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Corbie's Top 20 Virtual Console Releases - Part 2

Posted by Corbie Dillard

We've already done quite a few Top 10 lists of games we'd like to see hit the Virtual Console, but now that we're quickly approaching 300 Virtual Console releases, we thought it might be a good time to come up with a list of our favorite Virtual Console releases already available for the service.

I'm going to kick things off with my own personal Top 20 Virtual Console releases list. Now before the carnage begins, please keep in mind that this is my own personal list of favorites. I realize that there will inevitably be disagreement as to which games made the list and which games didn't make the list and that's what the comments section below is for. Here's Part 2.

10. Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (NES) - There are very few games I've seen over the years that invoke the type of love/hate response that Simon's Quest does. I've talked to people that love the game and people that would rather run the cartridge over with a truck than play it. I've always been a huge Castlevania fan since the first time I picked up a controller and played the original on my NES system, so it was a no-brainer that I'd buy the sequel as soon as it was available. I know the game is a bit of a departure from the original, but there is just something about Simon's Quest that I still love to this very day. I know Rondo of Blood and Super Castlevania are considered the pinnacles of the series, but in my book Simon's Quest is still the best Castlevania title ever made. I think the RPG elements add a really unique and enjoyable twist to the game and I'd love to see Konami update this amazing game at some point. Until then, gamers can still enjoy the original on the Virtual Console service.

9. Ghouls & Ghosts (Mega Drive) - Seeing screenshots of Ghouls & Ghosts in EGM magazine was enough to make me want a Sega Genesis console in and of itself. It was also the first game I bought for my Genesis system and one that I can't even begin to count the number of hours I spent playing, not to mention the staggering number of lives I lost trying to beat the game. There are very few side-scrollers that are as insanely difficult as Ghouls & Ghosts, but few are as fun either. I was already a big fan of the original Ghosts & Goblins game, so there was never any doubt that this visually impressive sequel would be right up my alley. I recently dug this game out, fired up my JVC X'Eye console and realized that this game hasn't lost a single step in the years since its original release. It's still just as much fun, not to mention brutally difficult, as it ever was. If you want to see how your gaming skills stack up, give this amazing game a try. Just make sure you have a few extra controllers handy.

8. Axelay (SNES) - My first recollection of Axelay was seeing the game mentioned in one of the gaming magazines and reading raves about how, despite the game running on the Super Famicom's slow processor, there was very little slowdown present. Being a shooter fan that had already seen the rampant slowdown wreak havoc in the earlier Super Nintendo shooters, this was obviously welcome news to me. There isn't another Super NES shooter that can hold a candle to the brilliance that is Axelay. The unique combination of vertical and horizontal scrolling levels, not to mention some of the best special effects ever seen in a 16-bit era shooter, come together to form what has become one of the most revered shooters in history. If you're any type of shooter fan at all, I obviously don't have to tell you what an amazing game Axelay is. If that doesn't sell you on the game, I can also mention that several members of the Axelay development team went on to develop two more slightly impressive shooters in Radiant Silvergun and Ikaruga.

7. Neutopia (TG16) - I remember spending countless hours with this game on my Turbo Express system while on business trips. The only problem was that the screen on the system was so small, it was nearly impossible to read the long passwords Neutopia made use of. Needless to say, I ended up starting the game over many times until the day I finally bought a Turbo Duo console that featured backup RAM. It's fairly obvious that Neutopia borrows heavily from the original Legend of Zelda title, but if you're going to borrow from a game, you might as well make it one of the best. Neutopia actually goes above and beyond what the original Zelda offered and is one of the best action-rpgs available. If you're a Zelda fan this is definitely a game you'll want to have in your Virtual Console library.

6. Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (SNES) - I was completely blown away by the original Donkey Kong Country game for the Super Nintendo console. When I first saw screenshots of the game in Nintendo Power magazine, I honestly thought that they were from an arcade release instead of a Super Nintendo title. But as unbelievable as the visuals and music were in the original, Rare was somehow able to step it up another notch for this sequel. The rendered visuals remain some of the best the Super Nintendo console saw during its amazing run, but it's the level designs that make Donkey Kong Country II: Diddy's Kong Quest my favorite game of the series. The added difficulty didn't hurt either. If you're a platformer fan, there is absolutely no reason not to own this outstanding game. While I'd heartily recommend all three Donkey Kong Country releases, if you only buy one game from the series, make it this one.

