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Metal Marines (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Metal Marines (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Set in the near future, most of Earth's land has been disintegrated in the chaos of the Anti-matter War.

The Japanese love big robots; you only have to look at series like Gundam, Macross and Patlabor to see this. However they seem to like strategy videogames a lot less, which is what makes Namco’s Metal Marines (Militia in Japan) all the more surprising. Released at a time where real time..

Gate of Thunder (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Gate of Thunder (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The legendary sci-fi shooter is back!

Playing very much like the highly regarded Thunderforce IV, Gate of Thunder represented a turning point for the PC Engine/TG-16 CD-ROM format. So long the recipient of sub-par ports and lackluster titles, the system was given a much-needed shot in the arm with this stunning shooter. Hudson and NEC promoted the...

World Heroes (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

World Heroes (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

A fighting game released in 1992 featuring eight characters, including Hanzo, Janne and Rasputin, modeled on historical figures from throughout the ages.

Released when the avalanche of Street Fighter 2 clones hit arcades in the early ‘90s, World Heroes was a minor success that gained a cult following thanks to a combination of impressive graphics, crazy characters and half-decent gameplay. Like..

Art of Fighting (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Art of Fighting (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Yuri Sakazaki has been abducted by Mr. Big to punish her father, Takuma, and her brother, Ryo.

What with this, Samurai Showdown, Fatal Fury and World Heroes, the Virtual Console is certainly going to have its fair share of one-on-one fighters! Art of Fighting was another attempt by SNK to usurp Capcom’s Street Fighter 2 from the position of ‘best 2D fighter’ back in the early ‘90s. Again,..

Golden Axe III (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Golden Axe III (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The once-peaceful kingdom so familiar to fans of the original Golden Axe is under threat once again.

If you’ve played Golden Axe 2 then you will no doubt be aware that it’s a little too similar to its predecessor. When Sega came to create the third game in the Megadrive trilogy it obviously realized that a sweeping change was in order. Sadly,...

Fatal Fury (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Fatal Fury (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Released in 1991 and one of the longest-running series in the fighting-game genre, this title introduced players to Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard and Joe Higashi.

When you consider the sheer volume of one-on-one fighters produced by SNK over the past decade or so it’s amazing to think that 1991’s Fatal Fury was the first time they’d attempted such...

Sin and Punishment (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Sin and Punishment (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Earth is under threat from Ruffians – mutants bred to boost dwindling food stocks who have turned against their masters.

Treasure is no stranger to the Virtual Console – we’ve already experienced the sublime 'run and gun' gameplay of Gunstar Heroes and the wonderfully deranged Dynamite Headdy. This tiny Japanese developer has a back catalogue...

Legend of Hero Tonma (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Legend of Hero Tonma (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Fight your way through seven stages using Tonma's jump ability and shot power.

What happens when you cross Ninja Spirit and a shoot 'em up? This. Unsurprisingly, it's a game by Irem, who made both Ninja Spirit and quite a few shoot 'em ups! Also not surprising is that it’s a port of the arcade game of the same name; again, just like Ninja Spirit!...

Streets of Rage 3 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Streets of Rage 3 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Just when you thought the world was safe from the Syndicate and its shady leader, Mr. X, they have returned to torment the city once again.

Streets of Rage 3 has been the victim of much flak over the past few years. Coming after the sublime Streets of Rage 2, the third installment had a fight (ho-ho!) on its hands to better such a fantastic game. On paper, it certainly seems like it should be up to..

Ninja JaJaMaru-kun (Virtual Console / NES)

Ninja JaJaMaru-kun (Virtual Console / NES)

This action game features a ninja called JaJaMaru, who uses his shuriken to defeat monsters and save Princess Sakura from the evil Lord Namazu Dayuu.

Of all the Japan-only games to be given new life on the Virtual Console, Nintendo, oddly enough, picked this one. While on the surface it looks like another not-very-good arcade game, it's actually...

Yoshi's Story (Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Yoshi's Story (Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Not Yoshi's finest hour

Remember Yoshi’s Island on the Super NES? That awesome platformer that swapped the roles and made Yoshi the main hero with (Baby) Mario being the sidekick? It's become iconic, but this is perhaps the first "real" Yoshi game (Mario isn't in the name and he's barely seen in the game) and it does things a bit differently. The...

World Class Baseball (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

World Class Baseball (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Acclaimed for its steady game play, World Class Baseball is the definitive baseball game on the TurboGrafx16.

This game began life known as Power League on the Japanese PC Engine and spawned many sequels due to the popularity of Baseball in Japan. The game offers a comprehensive range of options to fine tune your game. For instance you can switch...

Super Thunder Blade (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Super Thunder Blade (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

In this follow-up to Thunder Blade, you'll fly a new and improved attack helicopter in a series of attacks against guerilla armies that are bent on taking over the world.

One of the very first Megadrive/Genesis releases, Super Thunder Blade is a pretty underwhelming action title that failed to get pulses racing when it was converted to the 16-bit...

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Virtual Console / NES)

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (Virtual Console / NES)

For the first time outside of Japan – experience the original sequel to the best-selling video game of all time!

Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is a bit of an oddity. "The Lost Levels" isn't even it's real title - This is actually the real version of Super Mario Bros. 2. Japan got this game (As SMB2), but when Nintendo realized...

NES Play Action Football (Virtual Console / NES)

NES Play Action Football (Virtual Console / NES)

Ready! Hut hut hut…

Coming quite late in the life of the NES - 1990 to be exact - Play Action Football was Nintendo's attempt at creating a realistic gridiron game for their aging, yet still popular console. The diagonal viewpoint is 'fake 3D' which looks a little pathetic by today's standards but was pretty impressive back then. At least it looks...

Neutopia II (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Neutopia II (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Some years have passed since the brave hero Jazeta destroyed Dirth, the Emperor of Darkness.

Looking very much like it predecessor, Neutopia II plays more like an expansion pack than a fully-fledged sequel. Shamelessly stealing ideas from Nintendo’s Zelda series, this action RPG trundles along quite amiably but never really reaches the heights of the games it tries so hard to emulate. However,..

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Sonic the Hedgehog 3 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Sonic and Tails are back for another adventure as they again battle the evil Dr. Eggman (AKA Dr. Robotnik), who is desperately trying to collect all the Chaos Emeralds in order to rebuild his Death Egg.

After the sublime Sonic 2 Sega decided to stick with the same tried and tested formula for the sequel – a move that disappointed many fans that...

ESWAT: City Under Siege (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

ESWAT: City Under Siege (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

All is not well in Cyber City. Criminals are running amok - looting, pillaging and raping the city of all its worth.

This was one of the first games I ever loaded into my Megadrive and it still sticks in my memory as one of the best action platformers for the machine. Although it isn't a conversion of the arcade game of the same name (neither was the Master System version, strangely), Megadrive..

Crack Down (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Crack Down (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The situation is critical. The evil Doctor K has created an army of deranged replicants in order to take over the world, and only two can stop him - Andy Attacker and Ben Breaker - the top soldiers of the CIA's special Crackdown force.

No, this game is not related to the Xbox 360's Crackdown! Hardly anybody seems to know this game, despite it being...