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Ten Virtual Console games you must download

CVG's pick of the best VC games

Nintendo confirmed that there'll be a total of 31 retro games made available on the Wii's Virtual Console download service before Christmas.

There are some great titles in there, as well as some that aren't so memorable. We don't want you to download any stinkers, so here are our top 10 games (in no particular order) to download this December. And if a game that you're really looking forward to isn't on this list, get into the comments section and vent your passion.

Super Mario 64
Format: N64

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Of course this would be in our list. Even if you already own the N64 original AND the DS remake, you've surely got to be tempted to download it on Wii, if only to see how one of the greatest and most important videogames of all time handles on the new console.

Besides, no matter how many times we play through SM64, we still thoroughly enjoy a run around its 15 gorgeous worlds, and throwing Bowser by his tail never gets old.

Donkey Kong
Format: NES

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Basic and short, but there's no denying it's a classic. Simple as it may be, Mario's (or Jumpman, as he was originally known) barrel-dodging antics were huge in Japanese arcades, and contributed massively to success of the NES (or Famicom in Japan).


The Legend of Zelda
Format: NES

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One of the most significant debut adventures in Nintendo history, Link's first quest on the NES sees him explore Hyrule and tackle tough, maze-like dungeons in 8-bit style. Every Zelda fan should see the origins of this epic series. You'll recognise enemies, locations, items and music that are still used today. The most important history lesson you'll have this year.

Urban Champion
Format: NES

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According to this game, becoming a champion involves punching a bloke in the face until he falls down a manhole. While you and said bloke exchange brutal blows to the nose, disgruntled residents see fit to hurl projectiles at you, like pot plants and the like. Extreme violence on Nintendo? Yes, please!


Donkey Kong Country
Format: Super NES

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Donkey Kong Country stunned the world when it was released on the Super NES, with pre-rendered 3D graphics that blew everything out of the water. Now we look back at it as one of the best 2D platform games ever made, and certainly one of the most challenging. With dozens of levels, it'll keep you busy for ages.


F-Zero
Format: Super NES

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Before games went all 3D, the high-speed racing action of the Super NES F-Zero was mind-blowing. It's not quite so technically impressive now but throwing your rocket-powered ship around the tough, bending courses is one of the most challenging experiences ever. Not to mention it has one of the best soundtracks on the console, too.


Sonic the Hedgehog
Format: Mega Drive

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The game that made Sega, Sonic the Hedgehog holds a special place in our hearts. It's not as fast as Sonic Rush on DS, but that doesn't matter. The old-school levels are a joy to play through again, and the music will bring the memories flooding back.


Gunstar Heroes
Format: Mega Drive

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Gunstar Heroes is a chaotic 2D scrolling shooter, like the Metal Slug games but faster. You grab machine guns and other awesome weapons and waste vast numbers of enemies that burst onto the screen. Gunstar is without a doubt one of our favourite games on the Mega Drive, and it was the most pleasant surprise to see it on the launch-window Virtual Console list. A day-one download for sure.

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