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Batman Returns (Super Nintendo)

Batman Returns (Super Nintendo)

Merry Christmas, Mr. Wayne

The release of Batman Returns was perfectly timed at the peak of Konami's SNES development and during a high point in Batman movie history. The festive feel of the game was slightly out of sync with its Spring '93 release date, but it was completely fitting in regard to the source material. Konami had already mastered a...

Sunset Riders (Super Nintendo)

Sunset Riders (Super Nintendo)

Bury me with my SNES

Just for a moment, cast your thoughts towards Saturday matinee Western films and reel in all of their imagery of the Old West. Picture in your minds the characters deftly dodging stampeding cattle, guiding their trusty steed as it gallops alongside a runaway train, chasing down a stagecoach, gun fighting in uncouth taverns and...

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Street Fighter Alpha 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Stunning achievement or a conversion too far?

No company in the storied history of video gaming has tried harder to not create a true sequel to one of their hit games quite like Capcom did with the myriad releases that followed their hit fighting game Street Fighter 2. Not only did they create a number of tweaked releases of game itself, but they...

Rock & Roll Racing (Super Nintendo)

Rock & Roll Racing (Super Nintendo)

Are you ready to rock?

While Rock & Roll Racing began life as a direct sequel to their original RPM Racing release on the Super Nintendo console, the guys at Silicon & Synapse decided to amp things up a bit for their new racing title. They added in a classic hard rock soundtrack, some unique race announcing from Larry "Supermouth"...

The Combatribes (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Combatribes (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A beat 'em up that packs very little punch

There was a time when Technos ruled the beat-'em-up genre of fighting games during the 8-bit era with their Double Dragon and River City Ransom titles, but sadly the 16-bit generation wasn't as kind to the company. Once Capcom's Final Fight hit the scene, there was little room left for any other beat-'em-up, not even a port of their popular The Combatribes..

Stunt Race FX (Super Nintendo)

Stunt Race FX (Super Nintendo)

Racing: Super FX style!

In 1993 the Super FX-enhanced Star Fox brought 3D visuals to the SNES with great effect, so it was a no-brainer that further games would follow. The second game to use the wonder chip came a year later in the form of Stunt Race FX, a cutesy 3D racer from Nintendo that featured a variety of tracks with slopes and bumps across four modes of play. The Super FX chip also helped..

Secret of Evermore (Super Nintendo)

Secret of Evermore (Super Nintendo)

A challenging but rewarding RPG experience.

After having success with their Secret of Mana release outside of Japan, Squaresoft decided to try a different approach with their next action RPG release Secret of Evermore. While Japanese gamers would get the true sequel to Secret of Mana in the shape of Seiken Densetsu 3, US gamers were treated to what...

Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Indiana Jones' Greatest Adventures (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Another fantastic movie trilogy gets another fantastic game

By the end of 1994, Sculptured Software had already created two SNES games based on the Star Wars games, and were hard at work on a third. But of course movie fanatics noticed something - Star Wars already had a lot of representation, but where was everybody's favourite archaeologist? LucasArts must've noticed the same, because they gave..

Zombies Ate My Neighbors (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Zombies Ate My Neighbors (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

B-Grade horror movie action comes to the Virtual Console.

Every once in a while a game is released that's so unique it garners a cult following and becomes more popular years later than when it was first released. Toe Jam & Earl for the Sega Genesis is one such game, but another prime example would be Konami's Zombies Ate My Neighbors. The game takes the "B" grade horror movie theme..

Porky Pig's Haunted Holiday (Super Nintendo)

Porky Pig's Haunted Holiday (Super Nintendo)

A Looney Tunes platformer that's actually not too shabby.

For anyone who's watched the classic Porky Pig cartoons, you know that animators were quite fond of placing our stuttering pig friend into scary situations. Who could forget the leprechaun shoes or the moose head with the gun barrel protruding from its mouth. Well you'll be happy to know that not only are they both found in this haunting..

Final Fight 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight for two

The Mad Gear gang are back and out for revenge. This time they’ve kidnapped Guy’s fiancée Rena and her farther, so it falls to Haggar and friends to rescue them from the gang’s evil clutches. The original Final Fight was a classic side-scrolling brawler which received two paltry SNES ports, the first of which is already...

Demon's Crest (Super Nintendo)

Demon's Crest (Super Nintendo)

Does this adventurous Ghosts 'n Goblins spin-off live up to expectations?

Fans of the Ghosts 'n Goblins series should be familiar with the rather annoying little demon Firebrand; he would be the main reason Arthur'd spend his time walking around the many levels of the games in his underwear. Capcom obviously thought enough of the guy to give him a...

Super Double Dragon (Super Nintendo)

Super Double Dragon (Super Nintendo)

Billy and Jimmy Lee star in Super Double Draggin'!

The scene is set: grimy, littered streets patrolled by ruthless gangs, whose sole intent is to cause mayhem in the neighbourhood. This urban jungle setting for Return of Double Dragon (Super Double Dragon in the West) is as synonymous with 2D side scrolling beat-em-ups as it was with movies like The...

Biker Mice From Mars (Super Nintendo)

Biker Mice From Mars (Super Nintendo)

Time to rock 'n ride!

If you want to know what Biker Mice from Mars is like, think of it this way. Take RC Pro-Am for the NES, change the cars into Harleys, and then throw a bunch of thug-like mice onto those bikes and there you have it. It's pretty much a carbon copy of the ideas and gameplay found in RC Pro-Am, with the over-the-top weirdness of the Biker Mice theme tossed into the mix. Now while..

Star Fox (Super Nintendo)

Star  Fox (Super Nintendo)

Pretty Foxy stuff...

In 1993 the Mega Drive / Genesis was selling well and 2D was the bread and butter of console gaming. "Emergency, emergency… emergency, emergency! Incoming fighters prepare for launch", hailed the 16-bit Nintendo counter attack. For Sega and NEC it was too late: the swooping Nintendo Arwing squadron hammered the early...

Soul Blazer (Super Nintendo)

Soul Blazer (Super Nintendo)

Still one of the greatest action RPGs ever created.

At a time when action RPGs were truly beginning to catch on with gamers, Soul Blazer came along and offered up an adventure that was as charming and engaging as any role-playing game fans had experienced. Taking many of the unique gameplay elements found in the Actraiser title that came before it, Soul Blazer carefully crafted the gameplay..

Kid Klown in Crazy Chase (Super Nintendo)

Kid Klown in Crazy Chase (Super Nintendo)

You don't have to be crazy to play this game, but it helps!

Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island, Super Metroid, ActRaiser, Ghouls ‘n Ghosts, Mario All-Stars, the Donkey Kong Country trilogy…these games all have three things in common: they’re all platform games, they’re all on Super Nintendo, and they’re all genuine classics that stand out...

Super Return of the Jedi (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Return of the Jedi (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Emperor has been expecting you

The third and final game in the Super Star Wars series promises more of the same great experience offered as its two forerunners, but did LucasArts give us a conclusion worthy of the series or just a clichéd third act with some kid-friendly Ewoks thrown in? Like the previous two outings, Super Return of the Jedi is a 2D platformer in which you take on Star..

Super Empire Strikes Back (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Empire Strikes Back (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Do or do not: there is no try.

Following up on the success of Super Star Wars, LucasArts released Super Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back (a.k.a. Super Empire Strikes Back) to an audience already hyped and waiting. As we discussed in our previous review, the story barely paid lip service to the movies, and this release is little better. Even so, the game was a success before it even hit store..