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Yume Koujou Doki Doki Panic (NES)

Yume Koujou Doki Doki Panic (NES)

Super Mario Bros. 2, minus the Super Mario Bros.

Depending on who you ask, you're likely to hear quite a few different variations on the story of how Yume Doujou Doki Doki Panic came to be. Some say it was originally intended to be a Super Mario Bros. game but ended up taking on a life all its own at the hands of video game developer extraordinaire...

Blaster Master (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Blaster Master (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

It's a blast!

We saw a lot of legendary titles come out of the 8-bit era of gaming, but probably none quite as ahead of its time as Blaster Master. The game combined so many different gameplay ideas into one amazing adventure that offered up more playability than probably any other title of its kind at that time. There was platforming, exploration,...

A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (Virtual Console / NES)

A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobolonia (Virtual Console / NES)

An innovative gameplay idea that's beginning to feel a bit dated.

There's no denying that the original NES release of A Boy and His Blob brought some fairly unique gameplay ideas to the table when it was released in 1989. David Crane, who'd already seen success with his Atari 2600 hit Pitfall, brought a few ideas from his classic and combined it...

Final Fantasy (Virtual Console / NES)

Final Fantasy (Virtual Console / NES)

The game that kicked off the most popular RPG series in existence.

Role-playing games began their climb to popularity during the early 80's on the many personal computers of the time period. These turn-based titles brought a more strategic element to gaming for those looking to use their minds more than their reflexes. Square obviously saw the...

Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

It's River City Ransom with a side order of Track & Field.

What do you get when you combine the River City Ransom theme with Track and Field-style gameplay? You get Crash 'n the Boys: Street Challenge. The game takes the street gang theme and creates some fitting Olympic-style events to go along with it. Sounds like a mouth-watering proposition, but...

Smash Table Tennis (Virtual Console / NES)

Smash Table Tennis (Virtual Console / NES)

Smash Table Tennis delivers a backhand to your wallet.

Sometimes, you just have to wonder who at Nintendo is in charge of the Virtual Console game selection. Perhaps it's one of those people who, when unable to decide what to do, throws a dart at a dartboard with possible "options" on it in order to come to a decision. That almost has to be the case here, because we have no idea why else..

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..

Life Force (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Life Force (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Use the force!

For those not in the know, Life Force started out life known as Salamander in Japan and was renamed for Western audiences. The Salamander series is a spin off to Konami’s famous Gradius franchise of shooters; the main differences in Salamander are the introduction of a simultaneous 2 player mode, vertically scrolling stages in...

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Virtual Console / NES)

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Virtual Console / NES)

Take on the role of Mike Jones, intrepid hero of the StarTropics universe.

While the original StarTropics was a great game, it did have some nagging problems. In 1994, after the SNES was already out for 3 years in the US, Nintendo saw fit to finally make a sequel to one of the (sadly) most underrated games on the NES. But they didn't make it for the SNES - They actually made it for the NES as well!..

Mega Man 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mega Man 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Good to be three

After two successful Mega Man releases on NES, Capcom decided to upgrade the series with a few new twists for Mega Man 3, adding a little more variety to an already amazing series. With eight brand new Robot Masters for players to take on, the game would prove to be a huge success and went on to become a fan favourite among gamers...

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Drac's back!

After the success of the original Castlevania title on the NES system, Konami decided to change things up quite a bit for Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. Gone was the straight-ahead platforming action of the original, replaced with a much more rpg-flavored approach that placed more emphasis on item collection and exploration. While...

Devil World (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Devil World (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A devilish Pac-Man clone from Miyamoto

Devil World is one of extremely few Nintendo titles that was released in Europe, but not the US. Most likely this was due to Nintendo of America's strict rule not to feature any "religious" factors in games, and seeing as the game includes a devil, that just wouldn't slide with them. It's actually a pretty fun...

Super Dodge Ball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Dodge Ball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Not too dodgy

The characters from River City Ransom (of which the main character is known in Japan as Kunio-kun) are back for a friendly game of dodge ball. Or are they? If you've played the aforementioned game, you'll know that the Kunio series hilariously overdoes everything. You were able to smash enemies around not just with chains, but also...

Clu Clu Land (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Clu Clu Land (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Clu Clu a choo

First, a lesson in linguistics – ‘Kurukuru’ in Japanese means ‘turning around’. Why are we telling you this? Well, it neatly explains Clu Clu Land’s rather unusual title, and also gives some insight into the mechanics of the game. You assume the role of a funny-looking fish called Bubbles, who due to some cruel...

Donkey Kong 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Bug off

Poor old Stanley the Bugman, not only have all the bugs got into his greenhouse, there’s a big ape pestering him too. To add insult to injury, he would never feature as a playable character in another Nintendo game again and be forgotten forever, whilst Mario went on to international stardom. Donkey Kong 3 started out life in the arcades...

Dig Dug (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Dig Dug (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Do we dig it?

Pac-Man wasn't the only popular arcade game Namco made. Aside from Galaga, Mappy, and others, there was also Dig Dug. In Dig Dug, your objective is to dig through the earth's soil and eliminate the monsters lurking within it. You can move through the soil (Thus creating tunnels) by simply moving around, but defeating the monsters is...

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Oh baby!

Let's be honest, a platformer built around a tiny baby and his rattle doesn't exactly beam with potential from the start, so it's no small wonder that this game was originally rejected by Nintendo of America at the time it was submitted for release in the US. But if you look at screenshots of Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa and prematurely dismiss...

City Connection (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

City Connection (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Driving round a bend

City Connection was a moderately popular arcade game in the early '80s. The game stars you as a rather strapping young man driving around the world to paint the roads white in order to prove he's been there. Doesn't make much sense to us, but hey, whatever floats his boat! While doing so you must watch out for cars (including...

Sky Kid (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Sky Kid (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

We're not kidding

Sky Kid is a NES port of the arcade game with the same name. You play as the Red Baron or Blue Max, both famous World War I pilots. Your mission is to fly through hordes of enemy formations, pick up a bomb, and drop it on the enemy's headquarters or main weapon. It is noteworthy that in this game, unlike most shoot 'em ups, you go...

Renegade (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Renegade (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A beat-em-up best forgotten

Technos' Double Dragon became a household name and River City Ransom gained rave reviews from all and sundry, but people often forget that the company also released Renegade on the NES, forming what many fans deem to be a classic trilogy of 8-bit fighting games. Sadly, Renegade is easily the worst of this trio. Although...