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Yoshi (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Yoshi (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

An eggciting puzzler?

In the early 90s, presumably following the success of Tetris, Nintendo went through a phase of releasing one falling block puzzler after another. Dr. Mario, Yoshi’s Cookie and Wario’s Woods are key examples of this. Many gamers will no doubt have forgotten this puzzler simply known as Yoshi in North Amer

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

More monkey business

For anyone familiar with the original DK Country game this is more of the same. This is a good thing as the original was almost perfection in every way and this game manages to build on the franchise even more! For a 16-bit console the graphics are amazing. The smooth animation and wonderful artwork create a 3D feel which works...

Ninja Gaiden (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ninja Gaiden (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

The nimble ninja

Ninja Gaiden ranks as one of the finest 'ninja' style games ever made, right up there with The Revenge of Shinobi. When it was first released it amazed gamers with the degree of control it allowed over the main character, Ryu. He felt so quick and mobile - just like a proper Ninja should - and within seconds of picking up the pad,...

NES Open Tournament Golf (Virtual Console / NES)

NES Open Tournament Golf (Virtual Console / NES)

Tee off with Mario in this classic sporting simulation from 1992.

Mario is no stranger to appearing in sports game crossovers these days; he’s virtually done it all now from baseball to soccer. This sporting career began of course with his appearance in NES Open Tournament Golf, which is something of a sequel to the original NES launch title “Golf” which strangely hasn’t found a home on the..

Ninja Spirit (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Ninja Spirit (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Ninja Spirit is a side-scrolling action game that amazed the gaming world with its precision graphics and quality game play.

While it would be easy for someone to dismiss any ninja action title that doesn't have the name Ninja Gaiden or Shinobi in the title, doing that would cause you to miss a little-known, but outstanding ninja action title...

Ordyne (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Ordyne (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The evil Kubota has kidnapped Dr. Tomari's fiancee Kana and taken the colossal nuclear reactor Ordyne.

For those who have never come across this gem in Namco's history Ordyne is a cutesy horizontal scrolling shoot-em-up in the vein of Konami's Paradious. It's a lot more obscure than it ought to be as in fact it was quite a novel game at the time. You're cast as Dr. Yuichiro Tomari, a brilliant and..

Shockman (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Shockman (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

It's been two years since Arnold and Sonya were made into Shockmen.

Shockman is actually the second game in the Japanese ‘Schbibinman’ series. The first title never saw the light of day outside of Japan sadly, it was basically a fun platform action game along the same lines as Mega Man. It’s sequel Schbibinman 2 was released in North America as Shockman, and although graphically it is a big..

Final Fight (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fight (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Oh my car

Final Fight is one of those coin-ops that defines a generation. It was simply the only arcade game to be seen playing in the late 80's/early 90's. When the SNES conversion was confirmed, I was heartbroken - being a Mega Drive owner, I had hoped that the (false) rumours of a Sega port were true (Sega fans had to wait until the Mega CD...

Mighty Bomb Jack (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Mighty Bomb Jack (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Jack bombed

The original Bomb Jack arcade game was a big hit when it was released. It featured a screen with 20 bombs which had to be collected in a specific order if the player was to achieve the highest score; players would play religiously in an attempt to find the best route around the baddies and to get the perfect chain. Arcade perfection! So...

Battle Lode Runner (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Battle Lode Runner (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

This upgraded edition to the famous Lode Runner series includes a 5-player versus mode.

Lode Runner is strange little title - it's been around for ages, has a cult following but never really seems to break through to the mainstream. This Turbografx 'Battle' edition was produced by Hudsonsoft and graphically is a step up from previous versions, which tended to look a bit drab. In Battle Lode..

Gradius III (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Gradius III (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Vic Viper is back to rid the galaxy of evil.

Gradius III was one of the first SNES shooters and to be perfectly honest, it shows. Graphically the game is fairly bland (although the same could be said of the coin op original), the sound is nothing special and when things get hectic there's some terrible slowdown. Regardless of these points, the...

Wonder Boy in Monster World (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Wonder Boy in Monster World (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Monster World was a peaceful, happy place until one dark day when an army of BioMeka monsters invaded.

If you have played Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap on the Master System you will know exactly what to expect here. The Wonder Boy series is famed for its confusing naming conventions; to clear it up this is the last Wonder Boy game on the Megadrive to get a release outside of Japan. It features..

Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. Math (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

10 minus 9 equals?

'Edutainment' titles are a strange lot. They're usually poor attempts to shoehorn some 'learning' in videogames, possibly out of fear that games rot the brains of kiddies. Donkey Kong Jr Math is no exception. The game features one player and two player modes. In the one player mode, the objective is to enter math answers in order...

Virtua Fighter 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Virtua Fighter 2 (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

The intrepid fighters return to the World Fighting Tournament.

Virtua Fighter 2 remains one of the best one-on-one fighters in the history of videogames. When it was originally released it destroyed the competition, and even today (after three updates) hardcore fans feel that Sega has never really bettered the classic brawler. But before you all get too excited, this isn't the superb Saturn version..

ActRaiser (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

ActRaiser (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Take control of the Master, a dethroned deity whose once-idyllic world has fallen under the control of the Evil One.

When I saw the review of this game in the Mean Machines gaming magazine as a youth I was quite literally heartbroken. My Megadrive was (technically, at least) no longer the most powerful console in the world. Nintendo's new machine...

Pac-Man (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Pac-Man (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Gobble gobble

He may be as old as the hills but Pac-Man still manages to entertain after all these years. We've been relying on one of those Namco 'plug in' TV games for my pill-popping fix, but thanks to the Virtual Console that battery-hungry gadget can be retired. For those not acquainted with the premise of the game — what cave have you been...

Bonk's Revenge (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bonk's Revenge (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

I love a good bonk!

Hudson struck gold with Bonk's Adventure, following its success a sequel was inevitable and we couldn't have asked for a much better follow-up than this. Improving on numerous facets of the original, Bonk's Revenge boasts better graphics and sound and more challenging gameplay. This sequel offers gamers a quaint, humorous, and charming adventure through prehistory that will..

Bravoman (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bravoman (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Bravo, jolly good show - NOT!

It must first be understood that Bravoman isn't to be taken too seriously. The game was created as a parody whose sole purpose was to make light of the many different "superhero" games created over the years. Most Turbo fans will tell you that the game is a semi-sequel to the Keith Courage in Alpha Zones game that was bundled with the American TurboGrafx-16..

Vectorman (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Vectorman (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

More than a load of old balls?

OK, so the main character is compromised of green balls, don't let that make you overlook one of the better 'run and gun' games to hit the Megadrive / Genesis. The shallow premise for the game is that humans have ruined the planet Earth and left the subsequent tidy-up job to their robots. You assume the role of the titular Vectorman, who has to contend with the rather..