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Virtual League Baseball (Virtual Boy)

Virtual League Baseball (Virtual Boy)

Does stepping onto the virtual diamond impress?

You take control of a team then bat, pitch and field as you compete against others, either in one off games or a league, offering you the chance to become Virtual League World Champion. Each game lasts for 9 innings though games will end early if a team is winning by over 10 points. For both batting and pitching the camera view is the same: just..

Jack Bros. (Virtual Boy)

Jack Bros. (Virtual Boy)

Justifiably well regarded or just overhyped?

Aside from VB Wario Land, if there’s one game that causes people to get excited when discussing the Virtual Boy its Jack Bros.: a spin-off title from the Megami Tensei RPG series that sees players working their way down a series of floors, fighting enemies as a timer ticks down. But is it worthy of this, or is it just hype with its reputation built up..

Rampage (NES)

Rampage (NES)

Is this monster mash worth all your quarters?

Today people might look at Midway as the financial disaster that they are and chuckle. In the better days of arcades, however, Midway developed a number of hit arcade games including their hit Mortal Kombat series of fighters. While MK is likely their most famous effort, they also had some respectable games prior to the seminal fighter, not the least of..

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (Nintendo 64)

Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon (Nintendo 64)

Save Japan from a group of stage performers by throwing coins and hitting robots with your trusty kiseru pipe. You know it makes sense!

What do you get if you take a generous helping of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, mix well with a portion of Mario 64, and add a heavy sprinkling of traditional Japanese culture? The answer, of course, is Mystical...

Golf (Virtual Boy)

Golf (Virtual Boy)

Simple name. Simple game?

The Virtual Boy's Golf places you on to an 18-hole course as you compete against 47 opponents to try and win the tournament. That's pretty much it. Compared to, say, the latest Tiger Woods MotionPlus offering it doesn’t offer much, but does the opportunity to tee-off in 3D make it worth a try? Perhaps more than any other game, Golf is where the redness of the Virtual Boy..

Space Squash (Virtual Boy)

Space Squash (Virtual Boy)

Think 3D Pong, and you're halfway there...

Space Squash is one of those games where the premise is so simple you could write it on the back of a postage stamp and still have room to spare. You guard one end of a tunnel and your opponent guards the other as you both float around smacking a spiked ball between one another. Get it past the opposition to score a point. First to three wins. The left..

Waterworld (Virtual Boy)

Waterworld (Virtual Boy)

Surely it can't be as bad as they say...

A lot of negative stuff is written about the Virtual Boy, but whilst it has its defenders no one seems to want to stick up for Waterworld. It has a bad reputation, with some claiming it’s the worst game ever (and not just on the Virtual Boy). But is that fair? Is it really that bad? Or are people just...

Princess Maker - Legend of Another World (Super Nintendo)

Princess Maker - Legend of Another World (Super Nintendo)

Overall, a pretty regal experience.

The Princess Maker series by Akai/Gainax isn't all that well known in the West – which is hardly surprising. Besides one failed translation project by SoftEgg in 1993, the franchise has never reached Western shores, and while the game may be considered by some as catering to a niche market, it is in fact a..

Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64)

Donkey Kong 64 (Nintendo 64)

Donkey Kong’s first foray into 3D, but is it more chump than chimp?

With the success of the Donkey Kong Country trilogy on the Super Nintendo, it wasn’t surprising when fans of the series called out for a next-gen instalment on the Nintendo 64. And so, in time for Christmas of 1999, Rare obliged as gamers were introduced to Donkey Kong 64. In a...

Galactic Pinball (Virtual Boy)

Galactic Pinball (Virtual Boy)

That Virtual kid sure plays a mean pinball!

Launch the ball on to the table and use flippers to stop it falling out of the playing area, smacking it around the table over ramps and against targets to get points. That’s how pinball works in amusement arcades and it’s how it’s worked for the many computer and video game versions released over the years. Galactic Pinball is no different..