5. Super Mario Bros. 3 (NES) - There was no way I could make a Top 20 and not include Super Mario Bros. 3. I stood in line outside of Toys R Us for 4 hours waiting to get this game the day of its release. I even went to see the movie The Wizard three times just to catch a glimpse of the game in action near the end. It ended up selling out all across the country and it didn't take more than a few minutes of playing the game to see why that was. Super Mario Bros. 3 took everything that was great about the first two Super Mario Bros. titles and added just enough exciting new elements to the mix to make it perfect. I love Super Mario World, but in my eyes there will never be a better Super Mario Bros. game than Super Mario Bros. 3. It's as close to a perfect video game as I've personally ever had the pleasure of playing. The update Nintendo created for the Super Mario All-Stars release was a nice surprise, but there's just something about the good old original NES release that brings back such fond memories for me.

4. Lords of Thunder (TG16) - It's worth noting that although I ranked Gate of Thunder ahead of this game, it was a very close call. Lords of Thunder took many of the game play ideas of Gate of Thunder and kicked them all up a few notches. I came home from college one afternoon to find a video tape in the mail. It was a promo video for Hudson's new shooter Lords of Thunder along with a demonstration of the Turbo Duo console. After watching this video, I immediately grabbed my latest issue of Diehard Gamefan magazine and ordered a Turbo Duo system and Lords of Thunder from a retailer in the back of the magazine. I ended up spending all of my food money for the month, but it was worth every slice of bologna I had to force down that month to be able to enjoy this amazing shooter. No shooter in existence features a soundtrack that can hold a candle to the hard rock masterpiece found in Lords of Thunder. And the game has all the intensity to go right along with it. The only gripe I have with the game is that it's a bit on the easy side. Of course that doesn't stop me from popping it in my PC Engine system several times a month to run through it again.

3. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES) - When I first read that Square and Nintendo had teamed up to develop a traditional rpg using the Mario characters, I was more than a little skeptical. But leave it to Square to somehow weave these two unlikely concepts together to form one of the greatest rpgs ever created. Not only does the game retain all of the charm and humor of the Super Mario titles, but it also injects the perfect blend of traditional rpg elements with just enough Super Mario platforming elements to form one of the most unique gaming experiences available on the Super NES console. It doesn't hurt that the game features some of the best music and visuals the console ever produced either. If you haven't downloaded this outstanding title yet, what are you waiting for?

2. DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure (SNES) - Although there was no shortage of amazing platformers available for the Super Nintendo console, DoReMi Fantasy is one many gamers outside of Japan aren't very familiar with. Hopefully the Virtual Console release will change all that as this is one of the best platformers out there and easily my favorite Super Famicom import. Colorful visuals, a soft and moody musical score, and some of the most spot-on play control ever seen in a platformer all come together to form one of the most charming and underrated platformers the Super Famicom/ Super Nintendo console has to offer. It's a shame that Hudson didn't put this one together sooner for release on their struggling TurboGrafx-16 console.

1. Gate of Thunder (TG16) - Of all the many shooters I own, this is the game I find myself coming back to more often than any other. While the hard rock soundtrack doesn't quite measure up to the amazing effort in its pseudo-sequel Lords of Thunder, the overall game play and level design is better and offers a solid challenge from start to finish. The bosses in the game are among some of the best the space shooter genre has ever seen. Couple all of this together and you have one of, if not the finest shooters ever made and a game no shooter fan should be without. Although I bought my Turbo Duo console for Lords of Thunder, it was Gate of Thunder that ended up monopolizing the majority of my time.

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User Comments (62)

Serpent

#3

Serpent said:

Well deserved spot for Super Mario RPG.!!!
Never played gates of thunder but i might have to check it out after seeing it take the top spot.

GabboStaff

#4

Gabbo said:

Neutopia makes your list, but not Zelda: A Link to the Past? Not any Zelda??? Oh Corbie...

Sharecrow

#5

Sharecrow said:

great list...all worthy selections in my opinion. I've played most of them but the very few I haven't were pretty high on my list of future downloads.

