Friday, June 5, 2009

Wii Virtual Console and Video Game Nostalgia

For me fandom encompasses many things, but most often things that make me nostalgic. Last week I got a Wii for my birthday, and other than bowling a few times I have yet to do much with it. . . That is until I finally broke down and bought a virtual console game.
Simply browsing what the Wii has to offer in the line of virtual console game takes me back. I can see different stages of my young life. NES, SNES, Genesis, and all the systems I never had like Turbo Graphics 16, they are all there. I remember saving my money for moths for a new NES game as a kid and when you got it. It was a great feeling to open that package and look at the manuals and put the cartridge in the system. The Package is gone, but you can still play the game with the virtual console. I picked up Mario 3 for a few reasons. 1) Its the game My wife requested (and I liked it too) 2) I could play it using the wiimote, and still sit on the couch.

What amazes me is that I remember all of the little secrets of the game. You know. . . Fly above the ceiling, get the flute, crack the rock, get the flute. I even remembered that one level needed you to use the P wing for a secret. I can't believe I remember this stuff.

All that said I recommend the Virtual console. It is a good way to relive the old games from your childhood on a new system, and often at the price of renting a game. It was also nice not being tied by a wire to the system.

The Wii also offers new games that can be bought in an on demand fashion. These games range in genre from RPG to puzzle to action etc. . . many of these games are smaller games but very good, some of them are new takes on old games like Adventure Island and Bubble Bobble I haven't played these yet, but I am confident that most of them will be very good.

If your not sure about a Wii because of the game choices take a look at what it has to offer on the virtual console or wii ware, and you may realise that it IS worth the price of admission.

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