Densetsu no Stafi 3 (Game Boy Advance)

Densetsu no Stafi 3 (Game Boy Advance)

The third time is the charm for the Densetsu no Stafi series.

After the success of the first two Densetsu no Stafi releases, TOSE obviously wanted to knock one out of the park with their third and final Game Boy Advance Stafi title. To say that they were successful would be a huge understatement, as Densetsu no Stafi 3 offers up the type of...

Vertical Force (Virtual Boy)

Vertical Force (Virtual Boy)

Old school fun blasting fun from the experts at Hudson

Out of all the games available for the much-maligned Virtual Boy, Vertical Force is possibly the most conventional in terms of game design. It's a vertically scrolling shooter (clue was in the title really) where you fight your way through swarms of enemies before facing a boss character to proceed to the next level. Aside from a few graphical..

Panic Bomber (Virtual Boy)

Panic Bomber (Virtual Boy)

Boom blocks!

With any new hardware release people look forward to new games, but are also excited to see what will be done with an existing game series. Due to the short amount of time the Virtual Boy was around before Nintendo gave up on it, very few series received an entry on the system, although Tetris managed two. This is a shame, as its unique nature could enhance the game-playing experience..

Densetsu no Stafi 2 (Game Boy Advance)

Densetsu no Stafi 2 (Game Boy Advance)

Densetsu no Stafi 2 kicks things up a notch.

The original Densetsu no Stafi started a series that features a unique blend of platforming and puzzle-solving elements to form one of the more unique Game Boy Advance titles, and certainly one that's become quite beloved by platformer fans the world over. Its sequel, Densetsu no Stafi 2, picks up where the first game left off and retains all of the..

Dragon Warrior Monsters (Game Boy)

Dragon Warrior Monsters (Game Boy)

Does this monster-hunting spin off live up to the Dragon Quest name?

It's always a risky proposition when you create a spin-off of an already established and popular franchise, so when Enix decided to take the theme of their hugely popular Dragon Quest series and build a monster-hunting title around it, some RPG fans were more than a little...

Densetsu no Stafi (Game Boy Advance)

Densetsu no Stafi (Game Boy Advance)

Densetsu no Stafi kicks the series off in grand style.

Before the Densetsu no Stafi series made an appearance on Nintendo's DS system, it started off with three amazing Game Boy Advance releases. The game creatively combined platforming elements with underwater puzzle solving game play to form one of the most unique and engrossing games available...

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GameCube)

Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (GameCube)

Double the usual number of exclamation marks means double the fun!!

Mario…perhaps the most multi-faceted video game hero since MacGyver. He can make fireballs out of flowers, plays tennis and baseball professionally, balances two careers (carpentry and plumbing), and even has two girlfriends. Okay, maybe MacGyver wasn’t actually a video game...

Mario Clash (Virtual Boy)

Mario Clash (Virtual Boy)

Is this overlooked title worthy of a second chance?

Many reasons have been given for why the Virtual Boy failed so badly when it was released in the mid '90s. One of the more convincing arguments is that the lack of a 'proper' Mario game meant that hardcore Nintendo fans ignored the console; while it's hard to accept that this is the only reason, it...

Teleroboxer (Virtual Boy)

Teleroboxer (Virtual Boy)

Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots

Teleroboxer is a boxing game that puts you in control of a giant fighting machine as you face a series of weird and wonderful opponents in a bid to become the champion. The game uses a first person perspective with your fists visible on screen. The left d-pad and L control your left fist and the right d-pad and R control your right. It feels very natural to play and,..

Virtual Boy Wario Land (Virtual Boy)

Virtual Boy Wario Land (Virtual Boy)

The Virtual Boy's best game?

It's hard to talk about the Virtual Boy without mentioning Virtual Boy Wario Land; the ill-fated system only experienced 22 games throughout its short lifespan and this lack of software has resulted in some VB games getting a better reputation than they deserve purely because there's so little else to play on the...