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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..

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..

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...

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..

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..

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..

City Connection (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

City Connection (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Driving round a bend

City Connection was a moderately popular arcade game in the early '80s. The game stars you as a rather strapping young man driving around the world to paint the roads white in order to prove he's been there. Doesn't make much sense to us, but hey, whatever floats his boat! While doing so you must watch out for cars (including...

Paradroid (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

Paradroid (Virtual Console / Commodore 64)

The droid crew of a galactic space freighter have turned against their masters and eradicated every human crew member!

Legendary amongst C64 fans, and one of the highest rated games of the time, Paradroid’s depth of gameplay has kept it a firm favourite over 20 years later. Loosely categorised as a shoot-em-up, this description belies the subtle complexities to be found whilst you go about your..

Sky Kid (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Sky Kid (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

We're not kidding

Sky Kid is a NES port of the arcade game with the same name. You play as the Red Baron or Blue Max, both famous World War I pilots. Your mission is to fly through hordes of enemy formations, pick up a bomb, and drop it on the enemy's headquarters or main weapon. It is noteworthy that in this game, unlike most shoot 'em ups, you go...

Digital Champ: Battle Boxing (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Digital Champ: Battle Boxing (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Digital Champ Battle Boxing is a first-person-perspective boxing title that plunges players into the raw intensity of the ring!

When it was first released in 1989 Digital Champ caused quite a stir. Boxing games up to this point had been graphically modest affairs; Punch Out! was (and some would say, still is) the title of choice for prospective pugilists thanks to its entertaining gameplay, but..

Gley Lancer (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Gley Lancer (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

In the year 2025, a war breaks out between humans and a hostile alien race.

The Virtual Console certainly isn’t short of 2D shooters. We’ve seen some excellent (and not so excellent) examples of the genre come and go, but most of the games we’ve experienced so far are retro classics and will have been familiar to fans already. Gley Lancer, on the other hand, might not ring any bells with you..

Star Parodier (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Star Parodier (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Cute'em-up.

Star Parodier is not only one of the best cute'em-ups ever created, it's also one of the best shooters ever made as well. Combining sugary sweet visuals, a stunning musical score, and some of the most responsive play control ever found in a shooter, Star Parodier proves that video game spoofs can be every bit as good, if not better, than...

Metal Slug (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Overthrow General Morden and win back the stolen weapon, the Metal Slug.

This game might be a bit redundant - seven of the games in the Metal Slug series were already released on the Wii in collective form as Metal Slug Anthology. However, none of the games on that disc allow for classic controller use, so if you desperately want to use it, then you have no choice but to buy it on VC. The Anthology..

Break In (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Break In (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

A bit of a break from the norm of Naxat Soft's other games.

Break In could have been a great game where you could play a burglar trying to steal some precious jewels; instead it is pool game simulator. These games used to be ten a penny in the arcade halls of old so it is only fitting that some home conversions were made. I am no expert on the game of pool but there seems to be a fairly..

Cho Aniki (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Cho Aniki (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Idaten or Benten are celestial warriors who are out to bring an end to the tyrannical rule of the emperor of Planet Builder.

The Japanese are often accused of creating some seriously weird and wonderful videogames. While this reputation is often underserved (with games like Jet Set Willy, Western developers are just as guilty of producing bonkers titles), a few Eastern franchises do stick out as..

Renegade (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Renegade (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A beat-em-up best forgotten

Technos' Double Dragon became a household name and River City Ransom gained rave reviews from all and sundry, but people often forget that the company also released Renegade on the NES, forming what many fans deem to be a classic trilogy of 8-bit fighting games. Sadly, Renegade is easily the worst of this trio. Although...