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15 Virtual Console Must Owns

With over 100 Virtual Console games on the Wii Shop Channel and three new games coming out every Monday, it's almost a hassle to figure out what game to get and what not to get. Of course you know that getting Super Mario Bros. will be money well spent, but what about some of these others that you've never heard of, or actually have heard of but never played before. Well, as a Nintendo junkie since the age of 2 I'm here to help you out in your quest for the best Virtual Console video games, whether you physically own the games or not. Most of these you've probably heard and played before. Some you probably haven't. Whatever the case may be, here is my list of the 15 must own Virtual Console games.

Bomberman '93 (TG16 | 600 Points)
Bomb Man is the robot that Dr. Light and Dr. Wily created when they were drunk. I mean Fire Man was in charge of the city's heat, Elec Man was the city's electricity... wait we're not talking about Mega Man? Oh wait, Bomberman. Whoops, wrong game series. Bomberman though is still fun, and is one of the rare titles you can play with up to 5 people. Plant bombs, run away, and hope that your friends get hit by the blast. Last man standing wins. Easy right? Yeah, you say that after you don't realize your friend planted a bomb near you and blew you up.

Donkey Kong Country (SNES | 800 Points)
Donkey Kong Country brought life back into our favorite kidnapper gorilla. Up until then, Donkey Kong was trying to stay on the good side of the law by attempting to adhere to his parole. But once K. Rool stole all of Donkey Kong's banana's, he decided to get revenge by seeking out K. Rool and also killing any alligators, bugs, and insects that got in his way.

Gunstar Heroes (GEN | 800 Points)
Red and Blue have been all star gunslinger brothers, saving the world. However when their third brother Green teams up with the bad guys, Red and Blue have no choice but to go out to stop this evil organization. Yes, the names sound like they came straight out of Pokemon, however the game play is top notch. This fast paced game will have you shooting at pretty much everything that comes your way. Believe me when I say that even with co-op play, this game is hard.

Kirby's Adventure (NES | 500 Points)
Everyone's favorite pink ball that has a black hole as a stomach is back. Kirby's first adventure is tough and shows that it doesn't matter what color you are, it just matters how much your stomach can take. Kirby is so good that every time you die it's always funny when Kirby eats the hand that points to "End Game"

The Legend of Zelda (NES | 500 Points)
Unless you don't already own LoZ for the Game Boy Advance or on the special Legend of Zelda Collectors Edition for Gamecube, you should pick it up for the Virtual Console. If you do own it already, then go and skip to the next game. This game started off the open-ended RPG. You could go anywhere you wanted to go, do anything you wanted to do. You even could shoot laser beams from your sword. Laser beams from a sword people. How cooler can you get?

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES | 800 Points)
We don't talk about Zelda II. It may be a cool game and the 100th game to hit the Virtual Console, but as Zelda games go, we don't talk about Zelda II. Zelda III, however, made up for it. LttP started the whole Light World/Dark World game play. You had the Light world and the Dark world, and both you had to free from Ganon's control. Long, open-ended, and you can still shoot laser beams from your sword.

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64 | 1000 Points)
If you already own a copy of this for Gamecube, skip on past. If not, you should pick up Ocarina of Time. Why? Well because it was the 1997 Game of the Year, that's why. A lot of games now try to model off of Ocarina of Time. Even Twilight Princess tried it. Needless to say this was the second game to help Nintendo's 64.

Ninja Gaiden (NES | 500 Points)
Do you like games that cause you to throw your controller half way across the room? Then Ninja Gaiden is for you. In terms of difficulty, it ranks up there with Mega Man 2 and Battletoads. Yes, this game is tough. Impossible, no. Going to take you 20 years just to get passed Stage 2, probably.

Sonic the Hedgehog (GEN | 800 Points)
Mario and Sonic. So good to see them on the same console. Now if they were in the same game besides the upcoming Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games, that would be even better. Why not put Sonic in Smash Bros. Brawl? I mean you do have Solid Snake after all. But then again if they put Sonic in there, I would want them to put Mega Man in there too. EXE, not any of the other ones. Seriously, EXE is the only one of the Mega Man's that actually use a sword. Zero doesn't count, he's not Mega Man. Oh wait, this is about the Sonic the Hedgehog game right? Well it's good, get it.

Star Fox 64 (N64 | 1000 Points)
4 words that will always help you in life, "Do a Barrel Roll!". Star Fox 64 rebuilt the series from Star Fox on the SNES. It was good to see this game reborn and actually perform better than the first. And it also taught you that doing Barrel Rolls will deflect enemy attacks. Now if only Star Fox Assault could learn from 64.

Super Castlevania IV (SNES | 800 Points)
I'm not a big Castlevania fan. But when NickBrutal told me that Super Castlevania IV was coming out to the Virtual Console, he also told me to never show my face to him unless I bought it. Needless to say, I bought it. It's good. It's not like the newer Castlevania's on the DS, but it still carries the Castlevania feel.

Super Mario Bros. 1, 2, World, and 64 (NES, SNES, and N64 | 500, 800, and 1000 Points)
Unlike the Zelda series where certain games are good and certain ones are bad, all of the Super Mario games have been good. Yes even Super Mario Bros. 2 the hacked Doki Doki Panic version. Super Mario Bros. 1 showed us that even a plumber from Brooklyn could save the world while jumping like Superman. Super Mario Bros. 2 told us that vegetables are good for you and bad for everyone else. Super Mario World told us that not all dinosaurs were flesh eating monsters. Some were used as horses and held a black hole as a stomach just like a certain pink ball. Super Mario 64 showed us that paintings don't hold a thousand words, they're actually transporters to other worlds. Words worlds, same difference right?

There you have it, 15 must have games. Of course that's a small fraction of the video games out there, and I didn't even touch other good ones like F-Zero X, Mario Kart 64, or even R-Type III. But this will get you started until you wait for better games like Super Smash Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, and of course Super Metroid.
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About Kazooalooone of us since 10:08 PM on 01.16.2007

Hey there. So this is the bio of myself, Kazooaloo, right? Well, here goes... I guess.

I've been a gamer for most of my life, but I also like social time. As far as hardcore gaming goes, forget it. I'm the last to enter a battle, and usually the first that dies. However I have learned the trick of playing with people that are worse than you just to make yourself feel better.

I like writing game reviews, and on occassion post them here on Destructoid. The way I write blog posts or reviews is if I was talking to someone in person. I'm usually the kind of person who uses sarcasm and humor profoundly. But it is also hard to convey sarcasm when someone's reading text and not listening to someone talk. I also like voice acting, regardless of what the content is. I'm also a self-taught artist who, in my opinion, needs a lot of work at it. Although a lot of people have liked my Rabbids drawings. I'm also working on getting my comic, Lined Paper Syndrome, back up and running.

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