4. Virtual Console introduced a new generation to iconic titles
Once upon a time Nintendo was very guarded of its deep library of classic games. To give you some idea, it would be a cause for celebration when Nintendo re-released games from the Mario or Zelda series, while most other franchises never got a chance. Then, in 2006, the Wii opened the floodgates, bathing new and old players alike in Nintendo nostalgia via the Virtual Console, meaning swaths of gamers could now enjoy hundreds of games they likely had never heard of before.
Over the last six years, VC has become a treasure trove of games from the NES, SNES and N64, but Nintendo didn’t limit the service to just its systems. Tons of Genesis, Neo Geo, Master System, Commodore 64, TurboGrafx-16, and arcade games are all included in the service. And across all those systems were dozens of titles that were either out-of-print or had never been released outside Japan. The service will even see continued life on the Wii U, giving a whole new generation of gamers a chance to catch up on gaming history one download at a time.