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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...

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...

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 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,..

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...

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..

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...

Adventure Island (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Adventure Island (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

An island of adventure

Adventure Island is somewhat of a Mario clone - you guide Master Higgins to the end of every level (8 worlds with 4 levels each, sound familiar?) dodging wildlife, boulders and fire in order to defeat the witch doctor at the end of each world (also familiar?) who has captured your beloved bride-to-be Tina. Things aren't as...

Landstalker (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Landstalker (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

After hearing of the legendary treasure of King Nole, the elvish treasure hunter Nigel undertakes a quest to gather various pieces of the famed loot.

Landstalker is an action RPG released in 1993. It's got an isometric view, something which is quite rare in games, and sounds a bit dated. So does it still hold up? In the game you are Nigel, a treasure hunter who rescues a fairy called Friday from a..

Vegas Stakes (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Vegas Stakes (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Always bet on black

Here's an odd offering for the VC - a gambling game! In Vegas Stakes, sequel to Vegas Dream on the NES, you head to Vegas with a group of friends to try to make it rich. There are four casinos to go to, ranging from the-run-down Hideaway, which only allows small bets, to 2020, a futuristic-looking casino that allows high bets...

Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bonk 3: Bonk's Big Adventure (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The hard-headed hero is back for more side-scrolling action in the third installment of the popular Bonk series.

Bonk 3 was the final game in the original trilogy of Bonk games. As it was the last game, Hudson seemingly decided they had to cram as much into it as they could in order to make it the best game yet - They succeeded. First off, pretty...

Super C (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super C (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Charged

After Konami's maddeningly hard Contra/Probotector proved immensely popular, obviously it wasn't going to sit around and not make a sequel. Super C/Probotector II puts you in the role of the same heroes once again as you try to take out alien scum. This time they're possessing humans to attack you. The game's got practically the same...

Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Arthur must go forth to save his beloved Princess and destroy the root of all evil!

When you look at this game today, it's hard to believe that it was one of the very first Megadrive releases. Sega did an amazing job of reprogramming the Capcom arcade original for their 16-bit console - the port isn't quite arcade perfect but you have to look closely to spot the (minor) differences. Graphically..

Wrecking Crew (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Wrecking Crew (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Wreck, not dreck

Wrecking Crew's a bit of an oddball. Despite starring Mario, it flies under many peoples' radars, partly because it launched simultaneous with the legendary Super Mario Bros. and several other titles, thus meaning it was quickly overshadowed. Wrecking Crew's genre is hard to nail down, but is essentially a mix of a platformer and...

Lunar Pool (Virtual Console / NES)

Lunar Pool (Virtual Console / NES)

Lunar Pool reinvents the popular game of pool with a unique and futuristic flair.

The humble pool simulator has never made for the most exciting game, so a futuristic version of the classic pub game set on the moon is an intriguing proposition. It is worth noting that Lunar Pool is based on American pool, which is very different game from what the British play. This game is more similar to..

Super Metroid (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Metroid (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A true classic

Metroid was very popular in the late 80s and early 90s. Despite only two games being released, players loved it for its unique atmosphere and construction: the whole game consisted of one gigantic overworld with many places to explore and items to find. On top of that, there were plenty of secrets: who can forget the fact that you get...

Neutopia (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Neutopia (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

You play as a young warrior named Jazeta. The princess Aurora was kidnapped by the evil Dirth, and the king send you on a mission to rescue her.

If you've glanced over the screens and video you might've already seen - This game is extremely similar to the original The Legend of Zelda game. The overworld is similar, the gameplay is similar, what you have to do is similar, and even some enemies and..