Aeropause's Steven Munn has compiled a list of potential Virtual Console
games for suckers.
These are all games that have superior versions that could show up on the Virtual Console, or, in the case of Street Fighter II
, superior versions that already have shown up
. Even without taking the arcade versions into consideration, there's still one more
SNES Street Fighter II
that could come out, so can you ever
feel confident about buying one?
We take issue with a couple of the items on the list. Munn recommends against buying Super Mario Bros.
, because buying it later as part of Super Mario All-Stars with Super Mario World
will be cheaper. We disagree, only because we think the NES version is the definitive version of that game. Same with Ninja Gaiden Trilogy
: should Tecmo ever decide to release the SNES compilation on the VC, it will be cheaper than buying all three NES games. However, those SNES remakes are a mess of barely-upgraded graphics and ruined music.
The article does raise a good point, however. Why should we be expected to pay over and over again for inferior versions of the same game, when the best versions exist and can easily be ported? We're thinking of arcade games, here.