Ever since Nintendo launched the Virtual Console service (10 years ago! Agh!) and Sony followed suit with PlayStation Classics, I’ve been trying to come up with a good, effective format for tracking and reviewing them. There was the 1UP Retro Roundup, and standalone VC reviews on USgamer, but finally I just said, “the heck with it” and created comprehensive listings for both Wii U and 3DS broken down by emulated platform and grouped with essential/worthwhile/avoid ratings. It took me a decade to arrive at this format, so the fact that the articles required a few weeks of on-and-off effort doesn’t seem so bad. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ll be updating these each week as new (“new”) games debut, and Bob’s PSN games list will receive a similar treatment.
There is just one last matter to attend to before I can declare mission complete: Putting together a list of essential VC releases exclusive to Wii. There were something like 900 games released for Wii VC in total, and it’s an obsolete platform in danger of being phased out at any point; covering the whole thing in its entirety would be a huge waste of time. But there are still many excellent releases that remain exclusive to Wii, and I highly recommend everyone grab them while they can.
I’m actually going back to re-purchase some of the Wii releases I picked up during the system’s lifetime. I made the terrible mistake of moving my account to Wii U before realizing the potential value of having hundreds of games that would natively output in 240p on a single system. Stupid, stupid me.