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Cratermaze (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Cratermaze (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Cratermaze is a comical action game set in a parallel world.

Cratermaze started out life as a Doraemon game but presumably because the franchise wasn't known so well in its native Japan then Hudson thought that changing the sprites might make it make it more attractive to the American audience. So basically you play a little chubby dude who floats...

Shining in the Darkness (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Shining in the Darkness (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Dark Sol has vowed to reign over the enchanted Kingdom of Thornwood, and only you can stop him.

Anyone who has played the Atari ST classic Dungeon Master (or one of the many clones that appeared in its wake) will know full well that first person RPGs can be a hell of a lot of fun. Back when Sega first announced Shining in the Darkness (often called...

Breath of Fire II (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Breath of Fire II (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A breath of fresh air

Capcom’s Breath of Fire series isn’t really respected that much these days. The last instalment — the underrated Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter for the PS2 — was a bit too different from previous games and didn’t really make the impact Capcom possibly hoped for. Compare this to the fanfare that followed the release...

Volleyball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Volleyball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Not volley good

Volleyball represents yet another of Nintendo’s dated sport simulations. Comparing to its early NES stablemates such as Soccer, Baseball, Ice Hockey and Tennis this game is easily the worst of the bunch. Considering it was originally released in 1986 it is understandable that the graphics and sound aren’t very sophisticated,...

Wave Race 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Wave Race 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Originally a launch game for Nintendo 64, Wave Race 64 immediately blew the competition out of the water with its impressive 3D graphics and gameplay that was anything but shallow!

Given that Wave Race 64 was a launch title for the N64, and that it has now been over 10 years since that launch, it is all the more baffling to play it today. Comparison...

Galaga '90 (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Galaga '90 (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The gameplay in Galaga '90 is built upon the same premise as that of the original Galaga, but is in many ways more complex and more difficult.

This game started out life as Galaga ’88 in the arcades and saw a conversion to the Japanese PC Engine under the same name. Understandably in the two years it took to get released in North America the name...

Star Soldier (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Star Soldier (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Not quite a super star

We’ve already been blessed with the sublime Super Star Soldier and Soldier Blade but now it’s the turn of the game that started it all as the NES classic Star Soldier hits the Virtual Console. Released on the NES way back in 1986, Hudson’s shooter went down a storm in Japan but failed to replicate this success in the...

Drop Off (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Drop Off (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Brave five rounds of haunting, nightmarish dreams in this take on the classic arcade puzzler.

Drop Off is a paddle and ball game like Atari’s classic, Breakout. There is nothing bad about making a game like Breakout, games like Arkanoid did an excellent job of just that. The innovations in that game made for an addictive game experience. It’s a shame that the same cannot be said of Drop Off..

Dynamite Headdy (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Dynamite Headdy (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Headdy, the central protagonist of the game, is the star of the Treasure Theatre production of Dynamite Headdy.

Treasure has already secured its place in history as a purveyor of "gamers' games", encouragingly flying in the face of the accepted practice of style over content to provide such stone-cold classics as Radiant Silvergun, Ikaruga and Gunstar Heroes. Among the batch of early..

Kirby's Avalanche (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Kirby's Avalanche (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The call has gone out throughout Dream Land – the First Annual Ghost Trap Competition has begun!

This is basically Puyo Puyo given a lick of paint, but... wait a minute, isn't that exactly what Damo typed for Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine? Well, it holds true for this game as well. Only this time, instead of Dr. Robotnik and various robots from the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog cartoon,..

Devil's Crush (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Devil's Crush (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Shoot the ball onto the board with the Devil Shooter, then use flippers and nudging to keep it in play and rack up a high score.

After the wonderfully wacky Alien Crush you would have thought developers Naxat would have struggled to create an even more unhinged pinball simulation - but you’d be wrong! Devil’s Crush improves on its spiritual predecessor in almost every way possible. Firstly, the..

Shining Force (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Shining Force (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

In ages long forgotten, Light fought Darkness for control of the world.

Although Shining Force takes place in the same universe as fellow Megadrive/Genesis epic Shining in the Darkness, the games themselves couldn’t really be more different. Whereas SitD is a first person dungeon crawler, Shining Force is a turn-based strategy title more akin to Nintendo’s excellent Fire Emblem series, or the..

Metroid (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Metroid (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Where it all started

More than 20 years have past since Metroid first blew away NES owners with its clever mixture of platforming, exploration and character upgrades. It went on to become spawn many sequels over the years, becoming a much-loved franchise for Nintendo fans – but nostalgia aside, is Metroid still high-quality by today’s standards?...

Silent Debuggers (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Silent Debuggers (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Make your way through a dungeon-like space station and defeat the prowling monsters in this real-time first-person shooter.

'Silent Debuggers' has to rank as one of the greatest names ever for a videogame. The first few minutes might convince you that this is a great game too. The funky intro music really sets the scene with style along with some nicely drawn anime style scenes. Welcome to the..

Paper Mario ( / Nintendo 64)

Paper Mario ( / Nintendo 64)

A two-dimensional adventure which is anything but thin!

Remember Super Mario RPG? It was basically the swansong of the SNES, and though sales for it were fairly poor (Since people had moved on to new consoles and all), the games managed to build up quite a fanbase, and is, nowadays, one of the most popular Mario games ever made, despite not being...

Air Zonk (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Air Zonk (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The powered-up Zonk gathers his friends to form Team Cool, and they set out to stop King Drool’s plan to conquer the world.

Air Zonk is a horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up with the cuteness factor cranked up to 10 in much the same way as Konami's Parodius. Hudson essentially took the Bonk character and renamed him Zonk for this one which makes the game even stranger. Perhaps they felt it wasn't..

Ecco: The Tides of Time (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Ecco: The Tides of Time (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

In this sequel to Ecco the Dolphin, everyone's favorite underwater hero must battle the Vortex Queen and her hive of drones.

Good old Ecco the Dolphin, after saving his dolphin chums from an invading alien race you would have thought he could have just spent the rest of his life in peace spinning a ball on his nose! These plans were shattered when the queen of the Vortex took it upon herself to..

Dragon Spirit (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Dragon Spirit (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

A fantastic world of adventure unfolds in this vertical-scrolling shooter.

Throughout the history of shooting games we've faced a hell of a lot of alien rebels and futuristic baddies. The 2D shooter seems to lend itself to these situations - but it's always nice to see a company try something fresh and new. The PC Engine/TG-16 blast-a-thon Dragon Spirit is one such example. Namco had clearly had..

Kirby's Dream Course (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Kirby's Dream Course (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A new spin on crazy golf

Kirby, much like our friend Mario, has never been afraid to offer his own take on different genres — and in Kirby's Dream Course, the puff ball takes on the world-renowned sport of mini golf. Unlike other pitch and putt games, such as EA’s Zany Golf on Mega Drive / Genesis, Kirby has a few tricks up his sleeve. To...