Virus

#6

Virus said:

Well, I'll have to say the list is unique to say the least. Totally not what I expected, but hey, it's great to see OoT not on a list for once. But strangely Neutopia makes the top ten.... :P

CorbsAdmin

#7

Corbs said:

It would have been easy to slap Super Metroid, Super Mario World, Zelda: Link to the Past, Ocarina of Time, and the like all through the list but that would have been too predictable. Plus I have rather obscure tastes at times, so I thought I'd play off of that to make the list more interesting. That's what 30 years of gaming will do for you. :)

Virus

#8

Virus said:

Well, there goes my theory that video games are good for people... ;)

Phantom5800

#9

Phantom5800 said:

Pretty good list. Only a few titles I have actually played, once I get more points and try to catch up on the recent WiiWare/VC games I'll check some of these out.

Twilight_Crow

#10

Twilight_Crow said:

Great list Corbie, I liked to hear your opinions on these games,:) I have played most of them and everyone deserves its place for a reason, even the ones I don't like.:P

hamispink

#12

hamispink said:

sorry corbie, (and everyone else) but super mario bros 3 wasn't as good as super mario world, maybe its just the fact that i played super mario world first when i was about 2, but i just couldn't get used to the controls of super mario bros. 3, great as they were :I

whalleywhat

#13

whalleywhat said:

Noice, Gate of Thunder takes the top spot. Good call. I'd say that, Sin & Punishment and SamSho II are my VC essentials.

Atlantis1982

#14

Atlantis1982 said:

Corbie, you get respect points just for being obscured (as in not slapping SMB3 or any Ninty franchise game at #1), and putting a game that most (those that never had a TG16) might of not heard about till the VC, and a mighty fine SHMUP as well. :)

Wiiloveit

#15

Wiiloveit said:

I agree with hamispink. Super Mario World FTW!
RE: Top 20 - I didn't realise DoReMi was so good. I'll give it a look in when I get some more points.

Rawk_Hawk

#16

Rawk_Hawk said:

I am fan of Simon's Quest as well. Maybe its the overall mood and eireeness of the game that keeps me from looking at its faults.

If you have not played Lords of Thunder you should pick it up. Great game!!! 800 points is a steal

Starwolf_UK

#17

Starwolf_UK said:

I noticed a lack of N64 games but I guess they don't really fit in the theme of the list.

Also with Simon's quest had the text be translated properly and the goals clearer I wonder if people wouldn't be so harsh against it.

Charco

#19

Charco said:

Excellent list Corbie and well done for choosing the games YOU rate most highly. There are some excellent games on this list and I must say Simon's Quest was one of my favourite games I owned for my NES. The music is truly superb.

ness

#20

ness said:

Nice list with many fantastic games, and it's great to see SMB3 instead of SMW, because also for me it is the much better game =). (For example for me SMB3 is much more diversified than SMW.)

The only game i really miss is "The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time" for the N64.

Wiiloveit

#21

Wiiloveit said:

This may sound a bit odd, but I want to see some recognition for PCE game Chew Man Fu - my favourite discovery so far on VC (closely followed by Sin & Punishment).

Adamant

#22

Adamant said:

"Also with Simon's quest had the text be translated properly "

It was. The Japanese version was a mind-boggling mess filled with lying bastard townspeople, too.

Betagam7

#24

Betagam7 said:

A good list but its just depresses me that outside the TG16 so many ofthese titles received shoddy hafl arsed PAL conversions and I won't therefore waste my money downloading them

Nintendork

#25

Nintendork said:

WHY THE CRAP IS SIMON'S QUEST SO HIGH?!? IT'S ONE OF THE WORST GAMES ON VC!(gameplay,not music)

Zweck36

#27

Zweck36 said:

Thank You for giving props to Simon's quest. I love it. A lot. I love all the Castlevania games, but Simons quest is just special to me for some reason. Thanks!

Captain_Konami

#28

Captain_Konami said:

Thanks for the really interesting rating list Corbie!

Having been limited to Nintendo consoles (and a bit of Sega via friends) and my C64, it's interesting to have some recommendations from the other console realms. Half the value of the Wii was the classic games I enjoyed from my youth, and the other half was all those great great classic systems, their games, and their own almost fingerprint like gaming visual and control styles.

