Nintendo finally has the ball rolling on Game Boy Advance Virtual Console games for the Wii U, leaving us wondering what can we expect to see rolling out in the coming months. The Australian Classification Board seems to know something we don’t, because it has rated two more classics not yet announced by Nintendo, Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and F-Zero GP Legend.
As with the classic days of Nintendo, Castlevania joins the line-up as the first marquis third-party title. Three Castlevania games graced the Game Boy Advance, and Aria of Sorrow is easily the best choice to represent on the big screen. It features the best controls, graphics, and music of the trio, and protagonist Soma Cruz can even eat the souls of enemies to grant him powers, giving his arsenal a boost where others can only stare in awe.
This game will get you more mileage than most of the other releases so far. Nintendo is taking over publishing responsibilities from Konami, who I think is kind of sick of Castlevania news by now.
On the other hand, F-Zero GP Legend isn’t exactly the best game from Nintendo’s classic racing franchise. The Nintendo 64’s F-Zero X is superior and already available on the Wii’s Virtual Console. GameCube games are also unaccounted for, meaning the cream of the crop, F-Zero GX, isn’t going to be released anytime soon either.
Add to the fact that Nintendo Creative Head Shigeru Miyamoto said he had no plans for future entries, and Mario Kart 8 is not-so subtly stealing all of the elements which separated the two. This could be the most legitimate way to enjoy F-Zero on your Wii U console, so I’ll give it a go in hopes that dollars transform Nintendo’s heart in the matter.
Nothing official has been announced from Nintendo regarding these games, nor has the ESRB rated either. The Australian Classification Board is usually a good indicator of things to come, at least. I’ve been slightly against buying Game Boy Advance games I would rather play on my Nintendo 3DS, but Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow is a little too good to pass up the chance to play on a big screen.