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Adventure Island may be the least polished of the series, but it still holds up today. It's never really hard - it just requires quick reaction speed and memorization. If you're a fan of platformers, this is not one to be missed. It's a cult classic and still great.
That said, if you like the idea of Adventure Island we'd recommend you go for New Adventure Island instead. The TurboGrafx title has been available on Virtual Console for some time now and has far superior graphics and sound for only 100 extra points.
The Turbo installment, New Adventure Island, is also currently available on the Virtual Console for just 100 Points more than this download would run you. And its upgrades in visuals and sound probably justify the extra buck for curious players, because gameplay-wise the two titles are essentially the same. We'd recommend going that route rather than investing in this game, but don't let that turn you off from the later NES and SNES Island Adventures – they mixed up the fruit-munching formula quite a bit, and will each be worth a look when they eventually arrive in the Wii Shop.
Once again, there are far better examples of this sort of game already available - not least the sublime Mario games, but also the later Wonder Boy titles and various Bonk escapades. Put it this way, if you can't find a more enjoyable cute platform game than this, you're not looking hard enough.