And BRAVO for getting Simon's Quest into your top 10! It's one of those games that is really hard to justify liking ......... graphics are ok to good, controls are slightly sloppy but not at all bad, but items are somewhat limited, whip powerups are spread far apart, ........yet the minimalness of it, the days turning to nights and leaving you invariably overmatched and running for your life, the distances you travel between places......it accomplished a sense of isolation and travel that few games of any generation have duplicated, at least for me. And while many find the final battle cheap, I actually LOVE the absence of life in the section leading up to it ("death" WOULD have a necklace of emptiness near it) and the ease of the battle is a relief after the bizarrity (the odd text translations actually added to the that) and length of the game up to that point.

I may or may not check out the shooters on the list, since I've rarely been able to sustain interest in shooters.....although HOW I can enjoy what is basically a vertical shooter in Commando (NES) and only mildly enjoy a Gradius...... humans are odd creatures.

But the deferring to games like Neutopia over Zelda actually makes sense to me. It is more a list of timeless favorites, rather than Great For Their Time games. If Neutopia swipes the heart of Zelda (not a bad thing, but rather a wise thing....unless it happens too much) and then upgrades it, it is Zelda+ (though some may still prefer the original feel and visual of Zelda even over enhanced gameplay) and ought to rank in higher.

Cool list Corbie!

rodoubleb

#29

rodoubleb said:

Cheers to Simon's Quest. That game brings back great memories of a summer spent long ago. The game is an original epic quest, those early innovators had their work cut out for them. The game was unlike anything out there at the time.

I'll admit access to nintendo power may have been quite helpful in that old age before there was a real internet. I'm thinking of a particular dead end, where the method of passage is not so obvious.

Regarding the Top 20 list It would be great to see more of this kind of content to peruse in between release dates.

Tides_of_Chaos

#30

Tides_of_Chaos said:

Must say I'm a bit disappointed to see that no N64 games make the list but I suppose it is YOUR top 20 list. I would make a list myself, but I haven't played enough VC games to truly make a good one.

Good list though. Will have to check out Gates and Lords of Thunder. They sounded good before and you make them sound even better.

Captain_Konami

#31

Captain_Konami said:

@rodoubleb:

What.......wasn't the solution to that dead end problem OBVIOUS??

All ya had to do was punch a hole in it with your HEAD.

I mean a villager SAID so, and as we all know it's a gaming certainty to get reliable critical answers to the big problems from game townspeople ........how much more "help" could a person have needed??

But yes, some games were just MADE for a Nintendo Power counter part.
Reminds me of a Commodore 64 game where the solution to a locked Martian pyramid door involved a neon sign and wire cutters.

Ah, god bless yah Deborah Cliff........ you Wrench of the Monkey in our nice straight line gaming lives. :)

grumblebuzzz

#33

grumblebuzzz said:

I guess i'm one of those weirdos who likes Super Mario Bros 2 a bit better than the juggernaut that was SMB3. I just really liked the quirky art direction and general departure from the Mario formula that that one took. It's kind of the Simon's Quest of the Mario series, in my eyes.

Also, I know a lot of people really, really enjoyed DoReMi Fantasy a lot, but I downloaded it and found it to be a little bit on the generic side. Different strokes for different folks, I guess...

CorbsAdmin

#34

Corbs said:

I was just not a big fan of the Nintendo 64 console. Sadly, my three favorite Nintendo 64 games, and ones that would have likely made the list had they been available, are not currently available on the Virtual Console. Those are: Rayman 2, Banjo Kazooie, and Mystical Ninja. I do love Super Mario 64 and Ocarina of Time, but not enough to slap them on this list, unfortunately. :)

Captain_Konami

#35

Captain_Konami said:

It's funny, but what once seemed like the most awkward controller ever devised (the N64 controller), once playing Goldeneye with itfor a bit it became my all time favorite controller. That and a select set of high quality games like Banjo Kazooie, Starfox64, Mario64, and Zelda OoT, and 4 player capability built in...... it may have become the best all around system for my money. Perhaps even still today.

Besides that was the last hurrah for cartridges......and that betrayal by the Big N caused me to skip owning a Gamecube right up until late last year. :P

@badmouthsadmouth:

You're not alone, there are times when I consider SMB2 to be very inspired originality. And most of the rest of the time I at least respect it's unique style and variety of gameplay. In it's innovation of new environmental interaction it did remain true to the franchise.

