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Review: Cybernator (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Cybernator (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Run-n-gun in space

Konami's Cybernator isn't as well-known as run-and-gun titles such as Contra, but this SNES game is a quality offering with plenty of challenge, personality and replay value. The Virtual Console exists to let gamers relive (and experience for the first time) classic games, and Cybernator will be a breath of fresh air for anyone...

Review: Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Pop'n TwinBee: Rainbow Bell Adventures (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Jump'n TwinBee

Although the TwinBee series is mostly remembered as a shoot 'em up franchise, it might come as a surprise that there were actually a few games which took on different genres. Rainbow Bell Adventures — which is coincidentally also the last game released outside Japan — tries its hand at platforming, bringing its own unique little...

Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival (3DS)

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival (3DS)

Is the first 3DS entry a Dark Hole or a Monster Reborn?

Konami’s Yu-Gi-Oh series has a long and successful history in digital form, perhaps never more so than on Nintendo hardware – a relationship that stretches all the way back from the original monochrome Game Boy right up to Zexal World Duel Carnival, which is both the first 3DS Yu-Gi-Oh...

News: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival Is On The Cards For A Euro 3DS Release This June

Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival Is On The Cards For A Euro 3DS Release This June

Play your cards right

Konami has confirmed that it is bringing Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal World Duel Carnival to Europe on June 26th. The first entry in the card-battling series to hit the 3DS, Zexal World Duel Carnival launched in Japan at the end of last year and is based on the Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal anime and manga. This is also the first time that the Zexal...

News: Star Parodier Removed From the Wii Virtual Console in North America

Star Parodier Removed From the Wii Virtual Console in North America

An import classic that will be missed

If you've yet to play Hudson Soft's adorable Turbografx cute-em up Star Parodier, you are unfortunately out of luck as the title has been removed from the North American Wii Virtual Console. It joins some other titles in the past year and more that have been removed from the service, with issues such as...

News: Ex-Castlevania Chief Koji Igarashi Is Grateful For The Term "Metroidvania", But Was Actually Aiming For Zelda In 2D

Ex-Castlevania Chief Koji Igarashi Is Grateful For The Term "Metroidvania", But Was Actually Aiming For Zelda In 2D

"When you turn Zelda into a 2D platformer, it resembles Metroid"

We reported yesterday on the news that Koji "IGA" Igarashi has parted company with Konami after 24 years of service. Igarashi-san is perhaps best known for his work on the Castlevania series, an association which began with the seminal Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The game...

News: Koji Igarashi Discusses Leaving Konami and Being Inspired by the Mighty No. 9 Example

Koji Igarashi Discusses Leaving Konami and Being Inspired by the Mighty No. 9 Example

"If you have the fans, you can provide them the games they want"

Earlier this week we reported the news that Koji Igarashi, best known for the Castlevania series, had left Konami. Affectionately known as IGA, his role with Castlevania: Symphony of the Night before going on to lead the Castlevania franchise throughout its exceptional years on Game...

News: Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Was "A Great Opportunity to Explore New Ideas and Techniques"

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories Was "A Great Opportunity to Explore New Ideas and Techniques"

The aim was to exploit "different ways of using interactivity"

Silent Hill: Shattered Memories certainly stands out within its franchise, and was a notable Wii release back in late 2009 — early 2010 for Europe. Its attempts at psychological profiling and a focus on avoiding combat were divisive, but for our money it was an unmissable horror title,...

Review: Life Force (3DS eShop / NES)

Life Force (3DS eShop / NES)

A force to be reckoned with

The space shooter is a genre that has somewhat faded into obscurity in recent years, both due to advances in technology rendering their limited scope obsolete and their typically gruelling difficulty proving unpalatable to some gamers. The NES port of Life Force, (or Salamander, as it was originally known on Eastern...

Review: Super Castlevania IV (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Super Castlevania IV (Wii U eShop / Super Nintendo)

Fangs for the memories

The Castlevania series is enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment, thanks largely to MercurySteam's commercially successful Lords of Shadow sub-series. However, as many hardcore Castlevania fans will repeatedly tell you until they are blue in the face and you are deeply, deeply bored, the God of War-style gameplay...

Review: Gradius (Wii U eShop / NES)

Gradius (Wii U eShop / NES)

Just keeps shooting

To say that the original Gradius was influential on the evolution of the side-scrolling shoot 'em up would be a gross understatement. When it hit arcades in 1985 it was lauded for its amazing level designs and simple, yet wildly playable, power-up system. This NES release was one of the first home ports of the game and has become...

News: Contra III: The Alien Wars Listing Points to Virtual Console Releases

Contra III: The Alien Wars Listing Points to Virtual Console Releases

Spread Guns at the Ready

Konami's classic shoot 'em up may be about to blast it's way onto the Wii U and/or the 3DS eShop in the West, if a recent rating by the OFLC is anything to go by. Contra III: The Alien Wars, or Super Probotector: Alien Rebels as it's known in PAL regions, was rated on 11th September, indicating that further Virtual Console...