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Porky Pig's Haunted Holiday (Super Nintendo)

Porky Pig's Haunted Holiday (Super Nintendo)

A Looney Tunes platformer that's actually not too shabby.

For anyone who's watched the classic Porky Pig cartoons, you know that animators were quite fond of placing our stuttering pig friend into scary situations. Who could forget the leprechaun shoes or the moose head with the gun barrel protruding from its mouth. Well you'll be happy to know that not only are they both found in this haunting..

1080° Avalanche (GameCube)

1080° Avalanche (GameCube)

Dude, where's my snowboard?

With its December 2003 GCN release, 1080° Avalanche faced a quandary which mirrored the mixed up personality of the board sport it represented. Development had to decide between following the previous 'extreme to the max' approach of SSX 3, or to continue in the vein of its N64 predecessor 1080° Snowboarding, which...

Banjo Tooie (Nintendo 64)

Banjo Tooie (Nintendo 64)

Can you bear second helpings?

Banjo Kazooie was a game that revolutionised platforming on the N64: Rare's off-the-wall-humour, creative level design and sublime controls made it the pinnacle of platforming on Nintendo's console. Fans of the original will most likely remember Rare's lavish promises about the second game, Banjo Tooie, including the...

Super Double Dragon (Super Nintendo)

Super Double Dragon (Super Nintendo)

Billy and Jimmy Lee star in Super Double Draggin'!

The scene is set: grimy, littered streets patrolled by ruthless gangs, whose sole intent is to cause mayhem in the neighbourhood. This urban jungle setting for Return of Double Dragon (Super Double Dragon in the West) is as synonymous with 2D side scrolling beat-em-ups as it was with movies like The...

Biker Mice From Mars (Super Nintendo)

Biker Mice From Mars (Super Nintendo)

Time to rock 'n ride!

If you want to know what Biker Mice from Mars is like, think of it this way. Take RC Pro-Am for the NES, change the cars into Harleys, and then throw a bunch of thug-like mice onto those bikes and there you have it. It's pretty much a carbon copy of the ideas and gameplay found in RC Pro-Am, with the over-the-top weirdness of the Biker Mice theme tossed into the mix. Now while..

Star Fox (Super Nintendo)

Star  Fox (Super Nintendo)

Pretty Foxy stuff...

In 1993 the Mega Drive / Genesis was selling well and 2D was the bread and butter of console gaming. "Emergency, emergency… emergency, emergency! Incoming fighters prepare for launch", hailed the 16-bit Nintendo counter attack. For Sega and NEC it was too late: the swooping Nintendo Arwing squadron hammered the early...

Soul Blazer (Super Nintendo)

Soul Blazer (Super Nintendo)

Still one of the greatest action RPGs ever created.

At a time when action RPGs were truly beginning to catch on with gamers, Soul Blazer came along and offered up an adventure that was as charming and engaging as any role-playing game fans had experienced. Taking many of the unique gameplay elements found in the Actraiser title that came before it, Soul Blazer carefully crafted the gameplay..

Kid Klown in Crazy Chase (Super Nintendo)

Kid Klown in Crazy Chase (Super Nintendo)

You don't have to be crazy to play this game, but it helps!

Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, Super Metroid, ActRaiser, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Mario All-Stars, the Donkey Kong Country trilogy…these games all have three things in common: they’re all platform games, they’re all on Super Nintendo, and they’re all genuine classics that stand out...

Midway Arcade Treasures (GameCube)

Midway Arcade Treasures (GameCube)

Experience some of America's arcade masterpieces

The history of Midway Home Entertainment is a convoluted story of boom and bust that includes the most famous names in the index of America's arcade companies. Williams Electronics and Midway merged in the 1990s to create WMS Industries in a bid to remain competitive in a market seeing the rapid decline of the video arcades that were still the core..

Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary (GameCube)

Namco Museum: 50th Anniversary (GameCube)

This is one exhibition that will disappoint many

Namco is a company with one of the most impressive back catalogues in video games and is now one of the biggest names in home entertainment following a successful merger with toy and anime company Bandai five years ago. Released at the end of the Gamecube's life to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Namco (a company whose humble origins in the..

