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Review: The King of Fighters '99 (Wii / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '99 (Wii / Neo Geo)

Different, but still impressive

The King of Fighters is a series that's long been a staple of the Neo Geo platform. But with a few new twists and added bells and whistles, the developers have kicked things up a notch. While not as revered as its predecessor, considered by many to be the pinnacle of the series, King of Fighters '99 still adds enough...

Nintendo Download: 16th May (North America)

16th May (North America)

Super inexpensive Metroid, scares, soldiers, retro classics and more

It's that time, North America, and you've undoubtedly got a particularly meaty lineup this week. All three Virtual Console services have new content, and the region gets a special retro Mario offer on the Wii U. There's also a stone-cold classic for 30 cents, along with quite a...

Nintendo Download: 9th May 2013 (Europe)

9th May 2013 (Europe)

Moving Minis, an adventurous starship, a commando, retro goodies and more

It may be a Bank Holiday in some parts, but the European Nintendo Download waits for no-one, with this week's update being a fairly meaty offering featuring every current platform. We have some high-profile arrivals on the 3DS eShop, an assortment of retro treats and even a...

Review: Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Super Mario World (Wii U eShop / SNES)

Everybody wants to rule the World

Right from the six-note melody that opens the first stage, you can tell there's something special about Super Mario World. This is the Super Nintendo launch title that set the bar impossibly high for day-one releases, created the magic that games such as Super Mario 64, Sonic Adventure, and Luigi's Mansion have...

Review: Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

An interesting twist on the beat 'em up genre

Given the popularity of arcade titles like Final Fight and Double Dragon, the beat 'em up genre was a big draw in arcades during the late eighties and early nineties. Hoping to cash in on some of this success, SNK created its own unique take on the genre with Sengoku for its Neo Geo system. While the...

Review: Ice Climber (Wii U eShop / NES)

Ice Climber (Wii U eShop / NES)

Slippery controls are on thin ice

Ice Climber, despite the self-explanatory title, is more complex than a cursory glance would suggest. Popo the parka-toting lad (and identical twin Nana in the multiplayer mode) must scale thirty-two vertically scrolling mountains to rescue a large number of delicious eggplants, using only wits and indestructible...

Nintendo Download: 25th April 2013 (North America)

25th April 2013 (North America)

Free Rayman, Mega Man, a colourful commando and more

It's that time, Nintendo Download fans in North America, when you can cast your gaze over the downloadable treats coming your way. After last week's somewhat epic list, this week we have a much smaller range of options to chew over. One of them is a free part of a rather awesome looking Wii U...

Nintendo Download: 25th April 2013 (Europe)

25th April 2013 (Europe)

A legendary Rayman freebie, brawling gods, Mega Man and more

A little later than normal this week, Nintendo of Europe has told us what to expect in this week's Nintendo Download update. No news of any Wii U Virtual Console games — though that doesn't necessarily mean they're not coming — but plenty of titles to choose from including some free,...

News: Wii U Virtual Console Will Arrive Shortly After Next Week's System Update

Wii U Virtual Console Will Arrive Shortly After Next Week's System Update

Time for the real deal

So far we've seen glimpses of the Wii U Virtual Console, courtesy of the Famicom Anniversary celebrations bringing us one classic a month for just £0.30/$0.30. And yet, following next week's system update, the real thing will arrive and bring regular retro downloads to the system. As we've already experienced, the VC...

Review: NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

NAM-1975 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

War is heaven

Although NAM-1975 was an early Neo Geo release, it's certainly not short on fun. Released in 1990, it took a simple shooting approach and built an interesting war theme around it. Simple mechanics and a level of playability that wasn't too common in the genre made for an amazing gameplay experience. Now SNK Playmore is bringing back...

Feature: Ten SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis Games We Want on the Wii U Virtual Console

Ten SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis Games We Want on the Wii U Virtual Console

They skipped Wii VC, so now their time has come

Earlier this week we were rather pleased the share the news, based on a couple of sources, that Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse looks set to come to Wii U. It's unclear whether it'll be a straight-up re-release (on the Virtual Console) or a remastered port, but whatever the case it's a SEGA...

Review: Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting 3: The Path of the Warrior (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Third time's a charm?

Art of Fighting sprang onto the Neo Geo arcade scene in 1993 and brought with it several innovations that would become a staple of future Neo fighting titles. For one thing the game featured huge character sprites, some spanning nearly the height of the screen. It also introduced the now famous SNK zoom system that would keep...

Nintendo Download: 21st March 2013 (North America)

21st March 2013 (North America)

Luigi goes on a spooky quest, Pokémon go exploring, Zen Pinball and more

It's Thursday, and time for your Nintendo Download update, North America. This week we have an oft-demanded Wii U download that finally makes it across the Atlantic, two major retail offerings, a couple of discounts and some extra download goodies. Check out all of the details...

Review: The King of Fighters '98 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '98 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The best there ever was

For many 2D fighting game fans, The King of Fighters '98 represents the zenith of the series; the crowning glory of the only rival lineage to truly bloody the nose of Capcom’s genre-defining Street Fighter. It’s not hard to see why this is the case; the game looks stunning, has a massive roster of characters and boasts...