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The King of Fighters '96 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '96 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

A step in the right direction

King of the Fighters '96 marks the third release in the popular SNK fighting game series, and while we've already seen KoF releases from both before and after this title, SNK has finally decided to go back and release this pivotal release in the series. With a host of new gameplay additions, many of which help balance...

2020 Super Baseball (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

2020 Super Baseball (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Step up to the plate

Taking a popular sport and fusing it together with a futuristic theme is certainly nothing new in the world of video games. Atari managed quite a bit of success with its robotic football release Cyberball, so it comes as no surprise that other companies would follow suit. Back in 1991 SNK took a page out of Atari's book and...

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Double Dragon II: The Revenge (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Revenge is sweet

When Double Dragon first hit the arcade scene back in 1987, it was immediately lauded for its intense beat 'em up gameplay and slick visuals and soundtrack. After making pit stops on a number of platforms, the NES included, the game only grew in popularity. So it was only natural that a sequel, Double Dragon II: The Revenge would...

The Last Blade (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The Last Blade (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Neo Geo fighting at its finest

There are very few game consoles in existence that can compete with the diverse fighting game library of SNK's Neo Geo system. While some of the earlier efforts came up short of reaching the quality of Capcom's Street Fighter II series, many later efforts ended up being some of the best 2D fighting releases of the era...

Mega Man X2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man X2 (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Still mega

When Capcom created Mega Man X, it had clearly done something right. Many fans loved finally getting a refreshing take on the series, rather than what was essentially the same thing over and over, and it became quite popular. While the Classic Mega Man series went on a break for a few years, Capcom churned out a few more X games,...

Metal Slug 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug 3 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Heavy metal

Due to the bevy of fighting games released for Neo Geo, it's always a refreshing sight to see a game of a different genre from the format re-released on Virtual Console. We've just about hit the jackpot this time — Metal Slug 3 can easily be considered one of the single best games the system ever got. The first and second games in the...

Monster World IV (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Monster World IV (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Worth the wait

Originally released in 1994, Monster World IV is the final game in the Wonder Boy series. It's a very well-liked game and another great entry in the franchise, but there was just one problem: it was never released outside Japan. Until now that is, because SEGA has finally given the rest of the world a chance to experience the game,...

Super Hang-On (Wii Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Super Hang-On (Wii Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Winning run

Name a SEGA arcade racer from the 1980s. Now name one that isn't Out Run. Chances are you've come up with Super Hang-On (or maybe Power Drift if you're really trying), the motorbike racer that's the Pepsi to Out Run's Coke. The fact it's taken SEGA five years to bring Super Hang-On game to the Western Virtual Console is a big surprise,...

Super Street Fighter II (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Super Street Fighter II (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Online, but off-base?

It's taken five and a half years for an online Street Fighter game to reach Wii. In that time, Xbox 360 and PS3 owners have had five different SF online titles — six, if you count Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. Heck, even 3DS has Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition. Wii owners, for their sins, get an online-enabled...

Strider (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Strider (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

From Russia with love

When you consider that he hasn’t starred in his own game since 2000, Strider Hiryu’s popularity in Capcom fan circles is impressive, which is largely down to the high regard in which players hold his 1989 coin-op début. Powered by Capcom’s CPS hardware, Strider was an arcade action platformer that redefined the genre;...

The King of Fighters '97 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '97 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The once and future king

Despite being the fourth in the series, The King of Fighters '97 is only the third to reach the Wii Virtual Console, SNK Playmore having skipped King of Fighters '96 in favour of its bigger, beefier brother. Without '96 to bridge the gap, the jump from King of Fighters '95 to '97 is huge: there are six more characters for a...

Prince of Persia (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Prince of Persia (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Worthy of the throne

Most gamers are familiar with the original Prince of Persia. Its incredibly realistic animations, created by Jordan Mechner from hours of video footage of his brother running and jumping around, made it an instant hit, and it's still one of the most well-known western game franchises today. Most people, however, are only...

Mega Man 5 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mega Man 5 (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Can you ever have too much of a good thing?

While the Mega Man series on NES system didn't change too much from release to release, Capcom did manage to keep coming up with new and more challenging ways to keep platformer fans coming back for more. Mega Man 5 didn't try to re-invent the wheel, but what it did do was bring eight brand new robotic...

Super Adventure Island II (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Adventure Island II (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Adventure Island: Wonder Boy Edition

Most people are aware that the original Adventure Island was in fact a slightly modified NES port of Wonder Boy for the Master System. Immediately after this, Wonder Boy became more of an action RPG-like series, while Adventure Island stayed a platforming series. That is, until the release of Adventure Island IV,...

Chrono Trigger (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Chrono Trigger (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

One of the truly greatest RPG experiences ever created

Soon after Chrono Trigger appeared on the Super Nintendo in 1995, it quickly became regarded as one of the most unique and impressive RPG releases to hit the system. Not only was it developed by a who's who of some of the greatest role-playing designers in the industry, the finished product...

Super Adventure Island (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Adventure Island (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Back to basics

The Adventure Island series started out with an almost exact clone of Wonder Boy, but as Wonder Boy became more of an action RPG rather than an action platformer, Adventure Island sequels stuck with the same formula as the first game and built upon it slightly with each release. In Adventure Island II and the later Adventure Island III, this meant the inclusion of the dinosaurs and..

The Ignition Factor (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Ignition Factor (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

It burns, but it doesn't crash

Ask anybody to name some firefighting games and you'll be lucky if they name one. Despite the games about the profession generally being quite good, there's not many of them, and they're not very widely known either. The Ignition Factor is one of only two on the SNES, the other one being the more well-known The Firemen, which, funnily enough, was originally released..

Mega Man X (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Mega Man X (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

X-ceptional

Spinoffs in popular franchises have delivered historically mixed results over the years, but when Capcom spun the X series off of Mega Man, not only did they create a new line every bit as intense and engaging as the originals, but arguably even more polished and fun to a certain degree. And now, after a rather lengthy wait, Capcom have...