Wii Week: Virtual Console and Wiiware

There are tons of rumours going around the internet about Nintendo’s plan to unveil a new console at E3 this year, it would be midway through my four parter Wii week (part 3 and hopefully part four will be up tomorrow).  I won’t be commenting on the rumours on here because frankly there are that many out there it would take me deciding which one I believed and could stop me being credible at any point in the future, so I won’t comment until it’s official.

Virtual console

Lets just get straight into this, for those who don’t know the Virtual console is a ton of classic games on a variety of systems that you can play on your wii.  Consoles that are covered are: NES, SNES, N64, Mastersytem, Megadrive/Genesis, TurboGrafx-16, NeoGeo, Commodore 64, MSX as well as some Arcade based gems.

This is one of my favourite things about the Wii, want to play shining force II?  Don’t want to pay the £40 on ebay going for the game?  Want to play OOT but your N64 has packed in? You’re British so never got Mario RPG?  Now you can play it.  Tons of history on here, some great some not so great….it’s definitely worth checking out if you’re wanting to know a bit about gaming history.

Wii Ware

There is some absolute rubbish on this, but there are some gems, these are rather simplistic games that bring good fun, you could say it’s Nintendo’s attempt at the app store whilst it hasn’t taken off there are some gooduns.  Here’s a brief look at what I think are the better four games out there.

Fluidity (US name)/Hydroventure (European name)

Puzzle game + Platformer + water pool puddle thingy + made by Nintendo = incredibly fun.

Here’s the original trailer:

Cave Story

This is being released soon on 3DS (updated visuals not a sequel), it is an homage to classic games such as Metroid and Castlevania.  A good fun 2D platformer that really does have some magic about it.

World of Goo

A puzzle game where you have to join goo things together to make structures that won’t collapse.  Simple yet addictive it takes place over a year in the world of goo and different seasons act as chapters with 48 levels in total.  This has since hit the apple platforms, PC and steam.  Great game.

Bit.trip runner

I can’t even explain this game just watch this video:

There are tons more out there for the console wiiware wise, have a research and see what you think of other games 🙂


Posted on 15/04/2011, in Wii. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Hate to nitpick but Hydroventure was developed by Curve Studios, not Nintendo (though Ninty did publish it!) 🙂

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