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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...

Red Alarm (Virtual Boy)

Red Alarm (Virtual Boy)

Should Fox McCloud be scared?

Red Alarm is a 3D shooter where you take your Tech-Wing Fighter and battle through five enemy-filled levels, each ending with a showdown with a boss character. When it was originally released the first thing people noticed were the wire frame graphics, bringing to mind games such as Battlezone and Elite; although these were both excellent titles, they had originally..

Pokémon Red and Blue (Game Boy)

Pokémon Red and Blue (Game Boy)

Catching them all never felt as good as it did back in 1998.

To say that Pokémon has made its mark on the video game industry would be something of an understatement. While many claimed the franchise to be a fad when it first made its debut in each of the world’s four major video game regions, over time those people have been proven wrong. Even...

V-Tetris (Virtual Boy)

V-Tetris (Virtual Boy)

You know what to do…

Blocks fall down the screen and the player has to place them to make lines. Get a line and it disappears. Get multiple lines for extra points. Alexey Pajitnov’s falling block puzzle game has been ported to many different systems over the years, all essentially playing the same, only differentiated by the variety of modes available from version to version. In V-Tetris, mode..

Sutte Hakkun (Super Nintendo)

Sutte Hakkun (Super Nintendo)

Sutte Hakkun might just be one of the most unique video game experiences ever crafted.

Every so often a game comes along that makes you take your thumb off the fire button and don your thinking cap. But who wants to have to spend a lot of time thinking just to get through a game, you say? Well one thing that stands abundantly clear from playing...

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Super Nintendo)

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Super Nintendo)

Lufia II might not be as recognizable as some of the bigger name Super Nintendo RPGs, but that doesn't mean it packs any less of a punch.

If it's one thing the Super Nintendo System had a lot of, it was RPGs. Some were good, some were bad, and some were outstanding. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals would fall into the latter category. Not only does it offer an amazing turn-based combat system, but..

Terranigma (Super Nintendo)

Terranigma (Super Nintendo)

Does the final release in Enix's Gaia Trilogy hold up to the standards set by its predecessors?

It was during the 16-bit era that the action-style role-playing game began to take off. Instead of using the turn-based battle system found in most traditional RPGs, many developers were putting the player more in control of the actual battles in an attempt to broaden the appeal of the genre. The release..

Virtual Fishing (Virtual Boy)

Virtual Fishing (Virtual Boy)

No Bluefish here!

Virtual Fishing aims to replicate the fishing experience, pitting you against six opponents as you compete in several competitions. Upon starting the game you are presented with a 3D map screen with five locations on for you to compete at, as well as a training area where you can get used to the controls, which are pretty straightforward. You press A to cast and hold it to let out..