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Splatterhouse 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Splatterhouse 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Rick, once again encounters the Terror Mask and must use its powers to rescue his beloved Jennifer.

Rick is back! After the Terror Mask from the first Splatterhouse comes back and tells him his girlfriend (Who seemingly meets an unpleasant fate in the first game) can still be saved, Rick puts on the mask again, and goes back to the remains of the mansion to locate another house nearby, which is..

Chase H.Q. (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Chase H.Q. (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Let's go Mr. Driver!

Back in 1988 Taito released Chase HQ into arcades around the world. It took the driving aspects from many other racing games of the time period and coupled them together with the intense action of a high-speed police pursuit. While this offered a nice change of pace from the typical and often redundant racing experiences found in arcades at the time, it also proved to be a bit..

International Karate + (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

International Karate + (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Karate fighting has never been so much fun.

After the original was released as one of the two debut C64 titles on the VC, we didn't have to wait too long for the even better sequel to appear. At heart the same game, the plus in IK+ refers to a key difference - a third fighter. Whilst you could previously compete against a friend or the computer one on one, you can now take on two opponents at once..

Neo Turf Masters (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Neo Turf Masters (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Golf in Neo Geo style.

There are basically two good golf games available for the Neo Geo. Top Player's Golf was released in 1990 and is a solid and playable golf game in and of itself, but Neo Turf Masters, which was released 6 years later, is clearly a much more refined and enjoyable golfing experience. The game features some very playable game play mechanics and features four different golf..

Donkey Kong 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Bug off

Poor old Stanley the Bugman, not only have all the bugs got into his greenhouse, there’s a big ape pestering him too. To add insult to injury, he would never feature as a playable character in another Nintendo game again and be forgotten forever, whilst Mario went on to international stardom. Donkey Kong 3 started out life in the arcades...

Ninja Commando (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ninja Commando (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ikari Warriors with ninjas - awesome!

Ninja Commando is often confused for Ninja Combat or even its sequel, but in fact, it's neither. Ninja Commando is basically an overheard run 'n gun game that feels a lot like the arcade classic Ikari Warriors at times, although it doesn't quite have the same level of playability. While the game is an earlier Neo Geo title, it's actually one of the better ones..

Art of Fighting 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting 2 sees 12 characters compete for the title in the toughest fighting contest of them all: King of Fighters.

The original Art of Fighting may not have threatened Street Fighter II in terms of gameplay but it certainly turned a few heads and stole some of the trade away from Capcom’s seminal 2D fighter. This second game takes the core concept of the first title and gently refines..

Super Fantasy Zone (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Super Fantasy Zone (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Take on the role of Opa-Opa, who is on a mission to avenge the death of his father.

Given that the original Fantasy Zone achieved quite a cult status in arcades and on the various 8-bit consoles of the time period, it's certainly no surprise that the game spawned a few sequels and spin-offs. Super Fantasy Zone represents what many fans of the series consider to be the best overall Fantasy Zone..

Summer Games II (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Summer Games II (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

The pinnacle of athletic achievement. The Summer Games.

The second Epyx sports title (and third Virtual Console release) provides eight entertaining events, of which half can be enjoyed split-screen with another player. As usual, you have a choice of which events to compete in (or practice) and how many players there are – each represented by their name and country. With the (debatable)..

King of the Monsters (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

King of the Monsters (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

King of the Monsters is an action/fighting game that features city-destroying battles between huge monsters.

King of the Monsters is one of those titles that, despite being a very mediocre game overall, enjoys a fairly strong following around the gaming community. The game takes the classic "giant monster stomping through cities" made famous in the King Kong and Godzilla movies, and..

Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Cybernoid: The Fighting Machine (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Federation storage depots have been raided by pirates, taking valuable minerals, jewels, ammunition and the latest battle weaponry.

Part shooter, part maze game, you are tasked to track down and retrieve stolen cargo from pirates, returning it to a storage depot at the end of each level (of which there are 3) before time runs out. Not that the...

Fatal Fury 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Fatal Fury 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

In addition to Terry, Andy and Joe, who appeared in the original game, another five distinctive fighters gather from around the world to compete for the championship title.

Although the original Fatal Fury was undoubtedly one of the best challengers to square up to Capcom’s Street Fighter 2, many would argue that SNK’s franchise didn’t really get into its stride until the sequel was released..

Nebulus (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Nebulus (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Weird things are happening on Planet Nebulus.

Nebulus (known as Tower Toppler in the US and Castelian in its NES and Game Boy incarnations) is another title from Hewson that is memorable largely due to its idiosyncratic presentation. The game is particularly noted for its striking visual design, and justifiably so, as it takes the basic structure of a platform game, and with a simple twist (pun not..

Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Last Ninja 2: Back with a Vengeance (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

The Ninja, known as the Mystic Shadow Warriors, were the elite fighting force of Ninth Century Feudal Japan.

The second instalment of the Last Ninja trilogy transports Armakuni to New York, where he must confront the evil Shogun Kunitoki once more. Your travels are once again displayed in a flip screen isometric format, as you explore the unfamiliar surroundings of Central Park and downtown..

Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Virtual Console / Master System)

Alex Kidd in Miracle World (Virtual Console / Master System)

In Miracle World you'll have to contend with the evil Janken the Great, who will send his henchmen and monsters at you to thwart your progress.

Following the incredible success of Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros series, Sega decided that it too needed a platform game with an identifiable mascot. The result was Alex Kidd in Miracle World, which appeared in 1986 as one of the biggest releases yet seen..

Dig Dug (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Dig Dug (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Do we dig it?

Pac-Man wasn't the only popular arcade game Namco made. Aside from Galaga, Mappy, and others, there was also Dig Dug. In Dig Dug, your objective is to dig through the earth's soil and eliminate the monsters lurking within it. You can move through the soil (Thus creating tunnels) by simply moving around, but defeating the monsters is...

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Oh baby!

Let's be honest, a platformer built around a tiny baby and his rattle doesn't exactly beam with potential from the start, so it's no small wonder that this game was originally rejected by Nintendo of America at the time it was submitted for release in the US. But if you look at screenshots of Bio Miracle Bokutte Upa and prematurely dismiss...

Ninja Combat (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ninja Combat (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ninja Combat is a scrolling beat 'em up featuring, as the title suggests, ninjas.

One of the first releases for SNK’s Neo Geo console, Ninja Combat is unsurprisingly a little rough around the edges. Graphically it’s not really a massive leap up from the likes of the SNES or Megadrive/Genesis (bear in mind that when this game was first published...

Burning Fight (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Burning Fight (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Burning Fight is a side-scrolling hand-to-hand-combat action game.

In the early days of the Neo-Geo SNK tried its hardest to cover all of the potential money-making bases of arcade and home console gaming. Fatal Fury catered to the one-on-one fighting crowd, NAM 1975 was an Operation Wolf clone with a difference, and Burning Fight clearly looked...

Samurai Shodown (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Samurai Shodown (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Awaken the samurai spirit within and get ready for a new kind of fight.

SNK became something of a fighting game factory in the early ‘90s, releasing titles like Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury to capitalize on public interest in the genre that had been kick started by a certain 2D fighting title from Cacpom. However, Samurai Showdown (or Samurai Spirits, as it was known in Japan) marked a real..