Yet, despite the fact that these download services have been around for several years now, there are *still* plenty of old gems that just haven't been re-released for some reason or another, seemingly destined to remain buried in the past. Even more baffling is how some of these classics have been shunned while games like China Warrior have somehow managed to make the cut. So yes, there are still plenty of games that many of us are desperate to see get a re-release. What old games are you eager to purchase again (Or for the first time)?
Me? Well, I'll get one of the more obvious ones out of the way: Earthbound. It's just downright baffling that this hasn't shown up on VC yet, especially since Nintendo's reasoning behind this seems to amount to "We don't feel like it, maybe tomorrow." But I'd be lying if I said Earthbound was super close to my heart. It's a great game, but I don't really count myself as one of the people who just can't live without it and would never forgive Nintendo for not re-releasing it.
Instead, my most wanted re-release would be this:
Harvest Moon 64. Harvest Moon is one of those franchises that I think every serious gamer has heard about, but hardly any have really played. And can you blame them? It's a farming sim, what the heck is the appeal to that, right? Well, don't knock it before you try it. This franchise is oozing with personality and is downright addicting (Or it used to be at any rate, but I'm not here to rail against the current direction of the series), and has managed to gain a rather large cult following because of it. Harvest Moon 64 is generally considered by fans to be the best game in the series, but for some reason it's the only HM game from that era to have not seen the light of day on a download service. Supposedly this is because there are coding issues between the original game and Virtual Console, but I can't help but wonder if these are literally impossible issues to overcome or if the developers are just being lazy.
The thing is, much like Earthbound, unless you're lucky enough to own an original cartridge or are willing to spend a ridiculous amount of money online for a thirteen year old game then the only way to play HM64 these days is through an emulator. And I don't like playing through emulators. The controls never feel quite right to me and, well, I really don't like having to lean back in this particular chair, but I have to if I'm using a corded controller.
It's the hard-to-acquire classic's like these that deserve to be re-released more then anything, IMHO.
Edited by Speederino, 30 July 2012 - 06:06 AM.