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Virtual Bowling (Virtual Boy)

Virtual Bowling (Virtual Boy)

More Virtual Boy bowling action!

Just like Tetris, there were two Bowling games released for the Virtual Boy and just like Tetris, each region only got one of these games. While North American gamers were treated to Nester's Funky Bowling, the Japanese exclusive was Virtual Bowling which features various weights of ball, different lane conditions...

Space Invaders: Virtual Collection (Virtual Boy)

Space Invaders: Virtual Collection (Virtual Boy)

They’ll port it to anything.

It’s highly likely that you will have encountered the simple fun addictiveness that is Space Invaders at some point, even if you missed it in the arcades. Ports, slight updates and compilations have appeared on a wide variety of systems over the years - Atari 2600, Spectrum, NES, Master System, Game Boy, Playstation, Xbox, PSP and mobile phones to name just a few of..

Final Fantasy Legend III (Game Boy)

Final Fantasy Legend III (Game Boy)

Is the third time the charm for the Final Fantasy Legends series?

Like many of the other NES and Super NES marquee titles of the era, a Final Fantasy appearance on the Game Boy was almost a foregone conclusion. The series began life in Japan under the title of SaGa, but thankfully Squaresoft was kind enough to bring the three Japanese Game Boy releases over to the US. While all three releases..

Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (Game Boy)

Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge (Game Boy)

The second Game Boy Castlevania atones for the sins of its predecessor and ranks as one of the finest entries in the entire series

Before we plough headlong into this review, a short history lesson is probably in order. As the title denotes, Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge isn’t the first instalment of Konami’s vampire-slaying franchise to...

3D Tetris (Virtual Boy)

3D Tetris (Virtual Boy)

It’s Tetris. On the Virtual Boy. Again.

Perhaps one of the strangest things about the Virtual Boy is that it had two Tetris games. OK there are many systems with multiple versions of Tetris but they were around a lot longer than Virtual Boy was. Interestingly--though this would have changed had the system been around longer--each region only got one of the games. Japan received the traditional..

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (Super Nintendo)

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (Super Nintendo)

Perhaps the greatest platformer of all-time.

When remembering the great games of the past, our thoughts tend to drift towards the revolutionary titles; the literal game-changers. And any gamer worth a darn knows that the indisputable king of these wonderful permutations is Shigeru Miyamoto. The man's M.O. is completely altering the landscape of...

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...

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..

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...

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...