Nintentunes: Columbus day edition

NES – Operation Wolf
Operation Wolf was one of the first games I remember wanting to buy because I first played it at an arcade. Operation Wolf was ported to every console under the sun at the time, but only the NES and Sega Master System versions featured the all important light gun support. The game was brutally hard, as were many  ported games that were originally intended to eat all your quarters. The game is available on the Wii Virtual Console, but because of lack of any type of gun support, I wouldn’t recommend it. 

SNES – Illusion of Gaia
When asked what my favorite game of all time is, Illusion of Gaia has long been my answer. Developed by Quintet and published by Enix, Illusion of Gaia has everything I look for in a game. Great story? Check. Rad music? Double check. Fun, simple gameplay with evolving combat system? Oh yeah. If you have a hankering to play a great retro title that is light on the RPG elements, look no further than Illusion of Gaia.

N64 – Wipeout 64
The one thing about Wipeout 64 that I remember most is the funky techno beats that seemed to fit perfectly in the futuristic Wipeout universe. I don’t even particularly care for techno style music, but still found myself bobbing my head to the beats. As Sony Electronic Publishing ended up purchasing developer Psygnosis, Wipeout 64 was the only Wipeout title to appear on a Nintendo console.

Gamecube – Super Monkey Ball 2
As silly as the games may look on the surface, the Super Monkey Ball series is surprisingly fun with a challenging single-player adventure and addictive multiplayer. The original game was one of my first two launch games I purchased for the good old cube, and is one of the few titles for the console I still dust off and play when my younger family is over. I mean come on, what could be more fun than a monkey inside of a ball?

Wii – Castle of Shikigami III
Games like Castle of Shikigami III are right up my alley, as I love me some bullet hell games. Unlike many games in the genre, the Castle of Shikigami series contains a wacky off the wall story that changes depending on the characters selected. If games of this genre interest you or you think that you have played everything worth playing on Wii, give this game a go.

Eugene lives in New Mexico and has been a life long gamer since getting his hands on an NES. Always partial to Nintendo, Eugene has made it a point to keep informed on all things Mario.