Forget GameCube, these systems need to be on the Virtual Console ASAP
Everyone has been talking about how much they want GameCube games to be added to the Wii U Virtual Console. I’m not against this, it would be wonderful to play classics like Wind Waker and Metroid Prime in HD with Off-TV play support.
Its almost a given that the Wii U will receive GameCube games via the Virtual Console service since it allows users to expand their storage via USB hard drives and the fact that the system is much more powerful than the Cube. But we must not forget that there are other consoles which the Wii U could benefit from if their software library was added to the Virtual Console.
This is a fairly obvious one I admit. Sega already has a number of Dreamcast games with an HD-face lift. Jet Set Radio, both Sonic Adventures, etc. But can you imagine Seaman using the Wii U Game Pad’s microphone? Or seeing what would normally display on the Dreamcast’s VMU’s screen on the Wii U Game Pad’s 6.2-inch display? Anything that can get us a cheaper copy of Skies of Arcadia than purchasing via eBay will make us happy.
The Saturn gives gamers a hard time when trying to emulate it. I’m not sure if this is technically feasible but I’d love to see it nonetheless. If possible it would give gamers a cheaper alternative to playing some of the Saturn’s classic games. As you probably know, most of the best Saturn games are very expensive online and hard to find. Games like NiGHTS Into Dreams, Virtua Fighter 2 are obvious inclusions.
This may not be techincally possible but Sega could simply give a few of the more popular titles released on the Virtual Console like they did with Virtua Fighter 2 and NiGHTS on XBLA recently.
I guess there is a trend in this post. Pretty much I’m saying every Sega console ever released should be available via the Wii U virtual console. The Sega CD never had a big library, but it had some unique games nonetheless. The internal memory of the Wii U and expandable storage allow the downloads of these large games. This is something the Wii could have never handled.
Surprise! I know what you’re thinking, the Wii is only one generation old! But who says these Virtual Console platforms must be more than one generation removed from the platform they’re being added to? If we’re throwing the GameCube into the Virtual Console they might as well throw in the Wii too. Classics like Super Smash Bros Brawl and Super Mario Galaxy could likely sell for $19.99 but we’d take them. Hopefully they would support Off-TV play where applicable.
Non-Nintendo platform Classics
Who says the Virtual Console can’t be host to some classic games that appeared on Playstation or even Xbox? If third party companies hold all the rights to classic games like Tekken, Dead or Alive, Ninja Gaiden, etc then why not release their PS1, PS2 or Xbox installments on the Virtual Console? Sure, some titles wouldn’t be able to make the trip over to the Wii U. These titles would have be classified in a unique way as to not acknowledge that they were only on Playstation or Xbox. Their individual listings could say “Playstation 1997” for example, but they would all be grouped together under a moniker like “assorted classics” or something like that.
Basically grouping all the best games that didn’t appear on Sony/Microsoft consoles from third parties together in one place. I’m not sure if this is entirely possible but if titles like Symphony of the Night can release on XBLA I’m sure a few PS1 games could appear in the Virtual Console someday.
Agree with our picks? Disagree? What console would you like to see added to the Virtual Console service? Let us know in the comments section below!