the VC can blow me
So you have a Wii — “you” being anyone whose name doesn’t start with R and end with yan, the poor sap who has to wait 2 years just to see a Wii ad in or around his vicinity of the Philippines. You see the Virtual Console, are intrigued by playing retro games with a sideways remote or the upgraded SNES pad, and throw cash at your Wii Shop Channel screen. Even though it’s a hackjob as far as Intendo is concerned (or maybe just me), it has its appeal to nostalgia mongers.
Mass appeal; it is a retro gamer’s dream. Its biggest problem though, besides pricing, is selection. Wario’s Woods is the ultimate in gameplay innovation and cutting edge tech and graphics, but i’d rather not. And as much as i want to pay 8 dollars for a license to Sonic 1, something holds me back. Sense, probably. However, as it so happens i know of a better solution to this problem and am about to gladly share it with you. With my help, you can make your very own, partial VC mistress.
1 Wii or GameCube
1 Copy of Animal Crossing (Cube)
1 Action Replay (Datel)
1 Cube controller of choice
History lesson: Nintendo, during the GameCube generation, was on a nostalgia driven rampage. The Classic NES series for GBA, the Famicom Micro, Mr Game & Watch in Melee along with various retro-themed trophies, stuffing the original Metroid in Zero Mission, rereleases of all 2D Mario titles, etc. They were absolutely shamelessly raking in the fond memory money. But they made a major blunder early on.
Nintendo got a little trigger happy with the nostalgia cash-ins, and blew a huge NES load into Animal Crossing for the GameCube. Around 20 NES titles are obtainable in AC as rare items, and you can play them, right on your tv screen or on your GBA using the GC-to-GBA link cable (like me). This was a big selling/playing point for AC back in ’02, keeping animal crossers on a constant treasure hunt for the next perfectly emulated classic in their villages.
I recently discovered that an Action Replay cheat device, also dated from 2002, has a built-in code to give you all (or most) of the NES games with no trouble. Insert the AR, go to Animal Crossing, find NES item cheat, activate and emulate. Presto game-o, a free-ish substitute to one full section of the Virtual Console, with a bigger and better selection of games to boot. To make sure you cover all bases, there’s another cheat which fills out your catalog at Tom Nook’s completely, letting you mail order some of those old titles should you lose track of any.
You still can’t take them to a friend’s Wii — unless you bring your copy of AC and your mem card, so i guess you can. And if you lose your game save, you can repeat the process, which adds the games right to your inventory slots. You can even do the “multiplayer” thing, where you and your friend’s mem cards infiltrate one Wii/Cube with AC and can visit each other’s villages, allowing them to pick up the kind gifts you left outside your pink-roofed house. This thing solves everything.
Additional info: You can play Animal Crossing entirely without the disc after the first load or splash screen, resets and all. Do what you will with that information. Also, an Action Replay and copy of Animal Crossing can probably be found for cheap on eBay or Amazon somewhere, if you don’t have either one.
Fight the power.