Top Ten: Virtual Console Games We’re Still Waiting to See in the 3DS eShop

There are more than a few gems on Game Boy and Game Boy Color waiting to be excavated for the 3DS Virtual Console!

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 02/18/2014 09:00 4 Comments     ShareThis

2) Metal Gear Solid


System: Game Boy Color (2000)

Often lovingly referred to by its (cool) Japanese subtitle Ghost Babel, Metal Gear Solid was the Peace Walker of its day. Designed specifically for a Game Boy, the geniuses at Konami shrunk much of the play mechanics of PlayStation’s Metal Gear Solid onto the handheld’s tiny screen. Snake could crawl, knock on walls to distract guards, and use a variety of weapons and devices to sneak his way through the enemy’s compound. This game really rethought how traditional Game Boy titles controlled, using the system’s minimal number of button inputs to create an incredibly varied control setup. Immersive despite its relatively short length, Metal Gear Solid is a masterpiece of a title.

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4 Responses to “Top Ten: Virtual Console Games We’re Still Waiting to See in the 3DS eShop”

  • 784 points
    Marc Deschamps says...

    Great list, but I’d add Pokemon Pinball and Solar Striker, a couple of my own personal favorites.

  • 742 points
    OG75 says...

    Excellent list Robert.

    Upon beginning to read, I was all set to log in and give the obligatory “but I would have included such & such.”

    However you hit my personal top two (Bionic Commando: Elite Forces and Metal Gear Solid.) These two game are underrated in my opinion (especially MGS) and deserve to be played by another generation of gamers. All the rest are great too.

  • 1450 points
    penduin says...

    You nailed it. I would especially like to see the Donkey Kong Land trilogy and Metal Gear make it (in celebration of Tropical Freeze and Ground Zeroes hitting Wii U, right? ;^) but everything on that list absolutely belongs there.

    A super-long-shot that I would be thrilled beyond all reason to see is Game Boy Camera. Granted, the awesome/awful camera sensor’s subtle distortion would have to be faked, and its crazy infrared allergies would be absent, but with cameras inside and out, the emulation layer could totally deal with turning the camera head around, and “printing” could (finally!) give us easily-accessed image files. I’m probably in the minority, but every time Nintendo dabbles in artistic stuff like this (Mario Paint, WarioWare DIY, Flipnote Studio) I’m convinced it’s the greatest thing ever. :^)

  • 207 points
    Jon Stevens says...

    Being able to transfer Pokemon from Virtual Console games to X & Y would be great. Also… I miss being able to see Pikachu’s excited face from Yellow. I could never bring myself to store him away!

    Luckily in Europe we are getting Super Mario Bros. Deluxe next week – and in fact got it for free by linking a Nintendo ID to the 3DS. I really need to give it a go!

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