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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..

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)

Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards (N64)

Not Kirby's finest hour

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 pals at HAL Laboratories have retained...

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..

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..

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...

Pac-Attack (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Pac-Attack (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Watch your back or Pac will attack, you don't want that!

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...

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...

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...

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...