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Real Bout Fatal Fury (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Real Bout Fatal Fury (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

In the beginning...

After several releases in the Fatal Fury franchise, SNK decided to create a sub-series with the release of Real Bout Fatal Fury. The game didn't deviate too far from the experience that fans had come to expect, but there was a certain intensity and flair that needed to be explored and perhaps that was the reasoning behind the...

BurgerTime (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

BurgerTime (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Burger building bonanza

When the coin-op release of BurgerTime hit arcades in 1982, it was praised for its quirky theme and wildly unique gameplay design. Given the game's popularity at the time, it garnered a port on just about every home game system and personal computer of the period. The NES release came a bit later, but it was a fairly accurate...

Ninja Master's: Haō Ninpō Chō (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Ninja Master's: Haō Ninpō Chō (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Something old, something new

Not only were there a huge number of fighting games throughout the lifespan of the Neo Geo system, there was also a serious amount of variety in the styles and executions of those games. While most Neo Geo fans will associate developer ADK with its popular World Heroes series, it was its final release for the system,...

Sengoku 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Sengoku 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Transformations and annihilations

SNK may have dedicated a large portion of their efforts to the one-on-one fighting genre, but occasionally they would branch out into other game types, sometimes with rather successful results. The original Sengoku was praised for its unique use of character transformations, but the play controls weren't always the...

Shock Troopers (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Shock Troopers (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Don't think, just shoot!

While the run-and-gun genre generally evolved into the side-scrolling blast-a-thons we all know and love, there were a few titles during the early arcade days that took a more overhead perspective like Capcom's popular Commando arcade release. It was this direction that developer Saurus took when it came time to put together...

The Last Blade 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The Last Blade 2 (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Last Blade Part Deux

When the original Last Blade title was released it took weapons-based fighting in 2D to new heights with its fluid play controls and intense fighting action. Not wanting to rest on its laurels, SNK soon put together a sequel that didn't try to really overhaul anything, but rather stuck to tweaking a few minor aspects of the...

Metal Slug X (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Metal Slug X (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

X hits the spot

While Contra has always been the game by which all run and gun titles have been judged, serious fans of the genre will still flash a wide grin at the mere mention of the Metal Slug series, especially Metal Slug X. There's no denying that Metal Slug 2 had all of the makings of an amazing run and gunner, but the rampant slowdown ended...

Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Special indeed

Generally speaking, the "special" SNK releases are generally used as an upgrade to iron out kinks found in the previous releases of the game. Real Bout Fatal Fury Special is no exception and actually goes quite a long way at upgrading the previous Real Bout Fatal Fury title, even tossing in a bunch of new goodies for fighting game...

World Heroes Perfect (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

World Heroes Perfect (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Not quite perfect

When World Heroes was first released on SNK's Neo Geo arcade and home console system, it was yet another attempt to capture the popularity of Capcom's Street Fighter, this time by developer ADK. While the game featured some unique gameplay and visual features, it was still regarded more as a nice attempt at the genre than any type...

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...