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Terranigma (Super Nintendo)

Terranigma (Super Nintendo)

Does the final release in Enix's Gaia Trilogy hold up to the standards set by its predecessors?

It was during the 16-bit era that the action-style role-playing game began to take off. Instead of using the turn-based battle system found in most traditional RPGs, many developers were putting the player more in control of the actual battles in an attempt to broaden the appeal of the genre. The release..

Star Ocean (SNES)

Star Ocean (SNES)

The Super Famicom version of Star Ocean might feature a lot of flashy technology, but it's the game's epic storyline and unique combat system that's made it such a beloved classic among 16-bit RPG fans over the years.

The Super Nintendo is well known for sporting a rather large and outstanding library of RPGs, but there were several of these outstanding titles that never made an appearance outside..

Super Punch-Out!! (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Punch-Out!! (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Return of the Mac

Punch-Out!! on the NES has plenty of fans. For some reason, though, a lot of them seem to be completely unaware that there’s a second game in the series available on home consoles – this is rather strange, because Super Punch-Out!! is easily as good, if not better than the NES original. The main objective of the game is still...

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (SNES)

Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen (SNES)

You must succeed in ousting the evil usurpers - your fate, and that of the entire population, depends on it.

The Ogre Battle series has long been a favorite among hardcore strategy fans and it won't take you long to see why that is once you begin playing any of them. This Super Nintendo release of Ogre Battle has become quite a coveted game cartridge over the years and its rarity has made it even..

Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Kirby's Dream Land 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Kirby for beginners

Kirby's Dream Land 3 obviously had a lot to live up to - It was released not long after the amazing Kirby Super Star (Kirby's Fun Pak in Europe), which is still regarded as the greatest Kirby game ever. The game returns to the gameplay from the second Dream Land game for Game Boy - It's got rather standard Kirby platforming, but...

Secret of Mana (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Secret of Mana (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Good and evil battle for a young warrior’s heart. There is one force in the universe that keeps good and evil in perfect balance.

As action rpgs started to gain in popularity during the 16-bit era, many game companies began cashing in on this new trend. Some were good, and some not so good. Enix had already created a hit with their action rpg Soul...

Super Turrican 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Turrican 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

As the last survivor of the United Freedom Forces, it is your duty to destroy the Machine’s forces that have devastated the galaxy.

The Turrican series began life on the Commodore 64 computer and would soon see quite a few releases on the various personal computers of the time period. The series made its first appearance on a console with the Sega Mega Drive release of Mega Turrican and would..

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Mario + RPG = WIN!

What do you get when one of the best RPG creators in the world decides to build an RPG around one of the most recognizable video game characters in history? What you get is a video game that is considered one of the greatest ever made and an RPG that's not only unique, but extremely playable as well. Many were skeptical when the news first broke that Squaresoft was creating an..

Super R-Type (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super R-Type (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The BYDO Empire of mutant extraterrestrials is back with evil intent and awesome power.

That naughty Bydo Empire! You would have thought they would have learnt their lesson last time when a solitary R-9 craft kicked their butt so badly. Alas, they are back and wreaking havoc wherever they go. Time for you to save the universe, again! Super R-Type was one of the earlier games released on the Super..

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure (SNES)

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure (SNES)

Dive into the cute fairy-tale world of Fantasia in this exciting SNES action-platformer.

If you ever read a list of the top 10 platform games on the SNES you will more likely than not see favourites such as Super Mario World and Yoshi’s Island hogging the top spots with DK Country following closely behind. Sadly, DoReMi Fantasy would rarely...

Super Turrican (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Turrican (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

You are Bren McGuire, on a United Planets Freedom Forces mission to save the peaceful planet Katakis from the Machine.

Ever wondered what happens when a Western developer takes inspiration from the Japanese and decides to create a ‘run and gun’ game with flashy graphics, amazing special effects and killer gameplay? Well wonder no more, because Super Turrican is one such game. Originally..

Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Street Fighter made super

Gazing back into the mists of time, you can’t help but be amazed that Capcom managed to get everyone so excited about each new Street Fighter II update. On the Virtual Console alone we’ve already had two versions of the game, and now here’s the third! Thankfully, the improvements between the first SNES release and the...

Pac-Attack (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Pac-Attack (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Pac-Man makes a rare appearance outside of a maze environment in Pac-Attack, a fun and quirky puzzle game!

Not even Pac-Man escaped the 8 and 16-bit eras without a spinoff puzzle game to his name. Pac-Attack was an obvious cash-in by Namco on games like Tetris, Dr. Mario, and Puyo-Puyo, but it's actually quite good! The game is an edited version of the arcade game Cosmo Gang the Puzzle (based on..

Harvest Moon (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Harvest Moon (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Farm life

Harvest Moon, a role-playing game based around the noble profession of farming, was one of the later Super NES releases when it arrived in 1997. If you are not familiar with this series, stay with us — it's not as bad or as boring as it sounds on paper This is basically The Sims on a farm. So, if you're a fan of simulation and RPG...

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Double the trouble, double the fun?

After the stellar Donkey Kong Country 2, people were wondering if the third game would be even more amazing. It was released very late in the SNES's lifecycle, so naturally it was expected that Rare would be pulling out all the stops. In DK Country 3’s storyline, both DK and Diddy have been kidnapped. You're...

Cybernator (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Cybernator (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

It is the near future. Resources are dwindling and the major powers of the world are locked in a territorial dispute.

The Japanese have a real love for big robots that hasn't entirely crossed over into the West. Thankfully Cybernator (AKA: Assault Suit Valken) - a follow up to the Megadrive Assault Suit Leynos/Target Earth - made the jump from East to West and remains one of the more memorable SNES..

Axelay (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Axelay (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Who said the SNES couldn't handle shmups?

Regardless of the fact that it was released fairly early on in the life of Nintendo’s 16-bit console, Axelay remains one of the best looking and most impressive shooters available for the format. Employing a similar format to Konami stable mate Lifeforce, Axelay switches between a vertical and horizontal...

Metal Marines (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Metal Marines (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Set in the near future, most of Earth's land has been disintegrated in the chaos of the Anti-matter War.

The Japanese love big robots; you only have to look at series like Gundam, Macross and Patlabor to see this. However they seem to like strategy videogames a lot less, which is what makes Namco’s Metal Marines (Militia in Japan) all the more surprising. Released at a time where real time..