Now that I ponder on it, what is it about the second games of major building block franchises and them being the blacksheep that go their own way, often to polarized reviews...... Super Mario 2, Zelda 2, Castlevania 2.........?

Although I won't knock Mega Man 2 for sticking to the original style and building on it. :)

MarkyVigoroth

#36

MarkyVigoroth said:

I have Neutopia, one of my brothers has Super Mario Bros. 3, and I have yet to get Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

Clayfrd

#37

Clayfrd said:

@Corbie(7)- While I admire your list and agree that most of the games are great (although I own about 1/4 of them), my idea of a top 20 is a bit different. I don't think it should be based on the writer's biases. For example, you listed Bio Miracle as #20, I believe. I (and I'm not alone in this) think that BMBU is a stale, unexciting platformer. I am glad you enjoy it, and I know others do too, but I think that such an obscure cult game should be left off. I personally think that No More Heroes is one of the best 3rd party releases for a Nintendo system in years, but if I were to make a top 20 list for 3rd party Nintendo releases, I'd probably leave it off. Just because I think it's great doesn't mean that it's top 20 worthy; there are so many people that would disagree. Basically, I think a top 20 should involve 3 or 4 people throwing ideas in and picking the best of the bunch. You just seemed to leave of Zelda and Metroid for the sake of doing so. It looks more like a list that,for the most part, would be better titled "Top 20 VC Games You've Never Heard Of." Still, I don't want to flame, and it's not a bad list. I did like the list for the recommendations it gave, and it makes me want to try some games I was considering passing on before, like GoT.
Edit: Aww, the pumpkin is gone :(.

@Captain_Konami- It seems that the opposite (in terms of series seconds) seems to be true these days. Pikmin 2 (I think) is better than Pikmin, Halo 2 is better than Halo (so I hear; I don't care much for the series), and Melee is better than Smash on the 64. Unfortunately, regarding another big step for older franchises, many series took a blow from the 3d transition... I won't mention any hedgehogs' names.

CorbsAdmin

#38

Corbs said:

I think some of you are forgetting that this is Corbie's Top 20 Virtual Console Releases, not just a regular Top 20 Virtual Console Releases or the games I consider to be the best 20 available on the Virtual Console. I thought I made that clear by the way I spoke about the games from a personal standpoint instead of just writing small capsules about each game in a generic sense. There are no wrong picks. These are my favorite games. I tend to know what I like for some silly reason, it's just a special gift I have. :P

Rawk_Hawk

#39

Rawk_Hawk said:

Everyone already knows Zelda OOT and Super Metriod are beyond awesomeness. I like Corbie's list because he highlights games that people may overlook.

7th_lutz

#40

7th_lutz said:

I think people need to respect Corbie's top 20 vc game list. Everyone has different tastes in games and Corbie is not being biased due to the nature of the list.

His top 20 is his opinion and it is not a regular top 20 list like he said.

All those type in Caps over his list need to realize everyone has different tastes in games.

I like Corbie's List because he put some obsecure games on it. It shows he is not narrow minded gamer and is pointing out great games that some people would consider to download now.

Viral

#41

Viral said:

Corbie, excellent list. You've inspired me on what games I should download soon. I do agree that Mystical Ninja is mindboggling addicting for some strange reason and Neutopia is brilliant beyond words. Your list is not my top favorites, however, I do think they're good in their way you've shown. And why do people not care about Zombies Ate My Neighbors? lol :D

CorbsAdmin

#43

Corbs said:

That's alright Clayfrd. At some point we might get together and do a Top 20 list, but as you said, it would likely be a collective effort between the staff instead of only one person putting it together.

