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The Dynastic Hero (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The Dynastic Hero (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Take control of Dyna as he battles through action-filled stages.

Dynastic Hero is basically identical to the Megadrive Wonderboy in Monsterworld. Anyone who has played this MD classic will know that this is no bad thing - it's one of the strongest titles in the Wonderboy series. However, this version features different characters. I can only guess that after the PC Engine started to beat the..

Power Golf (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Power Golf (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Every system needs a golf game, right?

If Wii Sports’ gesture controlled club swinging has grown old for you, the more in-depth game offered in Hudson’s Power Golf might be of interest. There are three modes of play on offer here: stroke play is for a solo player, match play lets you take on a friend, and competition play allows for two to three players. When the game is in action you get a..

Samurai Ghost (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Samurai Ghost (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

This action platformer features a samurai ghost from the depths of the underworld.

The ghost of a samurai? Surely this must be awesome! Unfortunately, the truth is far from it. You play the ghost of a samurai who has returned to avenge himself. Thankfully the game information tells us this, as the main character looks nothing like a samurai. Your...

Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly Paradise (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly Paradise (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Zonk is back in Super Air Zonk, the sequel to the shooting game spin-off of the Bonk series.

Fans of excellent Turbografx-16 shoot-em-up Air Zonk will undoubtedly be intrigued by this sequel which was released in the latter years of the console for the CD-Rom attachment. Given the CD format, it would be fair to expect the sequel to be a vast improvement over the HuCard original, but sadly, this is..

Gate of Thunder (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Gate of Thunder (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The legendary sci-fi shooter is back!

Playing very much like the highly regarded Thunderforce IV, Gate of Thunder represented a turning point for the PC Engine/TG-16 CD-ROM format. So long the recipient of sub-par ports and lackluster titles, the system was given a much-needed shot in the arm with this stunning shooter. Hudson and NEC promoted the...

Legend of Hero Tonma (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Legend of Hero Tonma (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Fight your way through seven stages using Tonma's jump ability and shot power.

What happens when you cross Ninja Spirit and a shoot 'em up? This. Unsurprisingly, it's a game by Irem, who made both Ninja Spirit and quite a few shoot 'em ups! Also not surprising is that it’s a port of the arcade game of the same name; again, just like Ninja Spirit!...

World Class Baseball (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

World Class Baseball (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Acclaimed for its steady game play, World Class Baseball is the definitive baseball game on the TurboGrafx16.

This game began life known as Power League on the Japanese PC Engine and spawned many sequels due to the popularity of Baseball in Japan. The game offers a comprehensive range of options to fine tune your game. For instance you can switch...

Neutopia II (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Neutopia II (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Some years have passed since the brave hero Jazeta destroyed Dirth, the Emperor of Darkness.

Looking very much like it predecessor, Neutopia II plays more like an expansion pack than a fully-fledged sequel. Shamelessly stealing ideas from Nintendo’s Zelda series, this action RPG trundles along quite amiably but never really reaches the heights of the games it tries so hard to emulate. However,..

Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The hard-headed hero is back for more side-scrolling action in the third installment of the popular Bonk series.

Bonk 3 was the final game in the original trilogy of Bonk games. As it was the last game, Hudson seemingly decided they had to cram as much into it as they could in order to make it the best game yet - They succeeded. First off, pretty...

Neutopia (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Neutopia (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

You play as a young warrior named Jazeta. The princess Aurora was kidnapped by the evil Dirth, and the king send you on a mission to rescue her.

If you've glanced over the screens and video you might've already seen - This game is extremely similar to the original The Legend of Zelda game. The overworld is similar, the gameplay is similar, what you have to do is similar, and even some enemies and..

Cratermaze (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Cratermaze (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Cratermaze is a comical action game set in a parallel world.

Cratermaze started out life as a Doraemon game but presumably because the franchise wasn't known so well in its native Japan then Hudson thought that changing the sprites might make it make it more attractive to the American audience. So basically you play a little chubby dude who floats into each level using his jetpack. As the games..

Galaga '90 (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Galaga '90 (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The gameplay in Galaga '90 is built upon the same premise as that of the original Galaga, but is in many ways more complex and more difficult.

This game started out life as Galaga ’88 in the arcades and saw a conversion to the Japanese PC Engine under the same name. Understandably in the two years it took to get released in North America the name...

Drop Off (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Drop Off (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Brave five rounds of haunting, nightmarish dreams in this take on the classic arcade puzzler.

Drop Off is a paddle and ball game like Atari’s classic, Breakout. There is nothing bad about making a game like Breakout, games like Arkanoid did an excellent job of just that. The innovations in that game made for an addictive game experience. It’s a shame that the same cannot be said of Drop Off..

Devil's Crush (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Devil's Crush (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Shoot the ball onto the board with the Devil Shooter, then use flippers and nudging to keep it in play and rack up a high score.

After the wonderfully wacky Alien Crush you would have thought developers Naxat would have struggled to create an even more unhinged pinball simulation - but you’d be wrong! Devil’s Crush improves on its spiritual predecessor in almost every way possible. Firstly, the..

Silent Debuggers (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Silent Debuggers (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Make your way through a dungeon-like space station and defeat the prowling monsters in this real-time first-person shooter.

'Silent Debuggers' has to rank as one of the greatest names ever for a videogame. The first few minutes might convince you that this is a great game too. The funky intro music really sets the scene with style along with some nicely drawn anime style scenes. Welcome to the..

Air Zonk (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Air Zonk (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The powered-up Zonk gathers his friends to form Team Cool, and they set out to stop King Drool’s plan to conquer the world.

Air Zonk is a horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up with the cuteness factor cranked up to 10 in much the same way as Konami's Parodius. Hudson essentially took the Bonk character and renamed him Zonk for this one which makes the game even stranger. Perhaps they felt it wasn't..

Dragon Spirit (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Dragon Spirit (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

A fantastic world of adventure unfolds in this vertical-scrolling shooter.

Throughout the history of shooting games we've faced a hell of a lot of alien rebels and futuristic baddies. The 2D shooter seems to lend itself to these situations - but it's always nice to see a company try something fresh and new. The PC Engine/TG-16 blast-a-thon Dragon Spirit is one such example. Namco had clearly had..

China Warrior (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

China Warrior (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

China Warrior is a side-scrolling action game that was released around the same time as the TurboGrafx16 in Japan.

When the PC Engine was first released in Japan, China Warrior (or 'The Kung Fu' as it was known in the Land of the Rising Sun) was put forward as a showcase for its graphical prowess. Technically the first game on the system (it was released as 'Hudsonsoft Volume 1' in Japan), it sent..

Bloody Wolf (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bloody Wolf (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Enter alone, deep into enemy territory to rescue the kidnapped President in this overhead-view action shooter.

Anyone familiar with Ikari Warriors, Mercs or Capcom's Commando will instantly recognise this style of run n' gun action. Yes it's another Rambo clone! That's not such a bad thing - guns, explosions and death is what we all want from our retro games right? The action is viewed from a..

Dead Moon (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Dead Moon (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

This side-scrolling shooter includes a total of six scenes spanning areas from Earth to the moon.

Those naughty aliens! At least this time they had the sense not to try and invade the planet Earth. They are just intent on wrecking the moon instead rather annoyingly! As a solo starfighter pilot it is your job to put an end to this intergalactic mischief in this horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up..