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