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Operation Wolf (Virtual Console / NES)

Operation Wolf (Virtual Console / NES)

Operation initiated! Rescue the prisoners!

Operation Wolf was a massive hit in arcades when it was released in 1987. Although the concept of light gun games wasn’t a new one, Taito’s imposing arcade cabinet (replete with uber-cool replica Uzi) certainly made a lasting impact on gamers worldwide. Predictably, it was ported to pretty much every home format in existence, including the NES. First..

Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Street Fighter made super

Gazing back into the mists of time, you can’t help but be amazed that Capcom managed to get everyone so excited about each new Street Fighter II update. On the Virtual Console alone we’ve already had two versions of the game, and now here’s the third! Thankfully, the improvements between the first SNES release and the...

Adventures of Lolo 2 (Virtual Console / NES)

Adventures of Lolo 2 (Virtual Console / NES)

Lolo and Lala are back in this sequel to the popular puzzle game Adventures of Lolo.

So you liked the original Adventures of Lolo and want more? Well, look no further. The sequel's basically the exact same. Like the first game, the objective is to collect all the Heart Framers in a room to open up a treasure chest. Then you enter the next room, and...

1080° Snowboarding (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

1080° Snowboarding (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Prepare to experience the thrills and chills of the ultimate extreme sport in 1080 Snowboarding.

1080 Snowboarding is a title that divided gamers when it was first released. Here was a game that mixed Nintendo’s usual penchant for killer gameplay with a more serious subject matter than the company was used to dealing with. It got lazily compared...

Riot Zone (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Riot Zone (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

I predict a riot!

Released back when the scrolling fighter was still seen as a massive money-spinner, Riot Zone (AKA: Crest of Wolf in Japan) was Hudson’s attempt at muscling in on the territory traditionally presided over by Capcom (Final Fight, Captain Commando, Knights of the Round, etc) and Sega (Streets of Rage, Golden Axe). Now let’s not...

Pac-Attack (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Pac-Attack (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Pac-Man makes a rare appearance outside of a maze environment in Pac-Attack, a fun and quirky puzzle game!

Not even Pac-Man escaped the 8 and 16-bit eras without a spinoff puzzle game to his name. Pac-Attack was an obvious cash-in by Namco on games like Tetris, Dr. Mario, and Puyo-Puyo, but it's actually quite good! The game is an edited version of the arcade game Cosmo Gang the Puzzle (based on..

StarTropics (Virtual Console / NES)

StarTropics (Virtual Console / NES)

Mike Jones is an ordinary kid who embarks on an extraordinary adventure!

On first sight, StarTropics looks eerily like Zelda (in fact, when you start it up, there's the same name entry screen!). So you might be thinking, what's all the fuss about? StarTropics is about a typical American teenager, Mike Jones, who heads to the tropics to meet his archaeologist uncle after receiving a letter. When he..

Harvest Moon (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Harvest Moon (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Farm life

Harvest Moon, a role-playing game based around the noble profession of farming, was one of the later Super NES releases when it arrived in 1997. If you are not familiar with this series, stay with us — it's not as bad or as boring as it sounds on paper This is basically The Sims on a farm. So, if you're a fan of simulation and RPG...

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Donkey Kong Country 3: Dixie Kong's Double Trouble! (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Double the trouble, double the fun?

After the stellar Donkey Kong Country 2, people were wondering if the third game would be even more amazing. It was released very late in the SNES's lifecycle, so naturally it was expected that Rare would be pulling out all the stops. In DK Country 3’s storyline, both DK and Diddy have been kidnapped. You're...

Skate or Die! (Virtual Console / NES)

Skate or Die! (Virtual Console / NES)

Hop on your board and take part in five extreme skate events!

Long before the Tony Hawk’s franchise made skateboarding games mainstream the cool kids got their kicks on Skate or Die for the NES. The action begins in Rodney Recloose’s skateboard shop. He’s a crazy middle-aged dude with a blue Mohawk who organises different event such as freestyle, high jump, downhill jam, downhill race and..

Blades of Steel (Virtual Console / NES)

Blades of Steel (Virtual Console / NES)

With sharpened blades and a lethal stick, you slash into a rink surrounded by thousands of screaming fans.

Blades of Steel, much like one of Konami's other NES sports games, Double Dribble, was loved all over the world back in the day. Double Dribble didn't hold up that well, so you may wonder how its ice hockey has fared. Actually, it has aged...

Monster Lair (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Monster Lair (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Join young Adam and Laura as they embark on a fantastic adventure in this comical action/shooting game.

Before you get excited, this isn’t your traditional Wonderboy adventure. Although we’ve already been blessed with Virtual Console versions of the quite frankly sublime Wonderboy in Monsterworld (Genesis / Mega Drive) and the exceptional Dragon’s Curse (which is essentially Wonderboy III:..

Alien Storm (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Alien Storm (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Shape-shifting aliens have infiltrated the city, creating chaos and panic!

There’s an alien invasion. Save the people! Kill the aliens! Not the most original premise for a game, granted, but Alien Storm carries its heart on its sleeve. Pretensions of artistry and greatness are laid aside; the story serves only as fodder to introduce baddies that can be slain with minimal pangs of guilt and..

Mega Man 2 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mega Man 2 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Can Mega Man save the world again?

Surprisingly, the original Mega Man (or Rockman, as the series is known in Japan) did not perform very well. Initially reluctant, Capcom allowed its creator Keiji Inafune to create a sequel as a side-project in his own spare time, however, and with the effort of a few colleagues and a lot of time, he created Mega...

Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Top Hunter: Roddy & Cathy (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Take on the role of either Roddy or Cathy, bounty hunters in this side-scrolling action game set far in the future when humans have colonized space.

I'm sure many have played at least one game in SNK's awesome shoot 'em up franchise, Metal Slug. But did you know that SNK also created a game that's similar, yet at the same time quite different? They did, and it's named Top Hunter. You play as the..

Ghosts 'n Goblins (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ghosts 'n Goblins (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Arthur's first ghostly quest

You thought Ghouls 'n Ghosts and Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts were hard? The NES original, Ghosts 'n Goblins set the bar. The main focus of the game is pretty much the same as in the sequels. Princess Prin-Prin has been kidnapped by demons and Arthur, the one-man army, sets out to rescue her. He's armed with only a lance and...

Pokémon Snap (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Pokémon Snap (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

In Pokémon Snap, you capture Pokémon not with a Poke Ball but with a camera!

Pokémon Snap's an odd one - it's not an adventure game like the handheld versions or a fighting game like those on the console. Instead, you have to take pictures of Pokémon! You play as Todd, who you might know from the anime. He has been asked by Professor Oak to take pictures of the various Pokémon around the..

Rolling Thunder 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Rolling Thunder 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

In this follow-up to the original classic, you are once again a member of Interpol's Rolling Thunder task force.

Rolling Thunder 2 is a conversion of Namco’s 1990 sequel to its original James Bond themed Shinobi-like game. The Megadrive home version is faithful to the arcade original in terms of gameplay and features a few improvements, including cut scenes between levels that feature some lovely..

Light Crusader (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Light Crusader (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Take the role of Sir David in this action-RPG and get to the bottom of the mysteries of Green Row.

After dazzling Megadrive/Genesis owners with the likes of Gunstar Heroes and Dynamite Headdy (let’s forget Ronald’s McDonaldland Adventure for now), Treasure turned its talents to the Action RPG genre with this 1995 release. Published in the twilight years of Sega’s 16-bit machine, Light..