Remember Takamaru, the ninja character a certain mini game in Nintendo Land is based on? The one whose inclusion in Super Smash Bros 4 some people have been calling for recently?
Well, in an interesting turn of events that no one ever expected, his sole Nintendo game is being rereleased on the 3DS Virtual Console. And hence for the first time ever, said game is now going to be available to buy outside of Japan!
Recently at Nintendo’s Financial Briefing, Satoru Iwata mentioned that Nintendo had overcome the technical limitations stopping them releasing DS games on the Wii U’s Virtual Console, saying that such games would be available sometime soon. But while to a degree this sounds like a great idea, there’s one minor thing that’s now been bugging me about the concept.
Namely, how the hell is the Mario & Luigi series gonna work on such a service?
Well, we knew they were coming at some point. But as Nintendo of Europe is now reminding us on Twitter, they’re coming to the 3DS eShop extremely soon, that being May 30th. Here’s their Tweet reminding people of these games imminent rerelease:
Game Boy classics The Legend of #Zelda: Oracle of Ages & Oracle of Seasons arrive on Nintendo #eShop this Thursday! ow.ly/i/2dfjG
So yeah, you heard the people at Nintendo Zelda fans! Only three days left until you can buy The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Ages and The Legend of Zelda Oracle of Seasons from the 3DS eShop! Do you plan to buy these titles when they’re released?
It’s been wanted on the service a while, and now the original Game Boy Color Shantae game has been officially confirmed for the 3DS Virtual Console. Originally released only in the US, the game will now be made available digitally in all regions via the eShop, as mentioned in WayForward’s official announcement here:
With 2D Zelda games seemingly back in fashion and The Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past 2 hitting the 3DS later this year, it seems like a whole new generation of Zelda fans may be introduced to SNES era style Zelda design. But should the original Link to the Past be released as well, perhaps as a Virtual Console game that’s available to buy for the 3DS eShop? I think it should be, and here’s why:
1. The game can be a good introduction to the series for those interested in the sequel
First things first, I think rereleasing the original Link to the Past on 3DS would be a good idea simply due to how long it’s been since people have played it. Okay, it’s available on the Wii as a Virtual Console title, but not everyone owns a Wii or even cares for Nintendo home consoles. And with A Link to the Past 2 being a direct sequel set in the exact same version of Hyrule, it’d certainly help to have the original game available to compare to.
Above: Being able to switch between the games easily would let people notice what locations reappear and how the map stays consistent between them.
Additionally, I think the game could work as a good introduction to the general gameplay style of its sequel and other 2D Zelda titles as a whole. After all, these games don’t play like the 3D ones or the somewhat mediocre Phantom Hourglass/Spirit Tracks, and quite a few newer Zelda fans might not know what to expect from the sequel because of this. Making the original Link to the Past serves as a good intro to 2D Zelda gameplay and fixes all these problems.
That’s not the only benefit though…
2. With Four Swords Anniversary Edition out, they could rerelease the GBA one and tie the two games together
Nope, the other benefit of this is that we already have a (mostly free) copy of Four Swords available on the same system in the form of the Legend of Zelda Four Swords Anniversary Edition.
Why is this useful to know? Well just remember what title came packaged with Four Swords on the GBA back in the days of yore…
That’s right, it came with A Link to the Past! Except this one didn’t keep the two games as entirely seperate entities, but added a new dungeon and new unlockables that you got by beating Four Swords. So why not bring this back and have both games connect to one another?
I think this could be a pretty neat little gimmick that could encourage people to get multiple games. Just have things like the Palace of the Four Sword available in the Link to the Past rerelease, and then have the game check for Four Swords Anniversary Edition save data when unlocking it. Hence you’d reward people who downloaded or bought Four Swords and played it through, as well as let them carry over special abilities like the Hurricane Spin or Sword beams to Link to the Past.
Perhaps then they could even tie the 3DS sequel into this whole concept too. So that if you played it after beating Link to the Past and Four Swords, you unlocked a second quest of sorts to reward you for your gaming skill.
