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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..

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..

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...

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...

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...

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..

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...

Metal Marines ( / Super Nintendo)

Metal Marines ( / Super Nintendo)

Heavy metal

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 strategy titles were only just beginning to...

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...

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,..

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..

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...