Originally posted June 19th 2015 on the Seafoam Gaming Forums
It’s no surprise that the Wii U Virtual Console is one of the most debated topics when it comes to the eShop. Some people believe it should be focused on as a selling point, like the Virtual Console service on the Wii was while others think it should stay as a nice bonus service to keep retro fans busy until the next hit Wii U game. That’s why a lot of speculation was created when Nintendo announced that DS and Nintendo 64 games were finally coming to the Wii U eShop. So, since it’s just starting out on the Wii U eShop, I decided to list my top three picks for DS games that should come to the Wii U Virtual Console, and why they would be a great fit for the system.
Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals (2010)
While it seems that Lufia II on the SNES won’t be hitting the Wii U Virtual Console anytime soon, thanks to Nintendo’s focus being on the newer VC systems, that still leaves one option that can satisfy Wii U owners, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals.
A complete reimagining of Lufia II, Lufia: Curse of the Sinistrals is an updated take on the SNES original, adding voice acting, changing the story a bit, and even changing the gameplay from a traditional RPG to an Action RPG, similar to The Legend of Zelda series. While this would be the last Lufia game people would rather have on the Virtual Console, (Lufia I and II would be preferred but again due to Nintendo’s shifted focus they won’t be happening.) I still feel that it would be better than nothing at all.
Kirby Canvas Curse (2005)
I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw this game hit the VC anytime soon, considering how the Wii U is home to a Kirby game in the same style as this one already, thanks to Kirby and the Rainbow Curse. Due to the fact that both this game and its sequel takes advantage of the touchscreen in clever ways, along with the DS VC offering many different screen options to choose from, this is a no-brainer and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it hit some region in one form or another before the end of 2015.
And last but certainly not least…
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky (2008-2009)
It’s pretty much confirmed at this point in time that the main installments in the Pokemon franchise (such as Red, Blue, Yellow, Diamond, Pearl, etc) will never be rereleased on the Virtual Console in any way, thanks to the lack of communication features on the Virtual Console versions of handheld titles, (Save for the Sega Game Gear titles on 3DS) along with lack of interest from Game Freak.
So what’s the next best option if one of the best selling franchises from Nintendo cannot have a Virtual Console rerelease? Well, release a game which doesn’t require multiplayer! So that is where the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon series comes in. While many Pokemon fans debate whether the series is too repetitive or boring compared to the strategic gameplay of the main series, a lot of fans consider the Explorers saga to be the best in the spinoff franchise, either due to the emotional story, great music or solid gameplay.
While I personally don’t care for this game as much as the other entries in the series due to the slow start of the story and the lack of interesting characters, I chose this one over Red and Blue Rescue Team due to the fact that this entire saga is available on the DS, unlike the prequel which had the Red version on the Game Boy Advance and the Blue version on the Nintendo DS.
You see, what makes up for the lack of wireless communication is the password system. Whenever your team faints in a dungeon, you can choose to send for help using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection (Now discontinued) or via a password. The Wii U would be a perfect fit for these games, as Miiverse could be used to share passwords for whenever your team faints in a dungeon, so that another player can come and rescue you and give you their password to revive your team! Since there are multiple versions of the game, these passwords can also help trade version exclusive items and Pokemon around, which is a clever concept that I think would fit on the Wii U. Plus with many hints pointing to the region from this game being included in the newest installment, Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon, the best time to revisit this series is now.
So those were my top three picks for the DS Virtual Console on Wii U! What did you think? Any of those three that you agree with? What’s your hopes for the DS VC? Feel free to discuss your thoughts in the comments below.