Homer_Simpson

#44

Homer_Simpson said:

Gotta admit, I don't love your top 20, Corbie. But to each his own. Here's my top 10;
10) Star Fox 64
9) Baseball Stars 2
8) Blazing Lazers
7) Gunstar Heroes
6) Super Mario RPG
5) Sin and Punishment
4) Paper Mario
3) Zelda: LttP
2) Super Mario World
1) Super Mario Bros. 3

Cally

#45

Cally said:

That was a good read, Corbie. I'm always interested to know the preferences of people who have experienced a WIDE variety of games (and there are some readers whose lists I think I'd like to see too, like Adamant's who's seen it all :P). I have over 70 VC games myself . . . there are many I haven't beaten, though, so making a list is kinda premature for me, but here goes anyway. I also listed games available on VC but have on collections instead. :P (Note: I refuse to put Ocarina of Time in here because I feel the emulation's framerate is unacceptable, and other N64 downloads are similar)
1. Mega Man 2
2. Super Mario Bros. (1)
3. Super Metroid.
4. Ys Book I&II
5. Super Mario Bros. 3
6. Mega Man
7. Super Mario RPG
8. Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
9. Phantasy Star 2
10. Metroid
11. Super Mario 64
12. Super Mario World
13. Super Castlevania IV
14. Zelda II: The Adventures of Link (What are YOU looking at?!
15. Gate of Thunder
16. Lords of Thunder
17. Gunstar Heroes
18. Super Mario Bros. 2
19. Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting
20. Contra III

Something sorta-kinda like that. I guess these are the games that I'd say to some n00b Wii-owner, THESE are the ones you must get, maybe.

WoRMaSTeR

#46

WoRMaSTeR said:

No offence to anyone but you salute Corbie for doing his own list and I find it silly. That's like saying congratulations for remembering to breath, as what else could he possibly have done?

Pretty obscure choices and I agree with some, but for this list to have any value you really should consider games that you can recommend to everyone at the current time - not games that have left an impression on you and certainly not those that have left an impression on you 15 years ago. This is still a list of top games on VC you should download - not a list what you should have played when it came out. Sorry for the worthless rant everyone just adding my 2 cents... :)

monomaniacpat

#47

monomaniacpat said:

How difficult is DKC 2? I've been playing the original on my actual SNES (yes!) recently and think the difficulty is just about spot on. It requires just the right amount of practice, and the save spots are mostly well placed. Wouldn't want it to be much harder. :-/

CorbsAdmin

#48

Corbs said:

@ monomaniacpat - DKC2 isn't much more difficult than the original, although a few of the later levels it does get pretty challenging.

@ WoRMaSTeR - Why don't you start your own site and then you can make any lists you want just the way you like them. And then I can come to your site and gripe about them. :P

Cally

#49

Cally said:

@WoRMaSTeR

Mag editors will do stuff like that all the time. And some people get interested because the eds got around to more stuff than most people and like to know what prolific gamers recommend.

WoRMaSTeR

#50

WoRMaSTeR said:

@ Corbie: Probably would start a site if I wasn't already doing 2 game related jobs and owning a game store. Barely have time to even play games. But anyways it is good to have different opinions so we can have something to write about in the forums. :)

@ Cally: True, there's nothing wrong with that. I just got the impression when reading this article that those choices were largely based on experiences had with the games when they came out and that has little to no relevance today.

We all had those brilliant games, but in my heart I know I wouldn't but something like Ice Hockey (NES) in a public list like this one even though it has affected my life more than any game on the VC to date. It had aged badly, but back when it was the only hockey game available (ice hockey is in Finland kind of like 5 x american football is there) we played it untill our hands bled.

But enough of that, the list contains brilliant games and although I don't wholly agree I think I can live with it. :D

Ricardo91

#51

Ricardo91 said:

I've downloaded 30 VC games as of now, and the top 20 games on the service, in my humble opinion, would be:

1. Super Mario World (I've played this game to death on the GBA, and I still play it to death in download form. A true masterpiece!) :)
2. Super Metroid
3. Super Mario RPG
4. Mega Man 2
5. Gunstar Heroes
6. Metal Slug
7. Soldier Blade
8. Sin & Punishment
9. Kirby's Adventure
10. River City Ransom
11. Bonk's Revenge
12. Zelda: A Link to the Past
13. Paper Mario
14. Actraiser
15. Harvest Moon (rediculously addicting once you get the hang of it.)

I wanted to fit Kid Icarus on there, but the cool cheat passwords were taken out, which was very lame.

