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Super Turrican 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Turrican 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

As the last survivor of the United Freedom Forces, it is your duty to destroy the Machine’s forces that have devastated the galaxy.

The Turrican series began life on the Commodore 64 computer and would soon see quite a few releases on the various personal computers of the time period. The series made its first appearance on a console with the Sega Mega Drive release of Mega Turrican and would..

Super Dodge Ball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Dodge Ball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Not too dodgy

The characters from River City Ransom (of which the main character is known in Japan as Kunio-kun) are back for a friendly game of dodge ball. Or are they? If you've played the aforementioned game, you'll know that the Kunio series hilariously overdoes everything. You were able to smash enemies around not just with chains, but also...

Boulder Dash (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Boulder Dash (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Oh Boulder Dash!

Boulder Dash is a fondly-remembered classic and was so popular back in the day that it spawned umpteen sequels and numerous ports and remakes which continue to appear even today. It was perhaps inevitable that the game would appear in some capacity on one of the Wii's download services, so how does the old classic stand up today?...

Jumpman (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Jumpman (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Jumpman is a bomb disposal expert. He is called on to save the Jupiter headquarters after the evil Alienators invade it and booby-trap its 30 levels.

While the video game industry was crashing down around us, personal computers were beginning to invade households around the world. The Commodore 64 was one such computer and went on to become one of the most popular home computers of its time period..

Clu Clu Land (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Clu Clu Land (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Clu Clu a choo

First, a lesson in linguistics – ‘Kurukuru’ in Japanese means ‘turning around’. Why are we telling you this? Well, it neatly explains Clu Clu Land’s rather unusual title, and also gives some insight into the mechanics of the game. You assume the role of a funny-looking fish called Bubbles, who due to some cruel...

Ys Book I & II (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Ys Book I & II (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Ys Book I & II chronicles the first adventures of Adol Christin, a young, red-haired swordsman on a quest to unlock the secrets of an ancient kingdom.

Even the most hardened TG16 fan will admit that the machine wasn’t exactly a massive success when it was released in the States. It struggled against the Genesis and SNES despite having some great...

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Mario + RPG = WIN!

What do you get when one of the best RPG creators in the world decides to build an RPG around one of the most recognizable video game characters in history? What you get is a video game that is considered one of the greatest ever made and an RPG that's not only unique, but extremely playable as well. Many were skeptical when the...

Pitstop II (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Pitstop II (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Pitstop II is the first racing game that brings you the thrill of battling an opponent, the excitement of fighting for the lead out on the track and the suspense of struggling to be the first out of the pits.

Racing games, as a whole, haven't exactly aged as well as games from other genres over the years, but there's still something to be said for the classic arcade racers of old. Sure they were..

Samurai Shodown II (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Samurai Shodown II (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

First released in 1994, this fighting game follows 15 samurai in their individual quests.

Let's face it, the majority of SNKs existence is based around their unrelenting quest to come up with a fighting game for their system that could stand toe-to-toe with Capcom's immensely popular Street Fighter II arcade game. Samurai Shodown has the unique distinction of being the fighting game that finally..

Sonic the Hedgehog (Virtual Console / Master System)

Sonic the Hedgehog (Virtual Console / Master System)

Sonic's back in 8-bit style.

Following the undoubted success of Sonic The Hedgehog on the Mega Drive it seems only fitting that a version of the game was created for the Sega’s 8-bit wonder, the Master System which still had strong support in Europe at the time. This game was also something of a swan song to North American gamers who had took a...

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...

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..

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..

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)..

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..

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...