Virtual Lab (Virtual Boy)

Virtual Lab (Virtual Boy)

Where to begin?

One of the last Virtual Boy games to be released in Japan, Virtual Lab is a strange falling block puzzler that, rumour has it, was still being developed when developer J-Wing got wind of Nintendo’s plan to discontinue support of the Virtual Boy. They then hurriedly finished it off, so as they could get it in to shops whilst there was still the opportunity to make some cash off of..

Defender (GameCube)

Defender (GameCube)

"Live up to your name, Defender!"

Defender was Williams Electronics first video game and its biggest seller with over 60,000 units sold. It was noteworthy for the level of control players were given over their space ship as well as excellent visuals and sound. It was a badge of honour if you could play the game with any skill due to the complexity of the controls, but nevertheless Defender stands..

Mr. Driller Drill Land (GameCube)

Mr. Driller Drill Land (GameCube)

"Dig a Chance!"

If Namco had a corporate mascot that wasn't Pac-Man it would almost certainly be Mr. Driller. The retro arcade game from the end of the last century has spawned a franchise seeing seven games released with a version of some form on nearly every console made in the past decade. Its popularity is not only down to the simple, yet engaging gamplay based around drilling through..

Shadowrun (Super Nintendo)

Shadowrun (Super Nintendo)

Computers and magic meet in this overlooked gem of an RPG

Waking up in a morgue with amnesia it’s clear that your character, Jake Armitage, is having a bad day. Set in Seattle in the year 2050, Shadowrun is a cyberpunk RPG based on the pen and paper game of the same name. Having been gunned down in the streets you must uncover exactly what’s going on and fast, because people are still after..

Adventure Island II: Aliens in Paradise (Game Boy)

Adventure Island II: Aliens in Paradise (Game Boy)

Easily one of the Game Boy's best pure platformers.

With the success of their Adventure Island series on the NES console and their first release on the Game Boy platform, Hudson was obviously looking to continue that success with the release of their second Game Boy release. While the game is based on the third NES release, it actually eclipses it in some ways and brings a level of platforming to..

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy)

The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening (Game Boy)

A treasured classic and the absolute pinnacle of Game Boy gaming.

There were initially some concerns that the gameplay experiences on the Game Boy system might end up being a bit too shallow. Fortunately, that notion was put to rest early on with some of the outstanding releases for the system. Of course no title would shatter that misconception like the release of The Legend of Zelda: Link's..

SD Gundam Dimension War (Virtual Boy)

SD Gundam Dimension War (Virtual Boy)

Mobile Cute Gundam

Based on the popular mecha anime franchise, SD Gundam Dimension War is a turn-based strategy game where you are place in command of a small task force as you travel across the galaxy aiming to wipe out the opposing units you encounter. Gameplay is split in to two parts - a map screen where you manoeuvre your troops and a close up view for battles. Both sides mainly consist of the..

Operation C (Game Boy)

Operation C (Game Boy)

Does the diminutive adventure bring the big guns?

Let's just get this out of the way now: if you like the NES games, you'll probably dig this entry. Operation C isn't an adaptation or a port (arguably); it is an old-school Contra game. It may lack in a few notable areas, but you'll largely enjoy it. Operation C does a pretty good job of sticking to the series’ formula; a half-naked guy with big..

Kid Dracula (Game Boy)

Kid Dracula (Game Boy)

Nobody parodies their own games quite like Konami!

Konami had already enjoyed some success creating a parody of their Gradius series of shooters with their Parodius releases, so they must have felt like they were on to something when they decided to do the same with their popular Castlevania series back in the early '90s. Kid Dracula basically takes...

Hybrid Heaven (Nintendo 64)

Hybrid Heaven (Nintendo 64)

The N64's own Metal Gear Solid? If only.

Back in 1998, Konami's Metal Gear Solid took the gaming world by storm. Its masterful combination of action-packed gameplay and cinematic storytelling was unlike anything ever before seen in a videogame. The only bad news was that unless you owned a PlayStation, you wouldn’t be playing it, as it was...