Most Wanted Game Boy Games For Nintendo's 3DS eShop
Never thought we'd say this, but more black and white games please.
Thus far, Nintendo and third parties have done a great job populating the 3DS eShop with classic Game Boy titles, including several surprises, such as Capcom's Bionic Commando.
Of course, the eShop has only been around since June 2011, and there are hundreds of old school games that need a well-deserved re-release.
On that note, here are the ones we'd most like to see, along with some Game Boy Color gems for good measure.
Kid Icarus: Of Myths and Monsters
With Kid Icarus: Uprising set for a March 23 release, and 3D Classics: Kid Icarus arriving (hopefully) this week, it makes perfect sense for Nintendo to bring Pit's first and only Game Boy adventure to the eShop. Same old Kid Icarus style play, with the hero setting off to save Angel Land and killing enemies with unlimited arrows, but with a new antagonist, the demon Orcos, to defeat. Seems like a good tune-up before we square off against Medusa.
Contra: The Alien Wars
Think of this game as a "light" version of the Super Nintendo classic. Developer Factor Five removed many of the bosses, remixed the levels and nixed the laser gun, but this side scrolling effort still let us enjoy furious Contra style blasting on the go.
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge
There were three Castlevania adventures for Game Boy, and if we had our way, Konami would release them all. For now, we'll go with the second entry, Belmont's Revenge, where players once again set off to give Dracula the business using Holy water, axes and whips.
Donkey Kong Land
Like many Nintendo fans, we have a soft spot for the Donkey Kong Country series on the Super Nintendo. Turns out, there were also three similar games on the Game Boy. These hits featured different levels than the console titles, but preserved the banana grabbing, platform hopping goodness. Come on, Nintendo. Give us Donkey Kong Land.
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.