SNES Reviews

Rival Turf! (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Rival Turf! (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Pulls too many punches

Double Dragon may have kicked off the beat 'em up craze, but Capcom's Final Fight was the game that came out of nowhere and quickly became the measuring stick for the genre. So when Capcom had to cut the beloved cooperative play mode from the Super NES home version of the game, Japanese developer Jaleco decided that it would...

Metal Marines (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Metal Marines (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Modern(ish) warfare

Strategy is a somewhat niche genre among gamers. While there have been excellent strategy games released on consoles - turn-based RPGs like Fire Emblem to the RTS-style Swords and Soldiers series come to mind - the gameplay has always lent itself more to the PC, where players can be more methodical and control units with relative...

Goof Troop (Super Nintendo)

Goof Troop (Super Nintendo)

Gawrsh!

In the late '80s and early '90s Capcom created a range of games, based on Disney franchises, for the NES and SNES. The likes of Darkwing Duck, Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers and DuckTales all made appearances, the latter of which has even been given the HD treatment for modern systems, including Wii U. One of the more interesting titles was...

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings - Volume I (Super Nintendo)

J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings - Volume I (Super Nintendo)

Middle Earth is doomed

Before Peter Jackson came along and turned The Lord of the Rings into one of the most popular cinematic experiences of all time, the video game licence to J.R.R. Tolkien's literary epic was held by the now-defunct Interplay. The company pumped out related games for the Commodore Amiga computer and PC CD-ROM — the latter of...

Super Pang (Super Nintendo)

Super Pang (Super Nintendo)

Forever blowing bubbles

Capcom is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2013. Since the company formed in 1983, it has published a host of classic titles from the Resident Evil series, countless Street Fighter games and many timeless iterations of Mega Man. One of its lesser known titles is Super Pang (known as Super Buster Bros. in North America), an...

Mega Man X2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man X2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Still mega

When Capcom created Mega Man X, it had clearly done something right. Many fans loved finally getting a refreshing take on the series, rather than what was essentially the same thing over and over, and it became quite popular. While the Classic Mega Man series went on a break for a few years, Capcom churned out a few more X games,...

Prince of Persia (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Prince of Persia (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Worthy of the throne

Most gamers are familiar with the original Prince of Persia. Its incredibly realistic animations, created by Jordan Mechner from hours of video footage of his brother running and jumping around, made it an instant hit, and it's still one of the most well-known western game franchises today. Most people, however, are only...

Super Adventure Island II (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Adventure Island II (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Adventure Island: Wonder Boy Edition

Most people are aware that the original Adventure Island was in fact a slightly modified NES port of Wonder Boy for the Master System. Immediately after this, Wonder Boy became more of an action RPG-like series, while Adventure Island stayed a platforming series. That is, until the release of Adventure Island IV,...

Chrono Trigger (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Chrono Trigger (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

One of the truly greatest RPG experiences ever created

Soon after Chrono Trigger appeared on the Super Nintendo in 1995, it quickly became regarded as one of the most unique and impressive RPG releases to hit the system. Not only was it developed by a who's who of some of the greatest role-playing designers in the industry, the finished product...

Super Adventure Island (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Adventure Island (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Back to basics

The Adventure Island series started out with an almost exact clone of Wonder Boy, but as Wonder Boy became more of an action RPG rather than an action platformer, Adventure Island sequels stuck with the same formula as the first game and built upon it slightly with each release. In Adventure Island II and the later Adventure Island III, this meant the inclusion of the dinosaurs and..

The Ignition Factor (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Ignition Factor (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

It burns, but it doesn't crash

Ask anybody to name some firefighting games and you'll be lucky if they name one. Despite the games about the profession generally being quite good, there's not many of them, and they're not very widely known either. The Ignition Factor is one of only two on the SNES, the other one being the more well-known The Firemen, which, funnily enough, was originally released..

Mega Man X (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man X (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

X-ceptional

Spinoffs in popular franchises have delivered historically mixed results over the years, but when Capcom spun the X series off of Mega Man, not only did they create a new line every bit as intense and engaging as the originals, but arguably even more polished and fun to a certain degree. And now, after a rather lengthy wait, Capcom have...

Brawl Brothers (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Brawl Brothers (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A marked improvement

Jaleco released several beat 'em ups on the SNES, although you may not know that three of them are actually related. Exclusively in Japan, the games Rival Turf!, Brawl Brothers and The Peace Keepers were all part of one series called Rushing Beat, but for their North American releases they were retitled, and the story and...

Street Racer (Super Nintendo)

Street Racer (Super Nintendo)

Road to joy?

On rare occasion, a game so revolutionary will appear that not only will it receive the usual much deserved critical acclaim, it’ll become responsible for the creation of an entirely new genre. Take Super Mario Kart for instance — the title single-handedly responsible for the birth of the console kart racer. Following its huge overnight success back in 1992, it doesn’t come as..

Final Fantasy III (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fantasy III (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Still one of the best RPGs to come out of the 16-bit era

What can you say about the Final Fantasy series that hasn't already been said a thousand times before? The titles have become one of the best-selling video game series in history and have been largely responsible for making the RPG genre so popular with fans across the globe. After having success with Final Fantasy II on the Super Nintendo,..

Darius Twin (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Darius Twin (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Double the monotony

The Darius series has long taken a backseat to some of the more prominent shoot 'em up series, despite featuring some absolutely amazing releases on the various 32-bit game consoles. Darius Twin still features much of the aquatic-themed shooter action of its brethren, but for some reason the game comes off feeling very stripped-down and lacks much of the intensity other releases..

Super Bonk 2 (Super Nintendo)

Super Bonk 2 (Super Nintendo)

Bonk's most enjoyable adventure yet

If you've ever owned a TurboGrafx-16 or PC Engine, chances are you're quite familiar with our little caveman friend Bonk. Once these systems began to lose ground to Nintendo's Super Nintendo and Sega's Mega Drive (a.k.a. Genesis), Hudson decided to bring their prehistoric hero to some of the more popular platforms...

Mickey Mania (Super Nintendo)

Mickey Mania (Super Nintendo)

Mickey's been epic for years

This December many Wii owners will be delving into the world of Disney Epic Mickey, taking a moment to appreciate Mickey's animated past with 2D platforming sections in that game which allow you to play through his classic cartoons. However, 16 years ago UK developer Traveller's Tales pre-empted Warren Spector's game by...