Virtual Console Top 20 - March 2008 (USA)

A quick glance at the top 20 most downloaded Virtual Console titles for North America in the Wii Shop shows that Wii gamers just can’t seem to get enough of Nintendo titles. In the entire top 20 this March, all 20 games are from the NES, SNES or N64 systems. Poor old Genesis, TG-16 and Neo Geo!

There is no date range specified for the top 20 downloaded games in the Wii Shop but this list is thought to be a recent view of what North American gamers are downloading on the VC, not total sales to date.

This gives a little perspective on recent issues with Virtual Console releases; perhaps the service isn’t proving to be that profitable for third party publishers, hence the reluctance of companies like Hudson and D4 Publisher (who are handling Neo-Geo distribution on the service) to release games?

If this is the case then the situation is eerily similar of the position the Wii currently finds itself it – only Nintendo’s titles seem to sell in any significant volume while other publishers find it hard to make a decent profit, despite the huge installed user base.

Anyway, here’s what you came for – the entire top 20, in full:

1 - Super Mario Bros. 3 - NES
2 - Super Mario Bros. - NES
3 - Mario Kart 64 - N64
4 - Kirby 64 : The Crystal Shards - N64
5 - Super Mario World - SNES
6 - Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream - NES
7 - The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time - N64
8 - The Legend of Zelda - NES
9 - Super Mario Bros. 2 - NES
10 - Donkey Kong - NES
11 - Super Mario 64 - N64
12 - Star Fox 64 - N64
13 - Pac-Man - NES
14 - Donkey Kong Country - SNES
15 - Pokemon Snap - N64
16 - Kirby’s Adventure - NES
17 - Paper Mario - N64
18 - Bubble Bobble - NES
19 - The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past - SNES
20 - Harvest Moon - SNES