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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?

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User Comments (61)



Jazzem said:

Not a bad list at all =] I'd love to try out Kirby myself.

A few I would add would add: Castle of Illusion, Quackshot, Dynamite Headdy, Yoshi's Island, Monster World IV (Although this was Japanese only =/), Aladdin and The Lion King.



RoninDennis said:

I second Bionic Commando (the NES version, that is. The arcade version is meh). I liked Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (SNES) as well, although it was hard as hell. Ghostbusters (Genesis) is a winner, too. Let's see, what else grabbed me in the day... Rad Gravity (NES). Not the best game, but pretty cool in the days.



Mike said:

"Seeing as it's not yet known if Sega can handle this on VC, I'd rule it out for now though."

Well, it's do-able over conventional 'illegal' emulation, so I'd assume the company behind it's original release would be able to...



Spore said:

Great to see you put my favorite CO-OP game of all time at the very top of the list. Great read, make more.



Dazza said:

Ah yes, Zero Wing that great platform game! All Your Base belong to me! ^_^



rodberg said:

what i want is Legend of mana (SNES) or star wars (SNES) those were awesome games.



lavkian said:

That list is an utter failure due to lack of Super Metroid.

Super Metroid and Terranigma are the two games I've been waiting for since I got my damn Wii.

Majora's Mask would be nice, too.



amanda said:

i want to see: super mario RPG, paper mario, mario party 1-3, i would love to see old game show type games (i'm a nerd) like jeopardy, wheel of fortune, hollywood squares, heck even remote control. i definitely agree with super mario 3 it is the best mario IMO. there are many others but this is a start.



Marioman64 said:

"Pocketim-Since Banjo Kazooie can't come onto VC"
*cries inside*

anyway, i would definitely get banjo kazooie, kirby superstar, and SMB3. everything else just seems... not... awesome



Will said:

Wow! Ducktales, that was a killer app. I'd love to play that one again. What about Rescue Rangers. I remember wanting that on my birthday way back when and my mom COULD NOT FIND IT! We went all over the place trying to find a copy but it was sold out everywhere (back when we all shopped at Montgomery Wards )



Shrapnel09 said:

i dont see why one would bother mentioning mario 3, sonic 3, and dkc 3.... its obvious its going to show up on VC anyway, you should of did a "top 10 platformers that we hope will show up on VC" rather than just stating some games that we know will show up but you just want them to show up "sooner"

anyway i agree with most of the stuff as anyone would simply because you named off a lot of the most popular platformers anyway, no real point to those few.... however i dont want to bitch too much so i will try to be a bit more positive. Lost vikings was a good example you showed cause it was a title i was thinking about recently, im sure blizzard wouldnt care either way, its just a matter of them having enough interest to bother with a VC download, however the fact that it was re-released on GBA does give some hope (along with rock and roll racing).

adam's family and duck tails being licensed games makes it unlikely. and regarding banjo...I really really hope rare decides to go 3rd party and branch off from microsoft, granted MS paid $500 mil for rare, but its not like they are making them any money. hopefully within the next 10 years rare might branch off .. i just hope it isnt too late and nintendo would still be offer games after the wii's life cycle, or have the same VC type system with current games on their next gen console.... only time will tell



Shaun said:

Man you guys need to wake and , here are some games that need to come around on VC,



SKTTR said:

Kick out The Addams Family you nostalgia-freak, and then put in some Yoshi's Island seriously. ;D

Mischief Makers (N64) would also be a great addition.



TheNintendoBoy said:

Addams Family is utter tosh and Wonder Boy whoops Adventure Island.
The Lost Vikings is a Puzzle game.



Mart said:

Addams family rocked, was one of the first platform games i played for the Amiga along with Shadow of the Beast, quality games. Yoshi's Island for the snes should have been in there somewhere, but the game i really want to see is The Chaos Engine, the ultimate Co-Op game. Come to think of it, there's the next category for you guy's to cover - the most wanted 2 player games.



mc_chick said:

Duck Tails is a superb game, hope it will come to the VC. Also the old Megaman series and Micky Mouse and the Castle of Illusion is are classic games. Still the top games I'm waiting on are Super Mario Kart and Street Fighter Turbo. And the only Zelda I haven't played before... Majoras Mask... so make it fast Nintendo



strictlybeats said:

Couple of questions for peoples comment:

How does licensing work for games such as Ghostbusters - assume original publisher doesn't have the right to republish this game now?

