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Bases Loaded (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Bases Loaded (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Not quite a home run.

To herald the start of the new baseball season in the USA, it seems fitting that Bases Loaded should get a Virtual Console release. When this was first released on the NES twenty years ago there wasn’t really much that came close to it. The simple, yet innovative gameplay struck a home run with baseball fans all over the...

Yoshi's Cookie (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Yoshi's Cookie (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mmmm, cookies!

Another Mario puzzler? Say it ain't so! Like Yoshi (Mario & Yoshi in Europe), Yoshi's Cookie is less well known than Dr. Mario and Wario's Woods, mainly because, well, it's not that interesting. To its merit, it's not another falling block puzzler. In fact, this is one of the more unique puzzlers on Virtual Console. The objective...

Wonder Boy (Virtual Console / Master System)

Wonder Boy (Virtual Console / Master System)

As Tom-Tom the Wonder Boy, it’s up to you to rescue your girlfriend Tanya from the vile clutches of the monster that has kidnapped her.

Wonder Boy was one of the first games I got for my beloved Sega Master System. Having played the original arcade game on seaside weekends of my youth it seemed amazing to have such a faithful conversion of the...

Uridium (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Uridium (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

15 Super-Dreadnought ships have invaded your galaxy, each looking to steal a different precious metal.

Uridium is a much loved classic amongst Commodore 64 enthusiasts. Well known for its fast-paced gameplay and unique game mechanics, at least some of that reputation is deserved. Designer Andrew Braybrook was known for his idiosyncratic but eminently playable game concepts, and they are plentiful..

International Karate (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

International Karate (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

It's karate time!

You could almost hear the groans of disappointment when this game was announced for the Virtual Console, simply because the sequel, "International Karate Plus", is so legendary. But that's a disservice to the original, as it is a strong game in its own right. Those looking for a quick pick-up-and-play brawler will be...

Cruis'n USA (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Cruis'n USA (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Put pedal to metal and hang on for a wild ride across the highways of America!

One of the first games to be announced for Nintendo’s 64-bit console, Cruis’n USA was given a fair amount of attention when it was first released; for the 32-bit generation, driving games that had established the credentials of rival machines (Ridge Racer for the...

Powerball (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Powerball (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Eight different teams representing various nations are vying to become the Powerball champions, and you control one of the eight in your quest for the championship.

This forgotten futuristic sports game by Namco undoubtedly takes some inspiration from Speedball 2, which was really popular at the time. The basic premise is that Powerball is a futuristic sport that takes the brutal elements of rugby..

King's Knight (Virtual Console / NES)

King's Knight (Virtual Console / NES)

In the kingdom of Izander, the fair Princess Claire has been kidnapped by a foul and insidious dragon, and it is the mission of four brave fighters to save her.

Since the inception of the Virtual Console, fans have been waiting hopefully for many must-have titles; people usually have one game they’re especially fond of and would like to see given...

Mega Turrican (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Mega Turrican (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The Machine has enslaved the galaxy under its tyrannical rule.

I know what you’re all thinking: why have another Turrican title on the Virtual Console when we’ve only recently been blessed with the delights of the sublime Super Turrican – especially when you consider these 16-bit titles look very much the same? However, while it’s true that Mega and Super Turrican do share some design..

Spelunker (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Spelunker (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Going underground

Spelunker is a blast from the past. It started out life on home computers such as the Commodore 64 and was eventually ported to the NES. The game’s protagonist is tasked with working their way down a giant cave to find the great treasure that is rumoured to be hidden within the depths. Along the way, perils such as water, uneven...

Super R-Type (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super R-Type (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The BYDO Empire of mutant extraterrestrials is back with evil intent and awesome power.

That naughty Bydo Empire! You would have thought they would have learnt their lesson last time when a solitary R-9 craft kicked their butt so badly. Alas, they are back and wreaking havoc wherever they go. Time for you to save the universe, again! Super R-Type was one of the earlier games released on the Super..

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

DoReMi Fantasy: Milon's DokiDoki Adventure (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Doremi Fasol Latido

If you ever read a list of the top 10 platform games on the SNES you will more likely than not see favourites such as Super Mario World and Yoshi’s Island hogging the top spots with DK Country following closely behind. Sadly, DoReMi Fantasy would rarely feature in such a list despite a modest loyal following in the gaming...

Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

More Puyo Puyo fun for the Virtual Console.

We’ve already experienced the first Puyo Puyo title on the Virtual Console, although you may not have noticed as the western version was retooled as Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine. As far as laying down the foundations of the Puyo Puyo franchise, it’s not a bad game at all, but it was undoubtedly trumped in pretty much every respect by this..

Super Turrican (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Turrican (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

You are Bren McGuire, on a United Planets Freedom Forces mission to save the peaceful planet Katakis from the Machine.

Ever wondered what happens when a Western developer takes inspiration from the Japanese and decides to create a ‘run and gun’ game with flashy graphics, amazing special effects and killer gameplay? Well wonder no more, because Super Turrican is one such game. Originally..

Psychosis (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Psychosis (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

This is a side-scrolling shooter played in a world created from the mind of a twisted demon.

The PC Engine/TG-16 is a machine that is famous for its wide and diverse range of shooting titles, but Psychosis (also known as Paranoia in Japan) is one title that you might not be familiar with, despite the fact that it was deemed worthy of a Western release back in the day. We also like to see..

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Kirby’s first 3-D adventure is also his Nintendo 64 debut.

Since the first Kirby game, we’ve seen our puffy pink friend in a series of high quality platform adventures (not to mention spin-offs) up until the release of Kirby 64 back in 2000. Despite predictably rendering Kirby’s world in 3D for the first time, true to form for a N64 outing our...

Street Gangs (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Street Gangs (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Big trouble in River City

Street Gangs — known as River City Ransom in North America — is a strange game. It's one of many in the extremely popular Japanese "Kunio-kun" series, which started in the arcade and is still going strong today, with the latest instalment being on the DS. Every game in the series has the same main character, Kunio, but...

Phantasy Star II (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Phantasy Star II (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Hailed as one of the greatest games of all time by fans and media alike, Phantasy Star II is an RPG that features an epic storyline and turn-based battles.

The original Phantasy Star never really had the impact it deserved, mainly thanks to the fact that its host platform - the Sega Master System – failed to sell in significant numbers in the US...

Lords of Thunder (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Lords of Thunder (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Lords of Thunder is a side-scrolling shooter that has you take on the role of a legendary warrior, blasting enemies to heavy-metal tunes.

TG16 fans thought they’d died and gone to heaven when Gate of Thunder was published for the system. A shooter of truly epic magnitude, it rocketed the underrated machine to the top of the pile when it came to mesmerizing blaster action. The question was: could..