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Star Fox 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Star Fox 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Do a barrel roll.

The original Star Fox (or ‘Starwing’ if you're a Euro gamer) introduced a whole generation of Nintendo fans to the wonder of 3D visuals. The game was nothing short of a miracle and thanks to the revolutionary Super FX chip it produced graphics that were comparable to the primitive 3D arcade releases of the era. However, when...

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Hey, where's Mike Tyson gone?

Although boxing is a fairly obvious display of aggression, it’s surprising that so few video game adaptations of the sport have been worth playing. Punch Out!! Featuring Mr Dream is an exception, and to many it still hasn’t been beaten. Assuming the role of Little Mac, you have to punch your way to ultimate victory...

Dragon's Curse (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Dragon's Curse (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Wonder Boy by another name...

Those of you that used to own a Sega Master System may experience an unshakable feeling of deja vu when playing Dragon's Curse (known as Adventure Island in Japan) - because it's pretty much the exact same game as the Master System Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap! The history of the Wonder Boy franchise is complex and hard to explain, but in simple terms Sega own the..

Castlevania (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Castlevania (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Introducing Belmont

The first NES Castlevania was like a breath of fresh air when it was first released. Capcom's spooky, but cartoon-like Ghost 'n' Goblins was the closest thing on the market, but Konami's game was a little more mature and serious. The gothic feel for which the series has become famous for is all present and correct, and the...

Beyond Oasis (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Beyond Oasis (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

You are the young Prince Ali in a desperate fight to defeat the evil that is threatening your island empire, Oasis.

This was another late Megadrive/Genesis release but thankfully it avoided the fate of games like Comix Zone and sold pretty well at the time. It's easy to see why - graphically it's one of the best looking games on Sega's 16-bit console. It looks even better in motion, with some..

Splatterhouse (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Splatterhouse (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

The forces of evil are abroad - ghastly, slimy creatures from the depths of your very worst nightmares.

Heavily inspired by the Jason Voorhees character from the Friday the 13th films so popular in the 80's this game is a hockey mask wearing, butcher knife wielding gorefest! For those who aren't familiar with the game it is basically a 2D scrolling fighter. Unlike it's contemporaries like Double..

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Virtual Console / NES)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Virtual Console / NES)

T-U-R-T-L-E POWER!

Turtle mania was sweeping the world when this came out in 1989. That's probably why this game was so popular despite it being an unfair bag of dog's droppings! So popular was the franchise that Nintendo even bundled the NES with this game in Europe replacing the mighty Super Mario Bros cart. It's easy to see why so many persevered with this at the time. It had the turtles in it!..

Tecmo Bowl (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Tecmo Bowl (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Will you be bowled over by this one?

Before video game football became just as complex as real-life football, there was Tecmo Bowl. There weren't hundreds of plays with varying formations or special spin moves to worry about, in fact you didn't actually have to know much about the game of football to enjoy and play it. It was this simplicity that...

Sonic Spinball (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Sonic Spinball (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

You spin me round, round baby right round

When Sega knew they had hit on their hands with the Sonic series they decided to take the same route Nintendo had done with Mario - basically to place their lead mascot in as many different games as possible. Mario crossed over to puzzle (Dr Mario), sports (Mario Golf) and racing (Mario Kart) games, and...

Galaga (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Galaga (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Classic blasting action

The NES version of Galaga is a almost perfect port of the timeless arcade classic. Like space invaders you control a ship at the bottom of the screen and blast away at oncoming enemies. The enemies in Galaga first fly in and line up in formation and then dive-bomb at you while firing sometimes in predictable patterns and...

Double Dungeons (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Double Dungeons (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Double the dungeons, but half of the fun!

Dungeon crawlers became quite popular back in the early 80's on many of the personal computers like the Commodore 64 and Apple II series of computers. I actually owned an Apple IIc computer and played many of the popular titles like the Wizardry and Bard's Tale series myself. It's probably the main reason that I'm such a huge RPG fan to this very day. So..

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Ghouls 'n Ghosts (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Grabbed by the ghoulies

Ghouls ‘N Ghosts was an arcade classic, and Sega Mega Drive / Genesis owners were undoubtedly over the moon to be treated to an almost arcade perfect conversion in 1989. When the Super Nintendo came out, it needed some games to compete with its rival; quite soon after its launch Capcom was kind enough to treat Nintendo fans...

Elevator Action (Virtual Console / NES)

Elevator Action (Virtual Console / NES)

Who would have thought that elevators got any action?

Originally released in the (very) early 80's, this spy action title was a real eye-opener for gamers of that generation. The premise is simple, yet instantly appealing; the player is dropped onto a series of buildings and has to make their way to the bottom, taking on evil agents and entering certain rooms along the way. As the title suggests,..

Sword of Vermilion (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Sword of Vermilion (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Get your revenge and defeat Tsarkon to free the world of Vermilion from evil.

Famously developed by Virtua Fighter creator Yu Suzuki, this was one of the first RPGs for Sega's 16-bit system and to be brutally honest, it shows. The graphics are basic and the sound is average so be prepared for a technically underwhelming experience. Thankfully the actual game is very enjoyable, if a little on the..

Bio-Hazard Battle (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Bio-Hazard Battle (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

An army of biogenetic mutants has gone haywire, terrorizing the world and putting the future of the planet in jeopardy.

Released as Crying in Japan, this horizontally scrolling shooter was largely ignored by western Megadrive owners due to the sheer volume of shoot-em-ups available on the console at the time. The unusual organic graphics probably didn't help either, but if you give it the time of..

Chew Man Fu (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Chew Man Fu (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Chew Man Fu has set a curse to rob the world of fried rice, egg rolls and all its other favourite foods.

This is no doubt a game that not many will be familiar with. I think an award should go for best named game 'Chew Man Fu'. The Japanese release was called 'Be Ball' so for once the western name is much more fun! Basically this is a puzzle game...

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (N64)

Just in time

The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time did for the Zelda series what Super Mario 64 did for the Super Mario Bros. series. It successfully brought one of the most beloved game series in video game history into the magical new world of 3-D gaming. And not only that, but it added tons of amazing new game play ideas to a game that was already...

Streets of Rage (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Streets of Rage (Wii Virtual Console / Mega Drive)

Sega's answer to Final Fight

It's tricky to review Streets of Rage and be fair to it in light of the high quality of its sequel. Nevertheless it laid the foundations for even more future greatness, so it is only fair to give the original game the respect it deserves. Basically, Streets of Rage is Sega's answer to Final Fight; the Axel character is a...