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Downloading Classic Games vs Owning Carts

Postby Shipley » Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:25 pm

I've been a pretty big proponent of Xbox Live Arcade ever since I first used the service. I mostly favor new offerings, but classic games with new features like online multipler are nice.

However, my 360 is going under the knife after crapping out this weekend, so I fell back on Wii's Virtual Console.

I opted for Star Fox 64 (having given my N64 to my brother years ago, I'm unlikely to have this one again) and Super Mario Bros 2 ( my girlfriend had NEVER PLAYED IT).

A friend of mine owns many, many Virtual Console games even though he owns stacks of carts just for the ability to turn on his system and start a game without looking for it (not unlike cuing a song on an iPod vs getting an album out and starting it)

Where do you fall on this? It occurs to me I may be able to save money investing in old systems and carts than paying $5, $8, or $10 for an old game. But its so nice to just download and play any time.

What games (if any) have earned your Wii points, PS3 bucks, or Microsoft points?
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Postby fisticuffs » Mon Feb 04, 2008 4:32 pm

I downloaded a few just to try it. Tecmo Bowl, Mario 2, and Punch Out! Those old games arent quite as cheap as you think. And having a wireless controller and not having to dig around for a cart that may or may not work and having 8 systems under the TV... I like emulation I think.
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Postby Shipley » Mon Feb 04, 2008 5:19 pm

Well obviously the pirate route is the cheapest way, but I prefer my nintendo-made D-pad to any keyboard or 3rd party controller. Heck I even put a SNES emulator and a hundred games on my computer I can play with my Xbox 360 controller, I still never use is because I dislike the d-pad.
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