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Castlevania (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Castlevania (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Introducing Belmont

The first NES Castlevania was like a breath of fresh air when it was first released. Capcom's spooky, but cartoon-like Ghost 'n' Goblins was the closest thing on the market, but Konami's game was a little more mature and serious. The gothic feel for which the series has become famous for is all present and correct, and the...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Virtual Console / NES)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Virtual Console / NES)

T-U-R-T-L-E POWER!

Turtle mania was sweeping the world when this came out in 1989. That's probably why this game was so popular despite it being an unfair bag of dog's droppings! So popular was the franchise that Nintendo even bundled the NES with this game in Europe replacing the mighty Super Mario Bros cart. It's easy to see why so many persevered with this at the time. It had the turtles in it!..

Tecmo Bowl (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Tecmo Bowl (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Will you be bowled over by this one?

Before video game football became just as complex as real-life football, there was Tecmo Bowl. There weren't hundreds of plays with varying formations or special spin moves to worry about, in fact you didn't actually have to know much about the game of football to enjoy and play it. It was this simplicity that...

Galaga (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Galaga (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Classic blasting action

The NES version of Galaga is a almost perfect port of the timeless arcade classic. Like space invaders you control a ship at the bottom of the screen and blast away at oncoming enemies. The enemies in Galaga first fly in and line up in formation and then dive-bomb at you while firing sometimes in predictable patterns and...

Elevator Action (Virtual Console / NES)

Elevator Action (Virtual Console / NES)

Who would have thought that elevators got any action?

Originally released in the (very) early 80's, this spy action title was a real eye-opener for gamers of that generation. The premise is simple, yet instantly appealing; the player is dropped onto a series of buildings and has to make their way to the bottom, taking on evil agents and entering certain rooms along the way. As the title suggests,..

The Legend of Kage (NES)

The Legend of Kage (NES)

This classic ninja-action game first appeared in arcades in 1985 and became instantly popular.

After the recent release of the sublime Kid Icarus you might have expected the quality of NES Virtual Console games to rise, but unfortunately The Legend of Kage is an almost catastrophic true drop in standards. No need for rose tinted specs here, retro fans - this game was a stinker back in 1986 and is..

Excitebike (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Excitebike (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

This bike still excites

Excitebike will no doubt be remembered fondly by older gamers. After all, it was one of the original launch titles for the NES way back in 1985. Some might be dubious and question if a game this old is worth purchasing for the Virtual Console, but worry not — this classic game has somehow managed to retain its appeal...

Ice Climber (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ice Climber (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ice Ice Baby

Ice Climber is another classic NES title for the Virtual Console — and thankfully, it's decent enough to be worth considering for download. Ice Climber is a fantastic little game, if somewhat basic. Graphically it's exactly what you'd expect an 8-bit game from 1985 to look like — simple. The premise of the game is pretty bizarre. A...

Kid Icarus (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Kid Icarus (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Is Pit a hit?

Kid Icarus is one of those games that makes you think 'they sure don't make them like they used to'. Graphically it's very basic - this is from 1986 after all - but the charm simply shines through regardless. This is a game from an era where developers had to really make an effort and use what simple technology they had available to...

Kirby's Adventure (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Kirby's Adventure (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Kirby's first adventure

Kirby’s Adventure was released in 1993 when many gamers had packed up their NES in favour of the shiny new Sega Mega Drive / Genesis or a SNES. Those who stayed faithful to the mighty grey toaster and picked up this game at the time would have been in for a real treat. It really pushed the boundaries of the NES hardware,...

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

The black sheep of the family?

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is often referred to as the black sheep of the Zelda family. Unlike the original Zelda games, the top-down perspective is replaced in favour of side-scrolling platform action, similar to that found in Castlevania. Perhaps more significantly than that, it is the only Zelda game to offer...

Xevious (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Xevious (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Golden oldie

Following its success with Pac-Man and Galaga in the arcades, it seemed that Namco was unstoppable. The release of Xevious only helped to cement this idea: it was first one of the earliest examples of a vertical scrolling shooter and innovative for its time. The action in Xevious takes place on two parallel plains; your spacecraft gets...

Gradius (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Gradius (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Konami's classic shooter series takes off

It's so hard to review a game like Gradius. This is a near-legendary title and has inspired a franchise that has sold millions, not to mention the spin-off series Parodius and countless other clones. But when reviewing classic retro titles, you have to judge if this game is still worth playing today...

Baseball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Baseball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Batter up!

Nintendo’s Baseball was actually a launch title for the NES way back in 1985. With unknown brands like Ice Climber and Gyromite it made perfect sense for Nintendo to have a representation of a popular sports game to attract sceptics to their new console. Predictably enough, it’s now horribly dated. The gameplay itself just focuses on...

Super Mario Bros. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Mario Bros. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A timeless classic

This game needs no introduction, this was really where it all began with our favourite Italian plumber. Having been originally bundled free with the NES console in 1985 Super Mario Bros. Proved to be a killer app at the time helping to shift millions of consoles. There have since been many imitators but none have quite captured...

Tennis (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Tennis (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Anyone for Tennis?

Tennis was one of the launch titles for the NES way back in 1985, and it succeeded in winning new gamers to the system in much the same way as Wii Sports. That begs the question, of course, why bother with this if you already have Wii Sports Tennis, which you got as a freebie with your Wii? Well for a start you control the...

Urban Champion (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Urban Champion (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

More like Urban chump!

It's impossible to overlook the fact that many of the earlier NES releases were extremely simple in design and took very few chances when it came to gameplay design and visual substance. While many of the games were classic arcade titles from Nintendo, there were a handful of original releases that tried to up the ante. Urban...

Ice Hockey (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ice Hockey (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ice to see you again

The earlier titles in the NES sports series are probably not remembered by many for being great games, but Nintendo’s Ice Hockey — a latecomer to the series in 1988 — certainly bucks that trend. It is fondly remembered as a semi-faithful translation of the sport which was fiendishly addictive to play and hard to put down...

Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong has finally been captured by Mario!

Donkey Kong is one of Nintendo's quintessential characters; pre-dating even the illustrious Mario as a video game lead, the goofy simian was enthralling arcade-goers the world over during the early '80s. However, once the Italian plumber decided to star in his own game, Donkey Kong's appeal started to...

Donkey Kong (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

It's on like Donkey Kong

As many will know, the mighty Miyamoto made his mark at Nintendo and indeed the world with this very game in the arcades. Donkey Kong was quite unique for its day; in arcades full of Space Invaders and Pac-Man clones, a platform game like was something new. Playing as Jumpman — who would later become known as Mario —...