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Gradius (Wii U eShop / NES)

Gradius (Wii U eShop / NES)

Just keeps shooting

To say that the original Gradius was influential on the evolution of the side-scrolling shoot 'em up would be a gross understatement. When it hit arcades in 1985 it was lauded for its amazing level designs and simple, yet wildly playable, power-up system. This NES release was one of the first home ports of the game and has become...

Tecmo Bowl (3DS eShop / NES)

Tecmo Bowl (3DS eShop / NES)

Watch that 3DS hinge on the snap

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 made...

Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Forever running to the right

Mario. Say it loud and there's music playing. Say it soft, and it's almost like praying. Super Mario Bros. was, is, and will always be one of gaming's great masterpieces, and its availability on any additional format is a good thing. It's come to the Wii and 3DS Virtual Consoles before, and now jumps onto the Wii U...

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U eShop / NES)

The Legend of Zelda (Wii U eShop / NES)

A Link from the past

When The Legend of Zelda was released in 1986, it was at least as much an eye-opening experience for gamers as Super Mario Bros. had been. Whereas that game expanded and solidified the left-to-right nature of platformers for generations to come, The Legend of Zelda opened sprawling worlds before us, and allowed us to go wherever...

Solomon's Key (3DS eShop / NES)

Solomon's Key (3DS eShop / NES)

You'll need the wisdom of Solomon for this one

In Solomon’s Key – an action / puzzler from Tecmo – you take command of a wizard named Dana as he searches for a magical formula that’s said to banish all evil from the world. It began life in arcades back in 1986, finding its way to NES a year later, and now it’s resurfaced on the 3DS Virtual...

Summer Carnival '92 RECCA (3DS eShop)

Summer Carnival '92 RECCA (3DS eShop)

For shoot 'em up experts only

The release of this game on the 3DS eShop is a bit of a strange occurrence. Summer Carnival '92 Recca was, as you might guess from its odd name, created for a shoot 'em up game competition held in 1992, exclusively in Japan. It was only available from those competitions, so the supply was quite limited and, as a result,...

Star Soldier (3DS eShop / NES)

Star Soldier (3DS eShop / NES)

I got soul, but I'm not the best Star Soldier

We may as well stop playing games en masse right now, because we all suck. That may sound harsh, but this 3DS eShop release of Hudson Soft’s vertically scrolling NES shoot-em-‘up will either make or break you. Unfortunately, if you play Star Soldier on the smaller screen of an original 3DS, the tiny...

Donkey Kong (3DS eShop / NES)

Donkey Kong (3DS eShop / NES)

It's on like Donkey Kong

This year marked the 30th anniversary of the initial Japanese launch of the Nintendo Family Computer, more popularly known around the world as the Famicom. Among the landmark console’s launch titles was Donkey Kong, a port of the arcade hit that began Nintendo’s launch into video game history. Now, in the year of the...

Galaga (Wii U eShop / NES)

Galaga (Wii U eShop / NES)

That man is playing Galaga!

Galaga is old. It may well state 1988 on Galaga’s NES title screen, but that refers to its European and US release date, the Japanese Famicom conversion was released early in 1985 and they are all based on a port of Namco’s 1981 coin-op. This means that with any Wii U Virtual Console purchase you must consider if you...

Street Gangs (3DS eShop / NES)

Street Gangs (3DS eShop / NES)

BARF!

River City Ransom — or Street Gangs as it was known upon release in Europe — is arguably one of the most famous fighting titles for Nintendo's 8-bit NES console. Ported from the Japanese Famicom title Downtown Nekketsu Monogatari, the game combined the pugilistic focus of Double Dragon (which was created by the same company, Technōs...

Kid Icarus (Wii U eShop / NES)

Kid Icarus (Wii U eShop / NES)

A demonic angel

The popularity of Pit, even before his triumphant return in Kid Icarus: Uprising, was focused around nostalgia for his first two appearances on NES and Game Boy, with the home console original setting the tone with catchy music, quirky mythological enemies and lashings of creativity. This was impressive in the days of the early 8-bit...

Spelunker (3DS eShop / NES)

Spelunker (3DS eShop / NES)

Go back to your cave and stay there

Ask a few western gamers about Spelunker and it's likely that barely any of them will have heard of the game, despite it being originally developed by an American company. Ask Japanese gamers, though, and it's a completely different story — the game is very well known to them and is joked about online all the...

Donkey Kong (Wii U eShop / NES)

Donkey Kong (Wii U eShop / NES)

Klassic Kong

This month marks the 30th anniversary of the initial Japanese launch of the Nintendo Family Computer, more popularly known around the world as the Famicom. Among the landmark console’s launch titles was Donkey Kong, a port of the arcade hit that began Nintendo’s launch into video game history. Now, just in time for the anniversary...

Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS eShop / NES)

Super Mario Bros. 2 (3DS eShop / NES)

Sweet dreams are made of these

By now we all know the story of Super Mario Bros. 2: concerns about the Japanese sequel to the original Super Mario Bros. kept it from release in North America and Europe. Different reasons have been given over time, from the game being too difficult to it simply not demonstrating enough creativity to keep gamers...

Metroid (Wii U eShop / NES)

Metroid (Wii U eShop / NES)

By Zebes, it’s Metroid on the Wii U

The NES section of the Wii U's Virtual Console expands by another notch with the addition of Metroid, regarded by many as one of the best entries that amazing series has to offer. The great news is that it's every bit as wonderful as you remember; the bad news is that it's no more interested in holding your hand...

Wrecking Crew (Wii U eShop / NES)

Wrecking Crew (Wii U eShop / NES)

It's wrecking time!

Mario's claim to fame has often been jumping; a simple skill, but unfailingly entertaining. It can be tough to remember a time when he traded high-flying acrobatics for a hammer and an insatiable appetite for destruction, but that's exactly the case in Wrecking Crew. Smashing things to bits is the straightforward goal, but...

Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Mario Bros. (Wii U eShop / NES)

Definitely not super

If you've ever been curious about Mario and Luigi's actual credibility as plumbers, you'll want to look all the way back to 1983's Mario Bros., the game which established pipe-cleaning as their true vocation and served as something of a bridge between arcade sensation Donkey Kong and early platforming masterpiece Super Mario...

Mega Man 6 (3DS eShop / NES)

Mega Man 6 (3DS eShop / NES)

Mega Man's NES swan song

In 1993, the SNES was already out and Capcom was about to release Mega Man X, but they just couldn't let themselves to say goodbye to the NES and made one last 8-bit Mega Man game for the beloved system. Mega Man 6 was released so late into the system's life that Capcom decided to not even publish the game in Europe — this...