One of the coolest things about Nintendo’s Wii is its marketplace, which will sell retro games from such systems as the NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, and many more.
There are a few video games that would be great to see in the Wii marketplace, either because of their timelessness or because they simply weren’t appreciated at the time of their release. Here are a few of those games.
The X series represented a turning point in the world of Megaman by introducing darker themes and new elements of gameplay. The overall feel of the games were less cartoony, and the levels in the first game of the series, Megaman X, were some of the best designed levels ever created. The endless replayability of the basic stages in this game would make it a great $5 addition to the Wii library, especially if Nintendo could get Capcom to include some of the upgraded graphics used in their remake of the game for the Playstation Portable. That’s doubtful, but even in its more antiquated, 16-bit form, Megaman X remains one of the greatest games of all time. Put it up there with Mario Brothers 3 on your list of great platformers.
Sam And Max Hit The Road
One of Lucasarts’ fantastic forays into the point and click adventure and arguable the funniest game to invade the home computing market was Sam And Max Hit The Road, a tale of two freelance policeman named, well, Sam and Max. Sam is a dog, Max is a rabbit.
The characters’ irreverent (and frequently obscene) banter and the hilarious twists of the story made this a gem of the video game world, but current gamers probably haven’t experienced Sam and Max’s unique blend of minigame-based game play and puzzles. The Wii controller would be perfect for many of the minigames, and if Nintendo can get the rights, it’d be great to see Sam and Max hit the road again.
An obvious choice for multiplayer fun is the classic GoldenEye, arguably the Nintendo 64’s best game. 007 predictably stars in this first person shooter that revolutionized multiplayer combat. Everything from the weapons to the level design was perfect. Many of my teenage hours were poured into this game, and it’d be great to get an online version of this so I don’t have to leave the house to try to make new friends. You can bet that Nintendo will do everything possible to get this port onto the Wii marketplace; this port would be popular enough to sell a few Wiis.
It’s wishful thinking, but it’d be great if the Xbox Arcade’s Geometry Wars could somehow make its way to the Wii marketplace. There’s a case to be made that Geometry Wars’ simple space-shooter combat ranks as one of the best Xbox 360 games, and if Wii users could get a shot at it, it could extend the popularity of the game. It’s likely that Microsoft will keep Geometry Wars pretty locked down, but we might see a good rip-off. Here’s to hoping.