Nintendo's Virtual Console platforms are an incredible solution for longtime gamers who want to relive their beloved memories as well as younger gamers or would like to go back and see the games that started some of today's most beloved series. The latter, in fact, is exactly what we got from a listener question in a recent episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia. "Say I could only play five Virtual Console games on Wii U or 3DS," Caleb Villa asks, "which ones should I play?"

Each of the three of us answered with our own personal five essentials to ultimately reach a list of over fifteen must-have Virtual Console games for any Nintendo fan—though of course we still couldn't help but namedrop a few more! Caleb also specified that he's already played Metroid and Super Mario Bros. 3, and would love to include digitally-released Wii games in the Virtual Console lists. Check out the discussion video above for our full discussions about these (and more) incredible titles and why you should play each one, or keep reading for our short lists!

Colin McIsaac, Editor-In-Chief

  • Super Mario Galaxy
  • Donkey Kong Country 2
  • Paper Mario
  • Mega Man 2 (or Mega Man X)
  • Kirby & The Amazing Mirror

Ben Lamoreux, Managing Edior

  • Super Mario World
  • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
  • EarthBound
  • Metroid Fusion
  • Pokémon Yellow Version

Alex Plant, Senior Editor

  • Pokémon Red (or Blue) Version
  • Super Mario Bros. 2
  • Metroid Prime Trilogy
  • The Legend of Zelda
  • The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening

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