Nintendo 3DS eShop: Most Wanted Game Boy Games
These classics would make a great fit for the 3DS' online store.
When Nintendo launched 3DS March 27, the system's eShop was noticeably absent. While disappointing, the company assured fans that the reason why this virtual store was delayed to May was so the publisher could make the necessary tweaks to produce a satisfying experience. Most importantly, it gives Mario and Co. extra time to add tons of games, most notably from the Game Boy.
We've known for a long time that Super Mario Land is on the way, along with one of the portable Zelda adventures (see page 61 of the 3DS instruction manual), giving a new generation of players the opportunity to enjoy some of best games from not only that classic platform, but also Game Boy Color.
On that note, we created a short list of games we'd love to see from both systems.
Metroid II: The Return of Samus
It's crazy to think that thousands (perhaps millions) of Nintendo fanatics have yet to play Samus Aran's Game Boy adventure, simply because the company has yet to re-release it. While not as celebrated as other titles in the series, The Return of Samus is notable for setting up Super Metroid (this is the game where Samus comes in contact with that baby Metroid) and some new abilities/weapons, such as the Space Jump, Spider and Spring Balls.
Metal Gear Solid
Konami scored big with this portable Metal Gear that blends elements from the PlayStation smash hit with a top down and 2-D perspective from the old school NES adventure. This time, Solid Snake sets out to find another Metal Gear while preventing a guerrilla faction from causing nuclear mayhem. Familiar characters (Mei Ling and Roy Campbell) return, while the ability to lean into walls and move in eight directions makes for a fun experience. Definitely a must for the eShop.
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Wario took a starring role in Super Mario Land 3, the first game to feature him as a playable character. In it, the rotund anti-hero sets off to make as much cash as possible so that he can build a castle bigger than Mario's. Instead of jumping on enemies to defeat them, he uses brute strength to beat them up; he can even knock them out using a large gold coin. In addition, Wario dons caps that imbue him with unique abilities, such as increased speed, shooting fire from his nose and a butt stomp. It just goes to show that greed is definitely good.
The Legend of Zelda: Oracle of Ages and Oracle of Seasons
Capcom and Nintendo teamed up to produce two unique Zelda titles for Game Boy Color, both of which went on to receive critical praise and sell millions of copies. Despite sharing similar elements, each game features a unique plot and items that make them stand apart from each other. Oracle of Ages, for example, lets Link use a magic harp to travel in time, while Oracle of Seasons allows him to change the time of the year, thanks to a mystical rod. Then, if you play one game as a sequel to the other (through a linked password), you receive a special ending.
We missed out on these gems, so putting them on 3DS would be a smart decision.
Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble
Since the 3DS has a gyroscope, Kirby Tilt 'n' Tumble would make a perfect fit. The Game Boy Color effort tasks you with physically maneuvering the device to roll Kirby to a goal while collecting stars along the way, sort of like Sega's Super Monkey Ball.
Kirby's Dream Land 2
Everyone's favorite puffball made a huge impact on the Game Boy with a series of titles that are both cute and fun. Kirby's Dream Land 2 will always be one of our favorites, thanks to its sharp black and white graphics, traditional Kirby gameplay (inhale those suckers), adorable sounding music and three new animal friends: Kine the Ocean Sunfish, Rick the Hamster and Coo the Owl.
At first, we thought Game Boy Donkey Kong was a simple port of the 1981 arcade classic, and thankfully, Nintendo proved us wrong. Although it features a handful of boards from that game, it backs them up with 97 brand new stages, making it one of the most comprehensive and enjoyable DK games on the market. Critics flipped over this game back in the day and we'd love to see it make a comeback on 3DS.
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
We'll always love the original Super Mario Land (Mario did pilot a submarine), but 6 Golden Coins appealed to us because it felt more like Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, complete with a more modern looking plumber. It's also the first game to star Wario (perhaps Bowser was on vacation) and Princess Daisy won the right to be kidnapped over Peach. Besides, who can argue against Bunny Mario? Not us.