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The Legend of Kage (NES)

The Legend of Kage (NES)

This classic ninja-action game first appeared in arcades in 1985 and became instantly popular.

After the recent release of the sublime Kid Icarus you might have expected the quality of NES Virtual Console games to rise, but unfortunately The Legend of Kage is an almost catastrophic true drop in standards. No need for rose tinted specs here, retro fans - this game was a stinker back in 1986 and is..

Excitebike (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Excitebike (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

This bike still excites

Excitebike will no doubt be remembered fondly by older gamers. After all, it was one of the original launch titles for the NES way back in 1985. Some might be dubious and question if a game this old is worth purchasing for the Virtual Console, but worry not — this classic game has somehow managed to retain its appeal...

New Adventure Island (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

New Adventure Island (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

New Adventure Island is perhaps Master Higgins best adventure to date.

The Wonder Boy and Adventure Island games have seen releases on just about every 8 and 16-bit console you can think of, not to mention a few remakes on some of the more recent systems. Having said that, if you want to play the best the series has to offer, you need only download...

Ice Climber (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ice Climber (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ice Ice Baby

Ice Climber is another classic NES title for the Virtual Console — and thankfully, it's decent enough to be worth considering for download. Ice Climber is a fantastic little game, if somewhat basic. Graphically it's exactly what you'd expect an 8-bit game from 1985 to look like — simple. The premise of the game is pretty bizarre. A...

Kid Icarus (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Kid Icarus (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Is Pit a hit?

Kid Icarus is one of those games that makes you think 'they sure don't make them like they used to'. Graphically it's very basic - this is from 1986 after all - but the charm simply shines through regardless. This is a game from an era where developers had to really make an effort and use what simple technology they had available to...

Kirby's Adventure (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Kirby's Adventure (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Kirby's first adventure

Kirby’s Adventure was released in 1993 when many gamers had packed up their NES in favour of the shiny new Sega Mega Drive / Genesis or a SNES. Those who stayed faithful to the mighty grey toaster and picked up this game at the time would have been in for a real treat. It really pushed the boundaries of the NES hardware,...

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

The black sheep of the family?

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link is often referred to as the black sheep of the Zelda family. Unlike the original Zelda games, the top-down perspective is replaced in favour of side-scrolling platform action, similar to that found in Castlevania. Perhaps more significantly than that, it is the only Zelda game to offer...

Super Mario World (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Mario World (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Simply superb

It was hailed as the greatest videogame of all time when it was released, and even after all these years it still has a pretty solid claim to that title. Super Mario World is without a shadow of a doubt one of our favourite Mario games, and when SNES was released some members of our staff played very little else until they'd discovered...

Vigilante (TG-16)

Vigilante (TG-16)

Brave the streets of New York City in this side-scrolling beat-'em-up game.

One of the first side-scrolling beat-'em-ups was Irem's Kung Fu. In it, you, as a lone martial artist, had to make your way to the top floor of a five-story temple by dispatching successive waves of bad guys with only a limited repertoire of punches and kicks. Four years later, Irem produced a spiritual sequel in the shape..

Gain Ground (MD)

Gain Ground (MD)

It's the 31st Century, and science and technology have progressed to the point that the human race is approaching perfection.

Gain Ground started life as a largely unpopular 3 player arcade game. Surprisingly when taking into account the relative lack of commercial success it was ported to the Sega Megadrive/Genesis and Master System pretty swiftly...

Bonanza Bros (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Bonanza Bros (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Grab the target items and head for the exit!

Bonanza Bros. harkens back to the early 80's arcade titles with their simple, yet addictive play control ideas. While there are obvious Keystone Kapers and Elevator Action influences throughout the game, the overall gameplay design is at least original enough to stand on its own two feet. The only problem is that the premise is so simple in design and..

Comix Zone (MD)

Comix Zone (MD)

Sketch Turner is an artist in New York City. One day while Sketch is drawing, there is a huge thunderstorm and a bolt of lightning hits Sketch's image, bringing it to life.

Released fairly late in the life of the Megadrive/Genesis, Comix Zone didn't exactly set the world alight in terms of sales but is now rightly regarded as one of the better games...

Mario Kart 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Kart 64 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Kart gets a 64-bit upgrade!

To say that the original Super Mario Kart was a huge hit for the Super Nintendo console would be a mammoth understatement. The game caught gamers by storm and kicked off a series that's still producing new titles some 17 years later. So when Nintendo released their Nintendo 64 console, gamers knew that it was only a...

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A Link to a Classic

To put it simply, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past is one of the finest RPGs in existence. Everything is perfect - the bold lines and subtle pastel-tones of the graphics, the triumphant rendition of the Zelda theme, the excellent yet simple combat system, the brilliantly conceived logic puzzles. Nintendo left nothing to...

R-Type III: The Third Lightning (SNES)

R-Type III: The Third Lightning (SNES)

The Bydo Empire is back! More powerful and deadlier than ever, the Bydo are en-route to Earth.

R-Type III is an interesting title in many ways. Firstly, it was a console exclusive, which generated quite a stir when it was first published. Secondly it takes advantage of the Super NES 'Mode 7' graphics to bring rotating backgrounds into play. Thirdly, it's one of the few decent 2D side-scrolling..

Xevious (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Xevious (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Golden oldie

Following its success with Pac-Man and Galaga in the arcades, it seemed that Namco was unstoppable. The release of Xevious only helped to cement this idea: it was first one of the earliest examples of a vertical scrolling shooter and innovative for its time. The action in Xevious takes place on two parallel plains; your spacecraft gets...

Gradius (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Gradius (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Konami's classic shooter series takes off

It's so hard to review a game like Gradius. This is a near-legendary title and has inspired a franchise that has sold millions, not to mention the spin-off series Parodius and countless other clones. But when reviewing classic retro titles, you have to judge if this game is still worth playing today...

Soldier Blade (TG-16)

Soldier Blade (TG-16)

A new shooter in the Star Soldier tradition. Players play as an pilot flying the heavy assault fighter Soldier Blade.

One thing that can be said for sure is that if you owned a TurboGrafx console you would never be in short supply of shoot-em-up games! For anyone who is a big fan of the genre it is great news that Hudson has brought one of the most respected games of the genre to the Virtual..

Moto Roader (TG-16)

Moto Roader (TG-16)

The action in this racing game is viewed from above and features rotational controls.

Every once in awhile you come across a game that just makes you scratch your head and wonder what someone was thinking when they let a game like this actually get released. After the success of RC Pro-Am and Micro Machines on the NES, overhead racers began to gain popularity. It would seem that NEC was looking to..