And finally, here’s what one more reason it’d be a good idea…
3. Fans could test out how such games work with 3DS controls
Yes, it’d work well as a sort of ‘trial run’ for the 3DS sequel for people unsure about how the controls work. Because while in theory you can play the game on an old Game Boy Advance/DS or Wii…
Above: Wii and GBA controls don’t really match those on the 3DS
In practice the control schemes these consoles use and the button layouts present are very different from those the 3DS itself makes use of.
But rereleasing A Link to the Past could get round these problems, and act as a nice way to get Zelda fans used to the 3DS and how it works with a 2D Zelda game. It could also help people move straight from the first Link to the Past to the sequel, simply by having both games use the exact same control scheme.
So yes, I think rereleasing A Link to the Past on the 3DS Virtual Console could be a great idea, especialy if they made a couple of minor tweaks to let it interact with Four Swords Anniversary Edition.
What do you think about this? Do you want to see the original Legend of Zelda A Link to the Past made available on the 3DS as a sort of ‘practice’ for its soon to be released sequel?
In a recent PR e-mail Nintendo has sent out, they mention that GBA titles will be added to the Wii U Virtual Console soon. Here’s the text of the e-mail talking about it:
A library of quality classic games is planned for the Virtual Console on Wii U, with favorites such as Balloon Fight, Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Excitebike, F-Zero, Ice Climber, Kirby’s Adventure, Kirby Super Star, Mario Bros., Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream, Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario World, Super Metroid and Yoshi on the way soon. Game Boy Advance and Nintendo 64 games are scheduled to be added in the future.
But to be honest… am I the only one wondering why they’re adding GBA titles to the Wii U eShop instead of Gamecube ones? Why not add these to the 3DS and let people play them on the go like how they were meant to work? I’m sure the likes of Mario Kart Super Circuit, Wario Land 4 and The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap would work better on a handheld than on a home console, right?
Above: So we’ve got Zelda 2 on the 3DS Virtual Console but not the Wii U one…
Yet games like Wario Land 4 are likely going to only be available on the Wi U VC? Why?
And why exactly is there no mention at all of adding any Gamecube titles to these services? Because whether people like it or not, the Wii U doesn’t play Gamecube games like the Wii did. Hence no one can play any of these on a current Nintendo system. So why not make these available to buy on the Virtual Console? Surely some people out there really want to buy Super Mario Sunshine, Mario Kart Double Dash, and Super Smash Bros Melee again, right?
It also raises another question about this whole eShop account set up. Why charge people multiple times for the exact same game rather than just let them play any Virtual Console games on any system they want to play them on? Why have to buy Super Mario Bros 1 multiple times just to have it on multiple systems when you should be able to access the same account/same game across all Nintendo consoles? It seems like Nintendo have no idea how an account system should work and it really hurts the whole Virtual Console thing in general.
Above: Why do we have to buy Super Mario Bros 1 two or three times rather than once?
Come on, how difficult can this be to design? Just make it so once you buy a game, you get access to this title on any system you own that’s capable of running it. So if you buy a NES, SNES, Game Boy, Nintendo 64 or Game Boy Advance for the Wii U Virtual Console, you can then just open up your account on the 3DS eShop and run your game there complete with any save data you may have stored. And vice versa, anything you buy or download on the 3DS can be run on the Wii U (including ambassador games and things like SwapNote). It just seems so much more logical than having to rebuy your games every single time.
So yes, why are we getting GBA games on the Wii U instead of Gamecube games? Why are these titles not available to buy for the 3DS via the eShop there? And why in anyone’s name doesn’t Nintendo understand the whole idea of having games tied to an account rather being repurchased for every single system?
Furthermore, Mega Man 3 hits the 3DS Virtual Console next week (March 14), with 4, 5 and 6 following each month. By the time MM6 hits, we’ll also have digital versions of their amazing soundtracks available for sale.
Thanks for the update Capcom. Nice to know the classic Mega Man games are still coming to the 3DS Virtual Console as a way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series. Maybe now you can also add the Game Boy games or something?
With the recent announcement of the Zelda Oracle series being re-released on the 3DS eShop, many would say most of the important Game Boy games have now been re-released. So what’s the next logical step? To add some GBA titles to the platform!
Yes, they’re planned for the Wii U for some reason (why I don’t know), but still, Nintendo should add them to the 3DS Virtual Console as well and let people play these games how they should be played, on the go. So here are ten great GBA games I want to see on the 3DS Virtual Console!
