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Baseball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Baseball (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Batter up!

Nintendo’s Baseball was actually a launch title for the NES way back in 1985. With unknown brands like Ice Climber and Gyromite it made perfect sense for Nintendo to have a representation of a popular sports game to attract sceptics to their new console. Predictably enough, it’s now horribly dated. The gameplay itself just focuses on...

Super Castlevania IV (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Castlevania IV (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Castlevania goes super

Every now and then you play a game that simply changes your life. To me, Super Castlevania IV is that game. I recall playing it at a friend's house and regardless of the slow pace of the first few levels, it had a real impact on me. The game was quickly purchased and hasn't left my collection since. If your Castlevania...

Super Mario Bros. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Super Mario Bros. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

A timeless classic

This game needs no introduction, this was really where it all began with our favourite Italian plumber. Having been originally bundled free with the NES console in 1985 Super Mario Bros. Proved to be a killer app at the time helping to shift millions of consoles. There have since been many imitators but none have quite captured...

R-Type (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

R-Type (Wii Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

This is R type of game!

R-Type is widely considered one of, if not the greatest shooters every created. But kick off any conversation with a shooter fan about R-Type and you're likely to get a 10 minute rant on how excruciatingly difficult the game is. Over the years, shooters have come and gone. Some have been good and some have been bad, but in...

ToeJam & Earl (MD)

ToeJam & Earl (MD)

Toe Jam and Earl are two fun-loving aliens who accidentally crash on Earth.

This is a very strange game. It was hugely popular at the time and most Megadrive / Genesis gamers at the time will probably remember the wacky lead characters, but how does it fare today? The action is played from a top-down view. As either Tom Jam or Earl you must search...

Tennis (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Tennis (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Anyone for Tennis?

Tennis was one of the launch titles for the NES way back in 1985, and it succeeded in winning new gamers to the system in much the same way as Wii Sports. That begs the question, of course, why bother with this if you already have Wii Sports Tennis, which you got as a freebie with your Wii? Well for a start you control the...

Military Madness (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Military Madness (Virtual Console / TurboGrafx-16)

Strategic lunacy!

Also known as Nectaris in Japan, this game was a cult hit when it was released in the US many years ago. It wasn't a massive seller but positive reviews made sure it got a decent reception from gamers 'in the know'. For anyone who has played Advance Wars on the GBA you will know exactly what you are getting here. It’s a...

Space Harrier II (MD)

Space Harrier II (MD)

Fantasyland has been taken over by destructive forces, and a call for help comes from deep in the universe.

I'm sure most 80's gamers can recall their first brush with the arcade Space Harrier - it was like looking into the future. The silky-smooth sprite scaling coupled with the excellent sound and futuristic feel made this an instant coin-op classic. The game was ported to the 8-bit Master System..

Urban Champion (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Urban Champion (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

More like Urban chump!

It's impossible to overlook the fact that many of the earlier NES releases were extremely simple in design and took very few chances when it came to gameplay design and visual substance. While many of the games were classic arcade titles from Nintendo, there were a handful of original releases that tried to up the ante. Urban...

Gunstar Heroes (MD)

Gunstar Heroes (MD)

Gunstar, more like Funstar!

Gunstar Heroes ranks as one of the finest Megadrive/Genesis titles ever, so it's no surprise that people are getting excited about the Virtual Console release! If you've ever played Contra or Metal Slug you will have a good idea of what to expect here. One or two players battle it out against a seemingly endless array of...

Ice Hockey (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ice Hockey (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ice to see you again

The earlier titles in the NES sports series are probably not remembered by many for being great games, but Nintendo’s Ice Hockey — a latecomer to the series in 1988 — certainly bucks that trend. It is fondly remembered as a semi-faithful translation of the sport which was fiendishly addictive to play and hard to put down...

Alien Crush (TG-16)

Alien Crush (TG-16)

Alien Crush is a fan-favorite pinball game that features a sinister sci-fi theme.

It's easy to dismiss Alien Crush as "just another video pinball game," but those who do so will be missing out on an outstanding Turbografx-16 game. While it is a pinball game at heart, Alien Crush somehow takes a great Alien theme and manages to craft a very unique and long-lasting pinball gaming..

Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (MD)

Dr Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (MD)

Dr. Robotnik has hatched a plan to ensure that no music or fun remains on Mobius.

This is basically Puyo Puyo given a lick of paint, but that's no bad thing as Puyo Puyo is an excellent Tetris-style game which is amazingly addictive in two-player mode. A series of beans of the mean variety fall into a pit. Your job is to rotate and arrange the falling beans. If you get four of the same coloured..

Donkey Kong Country (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Donkey Kong Country (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Worth going bananas over still?

Much fuss was made about Donkey Kong Country when it was first released, and with good reason - the CGI visuals were a cut above what SNES owners were used to at the time and the game seemed to give the Super Nintendo a much needed second wind. Donkey Kong Country is a side-scrolling platformer. Using DK and Diddy,...

Dungeon Explorer (TG-16)

Dungeon Explorer (TG-16)

Dungeon Explorer is a multiplayer action/role-playing game where up to five players can play at the same time.

When the PC Engine was first released, NEC and Hudson knew that they would have a hard time tempting third party companies to produce games for the machine - Nintendo's NES was still the number one machine and Nintendo themselves had made many publishers agree to not produce games for..

Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong Jr. (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Donkey Kong has finally been captured by Mario!

Donkey Kong is one of Nintendo's quintessential characters; pre-dating even the illustrious Mario as a video game lead, the goofy simian was enthralling arcade-goers the world over during the early '80s. However, once the Italian plumber decided to star in his own game, Donkey Kong's appeal started to...

Columns (MD)

Columns (MD)

Columns is loosely derived from Tetris, as it involves arranging falling blocks in such a way as to clear them.

Much fuss was made over Columns back when it was first released. Nintendo had just launched its version of Tetris alongside the portable Game Boy, and puzzle games had therefore become a vital element in a console creator's arsenal. Sega quickly pushed Columns onto the marketplace in the..

Ristar (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Ristar (Virtual Console / Sega Mega Drive)

Ristar proves that being unique and different can sometimes be a good thing.

Sonic the Hedgehog and Ristar actually began life as basically the same game. When Sonic Team began developing the game that would become Sonic the Hedgehog, they initially envisioned the character having the ability to reach out and grab things as part of the game's core...

Victory Run (TG-16)

Victory Run (TG-16)

The TurboGrafx's answer to Rad Racer and Out Run.

Victory Run may look like just another bland 16-bit racer. But once you dive into the game you begin to see that it's actually got a lot of depth and playability to it. Not only do you have to watch out for other racers, but you also have to spend a lot of time dealing with parts of your car going...