Time to think harder. We’ve got a lot of systems represented on Wii’s Virtual Console, but which others do we still want to see? And just to be fair, we will not be considering handheld systems here, ’cause that would be too easy and already done.
Sega Saturn: The Saturn was mishandled by SEGA in a lot of ways, but that didn’t keep some great games from being on it, some of which were better versions than on other systems (see below). Since the system fared poorly in Western markets, this would also be a chance for us to see games that are hard to find here, like NiGHTS: Into Dreams, Panzer Dragoon Saga and Shining Force III, and some more than weren’t even released in English.
Sony PlayStation: There’s no way Sony would let Nintendo release PlayStation games on its download service, but what about those games that also came out on PC or on other consoles that were big hits, like Final Fantasy VIII, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, or Metal Gear Solid? No reason we couldn’t see versions of those games on VC, right?
3DO: The 3DO was a huge mess, but why worry about that now? The Wii could easily emulate the hardware, which did have some okay games. There were some good versions of games like Gex, and some original titles like Crash ‘N Burn, the original Need For Speed, Killing Time, and Immerecenary. Plus, we could have some other graphic adventure games with really low video quality like Night Trap. Trip Hawkins doesn’t even have to involved.
Philips CD-I: No relation to former Nintendo spokesperson Howard Phillips, the Philips CD-i was Nintendo’s half-hearted stab at a serious CD-based system, which was very much eclipsed by Sony’s PlayStation, also noted above. While none of the Nintendo first party titles released on the “system” (which also functioned as a CD player and PC, of sorts) were actually very good, it would still be a chance for new players to experience Hotel Mario and Zelda: Wand of Gamelon, among other titles. Then again, this may be the reason why this system will not be featured on VC, no matter how much we may want to bomb some Dodongos.
Sega Dreamcast: The Dreamcast pioneered a lot of things, like online gameplay, so it’d be good on the VC. The original Phantasy Star Online games have rarely been surpassed, so why not play them virtually, and online? Also, there was a rare Darkstalkers online version that was Japan-only, and the original Jet Grind Radio, Bangai-O, and more. C’mon, SEGA, you’re already porting Dreamcast games to other systems! I want my Chu-Chu Rocket!