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Cybernator (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Cybernator (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

It is the near future. Resources are dwindling and the major powers of the world are locked in a territorial dispute.

The Japanese have a real love for big robots that hasn't entirely crossed over into the West. Thankfully Cybernator (AKA: Assault Suit Valken) - a follow up to the Megadrive Assault Suit Leynos/Target Earth - made the jump from East to West and remains one of the more memorable SNES..

Zanac (Virtual Console / NES)

Zanac (Virtual Console / NES)

Take control of the state-of-the-art fighter, Zanac, with the objective of destroying the bases of the mechanized enemy forces.

When you’ve got shooters of the calibre of Gate of Thunder, Soldier Blade and Super Star Soldier to choose from, it’s not unreasonable to question the sanity of downloading a NES blaster; surely anything available on Nintendo’s crusty old 8-bit couldn’t possibly..

Eternal Champions (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Eternal Champions (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

This 2-D fighting game introduces a cast of different characters that met untimely deaths in their lives on Earth.

Released at a time when Street Fighter II and Mortal Kombat were both selling like hotcakes, Eternal Champions may have had players thinking it was an exploitative cash-in to make Sega a quick buck. This could not be further from the truth. Eternal Champions may share many of the same..

The Dynastic Hero (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The Dynastic Hero (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Take control of Dyna as he battles through action-filled stages.

Dynastic Hero is basically identical to the Megadrive Wonderboy in Monsterworld. Anyone who has played this MD classic will know that this is no bad thing - it's one of the strongest titles in the Wonderboy series. However, this version features different characters. I can only guess that after the PC Engine started to beat the..

Baseball Stars 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Baseball Stars 2 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Lace up your cleats and step onto the diamond with the pros of Baseball Stars 2.

Are you getting sick of all the sub-par sports games on VC (excluding Kirby's Dream Course, Punch-Out!! and, to some, Ice Hockey)? Yeah? Well, here's Baseball Stars 2 - a game breaks every rule in the book and delivers a completely crazy experience filled to the top with style. The gameplay's pretty much exactly like..

Ecco Jr. (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Ecco Jr. (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The aquatic adventures of Ecco come to life for a younger generation of gamers.

Ouch - what happened here? Ecco the Dolphin, suddenly transformed into a kid-friendly educational game? In this game, you play as Ecco Jr., a younger version of Ecco, or one of his two friends (Tara the baby orca or Kitnee the baby Atlantic dolphin). There is no real difference between them besides looks, however. When..

The King of Fighters '94 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '94 (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Match warriors from Fatal Fury against favorites from its sister series, Art of Fighting.

Although SNK’s Fatal Fury and Samurai Shodown franchises placed the company on the map as far as 2D fighting games were concerned, it wasn’t until the release of the first King of Fighters game SNK could go toe-to-toe with Capcom’s Street Fighter – and win. For the uninitiated, KOF involves picking a..

Bubble Bobble (Virtual Console / NES)

Bubble Bobble (Virtual Console / NES)

Bubble Bobble is a puzzle-action game featuring the two Bubble Dragons, Bub and Bob.

Bub and Bob are two rosy-cheeked dinosaurs who spit bubbles at their enemies and pop those bubbles for food rewards, all on the quest to save their girlfriends. If you don’t remember this classic arcade game from yesteryear you’ll probably know the two main...

Double Dribble (Virtual Console / NES)

Double Dribble (Virtual Console / NES)

Double Dribble is a 5-on-5 basketball game for the NES, based on the 1986 arcade game of the same name.

This is the first basketball game to come to VC, and unfortunately for us, it's not very good. While Double Dribble was fairly popular back in the day due to the graphics (There are some cutscenes with fairly detailed stuff, like a crowd marching into a stadium or a player making a slam dunk) it..

Axelay (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Axelay (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Who said the SNES couldn't handle shmups?

Regardless of the fact that it was released fairly early on in the life of Nintendo’s 16-bit console, Axelay remains one of the best looking and most impressive shooters available for the format. Employing a similar format to Konami stable mate Lifeforce, Axelay switches between a vertical and horizontal...

Blue's Journey (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Blue's Journey (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The planet of Raguy has been invaded by the Daruma tribe, changing it from a beautiful and peaceful place into one filled with pollution.

The Neo Geo is known primarily for its fighting games and the occasional shoot-em-up, so it’s good to come across a cutesy platformer on the system. If you are familiar with Super Mario Bros 2 on the NES...

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Mario Bros. 3 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

The Mario Bros get even more super

Back in 1990 when this was released in the USA, Mario fever was at an all time high. A few months earlier, there had even been a movie released called ‘The Wizard’ with that kid from the Wonder Years, which was essentially a commercial for this game. If you never played Super Mario Bros. 3 when it was first...

Power Golf (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Power Golf (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Every system needs a golf game, right?

If Wii Sports’ gesture controlled club swinging has grown old for you, the more in-depth game offered in Hudson’s Power Golf might be of interest. There are three modes of play on offer here: stroke play is for a solo player, match play lets you take on a friend, and competition play allows for two to three players. When the game is in action you get a..

Sonic 3D Blast (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Sonic 3D Blast (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The evil Dr. Eggman stumbles upon an alternate dimension where some odd birds called Flickies have the ability to travel anywhere.

After producing three Sonic titles for the Genesis/Megadrive Sega decided to do something a little different – instead of creating another platformer they produced an isometric adventure with CGI rendered graphics, and...

Alien Soldier (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Alien Soldier (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

As Epsilon-Eagle, you are an alien soldier who has been genetically-engineered to produce maximum intelligence and strength.

Treasure produced some of the finest games for the Sega Megadrive such as Gunstar Heroes and Dynamite Headdy, both of which are available on the Virtual Console. Alien Soldier follows in that great Treasure tradition by being a great game that shows off what Sega’s 16 bit..

Samurai Ghost (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Samurai Ghost (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

This action platformer features a samurai ghost from the depths of the underworld.

The ghost of a samurai? Surely this must be awesome! Unfortunately, the truth is far from it. You play the ghost of a samurai who has returned to avenge himself. Thankfully the game information tells us this, as the main character looks nothing like a samurai. Your...

Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly Paradise (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Super Air Zonk: Rockabilly Paradise (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Zonk is back in Super Air Zonk, the sequel to the shooting game spin-off of the Bonk series.

Fans of excellent Turbografx-16 shoot-em-up Air Zonk will undoubtedly be intrigued by this sequel which was released in the latter years of the console for the CD-Rom attachment. Given the CD format, it would be fair to expect the sequel to be a vast improvement over the HuCard original, but sadly, this is..

Magician Lord (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Magician Lord (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Elta must battle through eight stages, collecting the eight tomes of power that are key to defeating Gul-Agieze and his evil plans.

One of the first games produced for SNK’s arcade system, Magician Lord is a lot like Capcom’s Ghouls ‘n’ Ghosts. You play the titular wizard as he battles to defend his homeland from the evil advances of the...

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Simon's flawed quest

Castlevania was a smash hit. Despite the difficulty of the game and its lack of quality in some areas it was loved worldwide and proved very popular. It was a no-brainer for Konami to create a sequel. Perhaps borrowing ideas from Nintendo (Super Mario Bros. 2, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, etc.) the game is very different...