Nintendo Wii: 5 Best Action and Adventure Games for the Virtual Console, Cheap Games You'll Love!

Nintendo Wii: 5 Best Action and Adventure Games for the Virtual Console, Cheap Games You'll Love!
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The Wii Virtual Console is brimming with games, some great and some not so great, but they do have a lot of action and adventure titles for those of you who crave such things. But which games are worth your money? Lucky for you, I play a lot of action and adventure titles and I know a good game when I play it.

So, without further adieu, these are the best action and adventure games available on the Virtual Console right now!

Super Mario World

Console: SNES

Price: 800 Wii Points

Why it is awesome:

I could just say it’s Mario game, end of story, but I’ll elaborate. This is the first original Mario game for the SNES (it came free with a lot of the SNESs back in the day) and it really kicked Mario up a notch. Now he’s not only got a feather which helps him fly for short amounts of time, but he also has Yoshi to ride on as well! And not just one Yoshi, but four different varieties of Yoshi, if you can find them, that is.

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Yeah, that’s right, Super Mario World is chocked full of secret worlds, 96 in total, so it will keep you busy for a long time. The Ghost Houses are a nice addition, as each one is a maze of sorts with a puzzle to solve in order for Mario to escape before time runs out. And don’t forget about getting to fight all of Bowser’s children in their own unique castles. So far, the only new Mario game to live up to this one was the New Super Mario Bros. on the DS. Now that is something, since Super Mario World is almost 20 years old.

Mega Man 2


Console: NES

Price: 500 Wii Points

Why it is awesome:

Yeah, Mega Man 2 is only the second in the series, but it is also one of the strongest. There are more bad robots for Mega Man to take down, 8 in total, harder levels and more stuff for him to avoid. Dr. Wily went all out trying to kill Mega Man in this one, and it is a chore sometimes just to stay alive.

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If you want action, look no further than the hordes of attacking robots that will always keep you right on your toes, falling platforms and bullets to avoid. You won’t be able to escape them, until you defeat them, of course. This game is a great deal for only $5, and it will keep you busy for a long time to come.

Comix Zone

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Console: Genesis

Price: 800 Wii Points

Why it is awesome:

Comix Zone is a Japanese game about an American comic book artist that gets trapped in his own comics and has to fight his way through them! Think Cool World, but actually good. You move from panel to panel, fighting bad guys and advancing the story, but don’t get me wrong, this isn’t your typical action game. While there is a lot of button mashing to be had, you can also manipulate the world around you since it is all made of paper. One of the coolest aspects of the game is using the paper as a weapon and shredding it to discover items and power ups. You also have enough room in your pockets to store three items to use in later battles.

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I’ll admit, Comix Zone is short and pretty difficult, but it is also one wild ride of a game, with much more depth than you would expect from an action game. Plus, the graphics are a dream, full of bright colors and lush backgrounds, it looks great! Worth your $8? I think so.

Ys Book I&II

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Console: TG16

Price: 800 Wii Points

Why it is awesome:

The action RPG of the lot Ys Book I&II was recently re-released on the Nintendo DS, but you can save yourself some good money by buying it on the Virtual Console. If you love Japanese RPGs, but hate turn-based combat, this is the game for you. All the battles are real-time, so you don’t have to worry about getting bored. The story is interesting, and it is a game that a lot of mainstream gamers have overlooked, as the TurboGrafx-16 wasn’t nearly as popular as the SNES or Genesis. Also, you get two games for the price of one!

In both Book I&II you play as the same character, so the continuity is good. While the combat is a little strange (you just run up to enemies and hope to hit them as there is no attack button), it still works out once you get used to it. The graphics were awesome for the time, although now they look less than stellar now, but the music is still great. Ys Book I&II are awesome action RPGs that most people have missed. If you are a fan of Zelda, give these a try. You won’t be disappointed.

The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time


Console: N64

Price: 1000 Wii Points

Why it is awesome:

How could I have a list of the best action adventure games for the Virtual Console without mentioning The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time? I couldn’t. It’s against the law or something. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time is one of the best Zelda games ever. Period. While Twilight Princess comes close, it never over-shadowed this game, and for good reason.

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Link’s journey in Ocarina of Time is one of the most sprawling, as he travels back and forth through time to save Hyrule from destruction at the hands of Gannon (you’d think he’d learn). There are 8 temples to explore and master, a smattering of side quests and mini games, a bunch of great items to collect and a horse to ride, for the first time in a Zelda game. This game is chocked so full of stuff you will spend a while trying to learn it all. While the graphics don’t compete with today’s standards, none of that really matters with such a great game. Go ahead and download it, if you have the time to commit.