CorbsAdmin

#52

Corbs said:

@ WoRMaSTeR - I can sympathize. I myself run 4 game web sites, work for VC-Reviews and WiiWare-World, and work a full-time job as a computer network technician at the school district here. It's tough to find time to play games. :)

And I appreciate your opinion, I was just joking around with you. :)

President_Leever

#53

President_Leever said:

Wow, do you actually like Do-Re-Mi that much? It's good, yeah definitely but also very derivative and slow paced. Overall a fine list and a nice read, especially for CVII which rock rocks roooocks. :)

CorbsAdmin

#54

Corbs said:

I actually do love DoReMi Fantasy that much. It's easily my favorite of my Super Famicom import titles in my collection and I love its simplicity of play control and art style. And although I own every single Castlevania game ever made, including Rondo of Blood, I still like Castlevania II: Simon's Quest the best. :)

Viral

#55

Viral said:

Corbie, you inspired me to download DoReMi and I must say, it's well worth the 900 points it cost to get it. The graphics are cutesy and it doesn't actually take away from the gameplay at all. The game is rather enjoyable and the only part I don't like about the game is not being able to read those things in Japanese, then again, who needs to read to play a great game?

Cally

#56

Cally said:

Yeah, DoReMi is a great, easygoing change of pace. But I AM upset about the lack of translation. Hudson basically makes an easy buck by giving an import game, and then charges an extra $ for absolutely nothing. "cuz it's an import." Whatever. It's unprofessional and insulting to the consumer.

(whoa, that sounded too much like my recent political writing . . . O_o gotta knock that off) :P

Bass_X0

#57

Bass_X0 said:

Whatever. It's unprofessional and insulting to the consumer.

Not really. No VC game has been fully translated for release outside of Japan if they haven't already been done so originally. The consumer is warned that there will be Japanese text beforehand and only games that are not hindered by the language barrier are chosen to leave Japan. Okay, so you will lose out on the story but you can still play the game fine without knowing. Anyway... additional edits to VC games that are not necessary (the changing of 'Kawasaki' to 'Wii' and 'DS' in Wave Race 64 was necessary) bumps up the cost. Its 100 extra points to convert A Japanese game to run on American or European machines. Sin & Punishment got a small amount of translation which was another 100 points. Paying 1000 points (or more for a full translation), the same as an N64 game, for a regular SNES game which was playable without a translation anyway... now THAT is insulting to the consumer.

CorbsAdmin

#58

Corbs said:

Glad you liked it Viral. As I said, it was a real surprise to me as well back when I originally bought the Super Famicom cart after a friend recommended it to me. Nice little change of pace for a platformer. :)

Cally

#59

Cally said:

@ Bass

"Paying 1000 points (or more for a full translation), the same as an N64 game, for a regular SNES game which was playable without a translation anyway... now THAT is insulting to the consumer."

Um, I don't know if it's different in Europe, but over here, almost all GameCube and Xbox games can be easily found for less than $10 used (and that coming with a box and instructions). I appreciate the VC for finding rare games, or some really amazing compression techniques for CD titles. That helps me tolerate other games that are overpriced, since they pretty much saved me having to track down a Turbo Duo so far (except Corbie mentioned a way of getting Ys IV . . . man, I want, want, want . . . :P). It's a really good game, and even with text-light games--although still playable with some annoying trial-and-error with some menus--devs felt it worthwhile to round it out with a tiny little story. Mega Man 2's little intro is like two sentences and yet made a huge impact on people who played it at the time. So what? It feels unfinished because of laziness. (I do know for a fact that selling something in a STORE usually marks up the price by more than double). The no-middle-men nature of downloads means a huge profit. How much was Half-Life 2 episode 1 for download, even though it was a totally new game?

"Its 100 extra points to convert A Japanese game to run on American or European machines."

You know how you can set change the region on your Wii? It's the same machine for EU and US, and still there are price differences because of "import" status to one or the other. Like, SMRPG? You want to pay a dollar less in Europe? Just change the region! (not that it's worth it. Just making a point)

Viral

#60

Viral said:

The only downside to DoReMi is that I'm stuck in the snow dungeon-esque level and can't get the stupid key...ugh! Time to go finish Y's Book II....

dfalco

#61

dfalco said:

not my top 10
link to the past
mario world
sin and puisment
super mario brothers 3
wave race
starfox
paper mario
mario kart 64
super mario 64
ocarian of time

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