Opinion: The Virtual Console Rides into the Night

Nintendo recently confirmed that the Switch will not see a Virtual Console as seen on the Wii, Wii U and 3DS. At this point, this isn’t a huge shock; the Switch has been out for over a year, and Nintendo has made two big shifts in policy in regards to its back catalog. One, the…

Opinion: Rest Well Sweet Wii Shop Prince

Tonight brings the end to the ability to purchase Wii Shop points, effectively shutting down the long running service that introduced the world to the Virtual Console and Nintendo’s first stab at digital content. Both certainly had their faults, and the interface was a bit clunky to navigate, but it was very Nintendo in how…

Music: The Last 5 Songs from my Top 100 VGM!

Finally! It’s time to put an end cap on this feature as I round out the last five songs from my Top 100 VGM! Of course, now I need to do my favorite soundtracks properly…my work is never done! lol Open the World (Part I), Culdcept, Kenji Ito, PS2, NEC/OmiyaSoft, 2002 This is a definite…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 21) Just Dance 2

21) Just Dance 2 (Wii, UBI Soft, 2010) Just Dance became the poster child of the aggressive marketing push for the “casual” dynamic propagated by the success of the Wii. However, my sole experience with this behemoth of a franchise (which is still releasing titles on the original Wii this year!) made me really wonder…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 16) Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword

16) Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Wii, Nintendo, 2011) Before diving into a ranking of my favorite Legend of Zelda titles, I figure I should discuss the two that are among the worst games I’ve played, and Skyward Sword is one I haven’t talked about in a little bit, so let’s start there. The sole…

Music – Five Random Selections from my Top 100 songs

I have no uniting theme for this month’s VGM Top 100 post, so here’s a random assortment of five songs I haven’t covered yet. Body Harvest – Indoor Theme (N64, Stuart Ross/Allan Walker, Midway/DMA Design, 1998) I adore this song. It’s such a melancholy piece of music, an indicator of how much danger and chaos…

Opinion: Bottom 25 Games – 14) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption

14) Metroid Prime 3: Corruption (Wii, Nintendo/Retro Studios, 2007) Corruption is the premiere example of motion controls corroding what would have otherwise been a fantastic game. And the boss Mogenar is the point of impact; the exact moment of the entire design crumbling apart for me. Up to that specific encounter, I was having a…

Opinion – Where the hell is The Last Story on the Wii U, Nintendo?

As the Wii U rides off into the sunset, there’s been a somewhat steady trickling of Virtual Console releases over the past year to help give it a decent sendoff. Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of TurboGrafx titles from Konami, but quite a few Wii titles made the leap onto the service beginning late…

Opinion: Retro Comps – Data East Arcade Classics

Data East Arcade Classics (Wii) Highlights: Side Pocket, Burgertime, Wizard Fire Low Lights: Two Crude, Express Rider, Peter Pepper’s Ice Cream Factory Quirky Surprise: Sly Spy Majesco dropped a surprising compilation onto the Wii towards the latter days of its life: a collection of 15 Data East arcade and NeoGeo titles culled from G-Mode’s licensing…

Opinion: Let’s talk about the Virtual Console

3/26 Update – The Wii Shop has closed its feature of adding points today, and it appears the Wii U Virtual Console is officially done and dusted unless Konami sneaks a few more TG16 titles in. So I am going to declare this feature retired and no longer update it. Long-time (and I mean “before…