The Wii is a great system for both old and new games. I’ve used the Wii’s Virtual Console to play many classic games and I think almost every retro-gamer could benefit from it. For example, let’s say you’re not the biggest fan of Genesis games, but you want to play the original Sonic games. You could buy a Genesis system, an RGB cable and the games, or you could just buy them on the Wii’s Virtual Console.
Also, playing WiiWare games like A Cave Story, Mega Man 9 & 10 and Sonic 4 on an RGB monitor is amazing. You end up with the look and feel of an awesome classic game, but it’s brand new with updated graphics.
As far as video quality, the best way to use your Wii is with component video cables, as they’ll support 240p, 480i and 480p (provided your display supports all three resolutions). Please read on if you’d like more information about video output quality and how the Wii compares to the original systems:
| Wii Virtual Console Games vs. the Originals
I wanted to compare the Wii to the classic game systems. Doing the comparison on a modern TV isn’t fair, as the Wii outputs in a higher resolution…so I decided to compare the systems on an RGB monitor, so it’s the Wii vs. the classic consoles and their native original output.
| Wii RGB vs Wii Component
I wanted to see if there was an advantage in using the RGB-output of the Wii vs. the 480i component output on non-HD TV’s (for the record, if your TV supports 480p, Wii games will always look better in 480p component than RGB).
This page describes ways to use controllers from classic game systems on your Gamecube, Wii and Wii U.
This page provides basic info and links about softmodding your Wii and Wii U.
A note about the Wii’s video output quality:
Some newer Wii’s output a much higher quality video signal than the originals. There is a really helpful thread on the Shmups forum with details and picture evidence: http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=51789#p1066811
As a result of the above comparisons, I have to conclude the following:
– The Wii is an awesome tool for playing retro games. If you really love a classic game, the Virtual Console will never be a true replacement, but if you’re a casual retro gamer (even for just specfic games), it’s a perfect way to experience the older games in high quality.
– NTSC Wii’s (US, etc) should stick with component video output.
– PAL Wii’s (UK, etc) should chose whatever their TV or monitor supports: If it supports 480p, use component. If it only supports component via 480i, stick with RGB.
– While you can play Wii games on the Wii U, you loose a bit of picture quality: http://shmups.system11.org/viewtopic.php?p=1208264#p1208264