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Perfect Dark (Game Boy Color)

Perfect Dark (Game Boy Color)

Jo's pocket detour is all brawn but little brain

On the Nintendo 64, Perfect Dark was a big huge deal for console gamers back in 2000: it was the spiritual successor to GoldenEye, it took advantage of all the technical whiz-bang that the console could muster, and it was supposed to be the ultimate console first-person shooter experience from the Nintendo camp’s golden child, Rare. So why not make..

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (GameCube)

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (GameCube)

No! Not the Music Keys!!

Back in 2005, Konami and Nintendo surprised us all by announcing they were teaming up to release a new entry in the Dance Dance Revolution universe starring characters from Nintendo’s flagship series, Super Mario Bros. Most people will go into this not expecting the complete foot-burning DDR experience, and it’s these people in particular that will be satisfied with..

Jet Grind Radio (Game Boy Advance)

Jet Grind Radio (Game Boy Advance)

Funk on wheels

Sega's Dreamcast died in an explosion that sent the company's intellectual property flying all over what was left of the gaming landscape, and few consoles of that generation received more surprise ports than the Game Boy Advance. Not only did it see Sonic return to his former 2D self in the Sonic Advance series, the handheld also landed ports of the frenetic ChuChu Rocket!, the..

Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon (Game Boy Advance)

Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon (Game Boy Advance)

Turds in space

We can only imagine what mind-numbingly stupid things people were thinking during the pitch for Star Wars: Flight of the Falcon. We suspect it started out with noble intentions: the Rogue Squadron games were well received, and crazier games had successfully made the leap to the Gameboy Advance. Why not put the Millennium Falcon at the...

ChuChu Rocket! (Game Boy Advance)

ChuChu Rocket! (Game Boy Advance)

The ultimate game of space cat and mouse

Around the turn of the millennium, Sega wasn’t doing so hot. Their much-beloved Dreamcast failed to ignite the sales charts despite being home to a plethora of fantastic new and original games as well as nigh-perfect (in some cases, improved) home conversions of arcade hits. It was with a heavy heart that...

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (GameCube)

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (GameCube)

Incredible destruction; incredibly satisfying

It's practically a truism that video games built on film and book licenses suck; probably due to the motivation for using a license from another medium being more about attempting to cash-in on name recognition than actually delivering a compelling gaming experience. Of course there are exceptions to the...

Yume Koujou Doki Doki Panic (NES)

Yume Koujou Doki Doki Panic (NES)

Super Mario Bros. 2, minus the Super Mario Bros.

Depending on who you ask, you're likely to hear quite a few different variations on the story of how Yume Doujou Doki Doki Panic came to be. Some say it was originally intended to be a Super Mario Bros. game but ended up taking on a life all its own at the hands of video game developer extraordinaire...

Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Game Boy Advance)

Street Fighter Alpha 3 (Game Boy Advance)

Street Fighter returns! Bigger and better!

Three years after porting the first Street Fighter Alpha to the Game Boy Color, Crawfish Interactive tried something a bit more ambitious, this time for the more powerful Game Boy Advance. The decision was made to skip Alpha 2 and instead port the third game of the series. Street Fighter Alpha 3 had arrived in arcades in 1998, with home versions following..

Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams (Game Boy Color)

Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams (Game Boy Color)

An impressive but flawed conversion

In 1995 Capcom decided that, for the time being, there were enough versions of Street Fighter II in the world and so came up with something different. Street Fighter Alpha featured air-blocking, a three-level super combo gauge, counter attacks and a fancy anime appearance. Although sequels followed, it was decided to bring the first game in the series to the Game..

Faceball 2000 (Game Boy)

Faceball 2000 (Game Boy)

Fun Person Shooter

Shortly before Wolfenstein 3D kick-started interest in the genre, Xanth Software F/X treated Game Boy owners to Faceball 2000: a first-person shooter that saw players working their way through maze-like corridors battling giant smiling faces (Smiloids). Less violent than other FPSs, Smiloids disappear when defeated rather than...