Also, will games that required extra hardware, e.g. DK 64, Star Wing, Virtua Fighter on 32X be coming to VC?



TheReaFONZ said:

Banjo kazooie WAS better than mario 64. It had better graphics better soundtrack(i think) and most of all the gameplay was killer. You could get louds more power-ups than the 3 in mario AND there were much better bosses than the whole kill the same guy (bowser) three times thing. Banjo tooie was even better the graphics really showed of how powerful the N64 was plus you could get even more power-ups and there was loads more secrets to be found. M64 gets tired after awhile espeicialy if you have it on the DS. BUT I guess we will never see this on the VC cause of the new one coming to the X-Box 360. In fact I think there is probely a bigger chance of this coming out on X-Box live arcade than the VC.



Dazza said:


The Megadrive version of Ghostbusters by Sega cannot be released unless the current license holders were to agree (whoever they are now!)

There has been no mention of if games with additional hardware requirements will come out on the VC.... in the case of SNES Star Wing I wouldn't think emulating the Super FX chip would cause a big problem.



Starwolf_UK said:

With regards to the lock on technology. SEGa have done it on Sonic Mega Collection.

Assuming they do it the same way the VC will have to do something like be able to give you the locked on game for free if you own the games which lock on together...



Rman said:

I disagree a bit of the list. I wouln't want to see Adams Family, Duck Tales (I had it on NES and was TOO easy...I could beat it in 15 min), or Banjo Kazooie. Instead I would rather see River City Ransom (NES), Bionic Commando (NES), and Rygar (NES)!! At least those platform wise.

It would be nice to finally see LoLo, Pro Wresting, Black Bass, a Dragon Warrior, and I did like Black Thorne for SNES.



Kit said:

Bubsy on the Snes was pretty awesome, it was like a poor mans Sonic but with better graphics. I'll also second Banjo Kazooie, I don't think I've ever played a better 3d platformer.

Other than that the only obscure title I can think of is Terminator II for the Nes. The music in that game was first class.



Haz said:

Nice work but i'd personally like to see more N64 games on that list, preferably Goldeneye and Majoras Mask.



link64 said:

"I want to see Zero Wing. :>"
I am sorry but only the european version has the all your base are belong to us line in



Gypsie said:

a grand list and no mistake. i remember getting Adams Family on the snes from some random relative, u know, the one who usually gets u boxers...AGAIN...., she suddenly whips this out and i played it to death, awesome game, especially the "secret" door under the stairs - ideal

i know its a dream, but Banjo-Kazooie was awesome, if that ever came to VC (i know its HIGHLY unlikely) id snap it up in a second, quinticential Rare comedy/genius.

just before i sign off, Treats call to SCkkKatTTrrRrbrain for Mischief Makers! talk about "out of left field"! id completley forgotten about that one, it was great! highly recommended to anyone with a 64 lying around...probably get it on eBay for a few quid now.

any changes to the list? hm....perhaps its nostalgia, but Michael Jackson Moon Walker on MD was a favourite of mine when i was a young 'en, that must fall under the "platform" mantel, surely?, also, if ubisoft were to offer up the bastard brother of Rayman, Tonic Trouble, id happily play through that again! oo, and space station: Silicon Valley..unless thats not a platformer in the eyes of the masses.



SKTTR said:

some people here don't like to read.
they just like to talk talk talk out of place!
Hello? It's about PLATFORMING GAMES!!!
anyway, got something to add: Bubble Bobble.
I loved it and I'm happy that it's been seen as a classic nowadays.
And since Taito is onboard with games like The Legend of Kage, Elevator
Action, Front Line and Pooyan.. Bubble Bobble's release is a matter of time.



William said:

One game I really want on vc is-Mario paint! I know we have the photo channel, but if nintendo releses stuff like dk math, surely it is not too unlikly!?



Zweck36 said:

Duck Tails was great! Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers was actually very good as well. I think the Addams family can get the boot. Bionic Commando would definatley be the replacement.



