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Solomon's Key (Wii U eShop / NES)

Solomon's Key (Wii U eShop / NES)

One door closes, another one opens

In Solomon’s Key – an action / puzzler from Tecmo – you take command of a wizard named Dana as he searches for a magical formula that’s said to banish all evil from the world. The game began life in arcades back in 1986, finding its way to NES a year later, and now it’s resurfaced on Wii U Virtual...

Pac-Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pac-Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Pac is back!

When Pac-Man hit arcades in 1981, it was a phenomenal success. Spawning clothing, cereals and even a hit song, the game took the world by storm. It saw a rash of home console and personal computer releases during the 80s — some better than others — but it wasn't until the NES release in 1985 that the game finally saw a replica close...

Balloon Fight (3DS eShop / NES)

Balloon Fight (3DS eShop / NES)

Balloons don't float forever

In Balloon Fight you manipulate a little fellow who can flutter through the skies thanks to a pair of balloons strapped to his back and vigorous arm flapping. The world is a dangerous place for the intrepid defier of gravity, particularly when it comes to jealous birds — also illogically equipped with balloons — who...

Mega Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mega Man (Wii U eShop / NES)

Fight, Mega Man, for everlasting re-release!

By now, if you want to play Mega Man you probably already have it. It's been previously released for the Wii and 3DS Virtual Consoles, after all. But if you've somehow managed to let the game pass you by — or just aren't sure if it's worth upgrading your old Virtual Console version — we're happy to...

Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

An interesting twist on the beat 'em up genre

Given the popularity of arcade titles like Final Fight and Double Dragon, the beat 'em up genre was a big draw in arcades during the late eighties and early nineties. Hoping to cash in on some of this success, SNK created its own unique take on the genre with Sengoku for its Neo Geo system. While the...

Ice Climber (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ice Climber (Wii U eShop / NES)

Slippery controls are on thin ice

Ice Climber, despite the self-explanatory title, is more complex than a cursory glance would suggest. Popo the parka-toting lad (and identical twin Nana in the multiplayer mode) must scale thirty-two vertically scrolling mountains to rescue a large number of delicious eggplants, using only wits and indestructible...

Mega Man 4 (3DS eShop / NES)

Mega Man 4 (3DS eShop / NES)

The Blue Bomber vs The Red Menace

In 1991 the world got a fourth entry in what had quickly shaped up to be one of the NES's most popular series. This game was Mega Man 4, and expectations were high. After all, the first game laid down a solid — if static — template that resonated very well with gamers, the second game refined the formula...

Kirby's Adventure (Wii U eShop / NES)

Kirby's Adventure (Wii U eShop / NES)

Adventure time

Though Kirby made his debut a year prior on the Game Boy, it was 1993's Kirby's Adventure on the NES that cemented his appearance, his power-stealing ability, and his vast environments full of hidden secrets. Kirby's Adventure did a lot more than expand on the simple charm of Kirby's Dream Land; it earned him a place as one of...

Viewtiful Joe (GameCube)

Viewtiful Joe (GameCube)

A Viewtiful debut

Joe is nothing more than an average… well, Joe, as it were. The guy loves old movies and their cheesy melodrama, so when a malevolent hand drags him into a superhero flick, he’s absolutely pumped. This is a chance to do the impossible; to pull off his favorite actions scenes with high-flying kicks, slow-motion thrills, and...

NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

War is heaven

Although NAM-1975 was an early Neo Geo release, it's certainly not short on fun. Released in 1990, it took a simple shooting approach and built an interesting war theme around it. Simple mechanics and a level of playability that wasn't too common in the genre made for an amazing gameplay experience. Now SNK Playmore is bringing back...

Harvest Moon (3DS eShop / GBC)

Harvest Moon (3DS eShop / GBC)

Under thresher

The Harvest Moon series has always promoted the ideals of hard work and patience over the instant gratification found by more recent prods at gaming agriculture like Farmville. This attitude is even more apparent in Harvest Moon on the Game Boy Color than other iterations, as the handheld game crops the series down to its very roots...

Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Third time's a charm?

Art of Fighting sprang onto the Neo Geo arcade scene in 1993 and brought with it several innovations that would become a staple of future Neo fighting titles. For one thing the game featured huge character sprites, some spanning nearly the height of the screen. It also introduced the now famous SNK zoom system that would keep...

Super Pang (Super Nintendo)

Super Pang (Super Nintendo)

Forever blowing bubbles

Capcom is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013. Since the company formed in 1983, it has published a host of classic titles from the Resident Evil series, countless Street Fighter games and many timeless iterations of Mega Man. One of its lesser known titles is Super Pang (known as Super Buster Bros. in North America), an...

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge (Game Boy Advance)

Banjo-Kazooie: Grunty's Revenge (Game Boy Advance)

The dynamic duo go portable

When we at Nintendo Life think of Rare’s masterpieces from the Nintendo 64 era, we think of expansive and adventurous games like Donkey Kong 64, Jet Force Gemini, and of course the beloved Banjo-Kazooie series. Off-the-wall characters, exuberant locales, and an epic sense of scope added to the hook of what made these...

Beetle Adventure Racing! (Nintendo 64)

Beetle Adventure Racing! (Nintendo 64)

Infested with Bugs

These days, considering most of us have become accustomed to the smooth frame rates and high definition resolutions provided by modern consoles, revisiting the Nintendo 64 can sometimes be a painful experience as you may find that some of your favourite games haven’t aged very well. Fuzzy textures, choppy frame rates and limited...

Castlevania Legends (Game Boy)

Castlevania Legends (Game Boy)

Tainted bloodline

The odds were stacked against Castlevania Legends almost from the start. When it was released towards the end of the '90s, it had the near-impossible task of following Castlevania: Symphony of the Night - a game which had revitalised Konami's gothic series and won widespread critical acclaim. To add to the heady level of...

Kirby Air Ride (GameCube)

Kirby Air Ride (GameCube)

A Ride for all ages?

Kirby, everyone’s favourite pink puffball, has hopped on his Warpstar and blasted into the world of “kart” racing in Kirby Air Ride for the Nintendo GameCube. He’s brought with him a few of his brethren, a unique set of controls, and some recognizable scenery, which is packed into this multiplayer-centric package. While...

Geist (GameCube)

Geist (GameCube)

A Ghost of the Past

Nintendo doesn’t have much of a history when it comes to publishing mature-rated games. In fact, they had never directly released an M-rated game before they published the critically acclaimed Eternal Darkness for the GameCube in 2002. So when it was announced that Nintendo was working closely with developer n-Space on Geist...