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NES Play Action Football (Virtual Console / NES)

NES Play Action Football (Virtual Console / NES)

Ready! Hut hut hut…

Coming quite late in the life of the NES - 1990 to be exact - Play Action Football was Nintendo's attempt at creating a realistic gridiron game for their aging, yet still popular console. The diagonal viewpoint is 'fake 3D' which looks a little pathetic by today's standards but was pretty impressive back then. At least it looks...

Adventure Island (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Adventure Island (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

An island of adventure

Adventure Island is somewhat of a Mario clone - you guide Master Higgins to the end of every level (8 worlds with 4 levels each, sound familiar?) dodging wildlife, boulders and fire in order to defeat the witch doctor at the end of each world (also familiar?) who has captured your beloved bride-to-be Tina. Things aren't as...

Super C (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super C (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Charged

After Konami's maddeningly hard Contra/Probotector proved immensely popular, obviously it wasn't going to sit around and not make a sequel. Super C/Probotector II puts you in the role of the same heroes once again as you try to take out alien scum. This time they're possessing humans to attack you. The game's got practically the same...

Wrecking Crew (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Wrecking Crew (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Wreck, not dreck

Wrecking Crew's a bit of an oddball. Despite starring Mario, it flies under many peoples' radars, partly because it launched simultaneous with the legendary Super Mario Bros. and several other titles, thus meaning it was quickly overshadowed. Wrecking Crew's genre is hard to nail down, but is essentially a mix of a platformer and...

Lunar Pool (Virtual Console / NES)

Lunar Pool (Virtual Console / NES)

Lunar Pool reinvents the popular game of pool with a unique and futuristic flair.

The humble pool simulator has never made for the most exciting game, so a futuristic version of the classic pub game set on the moon is an intriguing proposition. It is worth noting that Lunar Pool is based on American pool, which is very different game from what the British play. This game is more similar to..

Volleyball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Volleyball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Not volley good

Volleyball represents yet another of Nintendo’s dated sport simulations. Comparing to its early NES stablemates such as Soccer, Baseball, Ice Hockey and Tennis this game is easily the worst of the bunch. Considering it was originally released in 1986 it is understandable that the graphics and sound aren’t very sophisticated,...

Star Soldier (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Star Soldier (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Not quite a super star

We’ve already been blessed with the sublime Super Star Soldier and Soldier Blade but now it’s the turn of the game that started it all as the NES classic Star Soldier hits the Virtual Console. Released on the NES way back in 1986, Hudson’s shooter went down a storm in Japan but failed to replicate this success in the...

Metroid (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Metroid (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Where it all started

More than 20 years have past since Metroid first blew away NES owners with its clever mixture of platforming, exploration and character upgrades. It went on to become spawn many sequels over the years, becoming a much-loved franchise for Nintendo fans – but nostalgia aside, is Metroid still high-quality by today’s standards?...

Mega Man (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mega Man (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

The Blue Bomber's debut

The Mega Man series will need no introduction to most gamers; this game spawned five sequels on the NES, not to mention numerous games on other systems over the years. Mega Man has come a long way since his début way back in 1987. This originally story spins the yarn that Dr Light created six master robots for industrial...

Lode Runner (Virtual Console / NES)

Lode Runner (Virtual Console / NES)

A lode of rubbish or not?

The timing could have been a bit better for this as the far superior Battle Lode Runner for the TurboGrafx became available on the Virtual Console only two months ago. Is there a reason to bother with the NES original when for just 100 more points you could be enjoying better graphics, music and a whole host of new...

Balloon Fight (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Balloon Fight (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Balloon Light

Before games like Metroid and The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo's NES console relied on simple arcade titles to keep itself afloat. Balloon Fight used an already-successful gameplay mechanic similar to that of William's Joust arcade release, and while it offers up some simple arcade enjoyment, the repetitive gameplay keeps it from lasting,...

Adventures of Lolo (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Adventures of Lolo (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Run Lolo Run

Before HAL labs created our favourite pink puffball named Kirby there was a blue blob by the name of Lolo. In 1989 when Adventures of Lolo was first released it got modest attention due to the quality of the game but as a brand never really made it big. However Lolo has been known to surface as a bad guy in some of the Kirby games so...

Milon's Secret Castle (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Milon's Secret Castle (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A musty old place

Milon’s Secret Castle is one of those games you’ve never heard of, but when you do finally acknowledge its presence you realize that it inexplicably has an enormous following. A minor classic in the Hudson library, Milon was originally published in 1986 to fairly lukewarm critical response. To be perfectly honest, time has...

Mach Rider (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mach Rider (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Return of the Mach

The action is fast and furious in this crazy motorbiking game. You have to blast your way through enemy vehicles and barrels on the track in addition to avoiding oil slicks. The pressure is always on to keep going fast to avoid enemies ramming into you from behind! Getting to the end of each course before the timer runs out adds...

Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A strange, but entertaining dream

It should be no secret by now, so let's get it out of the way first - Yes, the Super Mario Bros. 2 that most of us know, that is, this one, is technically not really a Mario game. Originally released in Japan as Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (Dream Factory: Heart-Pounding Panic), it was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto,...

Yoshi (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Yoshi (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

An eggciting puzzler?

In the early 90s, presumably following the success of Tetris, Nintendo went through a phase of releasing one falling block puzzler after another. Dr. Mario, Yoshi’s Cookie and Wario’s Woods are key examples of this. Many gamers will no doubt have forgotten this puzzler simply known as Yoshi in North Amer

Ninja Gaiden (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ninja Gaiden (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

The nimble ninja

Ninja Gaiden ranks as one of the finest 'ninja' style games ever made, right up there with The Revenge of Shinobi. When it was first released it amazed gamers with the degree of control it allowed over the main character, Ryu. He felt so quick and mobile - just like a proper Ninja should - and within seconds of picking up the pad,...

NES Open Tournament Golf (Virtual Console / NES)

NES Open Tournament Golf (Virtual Console / NES)

Tee off with Mario in this classic sporting simulation from 1992.

Mario is no stranger to appearing in sports game crossovers these days; he’s virtually done it all now from baseball to soccer. This sporting career began of course with his appearance in NES Open Tournament Golf, which is something of a sequel to the original NES launch title “Golf” which strangely hasn’t found a home on the..

Mighty Bomb Jack (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mighty Bomb Jack (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Jack bombed

The original Bomb Jack arcade game was a big hit when it was released. It featured a screen with 20 bombs which had to be collected in a specific order if the player was to achieve the highest score; players would play religiously in an attempt to find the best route around the baddies and to get the perfect chain. Arcade perfection! So...

Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

10 minus 9 equals?

'Edutainment' titles are a strange lot. They're usually poor attempts to shoehorn some 'learning' in videogames, possibly out of fear that games rot the brains of kiddies. Donkey Kong Jr Math is no exception. The game features one player and two player modes. In the one player mode, the objective is to enter math answers in order...