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The Best of Konami on Virtual Console

Neal Ronaghan's Picks

by Neal Ronaghan - May 4, 2015, 1:32 pm PDT

Our beloved site director aims at shooting, bombing, and... Chinese food?

Super C

Original Platform: NES Virtual Console Platform: Wii (500 Points), 3DS ($4.99), Wii U ($4.99)

Available on every Virtual Console platform, Super C is a fantastic entry in the Contra series and, for better or worse, the only NES representation the series has on Virtual Console. It’s a hard as nails side-scrolling shoot-‘em-up as you control one of two different rad shirtless dudes. Oddly, the Konami code doesn’t work here, which makes it a little sad. You can rock Download Play on your 3DS, though, which is neat.

Contra III: The Alien Wars

Original Platform: SNES

Virtual Console Platform: Wii (800 Points), Wii U ($7.99)

At the end of the first stage of Contra III, you fight a giant mutant turtle. That’s only a fraction of the crazy on display in this early Super Nintendo tour de force. Arguably the best version of Contra around, Contra III is packed to the gills with action, shooting, and ridiculous aliens. Before Konami is swallowed whole and this game goes up in smoke, maybe grab a buddy and ride through the fun levels in this classic.

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa

Original Platform: Famicom

Virtual Console Platform: Wii (500 Points)

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa is a weird curio of an import game that first came out in 1988 on the Famicom. In it, you play as a baby who uses a rattle to fight enemies. It is super weird, but it's actually an inspired platform game that, if you're looking for an off-the-beaten path NES-era platformer, is totally worth checking out while you can still get it.

Chew Man Fu

Original Platform: TG-16

Virtual Console Platform: Wii (600 Points)

Chew Man Fu’s plot doesn’t inspire much confidence. The villainous title character has cursed the world so that way fried rice, egg rolls, and more food are gone. Fortunately, the game itself is awesome. Chew Man Fu is a series of single-screen puzzle levels where you have to kick and move four different colored balls to their matching goals all the while avoiding or defeating enemies. It’s challenging and fun, and even better, you can play through the whole game with a friend.

Bomberman ‘94

Original Platform: TG-16

Virtual Console Platform: Wii (700 Points)

Most of the entries in the Bomberman series have a single-player and this entry, originally released in late 1993 exclusively in Japan, is no different. But whatever, Bomberman is all about the multiplayer. Bomberman ’94’s multiplayer is playable with up to five players – even on Wii. If you’re looking for a fun and frantic multiplayer game, this is a great option. However, if you are playing this on Wii U, you are limited to just four players because of the lack of GameCube controller support.

Talkback

kokumakerMay 04, 2015

And yet we still can't get the original Contra, their very best game of all.  >:(

ShyGuyMay 04, 2015

Quote from: kokumaker

And yet we still can't get the original Contra, their very best game of all.  >:(

Yeah, this is one of my favorite games of all time. Has there ever been an explanation?

kokumakerMay 04, 2015

Not to my knowledge, no.

ShyGuyMay 04, 2015

I eventually got to the point where I could beat it with out the Konami code. I once beat the game without dying. It's probably the only game I could speed run.

ClexYoshiMay 04, 2015

I'm glad somebody went with Bio Miracle Upa and Mystical ninja, but there's also the matter of anything that is bonk, Star Soldier, or Adventure Island, the 3 'rebirth' games, (Gradius, Contra, and Castlevania the Adventure respectively... which I guess on a technicality is not VC), Axelay, 3D Classics Twinbee, or Castlevania 3!

GKMay 05, 2015

Still wish Goemon's Great Adventure was available just so I could get around that faulty memory pak constantly erasing my game so I can finally finish it.

Quote from: ClexYoshi

I'm glad somebody went with Bio Miracle Upa and Mystical ninja, but there's also the matter of anything that is bonk, Star Soldier, or Adventure Island, the 3 'rebirth' games, (Gradius, Contra, and Castlevania the Adventure respectively... which I guess on a technicality is not VC), Axelay, 3D Classics Twinbee, or Castlevania 3!


As someone whose wife convinced him to pick up Adventure Island based on nostalgia, I assure you the only thing redeeming about those games is the stupid face the character makes:
http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lwb60sFTa51r0ralmo1_500.gif

Game is 2 out of 10, add 1-2 points if you're drunk and can find humor in it.

Luigi DudeMay 15, 2015

Quote from: lolmonade

As someone whose wife convinced him to pick up Adventure Island based on nostalgia, I assure you the only thing redeeming about those games is the stupid face the character makes:

Game is 2 out of 10, add 1-2 points if you're drunk and can find humor in it.

Pretty much.  Anyone interested in the original Adventure Island for the NES on the Virtual Console should spend there points on Wonder Boy for the Master System instead.  They're both basically the same game with most of the same levels except Wonder Boy is actually playable.

Of course New Adventure Island for the Turbographix is a great game I'd recommend everyone who's a fan of platformers to get on the Virtual Console while they still can.  Takes the gameplay of the first Wonder Boy/Adventure Island and improves it in every way possible.

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