle bosses from all the other modes, a racing minigame, and even more! This game never got a rerelease of any type whatsoever, which is some true injustice. It's easily the best Kirby game (Or games!) ever made.
So, there's 10 platformers I'd like to see on VC. If all of them were to appear at once, I'd download them all. How about you?