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Mega Man (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mega Man (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

The Blue Bomber's debut

The Mega Man series will need no introduction to most gamers; this game spawned five sequels on the NES, not to mention numerous games on other systems over the years. Mega Man has come a long way since his début way back in 1987. This originally story spins the yarn that Dr Light created six master robots for industrial...

China Warrior (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

China Warrior (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

China Warrior is a side-scrolling action game that was released around the same time as the TurboGrafx16 in Japan.

When the PC Engine was first released in Japan, China Warrior (or 'The Kung Fu' as it was known in the Land of the Rising Sun) was put forward as a showcase for its graphical prowess. Technically the first game on the system (it was released as 'Hudsonsoft Volume 1' in Japan), it sent..

Bloody Wolf (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bloody Wolf (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Enter alone, deep into enemy territory to rescue the kidnapped President in this overhead-view action shooter.

Anyone familiar with Ikari Warriors, Mercs or Capcom's Commando will instantly recognise this style of run n' gun action. Yes it's another Rambo clone! That's not such a bad thing - guns, explosions and death is what we all want from our retro games right? The action is viewed from a..

F-Zero X (Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

F-Zero X (Wii Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

The fastest racing game in the universe returns!

The original F-Zero on the Super Nintendo really blew gamers away with its flagrant use of mode 7, crisp graphics, inspired music and tough difficulty curve. It was really the first of its kind spawning many imitators such as Wipeout. Nintendo must have known the expectations were high for the N64...

Lode Runner (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Lode Runner (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A lode of rubbish or not?

The timing could have been a bit better for this as the far superior Battle Lode Runner for the TurboGrafx became available on the Virtual Console only two months ago. Is there a reason to bother with the NES original when for just 100 more points you could be enjoying better graphics, music and a whole host of new gameplay...

Golden Axe II (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Golden Axe II (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Not long after the malign reign of Death Adder has ended, another evil rises.

When I first clapped eyes on Golden Axe 2 as a lad I was over the moon. Being a massive fan of the original I simply could not wait to play this. Graphically, it looked even better than the original and promised to be the sequel I was waiting for. Sadly, it actually turned...

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Dr. Eggman (aka Dr. Robotnik) is searching for the Chaos Emeralds to fuel his new Death Egg engine.

Any gamer worth his or her salt will remember the day Sonic 2 was released. Cheekily dubbed 'Sonic Twos-Day' (it was released worldwide on a Tuesday, you see) it became a massive seller for Sega and cemented Sonic's position as one of the most popular...

Balloon Fight (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Balloon Fight (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Balloon Light

Before games like Metroid and The Legend of Zelda, Nintendo's NES console relied on simple arcade titles to keep itself afloat. Balloon Fight used an already-successful gameplay mechanic similar to that of William's Joust arcade release, and while it offers up some simple arcade enjoyment, the repetitive gameplay keeps it from lasting,...

Adventures of Lolo (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Adventures of Lolo (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Run Lolo Run

Before HAL labs created our favourite pink puffball named Kirby there was a blue blob by the name of Lolo. In 1989 when Adventures of Lolo was first released it got modest attention due to the quality of the game but as a brand never really made it big. However Lolo has been known to surface as a bad guy in some of the Kirby games so...

Milon's Secret Castle (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Milon's Secret Castle (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A musty old place

Milon’s Secret Castle is one of those games you’ve never heard of, but when you do finally acknowledge its presence you realize that it inexplicably has an enormous following. A minor classic in the Hudson library, Milon was originally published in 1986 to fairly lukewarm critical response. To be perfectly honest, time has...

Dead Moon (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Dead Moon (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

This side-scrolling shooter includes a total of six scenes spanning areas from Earth to the moon.

Those naughty aliens! At least this time they had the sense not to try and invade the planet Earth. They are just intent on wrecking the moon instead rather annoyingly! As a solo starfighter pilot it is your job to put an end to this intergalactic mischief in this horizontally scrolling shoot-em-up..

ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

ToeJam & Earl in Panic on Funkotron (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

During ToeJam and Earl's trip back home, a number of Earthlings hitchhiked on their spaceship and are now infesting planet Funkotron.

The original ToeJam & Earl was a quite a big hit for Sega at the time so it was a no-brainer than a sequel should be released. With the success of Sonic the Hedgehog it must have seemed like a logical step to reinvent ToeJam & Earl to be a 2D side-scrolling..

World Sports Competition (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

World Sports Competition (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Originally released in 1992, World Sports Competition brought the spirit of the summer Olympic games home to the TurboGrafx-16.

There won't be many gamers out there that remember this one most likely. World Sports Competition is a game based on the Olympic Games, but without the official license. As to be expected the games are represented as a series of mini-games which you and up to four other..

Kid Chameleon (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Kid Chameleon (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon.

The first thought that enters your head when playing Kid Chameleon is probably 'Mario Clone'. The game steals ideas from Nintendo's finest, such as jumping on the heads of enemies and bashing item boxes from below. It's not the first game to copy Mario and it certainly won't be the last, but back in the early 90's when the Sega/Nintendo war was at its..

J.J. & Jeff (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

J.J. & Jeff (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

This comical action game features two bungling detectives, J.J. and Jeff, as they travel through a total of six fields.

The PC Engine (Japanese name for TurboGrafx-16) has always been a console to attract weird games. If you've ever played Toilet Kids and Photograph Boy then you will know what I mean. This particular game started out life as Kato Chan & Ken Chan in Japan, aside from the..

Mach Rider (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mach Rider (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Return of the Mach

The action is fast and furious in this crazy motorbiking game. You have to blast your way through enemy vehicles and barrels on the track in addition to avoiding oil slicks. The pressure is always on to keep going fast to avoid enemies ramming into you from behind! Getting to the end of each course before the timer runs out adds...

Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Mario Bros. 2 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A strange, but entertaining dream

It should be no secret by now, so let's get it out of the way first - Yes, the Super Mario Bros. 2 that most of us know, that is, this one, is technically not really a Mario game. Originally released in Japan as Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (Dream Factory: Heart-Pounding Panic), it was designed by Shigeru Miyamoto,...

Blazing Lazers (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Blazing Lazers (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Blazing Lazers is a vertical-scrolling shooter that was praised for surpassing the limitations of the hardware of its time.

Originally released in Japan as Gunhed, Blazing Lazers was one of the most heavily featured titles in the original TurboGrafx-16 adverts, and with very good reason. Considering the age of the title (it was originally released in 1989!), it's nothing short of stunning and..

Streets of Rage 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Streets of Rage 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The city has once again returned to its former nightmarish state, with the city streets, roads and parks swarming with criminals.

For many of our readers this game will need no introduction. If you haven't yet played Streets of Rage 2 then you are in for a treat. Simply put this is probably the best scrolling beat-em-up available on any console. Yes it is that good! Sega didn't do just a lazy..