Note: Except Pokemon. Those games should get a remake or something instead.
10. Castlevania Series (Circle of the Moon, Harmony of Dissonance and Aria of Sorrow)
Yes, all three are great Castlevania games exclusive to the GBA, and all three should be made available on the 3DS virtual console.
Above: Castlevania Circle of the Moon
Castlevania Circle of Moon could benefit from the 3DS having a backlight and people being able to actually make out the graphics (they were so dark as to be nearly impossible to see on a standard GBA system). Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance could benefit from just being made available and people appreciating it more in general, and Castlevania Aria of Sorrow was arguably one of the best games in the series as a whole with some fantastic graphics, music and gameplay in general.
Above: Castlevania Harmony of Dissonance
Forget Castlevania Adventure or the other lacklustre Game Boy titles, forget Mirror of Fate, we need the GBA Castlevania installments on the 3DS eShop pronto.
Above: Castlevania Aria of Sorrow
9. WarioWare Twisted
Poor WarioWare Twisted. Not only did it get delayed so badly that it came out after its own sequel (WarioWare Touched and the DS actually came out before it hit US shores), but it didn’t get released in Europe at all due to the presence of Mercury in the motion sensor and the game subsequently failing safety testing. Talk about being screwed over by Nintendo…
Still, an eShop release would be the perfect way to sort this out. It could been made available for people who skipped out on the whole thing due to the DS’s release and WarioWare Touched taking its popularity away, and it could also be made available to those in Europe who never got to experience the game due to differences in health and safety laws. Everyone wins!
8. Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga
The first game in the much loved tetralogy, Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga is an unusual game among them in that it packed so much charm and character.
I mean, the character designs were entirely different from later games in the series, with almost all the graphics having a strange comical look that was very similar to AlphaDream’s previous Tomato Adventure title.
Above: Mario and Luigi in Woohoo Hooniversity
And with such great things as a quirky setting (the game being set in the BeanBean Kingdom certainly helped it stand out from the crowd), some fantastic game design for an RPG and enough content to last for at least 20 hours, Mario and Luigi Superstar Saga is a game unlike any other in either the Mario and Luigi or Mario franchise as a whole.
Above: Mario and Luigi in Chucklehuck Woods
This title needs to be on the 3DS Virtual Console at some point. It truly is one of the best Mario RPGs of all time, and a timeless classic loved by all that played it.
7. Donkey Kong Country 3 GBA Version
Because while the original Donkey Kong Country’s GBA port didn’t really add much or change the game in any noticeable way and the second game got absolutely mauled due to the GBA not having a backlight, Donkey Kong Country 3′s GBA port is actually a pretty substantial change from the original game.
For instance, it has an entirely new soundtrack composed by David Wise of Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2 fame. Is it better than the original SNES game’s? That’s very much a matter of opinion, but here are some samples of it:
Above: Some of Donkey Kong Country 3 GBA’s new soundtrack
It also got a brand new world and boss, quite a few level and gameplay tweaks and some new mini games, so I think re-releasing this version of the game would be a good way to make sure Rare’s effort in ‘improving’ the GBA port hasn’t been put to waste like so many other forgotten ports and remakes of classic titles in this day and age.
6. Golden Sun/Golden Sun 2
Unfortunately, many people don’t seem to remember these games. Basically, Golden Sun was a GBA exclusive RPG series published by Nintendo that got great reviews and fan reception back in the day, and a… failed revival with the DS game Dark Dawn.
Still, they were great titles. The first one had Isaac (remember him from Brawl?) and his party exploring the land of Weyard and trying to defeat the mysterious Saturos and Menardi, two magicians trying to restore alchemy to the world. Interesting title, had you explore Lighthouses as some of the main dungeons and had an interesting gimmick in the form of Djinn, strange creatures that affect character’s Psyenergy and determine the attacks they can use in battle.
It was followed by a sequel called Golden Sun the Lost Age, a game many say is an even better sequel to the original.
These two games need to be made available to current Nintendo fans. Dark Dawn may have failed to revive the series, but maybe having the original titles available to download would get more people interested in Golden Sun and make the series more popular again.
