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Magical Drop III (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Magical Drop III (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

The pinnacle of the series

With the recent release of Magical Drop II on the Virtual Console, Wii owners got the chance to experience one of the more enjoyable puzzlers available for the Neo Geo system and a game that's become quite popular among fans of the console over the years. Now SNK-Playmore has decided to up the ante and release the game's sequel Magical Drop III, and despite making use of..

Mario Party 2 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Party 2 (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

It's party time!

The Mario Party series has become quite successful for Nintendo and has brought many gamers and their families together over the years. Nintendo, obviously still concerned over the taxing controls of the original Mario Party which caused more than a few blisters and hand cramps among players, have decided to skip straight to Mario...

Darius Twin (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Darius Twin (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Double the monotony

The Darius series has long taken a backseat to some of the more prominent shoot 'em up series, despite featuring some absolutely amazing releases on the various 32-bit game consoles. Darius Twin still features much of the aquatic-themed shooter action of its brethren, but for some reason the game comes off feeling very stripped-down and lacks much of the intensity other releases..

Super Bonk (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Super Bonk (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Bonk moonlights on the Super Nintendo

After becoming a staple and mascot of sorts after 3 platformer releases on NEC's TurboGrafx-16 console, Bonk was given new life on the Super Nintendo system with the release of Super Bonk. The game went unnoticed for the most part, but it's gone on to become a bit of a cult favourite among Super Nintendo fans over the years. While many of the gameplay nuances..

SonSon (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

SonSon (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

A chimp off the old block

Looking for an arcade game that resembles a side-scrolling Ice Climber in which you control a monkey that hurls fireballs at angry dinner plates? Then look no further! Capcom has seen it fit to release 1984's SonSon from its trove of arcade treasures, and while this isn't likely to be the game anybody was particularly waiting for, it offers a pleasant enough diversion as..

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando (Virtual Console / Virtual Console Arcade)

Commandon't

General William T. Sherman is popularly credited with coining the phrase "War is Hell", but we don't think he ever got the chance to play Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando. If he had, he surely would have said, "War is kind of dull, and a little crappy." Originally released to arcades in 1985, Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando (herein referred to as..

Karnov's Revenge (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Karnov's Revenge (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Karnov should stick to side-scrollers

To say that there were a wealth of Street Fighter 2 clones during its reign of popularity in arcades would be an understatement, but none were quite as blatant as Data East's Karnov's Revenge. In fact, the game was so similar in many respects that it drew the ire of Capcom, not to mention a failed lawsuit...

Magical Drop II (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Magical Drop II (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

As intense as it is addictive

We've seen a wealth of "falling object" puzzlers since Tetris hit the scene in the 80's, some better than others. Data East's Magical Drop introduced a few new tricks to introduce a fun puzzler experience into arcades that turned quite a few heads during the time. As a follow-up, the company created two sequels on SNK's Neo Geo arcade system and the result..

Faxanadu (Virtual Console / NES)

Faxanadu (Virtual Console / NES)

Zelda II's spiritual successor

Not many people outside Japan are familiar with the Dragon Slayer series. Created by Nihon Falcom, the great minds behind Ys, the first game enjoyed a good deal of popularity and got many sequels, though unfortunately, almost all of them remained exclusive to Japan. The second Dragon Slayer game, Xanadu, actually...

Spin Master (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Spin Master (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Not masterful, but still pretty good

With probably about half of the Neo Geo's library of games consisting of fighting games, it's always nice to see another platformer for the system released on VC. In Spin Master, you take control of either Johnny or Tom as you try to recover five pieces of a lost treasure map and rescue Johnny's girlfriend. It's a pretty straight-forward game, in which you..

Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force ( / Super Nintendo)

Super E.D.F. Earth Defense Force ( / Super Nintendo)

Emergency on planet earth

Back in the 16-bit wars, the SNES was unquestionably the comfortable winner when it came to RPGs. Sega's Mega Drive (or Genesis, depending on where in the world you're reading this) was completely and utterly outclassed in this area, despite the presence of brilliant titles such as Shining Force, LandStalker and Light...

Street Hoop (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Street Hoop (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Slam dunk or flagrant foul?

While many of the other consoles of the time were receiving a good variety of basketball offerings, the Neo Geo system was relegated to just one. Data East's Street Hoop passed over the traditional basketball experience in favour of a more playground-esque 3-on-3 style, complete with backboard shaking dunks and a wealth of influences from many of the other arcade hoops..

Rival Turf! (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Rival Turf! (Wii Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Two isn't always better than one

When approaching Jaleco's Rival Turf! (known as Rushing Beat in Japan), it's important to understand the context of its release. In the early days of the Super NES, Capcom duly ported over its illustrious arcade brawler Final Fight, which dazzled gamers with its arcade-quality visuals and sound. It was a tremendous...

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

A simplified Final Fantasy experience

Back in 1992, role-playing games were still largely ignored outside of Japan, but Square tried to remedy this with the release of Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest. The game not only added a bit more action to the experience, it also greatly simplified the gameplay mechanics as well. While this certainly offered up a...

Samurai Shodown III (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Samurai Shodown III (Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

A new spin on the popular fighting series

It's no secret that the Samurai Shodown series played a huge role in vaulting SNK up to the big boy fighting game table. And as popular as the original release was, it was the sequel that would set the standard by which all future titles of the franchise would be judged. Samurai Shodown III would mark the...

Aero the Acrobat 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Aero the Acrobat 2 (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Everything you could want out of a sequel

About the time mascot games began exploding on the Super Nintendo console, Sunsoft jumped on the bandwagon with the release of their original platformer Aero the Acrobat. While the game featured many of the classic platforming elements that were showing up in the games of the time period, it was criticized for its bland play control and limited level..

Aero the Acrobat (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Aero the Acrobat (Virtual Console / Super Nintendo)

Will you go aerobatty for Aero?

Everybody into gaming at the time remembers the "cool mascot" craze during the early 90's; Sega was heavily in on it with Sonic and a whole bunch of other companies tried to cash in on it as well. Sunsoft's attempt came in the form of Aero the Acrobat – a bat with attitude who works as an acrobat in the...

Ufouria: The Saga (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Ufouria: The Saga (Wii Virtual Console / NES)

Easy Mode Metroid

The original Metroid was a ground-breaking game for its time, but it feels incredibly dated to anyone playing it for the first time now. The lack of a map makes navigating the seemingly endless identical corridors way more annoying than it should be for newcomers, whereas those who know the game inside out can beat it within an...

Mario Tennis (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Mario Tennis (Virtual Console / Nintendo 64)

Ace

When Mario Golf was released back in 1999, it was already known that Camelot was working on another Mario sports title for the N64. After a decent title released for the sadly ill-fated Virtual Boy a few years before, Camelot gave Mario another go at tennis. Mario Tennis on the N64 functions a bit differently from Mario Golf in that you do not...