SNES Reviews

Gradius III (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Gradius III (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Vic Viper is back to rid the galaxy of evil.

Gradius III was one of the first SNES shooters and to be perfectly honest, it shows. Graphically the game is fairly bland (although the same could be said of the coin op original), the sound is nothing special and when things get hectic there's some terrible slowdown. Regardless of these points, the...

ActRaiser (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

ActRaiser (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Take control of the Master, a dethroned deity whose once-idyllic world has fallen under the control of the Evil One.

When I saw the review of this game in the Mean Machines gaming magazine as a youth I was quite literally heartbroken. My Megadrive was (technically, at least) no longer the most powerful console in the world. Nintendo's new machine...

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Grabbed by the ghoulies

Ghouls ‘N Ghosts was an arcade classic, and Sega Mega Drive / Genesis owners were undoubtedly over the moon to be treated to an almost arcade perfect conversion in 1989. When the Super Nintendo came out, it needed some games to compete with its rival; quite soon after its launch Capcom was kind enough to treat Nintendo fans...

Super Mario World (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Mario World (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Simply superb

It was hailed as the greatest videogame of all time when it was released, and even after all these years it still has a pretty solid claim to that title. Super Mario World is without a shadow of a doubt one of our favourite Mario games, and when SNES was released some members of our staff played very little else until they'd discovered...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A Link to a Classic

To put it simply, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the finest RPGs in existence. Everything is perfect - the bold lines and subtle pastel-tones of the graphics, the triumphant rendition of the Zelda theme, the excellent yet simple combat system, the brilliantly conceived logic puzzles. Nintendo left nothing to...

R-Type III: The Third Lightning (SNES)

R-Type III: The Third Lightning (SNES)

The Bydo Empire is back! More powerful and deadlier than ever, the Bydo are en-route to Earth.

R-Type III is an interesting title in many ways. Firstly, it was a console exclusive, which generated quite a stir when it was first published. Secondly it takes advantage of the Super NES 'Mode 7' graphics to bring rotating backgrounds into play. Thirdly, it's one of the few decent 2D side-scrolling..

Super Castlevania IV (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Castlevania IV (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Castlevania goes super

Every now and then you play a game that simply changes your life. To me, Super Castlevania IV is that game. I recall playing it at a friend's house and regardless of the slow pace of the first few levels, it had a real impact on me. The game was quickly purchased and hasn't left my collection since. If your Castlevania...

Donkey Kong Country (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Donkey Kong Country (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Worth going bananas over still?

Much fuss was made about Donkey Kong Country when it was first released, and with good reason - the CGI visuals were a cut above what SNES owners were used to at the time and the game seemed to give the Super Nintendo a much needed second wind. Donkey Kong Country is a side-scrolling platformer. Using DK and Diddy,...

F-Zero (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

F-Zero (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

From zero to Mode 7 hero

Before WipEout, there was F-Zero. Nintendo's futuristic racer was one of the first SNES releases, but shows very little sign of aging — in fact, it feels just as fresh and fun today as it did all those years ago. Graphically, the Mode 7 effects have obviously lost some of their edge when viewed today but the visuals are...

SimCity (SNES)

SimCity (SNES)

The famous simulation in which one takes the role of a mayor and must help a new city thrive and become a megalopolis.

Before ‘The Sims’ there was SimCity. This game was on most home computer systems at the time but the SNES port with its exclusive features and additional scenarios ranks as one of the better versions. The SimCity series has never been one to be taken lightly, however the SNES..