5. Metroid Fusion
It’s not the only great Metroid game the GBA had (Zero Mission was a fantastic remake of the original on the same system), but Metroid Fusion is listed here because it managed to introduce something entirely new to the series, a brand new Super Metroid style adventure with a new antagonist and storyline.
Yes, gone is the mainstay plot of the originals, in it’s place a terrifying tale involving the X Parasites and the results of their attack on Samus, the SA-X. Also known at that evil Samus clone that hunts you down every step of the way and can blast even the walls of the spaceship to smithereens to get at you:
Above: The first SA-X encounter in Metroid Fusion
But even ignoring the creepy as hell doppelganger hunting you down, the game has the usual great Metroid gameplay, some fantastically atmospheric graphics and music and all manner of great ideas, so it’s another game that should definitely end up on the Virtual Console at some point in time.
4. Super Mario Advance series
More so the last two games than the first to be honest, since Super Mario Advance 3 and Super Mario Advance 4 added far more interesting content than the other two did (like Super Mario Advance 2, which is quite literally a port of Super Mario World with barely anything new in it at all).
But all four games are definitely titles that should be heading to the eShop at some time in the future. Super Mario Advance 1 is a nice intro to Super Mario Bros 2 with added voice acting, Yoshi egg collection modes and a decent save feature, Super Mario Advance 2 is nice handheld port of Super Mario World and Super Mario Advance 3 actually adds six new fantastic secret levels sure to challenge you even more than those in the original game.
And Super Mario Advance 4? Had the e-Reader content that really needs to be made available nowadays. There was the cape and a pre Mario 3D Land boomerang suit style powerup, multiple levels remade from older Mario platformers and even interesting new level types like ghost houses and fully explorable airships (complete with inside gameplay).
Above: Remember when downloadable content used to be interesting?
All four of these games need to be on the Virtual Console. And Super Mario Advance 4 needs to have the e-Reader levels either built into the game or as New Super Mario Bros 2 style downloadable content.
3. Mario Kart Super Circuit
A game that’s already available to 3DS ambassadors, Mario Kart Super Circuit is another fantastic GBA game that really needs to be made available on the 3DS eShop at some time in the foreseeable future.
It’s got some great tracks like Ribbon Road and the Bowser Castle courses, it has a great bonus in the entirety of Super Mario Kart as unlockable and some absolutely brilliant unique ideas in general, so it seems a real shame this title is currently unavailable for non 3DS ambassadors.
Above: Wario driving on Ribbon Road in Mario Kart Super Circuit
Add it to the 3DS eShop, and make it so that nearly every Mario Kart game can be played on current generation Nintendo systems, because Mario Kart Super Circuit certainly deserves no less.
2. The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap
The Zelda game for the Game Boy Advance, The Legend of Zelda The Minish Cap is one of the GBA’s best ever titles, and a classic Zelda game to boot.
With a main game mechanic that has Link becoming tiny to explore the microscopic world of the Minish people, the game has you explore a vast Link to the Past style Hyrule and explore many gigantic dungeons in that familiar 2D Zelda style, the one that’s seemingly become so rare in recent years.
But it’s not just the interesting main ‘gimmick’ or the NES Zelda throwbacks that are interesting here. No, this game also provided the backstory for Vaati, one of the more interesting secondary Zelda villains in the series, and introduced many of the same great ideas found in the Legend of Zelda Skyward Sword to boot.
And with the game having the usual great gameplay, fantastic high quality sprite graphics and top of the line music found in the rest of the series, it should definitely be made available on the 3DS eShop soon. Maybe the release of the Oracle series there will prelude a Minish Cap rerelease as well?
1. Wario Land 4
Well, people probably knew this one would be listed here. After all, it’s arguably my favourite GBA title of all time and the best 2D platformer on the console in general.
With some great graphics, a fantastic (and extremely varied) soundtrack and some brilliant level design and gameplay ideas, Wario Land 4 is one of those games absolutely every GBA owner and platformer fan should play.
It’s already available to 3DS ambassadors like so many other games on the list, but Wario Land 4 still needs to be made available to buy on the eShop due to it being one of the best non Mario platformers of all time.
Well, that’s the list. Are there any major games I missed? Obviously, ten games is nowhere near enough to count all the great GBA titles in the world. Still, comment with some GBA games that should be re-released, we’d love to hear what games you think should be released on the eShop!