With many obscure and unknown titles being released for Nintendo’s Virtual Console, many pundits are saying the service is merely driven by nostalgia; older gamers trying to relive their pasts by purchasing any game they grew up with, even if those games are horrible in nature. Many also think games from back then are too basic when compared to current games, and are not worth the time.
Personally, if you look at most of the NES titles, then yes, most games are a little too basic and will only be bought for nostalgia’s sake. Games like Mario Bros. (Arcade) and Ice Hockey do prove most critics’ points. But that’s only one console out of the possible five. You can’t deem something worthless when you’re accounting for only 20% of the situation.
Titles like F-Zero for SNES, Gunstar Heroes for Genesis, Bonk’s Adventure for Turbografix-16, and Super Mario 64 for N64 all have amazing staying power when compared to games of today.
F-Zero, in particular, has some amazing gameplay, easily bringing a level of complexity that many gamers would want now. And I never played Gunstar Heroes before, and that game is pure gaming joy. Then think of Street Fighter II, ToeJam & Earl, and Super Castlevania IV. They may not be as complex as a GTA title, but they’re still a lot of fun to play.
So does any videolamer-ians have any nice words to say about VC, or did you get a bad taste in your mouth from Solomon’s Key? What games are filling up your Channels as we speak?