Zweck36 said:

Ah yes I would also boot number nine for Super Metroid. The greatest game of all-time(tied with Earthbound, but Earthbound is not a platformer)



musicprodigy said:

grayOlorin - I agree about Master Blaster. Gets difficult later on, but still an amazing game.

Bionic Commando, yes. I would also like to see Little Nemo - Dream Master. That was one of my favs for the NES. I also dream about having Banjo - loved that game!



Clemsmuffin said:

Conkers! Conkers! Conkers! (Yes I know, it's a dream because of the legal stuff but why not?)



Ryu-mithril said:

Blaster Master, Bionic Commando, Super Metroid, Karnov, Chrono Trigger, Killer Instinct, Castlevania: Bloodlines, Terranigma, and i can't really belive that they don't even have original tetris on the VC let alone my final pick ---> Tetris Attack



Shrapnel09 said:

@SCkkKatTTrrRrbrain Bubble Bobble FTW!

like many on here i do agree that its surprising not to see Yoshi's island on here when you are doing a "your favorite" platformers type deal on here. but thats your opinion if you think adventure island was a better more fun/enjoyable experience, thats fine.

But speaking of good games being released early, do you really believe that the heads of nintendo will span out the good classic VC games for the full 5+ years? I just dont know.... at the rate they are going now I've calculated that nintendo will have completely exhausted all their "good" games by roughly this time next year, but is that really a bad thing? do we really want to wait 4 more years to see hit titles like Mario 3 or Kirby's super star?... I believe its time you made an article regarding Nintendo's release schedule, make it so!



Erik said:

Secret of mana,
Young merlin

were also great games and there were so many more



DSAX said:

I'm I the only one who thinks Crystalis should be on top of the list?



Frolicols said:

How comes you put Sonic 3 in, then say Sonic 2 was better, and Sonic 2 appears nowhere in your list? Sonic 2 is considered the best game on the Megadrive bar none, let alone best platformer!?



Dazza said:

@Frolicols because sonic 2 is already out on the VC.... this is a list of platformers we want to see on the VC



Dazza said:

@Rick - wow you read our mind. We're going to have a shmup list ready soon. No sin & punishment as it is really a 3rd-person action/adventure (a great one of course!)



Mart said:

Everyone has forgot to mention a classic, Earthworm Jim 2, possibly the most bizzare game ever made. Catching puppies with a giant marshmallow, chasing Grannies up a chair lift, carrying pigs and swinging with a giant bogey made this one of my all time favourites.



Ryan said:

never say never about bk coming to the vc. nintendo can still strike a deal with rare to let them put the game on it. rare would definitely benefit. they'd make money from doing nothing but signing an agreement.



Razor61289 said:

Bring on Ducktales. Its about time we had some classic Disney on the VC. Super Mario Bros 3 is awsome



Andy said:

I'd love to see World of Illusion on the VC. I remember my jaw hitting the floor at the quality of graphics my humble Megadrive had produced for this one!



farore311 said:

Hi, I leave this message to make things clear regarding the release of Banjo-kazooie on the virtual console. First isn't there already 2 rareware game out for the snes, ok i know you'll tell me that DK is a nintendo chararter and that it means that the rights are owned by Nintendo, but isn't Diddy kong racing the first real rare published game? and regarding that last game, didn't Nintendo released it on the Nintend DS lately? And that game featured Banjo. There's also a few GBA rare game that came published either by THQ or Nintendo. ok I know it sounds like I really hope it's going to show up but well it's just a few words to let you know that we don't really know how things goes in this business, and that even if rare is now owned by Microsoft, some of the best snes and N64 games were rare creation and even more, help the N64 last a little longer with great first party titles near the end of its lifespawn. With that said, see ya!



Boredom_v2_2 said:

Well so far 3 out of 10 in the first year. Not bad. If you don't mind, i would like to share some of the games i want them to come out. Banjo Kazooie, Banjo Tooie, Donkey Kong Country 3, Donkey Kong 64, Super Mario RPG, Kirby 64, Pokemon Stadium 2, Final Fantasy I and II, Duck Hunt, Legend of Zelda Majora's Mask. They're also suggestions if you ever do another article like this one.



Klaarover said:

I'm in love with Addams Family

World of Illusion
Castle of Illusion
Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt

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