Intellivision Lives! (GameCube)

Intellivision Lives! (GameCube)

Relive the classics from one of gaming's pioneers.

When the Intellivision launched in 1980 it kicked off what is arguably the first console war with Atari's Video Computer System. Sure there was an earlier price war between Fairchild (the first company to mass-market a removable-cartridge-based games console) and Atari, but Mattel's approach was...

Batman Returns (Super Nintendo)

Batman Returns (Super Nintendo)

Merry Christmas, Mr. Wayne

The release of Batman Returns was perfectly timed at the peak of Konami's SNES development and during a high point in Batman movie history. The festive feel of the game was slightly out of sync with its Spring '93 release date, but it was completely fitting in regard to the source material. Konami had already mastered a...

Outlaw Golf (GameCube)

Outlaw Golf (GameCube)

It may not feature Tiger Woods, but it does let you beat up golfers with golf clubs.

With the advent of the Wii Remote and Wii MotionPlus, older golf games may seem obsolete by comparison, but a few exceptions are still worth checking out for the extra content they bring besides just golf. One such exception is Outlaw Golf with its irreverent take on the subject. Is it an honest parody of the sport..

Sunset Riders (Super Nintendo)

Sunset Riders (Super Nintendo)

Bury me with my SNES

Just for a moment, cast your thoughts towards Saturday matinee Western films and reel in all of their imagery of the Old West. Picture in your minds the characters deftly dodging stampeding cattle, guiding their trusty steed as it gallops alongside a runaway train, chasing down a stagecoach, gun fighting in uncouth taverns and...

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (Nintendo 64)

Star Wars: Rogue Squadron (Nintendo 64)

"I've lost Artoo!"

A long time ago (around 13 years to be precise) in a galaxy not so far away, and when Nintendo 64 hardware was still fresh off the factory production line, LucasArts released Shadows of the Empire. Unfortunately for Star Wars fans everywhere, it was a pretty average affair, with only the Battle of Hoth level proving to be truly...

Rock & Roll Racing (Super Nintendo)

Rock & Roll Racing (Super Nintendo)

Are you ready to rock?

While Rock & Roll Racing began life as a direct sequel to their original RPM Racing release on the Super Nintendo console, the guys at Silicon & Synapse decided to amp things up a bit for their new racing title. They added in a classic hard rock soundtrack, some unique race announcing from Larry "Supermouth"...

Stunt Race FX (Super Nintendo)

Stunt Race FX (Super Nintendo)

Racing: Super FX style!

In 1993 the Super FX-enhanced Star Fox brought 3D visuals to the SNES with great effect, so it was a no-brainer that further games would follow. The second game to use the wonder chip came a year later in the form of Stunt Race FX, a cutesy 3D racer from Nintendo that featured a variety of tracks with slopes and bumps across four modes of play. The Super FX chip also helped..

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64)

Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire (Nintendo 64)

Lurking in the shadows lies a foreboding adventure

The anticipation surrounding the launch of a new console is among the most exciting moments in a gamer's calendar, and one of the most notable hardware changeovers was between Nintendo's SNES and N64. The significance of the N64 generation is not only the enhancements afforded by an extra 48-bits of...

Secret of Evermore (Super Nintendo)

Secret of Evermore (Super Nintendo)

A challenging but rewarding RPG experience.

After having success with their Secret of Mana release outside of Japan, Squaresoft decided to try a different approach with their next action RPG release Secret of Evermore. While Japanese gamers would get the true sequel to Secret of Mana in the shape of Seiken Densetsu 3, US gamers were treated to what...

Chibi-Robo (GameCube)

Chibi-Robo (GameCube)

Is this a charming game about an altruistic robot or a shambolic scavenger hunt?

Meet the Sandersons, your atypical dysfunctional American family: Mr. Sanderson is an out-of-work engineer-cum-manchild who lives on the lounge sofa playing with action figures and watching his favourite superhero program Space Ranger Drake Redcrest(TM) (apologies if that hits too close to the bone for some readers)..