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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,..

Natsume Championship Wrestling (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Natsume Championship Wrestling (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Puts up a fight

It might seem strange that there has not been a single wrestling game on Virtual Console in the West so far, but when you really think about it, it makes sense. Almost every single wrestling title out there features the likenesses of real people, meaning it would take some serious effort and money to rerelease them. Games with made-up characters are of course much easier, but..

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...

Super Bonk (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Bonk (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Bonk moonlights on the Super Nintendo

After becoming a staple and mascot of sorts after 3 platformer releases on NEC's TurboGrafx-16 console, Bonk was given new life on the Super Nintendo system with the release of Super Bonk. The game went unnoticed for the most part, but it's gone on to become a bit of a cult favourite among Super Nintendo fans over the years. While many of the gameplay nuances..

The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie (Super Nintendo)

The Great Circus Mystery Starring Mickey & Minnie (Super Nintendo)

Of Mice and Mystery

Isn’t it strange that the same creatures that carry disease and caused the rapid spread of the Black Death in Europe back in the 1340s eventually became the world’s most iconic and recognizable characters? Clearly Walt Disney was doing something right when he thought up Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and Capcom was doing just as...

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (Super Nintendo)

The Addams Family: Pugsley's Scavenger Hunt (Super Nintendo)

The hunter becomes the hunted

Following their release of the first Super Nintendo Addams Family game, Ocean Software’s programmer, James Higgins, gave an interview to Super Play magazine to promote the development of their second, Pugsley’s Scavenger Hunt. He highlighted the fact that the arcade platforming feel of this sequel was initially...

Addams Family Values (Super Nintendo)

Addams Family Values (Super Nintendo)

The Legend of Addams

When anyone drops a mention of licensed games, it's generally appropriate to tune out. With very, very few exceptions, almost every single game based on a movie, TV series, comic or what-have-you is mediocre at best, and frequently completely terrible. There are exceptions – everybody knows about classics like DuckTales and GoldenEye 007. One series of titles that is not..

The Addams Family (Super Nintendo)

The Addams Family (Super Nintendo)

Morticia's marooned in a maniac mansion

Throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s, Manchester-based Ocean Software became synonymous with movie licensed games and established themselves as the go-to developer for Hollywood. They delivered their software on the home computers that were flourishing at the time and handled a huge list of movie licenses, with standout titles including Robocop, Batman:..

Rival Turf! (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Rival Turf! (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Two isn't always better than one

When approaching Jaleco’s Rival Turf! (known as Rushing Beat in Japan), it’s important to understand the context of its release. In the early days of the Super NES, Capcom duly ported over its illustrious arcade brawler Final Fight, which dazzled gamers with its arcade-quality visuals and sound. It was a tremendous achievement given the relative gulf that..

NBA Jam (Super Nintendo)

NBA Jam (Super Nintendo)

The very definition of Boomshakalaka

Released amid a surge in the popularity of professional basketball during the early 1990s, NBA Jam rode the wave along with many other basketball video games. In spite of all the competition, it became a legend in its own time and is still remembered fondly today. Often sport-based games become obsolete a year after their release, but Midway shattered that..

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A simplified Final Fantasy experience

Back in 1992, role-playing games were still largely ignored outside of Japan, but Square tried to remedy this with the release of Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. The game not only added a bit more action to the experience, it also greatly simplified the gameplay mechanics as well. While this certainly offered up a more user-friendly RPG experience for gamers who..

Plok (Super Nintendo)

Plok (Super Nintendo)

The original Rayman

A few years before Rayman hit the scene, there was another lesser known platforming hero with floating hands and feet that he could throw at enemies. Created by John and Ste Pickford, two fairly well-known British video game designers, Plok is perhaps one of, if not the best, examples of a cult classic Super Nintendo platformer. There's not much of a story to the game: Plok, the..

Another World (Super Nintendo)

Another World (Super Nintendo)

Simply out of this world

Poor old Lester Knight Chaykin (Les to his mates), an unwitting physicist, innocently went to put in some overtime in the lab during a thunderstorm one night. Who’d have thought that playing with a particle accelerator could magically teleport him to a strange alien planet when his lab gets struck by lightning? In the...

Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy (Super Nintendo)

Parodius: Non-Sense Fantasy (Super Nintendo)

Oh, we laugh at this game! Gradius is fine but this is nicer!

A fiendish giant octopus by the name of Zeo and his intergalactic mutant penguin mates are up to no good, wreaking havoc on the inhabitants of the Parodius Zone. Thankfully, help is at hand as Vic Viper, Pentarou the penguin, Twinbee and a gun-toting octopus have come to save the day. As a parody of Konami’s famous Gradius series, this..

Aero the Acrobat 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Aero the Acrobat 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Everything you could want out of a sequel

About the time mascot games began exploding on the Super Nintendo console, Sunsoft jumped on the bandwagon with the release of their original platformer Aero the Acrobat. While the game featured many of the classic platforming elements that were showing up in the games of the time period, it was criticized for its bland play control and limited level..