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Spelunker (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Spelunker (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Going underground

Spelunker is a blast from the past. It started out life on home computers such as the Commodore 64 and was eventually ported to the NES. The game’s protagonist is tasked with working their way down a giant cave to find the great treasure that is rumoured to be hidden within the depths. Along the way, perils such as water, uneven...

Street Gangs (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Street Gangs (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Big trouble in River City

Street Gangs — known as River City Ransom in North America — is a strange game. It's one of many in the extremely popular Japanese "Kunio-kun" series, which started in the arcade and is still going strong today, with the latest instalment being on the DS. Every game in the series has the same main character, Kunio, but...

Operation Wolf (Virtual Console / NES)

Operation Wolf (Virtual Console / NES)

Operation initiated! Rescue the prisoners!

Operation Wolf was a massive hit in arcades when it was released in 1987. Although the concept of light gun games wasn’t a new one, Taito’s imposing arcade cabinet (replete with uber-cool replica Uzi) certainly made a lasting impact on gamers worldwide. Predictably, it was ported to pretty much every home format in existence, including the NES. First..

Adventures of Lolo 2 (Virtual Console / NES)

Adventures of Lolo 2 (Virtual Console / NES)

Lolo and Lala are back in this sequel to the popular puzzle game Adventures of Lolo.

So you liked the original Adventures of Lolo and want more? Well, look no further. The sequel's basically the exact same. Like the first game, the objective is to collect all the Heart Framers in a room to open up a treasure chest. Then you enter the next room, and...

StarTropics (Virtual Console / NES)

StarTropics (Virtual Console / NES)

Mike Jones is an ordinary kid who embarks on an extraordinary adventure!

On first sight, StarTropics looks eerily like Zelda (in fact, when you start it up, there's the same name entry screen!). So you might be thinking, what's all the fuss about? StarTropics is about a typical American teenager, Mike Jones, who heads to the tropics to meet his...

Blades of Steel (Virtual Console / NES)

Blades of Steel (Virtual Console / NES)

With sharpened blades and a lethal stick, you slash into a rink surrounded by thousands of screaming fans.

Blades of Steel, much like one of Konami's other NES sports games, Double Dribble, was loved all over the world back in the day. Double Dribble didn't hold up that well, so you may wonder how its ice hockey has fared. Actually, it has aged...

Skate or Die! (Virtual Console / NES)

Skate or Die! (Virtual Console / NES)

Hop on your board and take part in five extreme skate events!

Long before the Tony Hawk’s franchise made skateboarding games mainstream the cool kids got their kicks on Skate or Die for the NES. The action begins in Rodney Recloose’s skateboard shop. He’s a crazy middle-aged dude with a blue Mohawk who organises different event such as freestyle, high jump, downhill jam, downhill race and..

Mega Man 2 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mega Man 2 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Can Mega Man save the world again?

Surprisingly, the original Mega Man (or Rockman, as the series is known in Japan) did not perform very well. Initially reluctant, Capcom allowed its creator Keiji Inafune to create a sequel as a side-project in his own spare time, however, and with the effort of a few colleagues and a lot of time, he created Mega...

Ghosts 'n Goblins (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ghosts 'n Goblins (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Arthur's first ghostly quest

You thought Ghouls 'n Ghosts and Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts were hard? The NES original, Ghosts 'n Goblins set the bar. The main focus of the game is pretty much the same as in the sequels. Princess Prin-Prin has been kidnapped by demons and Arthur, the one-man army, sets out to rescue her. He's armed with only a lance and...

Zanac (Virtual Console / NES)

Zanac (Virtual Console / NES)

Take control of the state-of-the-art fighter, Zanac, with the objective of destroying the bases of the mechanized enemy forces.

When you’ve got shooters of the calibre of Gate of Thunder, Soldier Blade and Super Star Soldier to choose from, it’s not unreasonable to question the sanity of downloading a NES blaster; surely anything available on Nintendo’s crusty old 8-bit couldn’t possibly..

Bubble Bobble (Virtual Console / NES)

Bubble Bobble (Virtual Console / NES)

Bubble Bobble is a puzzle-action game featuring the two Bubble Dragons, Bub and Bob.

Bub and Bob are two rosy-cheeked dinosaurs who spit bubbles at their enemies and pop those bubbles for food rewards, all on the quest to save their girlfriends. If you don’t remember this classic arcade game from yesteryear you’ll probably know the two main...

Double Dribble (Virtual Console / NES)

Double Dribble (Virtual Console / NES)

Double Dribble is a 5-on-5 basketball game for the NES, based on the 1986 arcade game of the same name.

This is the first basketball game to come to VC, and unfortunately for us, it's not very good. While Double Dribble was fairly popular back in the day due to the graphics (There are some cutscenes with fairly detailed stuff, like a crowd marching into a stadium or a player making a slam dunk) it..

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

The Mario Bros get even more super

Back in 1990 when this was released in the USA, Mario fever was at an all time high. A few months earlier, there had even been a movie released called ‘The Wizard’ with that kid from the Wonder Years, which was essentially a commercial for this game. If you never played Super Mario Bros. 3 when it was first...

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Simon's flawed quest

Castlevania was a smash hit. Despite the difficulty of the game and its lack of quality in some areas it was loved worldwide and proved very popular. It was a no-brainer for Konami to create a sequel. Perhaps borrowing ideas from Nintendo (Super Mario Bros. 2, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, etc.) the game is very different...

Ninja JaJaMaru-kun (Virtual Console / NES)

Ninja JaJaMaru-kun (Virtual Console / NES)

This action game features a ninja called JaJaMaru, who uses his shuriken to defeat monsters and save Princess Sakura from the evil Lord Namazu Dayuu.

Of all the Japan-only games to be given new life on the Virtual Console, Nintendo, oddly enough, picked this one. While on the surface it looks like another not-very-good arcade game, it's actually...

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Virtual Console / NES)

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Virtual Console / NES)

For the first time outside of Japan – experience the original sequel to the best-selling video game of all time!

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is a bit of an oddity. "The Lost Levels" isn't even it's real title - This is actually the real version of Super Mario Bros. 2. Japan got this game (As SMB2), but when Nintendo realized...

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...