Back in the day, I was introduced to a platform game on the NES called Wizards & Warriors. In this game, you play as Kuros, a knight (though on the box art for all of the games, he looks like Conan the Barbarian), charged with the quest of rescuing a princess who was kidnapped by an evil magician named Malkil. The fine folks at Rare made this game, while Acclaim took up the publishing duties.
Kuros had to traverse the land of Elrond, finding artifacts to aid him in his quest, though some of them had the dopiest names, like "The Feather of Feather Fall," or "The Boots of Lava Walk." Kuros fought bizarre creatures, as well as boss monsters powered up by Malkil. Each of these bosses had an energy meter with "EVIL" above it. Each level had a knight that guarded the next level, and cannot be fought. They must be bribed with gems to allow passage.
Kuros seemed goofy when he jumped, as he didn't have the personality of Mario. But then again, Mario was a plumber, not a knight. Still, Kuros was a solid hero, and would appear in two more games on the NES; Ironsword: Wizards & Warriors II and Wizards & Warriors III: Kuros: Visions of Power, as well as Wizards & Warriors X: Fortress of Fear on the Game Boy. He was also a character in the The Power Team, a cartoon starring characters from games Acclaim released, but never developed themselves. Kuros' adventures never made it past the NES or Game Boy, however.
So what are the chances of the Wizards & Warriors series appearing on Nintendo's Virtual Console? Slim at best. Microsoft owns Rare, which also means that Nintendo owned Rare developed games like Donkey Kong Country 1, 2, 3 are no longer available. However, the Stamper brothers are no longer associated with Rare, so there could be a chance if they form a new company, and either do a remake or an all new game. The net is alive with emulators, however.