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Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Virtual Console / NES)

Zoda's Revenge: StarTropics II (Virtual Console / NES)

Take on the role of Mike Jones, intrepid hero of the StarTropics universe.

While the original StarTropics was a great game, it did have some nagging problems. In 1994, after the SNES was already out for 3 years in the US, Nintendo saw fit to finally make a sequel to one of the (sadly) most underrated games on the NES. But they didn't make it for the...

Enduro Racer (Virtual Console / Master System)

Enduro Racer (Virtual Console / Master System)

Enduro Racer takes you on an intense set of adrenaline-designed courses containing diverse and rough terrain that will test your skills and reaction time.

Enduro Racer started out life as an arcade machine by Sega; it was a normal racing game like its better known stable mates Hang-On and Out Run. The idea was to ride your dirt bike through the...

Impossible Mission II (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Impossible Mission II (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Elvin Atombender is up to his old tricks again!

As soon as Impossible Mission II loads up, the improvements are immediate and obvious. The producers clearly went to work on almost every aspect of the original game, polishing, adding and fixing until this sequel was the result. There are no great changes to the concept; players familiar with the first game will be immediately familiar with the..

Last Ninja 3 (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Last Ninja 3 (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Epic fail...

Eagle-eyed readers may have noticed that we have revised this review in light of the game-breaking bug which prevents the player from progressing beyond level one in the game. We raised this with Commodore Gaming at the time of release and was assured that a patch would be made available ASAP. As this patch is still not available we did the honourable thing and revised the review to..

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Virtual Console / Master System)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Virtual Console / Master System)

Sonic is back for a second 8-bit outing.

In 1992 if you weren’t lucky enough to have upgraded to a Sega Mega Drive / Genesis system and still had a humble Master System you might have picked this up. Interestingly the Master System version was released slightly earlier than its 16-bit counterpart so no one can accuse this of being a soulless...

Metal Slug 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Wipe out General Morden's newly remobilised Rebellion Army.

Not many games at the time could go toe-to-toe with Konami's Contra series quite like the Metal Slug titles. Not only did they feature the same run-n-gun arcade action of Contra, but they also took things to new levels of intensity and sported some of the largest and most creative boss encounters ever seen in a game of their type. After a..

Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Boogerman: A Pick and Flick Adventure (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

While investigating Professor Stinkbaum's lab, Boogerman stumbles upon a strange machine that opens a portal to another dimension.

Almost everybody knows Earthworm Jim - But Boogerman, which was created inbetween the first two Jim games, is much less familiar. This is a bit unjust, as it's every bit as quirky and fun as the aforementioned series. Boogerman stars Snotty Ragsdale, a nosy millionaire..

Forgotten Worlds (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Forgotten Worlds (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Forgotten Worlds is a side-scrolling shooter, one of the first games to incorporate 360 degree aiming and shooting, a revolutionary feature at the time.

Forgotten Worlds was an interesting shoot-em-up arcade game back in the days. Not only was it developed by Capcom, it featured 2 player simultaneous play and a innovative control system were you rotated a second joystick on a 360 degree axis to..

Phantasy Star IV (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Phantasy Star IV (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

In the year AW 2284, planet Motavia is once again plagued by strange biocreatures.

After two successful Phantasy Star releases, Sega decided to change things up a bit for their third release in the series Phantasy Star III: Generations of Doom. The game featured more of a medieval look to it instead of the science fiction theme that had been such an avid part of the previous two releases and also..

Mega Man 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mega Man 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Good to be three

After two successful Mega Man releases on NES, Capcom decided to upgrade the series with a few new twists for Mega Man 3, adding a little more variety to an already amazing series. With eight brand new Robot Masters for players to take on, the game would prove to be a huge success and went on to become a fan favourite among gamers...

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Drac's back!

After the success of the original Castlevania title on the NES system, Konami decided to change things up quite a bit for Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. Gone was the straight-ahead platforming action of the original, replaced with a much more rpg-flavored approach that placed more emphasis on item collection and exploration. While...

Devil World (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Devil World (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A devilish Pac-Man clone from Miyamoto

Devil World is one of extremely few Nintendo titles that was released in Europe, but not the US. Most likely this was due to Nintendo of America's strict rule not to feature any "religious" factors in games, and seeing as the game includes a devil, that just wouldn't slide with them. It's actually a pretty fun...

Mayhem in Monsterland (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Mayhem in Monsterland (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Mayhem is an unhappy dinosaur, as Monsterland is an unhappy place, due to an apprentice magic dinosaur who decided to practice some of his master's spells, after drinking too much cactus juice.

The year 1993 saw the last of the full-price commercial games for the C64 hit the shelves as the market for 8-bit fare was finally grinding to a halt. In amongst the classics such as Alien 3, Lemmings and..

Space Harrier (Virtual Console / Master System)

Space Harrier (Virtual Console / Master System)

Blow your mind in a fantasy zone

When Sega released the Master System back in the ‘80s the company was facing an uphill struggle against Nintendo’s NES. The NES had the software support and thanks to Nintendo’s nefarious practice of making developers agree to keep their titles exclusive, it left Sega with little in the way of third party...

Secret of Mana (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Secret of Mana (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Good and evil battle for a young warrior’s heart. There is one force in the universe that keeps good and evil in perfect balance.

As action rpgs started to gain in popularity during the 16-bit era, many game companies began cashing in on this new trend. Some were good, and some not so good. Enix had already created a hit with their action rpg Soul...

Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Street Fighting SEGA style.

Back when Street Fighter II-mania was gripping the global gaming community, Capcom’s decision to release the first home port of the game on Nintendo’s SNES spoke volumes. This move showed that the company was backing Nintendo in the 16-bit war (up to this point all of Capcom’s Megadrive/Genesis games had actually been re-programmed by Sega under license and not..

Mario Golf (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Golf (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Tee off with Mario and friends as they put a new spin on golf!

After Mario's forays into non-platforming genres, such as Mario Kart, Mario's Picross and Dr. Mario, Nintendo realized something: Whatever you put Mario in, it will sell. Soon after, they made loads of Mario sports games - Starting with Mario's Tennis on the Virtual Boy, Nintendo soon made the plumber try golf, and, more recently,..

Earthworm Jim (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Earthworm Jim (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

A crow is chasing a worm named Jim, while in outer space, Psy-Crow is chasing a renegade ship.

If you were at all interested in videogames or cartoons in the early 90's you were no doubt a fan of Earthworm Jim. Originally appearing in this game, the unusual hero went on to star in his own cartoon and a number of sequels to the videogame. Earthworm Jim is all about the titular Jim - He used to be a..

Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Shining Force II: Ancient Sealing (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

It’s a dark and stormy night in the kingdom of Granseal when a thief steals two jewels from the Tower of the Ancients.

The original Shining Force was a massive success for Sega, granting the Genesis/Megadrive with a strategy RPG to rival Nintendo’s popular Fire Emblem franchise. A sequel of some description was inevitable and when it arrived the result was truly mind-blowing; it’s little..