Tuesday, June 23, 2009

DSi Virtual Handheld- Nintendo's Heavy Hitters

I’m doing this for four more days so let’s try to get some of the big Nintendo franchises out of the way shall we? And remember, wait until this series is done before complaining that your favorite Gameboy game wasn’t mentioned and that I have ruined your childhood memories. We have a lot of games to get through today so let’s get started.

The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening DX

The oracle games on Gameboy Color were excellent but the whole dual SKU approach they went with just reeks of Pokemon. So the Zelda game I want on the virtual handheld is the classic colorized version of Link’s journey to wake up the Windfish on Koholint island. Or maybe it’s Link who needs to woken up?

Metroid II: The Return of Samus

It’s kind of messed up that by the second game of a series called “Metroid” all of the metroids have been wiped out. I would hope to live out Samus’s hate crime by playing this original Gameboy game. However, it would be even better if Nintendo bothered to finish updating this game with color graphics like they planned on years ago. Metroid 2: DX FTW.

Kirby’s Dream Land and Wave Race

It may seem odd to pair these two together but both of these second/third tier Nintendo franchises got their start on the original Gameboy. Putting them up on the Virtual Handheld would allow fans to see where it all began and perhaps stir on interest sequels? Or we could all just have to settle for Kirby remakes on DS and power scooters in Wii Sports: Resort. Actually, those two things aren’t so bad.

Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters

Speaking of games unlikely to get sequels, while few people have had about Pit’s original adventure on the NES even fewer are aware of his sequel on the Gameboy. It’s basically the same thing just with less color. You fly around, shoot things and run on the engine of the Metroid game that’s already on the platform. If that’s the case, if Kid Icarus Wii does come out, which Metroid engine should it borrow, Prime 3 or Other M?

as a side note, the port of Donkey Kong Country for the SNES on the GameBoy Color was astonishingly not bad


bob said...

I've never even heard of Waveracer on the original Gameboy. thanks for sorting out if the first NES or the first Gameboy game in the Kirby franchise came first as well.

such a loveable character, that Kirby. DO WANT ON THE GO PLEASE, NINTENDO.

Piffman2 said...

there are many people with a soft spot for Wave Race 64, i don't know about Wave Race Blue Storm for the cube tho

bob said...

I have so many fond memories of playing Wave Race 64 on my cousins' N64 back in the day... that game has not aged very well. it's playable, but not half as good as it was back then and F-zero X is just a better choice for a racer on the N64 if you ask me.

I've played Wave Race Blue Storm once in my entire life and that was when I was like 9 years old and entered a videogame tourney that Club Nintendo held (the Nintendo Power of Sweden that sadly has merged with a piece of shit now and no longer exists) and as it was my first time playing that game, of course I didn't qualify to the next round.

and that is why I hate and love Wave Racer at the same time.