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Super Star Wars (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Star Wars (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Is the force strong with this one?

When Super Star Wars was released in 1992, it was an instant success. Offering old-school platforming but set in the Star Wars universe and culminating in the destruction of the Death Star, the video game format fit the movies like Harrison Ford fits the role of a roguish scoundrel. At the time, video game critics...

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (Super Nintendo)

Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island (Super Nintendo)

Perhaps the greatest platformer of all-time.

When remembering the great games of the past, our thoughts tend to drift towards the revolutionary titles; the literal game-changers. And any gamer worth a darn knows that the indisputable king of these wonderful permutations is Shigeru Miyamoto. The man's M.O. is completely altering the landscape of...

Princess Maker - Legend of Another World (Super Nintendo)

Princess Maker - Legend of Another World (Super Nintendo)

Overall, a pretty regal experience.

The Princess Maker series by Akai/Gainax isn't all that well known in the West – which is hardly surprising. Besides one failed translation project by SoftEgg in 1993, the franchise has never reached Western shores, and while the game may be considered by some as catering to a niche market, it is in fact a..

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Genghis Khan II: Clan of the Gray Wolf (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!

Koei’s ‘Universal Ruler’ simulator lets you live the life of the Mongol legend himself. You’ll go where he goes, defile what he defiles and eat who he eats. But before you misjudge this game as an indecipherable Japanese take on medieval Mongolian life, understand that Genghis Khan II is actually a conquer the world style game (think Risk meets Civilization) in..

Nobunaga's Ambition (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Nobunaga's Ambition (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

An ambitious strategy game from a nobler time.

It is hard to imagine now, but there was once a time when strategy games were the primary style of play on home computers. Japanese game developer Koei made it their mission to bring this style of game to consoles. And by appearances, they were successful given the sheer volume of games they were able...

Sutte Hakkun (Super Nintendo)

Sutte Hakkun (Super Nintendo)

Sutte Hakkun might just be one of the most unique video game experiences ever crafted.

Every so often a game comes along that makes you take your thumb off the fire button and don your thinking cap. But who wants to have to spend a lot of time thinking just to get through a game, you say? Well one thing that stands abundantly clear from playing...

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Super Nintendo)

Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals (Super Nintendo)

Lufia II might not be as recognizable as some of the bigger name Super Nintendo RPGs, but that doesn't mean it packs any less of a punch.

If it's one thing the Super Nintendo System had a lot of, it was RPGs. Some were good, some were bad, and some were outstanding. Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals would fall into the latter category. Not only does it offer an amazing turn-based combat system, but..

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...

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 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Doremi Fasol Latido

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 feature in such a list despite a modest loyal following in the gaming...

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..