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Pokémon Emerald (Game Boy Advance)

Pokémon Emerald (Game Boy Advance)

Some things, it seems, never change

In Japan in 1996 a craze started; by the turn of the century, it had worked its way around the world capturing the hearts and minds of gamers as easily as a level 3 Rattata is caught in a Master Ball. That craze was Pokémon: Nintendo’s pocket monster catching/training/battling powerhouse. The two Game Boy...

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (GameCube)

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (GameCube)

To think that once I could not see beyond the veil of our reality to see those who dwell behind

When Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem was released, there was a glut of Mature-rated horror games on the market from which to choose. Between the endless sequels to Resident Evil, Silent Hill and others, it was easy to overlook this newcomer. But...

Snowboard Kids (Nintendo 64)

Snowboard Kids (Nintendo 64)

You won't get board of this one

Although Atlus is undoubtedly best known for its expertise in the field of RPGs, the Shinjuku-based company does occasionally try its hand at other genres. One such example is Snowboard Kids, released on the Nintendo 64 back in 1998 in cooperation with Japanese development studio Racdym. Best summed up as Mario Kart on snowboards, it's a cartoony arcade racer..

Plok (Super Nintendo)

Plok (Super Nintendo)

The original Rayman

A few years before Rayman hit the scene, there was another lesser known platforming hero with floating hands and feet that he could throw at enemies. Created by John and Ste Pickford, two fairly well-known British video game designers, Plok is perhaps one of, if not the best, examples of a cult classic Super Nintendo platformer...

Star Fox: Assault (GameCube)

Star Fox: Assault (GameCube)

A bumpy ride for Team Star Fox

Star Fox has an active history on the GameCube, first appearing on the console in the form of Star Fox Adventures back in 2001. It took on a whole new direction and saw Fox McCloud out of the cockpit for the first time in an on-foot adventure across Dinosaur Planet, and while the game received acclaim in some quarters,...

Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube)

Super Smash Bros. Melee (GameCube)

Better than Brawl?

We live in a world of advanced communication. We can be sitting in our living room in Columbus, Ohio and play a game of Call of Duty with our friends in Vietnam. We could even put a headset on and have a conversation with them while we do so. We can whip out our Nintendo DS consoles and play a game of Mario Kart against complete...

The Chessmaster (Game Boy)

The Chessmaster (Game Boy)

Far less fiddly than magnetic travel chess

As all the cool kids know chess is a centuries-old strategic board game for two players, played on a eight-by-eight grid. You have 16 pieces that move in different ways, and you may have to plan several moves ahead if you are to successfully checkmate your opponent’s king. The Chessmaster offers fans a portable version of the game to enjoy with the..

Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)

Metroid: Zero Mission (Game Boy Advance)

From zero to hero

First things first, Metroid: Zero Mission is not a straight remake of the original NES Metroid with GBA quality graphics. It's a complete retelling and retooling of Samus' first 2D space adventure, including remixed areas, new power-ups and over a decade of refinements added to the formula. Nintendo has freshened the experience...

Another World (Super Nintendo)

Another World (Super Nintendo)

Simply out of this world

Poor old Lester Knight Chaykin (Les to his mates), an unwitting physicist, innocently went to put in some overtime in the lab during a thunderstorm one night. Who’d have thought that playing with a particle accelerator could magically teleport him to a strange alien planet when his lab gets struck by lightning? In the...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (Game Boy)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan (Game Boy)

Heroes on your handheld

Turtles, turtles everywhere. By 1990, you could find the four reptile ninjas not only in comics but on TV, t-shirts, toy store shelves and in theatres. Like the majority of the available products, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan was based on the popular cartoon and sees you battle across five levels to rescue captured reporter April O’Neil. All four of..

F-Zero GX (GameCube)

F-Zero GX (GameCube)

F-Zero is the name of the game, but will it also be the score?

In 2003 Nintendo’s premier racing series returned in superb style on the GameCube: F-Zero GX came out of the gate lightning fast, brutally hard and, rather oddly, developed by Sega. Made by Sega studio Amusement Vision, it marked the company’s first collaboration with Nintendo after...

Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy (Super Nintendo)

Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy (Super Nintendo)

Oh, we laugh at this game! Gradius is fine but this is nicer!

A fiendish giant octopus by the name of Zeo and his intergalactic mutant penguin mates are up to no good, wreaking havoc on the inhabitants of the Parodius Zone. Thankfully, help is at hand as Vic Viper, Pentarou the penguin, Twinbee and a gun-toting octopus have come to save the day. As a parody of Konami’s famous Gradius series, this..

Mortal Kombat (Game Boy)

Mortal Kombat (Game Boy)

Krud

Back, back, B. That’s the command that you need to enter to perform Scorpion’s spear move – but you have to do it slowly. Forget the quick tapping that you’d expect for a beat ‘em up, this is something with which you must take your time. It’s the same for all the special moves in the game, an irritant that’s just one of the many...

Batman: The Video Game (Game Boy)

Batman: The Video Game (Game Boy)

Holy platforming joy!

Gotham City is not a safe place to live. Goons and robotic drones roam the streets shooting anything in sight, gun turrets fire on people and heavy objects randomly fall from the sky. If the citizens of Gotham somehow manage to survive all that, they have to contend with the fact that the city was designed and built by prats,...

Vortex (Super Nintendo)

Vortex (Super Nintendo)

Transform and tear your hair out

The magical mystery core has been stolen and taken away. The Aki-Do forces are the ones responsible and naturally they've split it in to five parts and scattered them across the galaxy. But forget that cobblers, the cool part about Vortex is that you take control of the Morphing Battle System which as the name...

Atari Anniversary Advance (Game Boy Advance)

Atari Anniversary Advance (Game Boy Advance)

A nice sampler of classic greatness

When you open the arcade gaming history books to the early years, they should feature the name "Atari" in big, bold letters. Though strongly associated with home consoles in later years, Nolan Bushnell started this gaming empire in the arcades with games like Pong and Breakout (the assembly of the latter...

Arcana (Super Nintendo)

Arcana (Super Nintendo)

Magic is on the cards

FTL's seminal RPG Dungeon Master kick-started an entire genre when it was released at the tail-end of the '80s; the gaming public fell in love with the concept of immersive, first-person adventures and developers fell over themselves to replicate the same atmospheric feel witnessed in the Atari ST classic. It wasn't just Western game designers who caught the first-person bug,..

Mischief Makers (Nintendo 64)

Mischief Makers (Nintendo 64)

Go Go!! 2D Treasure Makers

With a US release in 1997 Mischief Makers, or Go Go!! Trouble Makers in Japan, was not only an early example of a N64 centric side-scrolling 2D platformer, it also successfully made its mark in gaming history by being the first Treasure game to land on a Nintendo platform. However, it would be shallow to describe Mischief...

Illusion of Gaia (Super Nintendo)

Illusion of Gaia (Super Nintendo)

This being a great game is no illusion

In the early days of the SNES, Enix made the beloved action RPG Soul Blazer. A strange but incredibly effective mixture of RPG and very light town-building elements resulted in one of the system's most underrated games. Although the game itself did not sell too well, Enix decided to try again, making a spiritual sequel with very loosely linked gameplay and..

UN Squadron (Super Nintendo)

UN Squadron (Super Nintendo)

Another Capcom classic

With various versions of Street Fighter II, Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts, a bunch of Mega Man games and two exclusive Final Fight sequels, the SNES was a good machine to own for Capcom fans. They also released many other games on the platform including U.N. Squadron, a frantic side-scrolling shooter originally released in arcades in 1989. The game is based on Area 88, one of the..